Well, this review has undergone a major update. It
appears that the first light I received for review was
VERY defective. The manufacturer forgot to place the
reflector inside the light head, which served as a standoff
for the LED board. As a result, the LEDs were crushed
against the lens of the light when assembled. A new
sample was received and this one works very nicely.
The body of the light is aluminum and is anodized with
a Type II finish. The knurling is good and does provide
a reasonable gripping surface.
The bezel consists of the LEDs on a circuit board behind
a plastic lens. A silvered plastic reflector surrounds
and is penetrated by the LEDs.
Output is in a wide spot of bluish tinted light with
a nice soft surround as a result of the reflector catching
the sidespill light from the LEDs and casting it forward.
Overall, it has really good output for its size and
The switch is a great little clickie tucked beneath
a rubber cap. The switch is designed so that accidental
activation is very unlikely. You have to push into the
switch far enough that activation pretty much has to
There are O-ring seals on the tailcap, head, and lens,
but I'm not too sure about how well they engage. I'd
rate it as water resistant, possibly dunkable.
Batteries are inserted into a little carrier before
they are put into the light. The carrier has a spring
on the front which makes contact with a large solder
contact bump inside the head of the light. The spring
has a sharp tip that protrudes enough that it erodes
the solder contact it touches every time it is inserted
and the tailcap tightened. By bending the tip inward
with a fine pair of needlenose pliers, the erosion of
the solder bump is minimized. Be careful, though! The
spring may pop right out of the carrier and can be a
little tricky to put back. Luckily it can be put back
without disassembling the carrier.
I would also like to note that the solder they used
seems very soft, melts very easily, and is rather dark
in color. I suspect a high lead content, so if you decide
to do any soldering with the existing solder joints
in this light, do so in a well ventilated area and do
not breathe in the vapors.
What I Liked: Water resistant,
Impact resistant, Bright
What I Didn't Like: Construction
cheesy, but nothing serious, Uses a battery carrier
which is something I really don't care for in any light.
Conclusions: An OK little pocket
light with decent light output and a compact design.