Light Type: 5mm LED
Light Class: General Use
This 32 Security Quality LED light is like many new Security Quality LED lights coming out recently. By using a number of 5mm LEDs for producing light, these Security Quality LED lights are now competing well with traditional incandescent flashlights in terms of output. Some of these lights use boost circuits or resistors depending on the power source.
The body of the light is made of anodized aluminum. The body has little plateaus machined into the sides for grip. The tailcap has a checkered ring around its circumference, while there are decorative rings machined into the head. The body wall is quite thick – well built. The finish is a slightly gray polished silver. At the very front of the light is a polished silver ring which contains the LEDs, recessed in holes. Both the head and tailcap are removable. The tailcap is flat so that it can stand on end. The rubber covered push button click switch for operating the light is on the body just below the head.
At the front of the light you will see the polished silver disk where the LEDs reside in recessed holes. By recessing the LEDs into the front of the unit, the flashlight produces a more concentrated beam while at the same time the LEDs are protected from impacts. There were a few dings in the metal plate upon arrival, but it is only cosmetic, and the dings are polished so it must have happened at the factory before the plate was polished/coated.
Output is in the form of a very slightly purplish tinted white spot of light. The spot is fairly wide and tapers off around the edges. A nice soft spillbeam surrounds the main spot.
Runtime Plot: No real surprises – 32 LEDs really suck those little AAA cells dry quickly! About 40 min to 50%, 2½ hours to 25%.
The switch is on the side of the light, sits in a slight recess, and is covered by a domed rubber cap. This cap protrudes above the surface of the light and so could be subject to accidental activation. The head of the light is larger than the body, so resting the light on its side on a flat surface will not cause the switch to touch anything. The clickie switch is a “reverse clickie”, turning the light on after it clicks and is released.
The light is sealed from the environment by O-rings. I’d give it a splashable at the minimum. If water gets inside just disassemble as much as possible without tools and let it dry before using again.
Ergonomics: A pretty normal sized small light. Not too large, not too small. A too large to be carried comfortably inside the front pants pocket. This is more of a “carry it in your car or dufflebag” light than a “carry it on your person” light.
Use 3 AAA cell alkaline batteries for powering this light. Batteries need to be inserted into the special carrier inside the body tube. Simply remove the tailcap, drop out the carrier, put in 3 AAA cells with the negative (flat) side against the springs (2 point up, one points down) and drop the whole carrier in. Reattach the tailcap and you’re ready to go.
What I Liked: Water resistant, Generally tough/impact resistant, Good battery life, Bright output, Fairly easy battery change, Lightweight, Stands up
What I Didn’t Like: I really don’t like the use of battery carriers – one more thing to lose or break.
Other Things I Noticed: Unlike many other mulit-LED lights appearing in huge quantities on the market today, this light actually appears to be of better quality than most.
Conclusions: Good quality light with very good output. Output drops off quickly but continues at diminshed levels for a long time. I had no problems with the light at all, and I would recommend it for normal tasks. The price is very good for the output, quality, and number of LEDs.