Customer Review

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compact flashlight, September 13, 2009
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Leatherman 831064 Serac S3 LED Flashlight (Tools & Home Improvement)
An excellent all-purpose flashlight. I got this light for camping and have been very happy with it.

Pros:
- Compact - just slightly larger than a roll of life savers
- Three different light intensity levels... too many high-end flashlights are always super bright.. eats through batteries quick and is blinding for something simple like reading a book in a dim room. The low intensity level on the S3 is perfect for most day-to-day purposes and lasts for 30+ hours (I've personally tested this). The mid range is more than enough for close work or signaling.. not sure what anyone would need the brightest setting for (blinding a charging moose??) but it's there if you need it and it certainly provides plenty of lumen bragging rights.
- Water resistant to 3 feet - no concerns about rain or shallow dunkings
- Shock resistant - can survive mild drops
- Excellent build quality. It's truly a pleasure to hold and use. I find myself carrying it even when it's not on.. it gives you that natural satisfaction of owning a very well made gadget. Anyone who's ever happily wasted time playing with the blades of their Leatherman Micra or Victornox Swiss Army knife knows what I'm talking about.

Cons:
- Expensive. Flashlights seem to come in 2 different price ranges.. the S3 is at the lower end of the high range.. but that still makes it 3 to 4 times more pricy than plenty of good lights on the market.
- Special battery. Not a big deal - if you spend this much on a flashlight you should expect to spend a bit more on batteries - but you can't get them at every corner store. Buy extras before heading out on a long trip.
- Heavy. Actually a pro in many ways - the weight feels great in your hand - but if you're planning to use the clip to attach it to the brim of your baseball hat (as pictured on Leatherman's website) you'd better have a mighty stiff hat brim. If you need a hands-free light get a headlamp instead.
- Twitchy light intensity control.. on vs. off is a robust "click" but changing intensity levels takes some practice and feels a bit tweaky. This is my main personal complaint and the only reason I haven't given the flashlight 5 stars.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.7 out of 5 stars (54 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (46)
4 star:
 (4)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
Out of stock
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: New York, NY USA

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,368,655