Daily Deal: UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight 2-Pack
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See more in the dark with these UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlights. Powered with 500 lumens and an adjustable zoom that provides up to one mile of range, these elite flashlights will help you find your way through any dark place. Bright, lower bright, and SOS modes let you choose the right mode for any situation. Normally the Techdirt Deals Store sells these for $29.99 but there’s been a recent price drop for the holidays to $14.99 for a limited time.
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Comments on “Daily Deal: UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight 2-Pack”
Looks like junk
Lots of warning signs:
– price reduced from $100 to $15!
– runs on a single AA, so low power, so not much light output
– no info on the LED used
– is it even an LED flashlight? who knows?
Pretty sure these are the same ones sold at more reputable sites for 5 bucks each.
Eh, under two bucks apiece postpaid from China, if you’re willing to wait 3-6 weeks for delivery. Those don’t come with a plastic box, though, and they may or may not be ones that didn’t meet spec (some are brighter than others). One vendor’s illustrations show the brand as “LOGO”, suggesting that the factory will print whatever logo you want. I’ve bought them imprinted with various logos (including Ultrafire) and no brands. The Chinese vendors claim 2000 lumens, 500 sounds like a more realistic rating. Allegedly it’s a Cree XM-L Q5 LED, the vendors all make a point of saying “Cree”.
The key to brightness is that while it will work with an AA battery, it really wants a 14500 (3.7V) Li-ion battery. Then it’s very bright. And they do eat batteries, but if the batteries are rechargeable you don’t care much.
And be sure to get the protected kind of lithium-ion battery, or be EXTREMELY careful when charging them.
The cheap batteries that tend to come with cheap flashlights like these don’t have the protection circuit, and can explode like a certain Samsung phone if you leave them in the charger for too long.
I can order these all day for about $2 each. One year I got a bulk deal just by asking and got 20 for $1.25 each and gave them as xmas gifts. Never had a problem with the ones I’ve had for 4 years.