Helotex G2 CREE LED Tactical EDC Flashlight
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- Runs on AA or cr123 battery (not included)
- Output: 120 lumen (aa) or 130 lumen (cr123)
- Tri-mode - hi/low/strobe
- Cree XR-E LED
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The Helotex g2 flashlight from gun shack features dual power capability to run either on a single AA or cr123 battery. The unit features a Cree xr-e q4 LED for an incredible output of 130 lumen. The flashlight features a tactile click on/off button on the rear of the flashlight. Once turned on, the user can toggle between high, low and strobe functions with a quick tap of the on/off button. After turning the light off for 1 second, it will revert back to high the next time it is turned on, regardless what the previous mode was. The flashlight is constructed of anodized 6063-t6 aircraft aluminum and features O-ring seals on all parts for optimum weather resistance. The new design maintains the same ultra bright light output on high but now offers the flexibility of a true low output setting suitable for close up work. Output: 120 lumen (aa) or 130 lumen (cr123) led: Cree xr-e q4-bin LED life: 50, 000 hours battery life: 1 hr (aa) or 2 hr (cr123) modes: 3 (high, low, strobe) length: 4.2" (aa) or 3.6" (cr123).
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My replacement for my streamlight was supposed to be a Coast TX3, an excellent tool light and it's splash lighting is outstanding! But it isn't a tactical light like it says it is. It's 5/5 for tool lighting and house and car lighting, even camping! But it cannot be a tactical light in my opinion, it's focus cannot be locked between splash and pinpoint and it's switch engages too easily. In light of that discovery, (Hah, I made a pun.) I decided to keep it for its excellent tool application and continue my search. My search may have ended with the Helotex G2.
I wanted a single AA light, this is fairly compact, reasonably slim, and offers the option to convert to cr123 batteries by removing the middle chamber. AA or CR123 cells hold securely without rattling. Big plus, a lot of lights they tend to bounce around inside when using different cell sizes.
The switch/tailcap switch is recessed into the butt of the flashlight, so it can tail-stand for splash room lighting indoors or in a structure, it also is a reverse click switch, it CANNOT be used in momentary. I was disappointed in this! It reads it's momentary, it is NOT. However one clicked and activated, it then can cycle modes momentary. My Maratac is the same way and I am accustomed enough to this that it isn't a huge problem.
The reflector used a pin-point/vety precise hot-spot beam. It's what I wanted, this delivered nicely on it. Bezel crenellations are reasonably protruded; not sharp enough to cause a security checkpoint issue, unless they're super stingy. The U.K. Is known for being very, VERY anti-weapon/anti-defense ordinances and continues to stiffen their regulations as time goes on. In most places this should be fine. Also, it would make a decent improvised bludgeon. You'll destroy the light, but then again if you're bashing someone with a hammer-fist light Attack, you will not care about the light being gone if you come out of it safe.
Width of the barrel is decent, and sturdy in feel. This will fit most hand sizes. I wear a ladies' medium to large glove by Palm size but my fingers are very slender, a lot of bulkier stuff doesn't fit my hands well. This fits nicely! Not bad at all.
The lights does shorten up a bit using CR123 cells due to the AA adaptor barrel missing, it fits my hands less well then. I prefer its length with AA, the switch bring recessed is harder for my thumb to hook in and reach using CR123's. Besides, the CR123's will produce longer life but not much increased brightness. Better off with AA's for cheapness. Or rechargeable AA's. I wouldn't due super lithium cells to be safe, but NIMH cells should be fine.
It's a direct-drive light. No current regulations here. But then again, I don't mind it. Does just fine for me.
Pocket clip is solid, but in the wrong direction. The head is a bit wide for an alternate arrangement and the removable barrels/adaptor chamber is why they could not reversely mount the clip, You can easily see that but still. I'd sooner carry it in a sheath or a pocket then clip it and have the light head exposed. Looks way more like a weapon that way, not a fan of it. Good for clipping to a cap though! A bit heavy, but will work excellently for that if its secure on your head. Clip is dedicated, screw-mounted.
