Thankfully, I was wrong.
I put the included battery in, powered the flashlight on. My first reaction? Completely disappointment. The light was so weak. A second later, I realized I hadn't switched beam strength yet. *Click* brighter. *Click* Ok, that's better. *Click* Now I'm not disappointed. *Click* Ok NOW we're cookin' with gas. *Click* How on earth is this thing so bright???
We live on a stretch of land cut out from the woods, deep out in the country. While we have lighting around the different homes spread out on the edges of our land, it gets really dark if there isn't a full moon.
I took it out at night to check on one of our well water pumps that wouldn't stop running. Heard a coyote howl on one end of our land just by the treeline, and chorus of replies from a pack of them at the edge of our land closest to where I was. Coyotes usually leave people alone, but I didn't want them bothering any of the animals. Pointed the flashlight to one area of the treeline a few acres away, it was like I left a portable floodlight out there. Very powerful. Not only does it throw a beam like nobody's business, it's durable.
FUN AND COMPLETELY USELESS TRICK WITH THIS FLASHLIGHT
There's a trick I learned a lifetime ago, as a Boy Scout. Doesn't work with all flashlights, but is absolutely PERFECT for this one. There is no real point to this, it's just something I do for fun lol.
1. Go outside to your yard late at night. Ideally on a dry night, but it will still work even if there's condensation around.
2. Turn the flashlight on the highest setting.
3. Place the back (end) of the flashlight directly between your eyes. The end of the flashlight should be touching the skin between your eyes, the beam shining away from you.
4. Keeping the flashlight perfectly straight (like it was bolted to your head), scan your head around and look at the ground, grass, plants, bushes, tree trunks, weeds, etc. Walk around. Move side to side. Position your head at different angles.
And you'll see it.
Bright twinkling lights in the grass, or wherever else you look. Sometimes green. Sometimes they sparkle what looks like multiple colors. And sometimes they start to move. Congrats, you've located every spider that was otherwise invisible to you at night.
Move around a bit, you'll see plenty more. As I said, we live out in the country. I don't have to walk more than 10 feet from our home, and the grass, weeds, and bushes are absolutely peppered with twinkling eyes.
Should you get this light? No doubt at all, order it today. Add it to your shopping cart now, check out, and you'll be using it in a few days. It's strong and durable. Waterproof in the rain, or in case you drop it somewhere. Able to withstand abuse. And as far as handheld torches go, I don't think I've ever seen something this size pack the lumens punch that it does.
by Peter Weyland