Testing a flashlight can be tricky, especially when it comes to a flashlight that was meant to be used by police officers. This light has three possible settings: High, Low, and Strobe. The High setting emits an astonishing 180 lumens. This is EPIC for its size. A Maglite, which is usually standard issue for many police departments, puts out a mere 76.8 lumens (three D-Cell battery version). For something 1/8th of the size, to put out almost three times the amount of light, the developers at Brite-Strike must be doing something right.
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The low setting is meant to increase battery life when the full 180 lumens are not needed. With this setting your battery life jumps from around 1 hour to a little more than 3 hours. This setting is comparable to a regular Maglite, producing around 80 lumens. The final setting is the strobe feature. This setting is meant as a way for you to confuse someone that is coming at you. It strobes on high (180 lumens) and curious if the light would disorient an attacker, I had a co-worker assist me. I lowered the lights in the room to simulate a dark environment. After promising I wasn’t going to put my arm around him, I told him to stand at the opposite end of the room. I then told him that I if he could smack me, I would give him ten dollars. He made a quick movement to attack and I switched the light to strobe. He got disoriented and tripped over his own two feet. Despite the hilarity of this test, the strobe feature worked. It would not have defended me, but it would have given me the upper hand and the opportunity to get away.
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The light itself is durable enough to go through anything. I dropped it first to see if that would harm anything. Nothing. I then threw it an a pool to simulate dropping it in a lake. Nothing. I stepped on it, threw it at a brick wall, and even tried to run it over with a car. Nothing I did seemed to have an effect on the light. They really built it with quality, durability, and long term ownership in mind.
A Note On Batteries
After using the light for testing, I noticed that the light would only go to the low setting. I tried to replace the battery and given the state of the economy, bought the cheapest one I could find. After getting back to the office, I replaced the battery and it did the same thing. I promptly contacted customer support who informed me that I had purchased the wrong batteries. Turns out this Brite-Strike light is as high class on the inside as it is on the outside. The best results can be had by using the same exact type of Panasonic battery that was included (Panasonic CR123A Industrial Lithium). If you can’t find these batteries, the next best alternative is a Duracell Ultra 123 Lithium Battery. You can either waste your money in a store buying them, or buy them at a discounted price, directly from Brite-Strike.
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