Applications recommended: Tool/car/house light, Defense light/CCW aiming light, Security personnel pocket light for unarmed guards, Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun light for home defense, Law enforcement officer/armed security officer backup tactical light.
A $25 home defense rifle light? Yup, they make pressure switches for it. Several users mention they like this on longer-barreled shotguns. It's tight-patterned beam basically makes it default suited for targeting at short to medium range.
It can be disassembled chamber by chamber and the head can also be screwed off. Great for cleaning and maintenance. More lights need this, something Mag-lite has done for years that so many modern light companies do not. All compartments have O-rings! Every chamber and the head. Good for water and grime resistance. I wouldn't take this diving. It's probably good for IPX-6 or so, rainstorms would be fine, most of us absolutely do not need IPX-8 anyways. It's a hard-use fad/trend to market to doomsday preppers. To each their own, but my old incandescent Maglite resists a rainstorm the same as a super high-grade surefire wth IPX-8.
CANNOT momentary on without engaging full click. Click noise audible, not suitable for primary law enforcement officer light/not suitable for military primary light tactical usage. A good backup! But not a primary for these individuals, that click noise is pretty loud honestly, that'll give you away pretty quick. One you click it, it can momentary but this aspect in my view makes it immediately a backup light for such people, if they made momentary the same way streamlight or Nitecore did? It would be excellent as a light tactical device. Such is not the case.
-Lens is not tempered glass. It's a polymer similar to what Coast and Lenser uses. Durable, but it will eventually get beaten up.
-Pocket clip exposes flashlight head, not tail. Again, bad for tactical usage for pocket/Vest carry. Reverse the clip so the head carries down. Yes, it will rip up your pocket with the bezel edges but you need to draw the light to have it ready! Not to draw it and flip it over than have it ready. Backup tactical light quality, not primary.
-Does not list water proof/resistance rating. End user is left to test/guess. I would appreciate if Amazon would list this. But again, that's for the community, I personally won't be pushing it into a diving expedition. Lol.
All in all? Happy! Will update if necessary.
This thing is BRIGHT! If you shine it into the eyes of your target it WILL cause momentary blindness.
There are three modes on this light:
1: Click all the way down for normal bright mode
2: While flashlight is turned ON in bright mode, press the button half way to engage a dimmer setting.
3: Press button down half way again to engage strobe setting.
The common batteries for use over here are CR 123 batteries. You need to unscrew and remove the included extension in order for this light to work with the CR 123 battery.
This flashlight is small and will fit in small pockets. It is also very hard and durable. The front edge rim of the light is hard, narrow, and sharp. Great for use as a self defense weapon (I would hate to get hit with that edge) in worse case scenarios.
Only $25?!?!? Really??? Why would you not buy this? I have seen $200 flashlights that don't work as well as this one!
For the price of those 3 and more, I bought this flashlight. I had my doubts. But all those reviews can't be wrong, can it? Boy, am I glad I bought it. Despite being small, this light is very BRIGHT. The all metal construction feels great and exudes quality. The lens feels and looks to be made of glass. Nice. The beam is nice and round, with proper illumination on the side. Great for night time. And the best part? It is very power efficient. I am still on the original rechargeable Eneloop battery and it is still going strong. Amazing.
Oh, there is more. By shorten it, it will take a CR123 lithium battery. Holy gerbil. I can't imagine how bright and long lasting it will be then.
Why are you still reading this? Buy it. Put one in your SHTF bag, one in your car, one in your night stand, etc... I promise you won't regret it.
Update: This is after a few years of use, my every day carry. Cosmetics, it has a lot of wear markings. Dropped, kicked, left in sub zero temperatures and temperatures up to 100 degrees F with extreme humidity. Overall I am extremely happy with this product.