Continually finding ways to squeeze ultra-high output levels out of increasingly smaller flashlights, OVEREADY has introduced a completely new flashlight system, the TorchLAB BOSS. Designed to provide Bright Output in a Small Size, the BOSS is capable of producing nearly 3500 lumens of output using the same triple LED light engine found in the TorchLAB Wasp (review) and their P60 style drop-ins.Continue reading
Category Archives: Flashlight Reviews
Review: Malkoff Hound Dog 18650
The Malkoff Devices family of flashlights has a new member, the Hound Dog 18650, which is designed specifically for use with a single 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Rated to produce 800 lumens (900 momentarily) with its Cree XP-L emitter, the Hound Dog 18650 also provides a 30 lumen low mode using a High/Low bezel switch. Two versions are available:
- Cool White – 5700K Cree XP-L
- Neutral White – 4000K Cree XP-L
The Hound Dog 18650 may be purchased as a standalone head for upgrading any existing Malkoff MD2 body or as part of a complete turn-key flashlight package – including the Hound Dog 18650 head, MD2 body and tailcap, KeepPower protected 3400mAh 18650 battery, and Intellicharger I2 charger. Pricing ranges from $120 for the head up to $186 for the turn-key package.Continue reading
Review: FoxFury Rook CheckMate
The FoxFury Rook CheckMate is a compact tactically styled flashlight powered by a pair of lithium primary 123A batteries or a single 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable cell. Rated to produce 600 lumens at its highest setting, the CheckMate also provides a tactical strobe and lower output 90 lumen mode.
The CheckMate is the most powerful member of the Rook series of flashlights which also includes the 220 lumen Rook MD1 as well as several special purpose lights providing UV and multi-spectrum capability. The CheckMate used in this review was provided by FoxFury and has a Manufactuer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $233.99.
Review: SureFire UDR Dominator
After years of anticipation the SureFire UDR Dominator has become a reality. The largest and most powerful LED equipped flashlight produced by SureFire, the new UDR Dominator is an ultra-powerful portable spotlight designed for demanding activities such as search & rescue, border patrol, military operations, and maritime applications. Utilizing the Luminus CBT-90 LED assembly, the UDR Dominator is capable of producing a focused 200,000+ candela beam.
Users may select between 9 output levels (14 lumens to the full-throttle 2400 lumens) and a strobe mode by use of a head mounted selector ring. Three push-button switches then allow direct access to momentary, constant, or maximum output. Normally powered by an included lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the UDR Dominator is “Dual Fuel” capable and allows the use of 123A lithium primary batteries as an alternative power source. Continue reading
Moddoolar Triple Wasp Optics
The Moddoolar Triple Wasp head now has even more customization options than before with the addition of two new optics from OVEREADY. Originally available with only the “narrow clear” optic, users may now opt for “medium frost” and “wide frost” versions of the Wasp Optic.
All three optics are available for purchase with any Wasp head. The samples used in this review were graciously provided by OVEREADY.
Review: Moddoolar Triple V5 Wasp
OVEREADY and TorchLAB are well known for churning out incredibly powerful yet compact LED lighting products. The latest result of their efforts is the new Moddoolar Triple V5 Wasp Head, a little powerhouse of a flashlight rated to produce nearly 3500 lumens using three Cree XP-L emitters..Continue reading
2015 Limited Edition Elzetta Alpha
It’s become an annual tradition at Elzetta to issue a limited edition of one of their production flashlights and, for 2015, it’s the little Alpha that gets the royal treatment. The Limited Edition Elzetta Alpha boldly stands out from its tactical black brethren with a bright “electric” yellow Cerakote finish and different bezel ring.
Review: Moddoolar Triad Tailcap
The Moddoolar Triad is a custom designed tailcap for use with 1″ flashlight bodies such as those from SureFire and Moddoolar. Named in part for the three distinctive lobes at the end of the tailcap, the Triad is CNC machined from solid aluminum and has a hard-anodized finish applied in either a natural (gray) or matte black finish.Continue reading
SureFire 123A Battery Long Term Testing
A few weeks ago I received a phone call from SureFire asking if I would be interested in testing some old 123A lithium primary batteries. How old? Well, the batteries in question were manufactured over 12 years ago, in February 2003. Of course I was interested!
Best Flashlights of 2014
Now that 2014 is behind us the advent of the New Year provides an opportunity to reflect upon the year that was. Over the past 12 months I’ve been fortunate to get my grubby paws on a lot of great products from some of the biggest names in the business, as well as a few that aren’t as well known. This includes more than just flashlights, and in fact some of my favorite products have been the accessories and modifications that make my existing flashlights more useful.
Through it all there have been some products that stood out from the rest so I will start with a dozen noteworthy items that were reviewed here during 2014. Some were brand new products, introduced during the past year, while others were simply new to me personally.