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Maybe mine is a fake?
on February 22, 2014
I've been on a bit of an ultra-bright flashlight kick for a little while. I started with cheap ones, not knowing what I was getting into, and a few were worthless, but several of the lights I've purchased for $15-30 or so seem at least equal to this thing. Plus, none of them have had issues with simple things like turning on/off, but my Strion sometimes completely ignores the switch (I thought I needed to disassemble it to get it to turn off once.) And yes, I made sure it was fully charged and the switch is still funky. Plus, the fact that you need to hold the switch when you are turning it ON until it reduces to the desired brightness level isn't as nice as ones that allow you to partially press the switch when the light is on to reduce the brightness and then return to the same brightness when powered on again. One other reviewer spoke about the somewhat more diffuse beam of this model over a previous one he owned, but he might want to look at the Ostart 1800 Lumen Zoomable CREE XM-L T6 LED Flashlight ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B8O89E6/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) which costs ten times less, but has a perfectly diffuse circle of intensely bright light that may be focused to a tight beam, while this Strion has no focus adjustment at all.
So, I hope I'm missing something important about these things, because otherwise I'm fairly certain that it is just massively overpriced. I've encountered that before with things that people (or businesses) think MUST be expensive in order to be high quality.