TorchLAB BOSS

Review: TorchLAB BOSS

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

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OVEREADY Moddoolar Triple Wasp Optics

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.

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OVEREADY Moddoolar Triple Wasp V5

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

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Moddoolar Triad Tailcap

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

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2014 Best Flashlights Feature

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.

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SureFire Z41 switch upgrades

SureFire Z41 Switch Upgrades

The SureFire Z41 tailcap has been around for quite a while.  For more than 25 years this classic design has remained largely unchanged, even as handheld lighting has evolved immensely.  Inside its aluminum or Nitrolon shell, the Z41 houses a ruggedly simple switch mechanism that has proven itself to be durable, reliable, and ideally suited for tactical use.  With a simple user interface that allows momentary operation with a press of the tailcap, the Z41 ensures the flashlight is easy to activate when needed and, equally important, turns off when the switch is released.  Constant operation is achieved by simply twisting (tightening) the tailcap.

Although the Z41, along with its many derivatives, works well for its intended purpose, it’s not perfect for every application.  Some would prefer the convenience of a click-type tail switch while others may wish for a lower-profile or more efficient alternative.  Whatever the case, the popularity of SureFire flashlights has led to the creation of several aftermarket solutions allowing the Z41 switch mechanism to be replaced using only simple hand tools.

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OVEREADY Custom Bored Elzetta Bodies

Elzetta Design creates some of the toughest and most distinctive flashlights on the market today which, owing to their tactical nature, are specifically designed for use with industry standard CR123 lithium primary batteries.  This choice of battery type makes perfect sense when considering the intended law enforcement and military applications of these lights but may frustrate some users who would like the ability to use larger, more powerful, lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

OVEREADY has taken steps to fill this void by boring (enlarging the battery compartment) of the Elzetta Bravo and Charlie flashlight bodies.  These bored Elzetta bodies may then be purchased separately or as part of a complete “turn-key” flashlight with the high-output AVS head. Continue reading

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OVEREADY body extenders for SureFire flashlights

OVEREADY Custom Body Extenders

OVEREADY has introduced a brand new line of custom made body extenders which allow owners of SureFire C, P, or Z series flashlights (or any other compatible lights) to reconfigure their lights to use more powerful combinations of batteries.  The extenders are sized to accept 18mm (nominal) lithium-ion batteries and are available in two lengths:

  • 18350 Body Extender – Same length as the SureFire A19 extender and adds the equivalent of one CR123 battery in length.
  • 18650 Body Extender – Nearly twice the length of the 18350 version and adds the equivalent of one 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable battery in length.

Both sizes are available in three anodized finishes – Type II Black, Type III Black (HA Black), and Type III Natural (HA Nat) – with prices varying by size and finish.  One type III Natural 18350 body extender and one Type II Black 18650 body extender were provided for this review by OVEREADY.

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Custom OVEREADY 6Z

Custom OVEREADY 6Z and Z2

The classic SureFire 6Z and its successor, the Z2 CombatLight, are still among the most recognizable tactical lights in existence.  First introduced over 20 years ago, the 6Z was the first handheld flashlight designed from the ground up for use with a handgun and featured a unique (at the time) narrow body which allowed it to be used in a variety of holds.  The enduring CombatLight design was carried over to several other lights and still influences designs today.

As with other P60-based SureFire lights, the 6Z and Z2 have been very popular with enthusiasts due to the ease with which they can be upgraded using any of the numerous P60 LED drop-ins available.  However, since SureFire discontinued production of the Z2 they have become scarcer and are typically only available on the used market.  That is, until now.  Continue reading

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OVEREADY Custom Shaved SureFire 6P

OVEREADY Custom Shaved SureFire 6P

With its classic look, compact size, durable construction and modular design, the SureFire 6P Original has been a long-time favorite of flashlight enthusiasts due to the ease with which it could be modified and upgraded. Whether swapping in a new tailcap, upgrading the light engine, or using a different bezel, there are an untold number of ways a 6P can be customized to suit the needs and tastes of its owner. Regardless of the changes made, the one constant has always been the knurled 6P body. That is, until now.

OVEREADY has taken this classic and done the unthinkable by machining away the knurling that is such a distinctive feature of the SureFire 6P. The result is a smooth and clean finish that stays true to the original form but gives the light a modern and more stylish appearance. Available with either black or natural (gray) hard-anodized finish, the Custom Shaved SureFire 6P can be purchased as a host (with no light engine) or as a turnkey flashlight with a TorchLAB Triple LED drop-in (Review) or M2 Mini TurboHead (Review) already installed. A selection of switches, lenses, bezel rings, and bezels provides additional options for configuring the Custom Shaved 6P in a number of different ways.  Continue reading

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