Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review - NEBO Transport

Perhaps one of the most impressive lights that I have used in the past year has been the Transport by Nebo.

This flashlight isn't impressive for it's brightness (although it is bright), nor for it's size (although it is fairly small). It is impressive because of it's fairly unique charging ability. What do I mean?

Well, having a flashlight with rechargeable batteries is nothing new. I have been using them for years. Usually, recharging the batteries either requires these batteries to be removed or for the light to be plugged into a proprietary charging port. This can be a hassle and difficult to do when traveling.

When I travel, I usually take a flashlight. I tend to bring one that doesn't use rechargeable batteries, because I don't want to carry a large charger with me should the batteries run dry. I would rather just have a spare set of batteries.

Here is where the Transport comes into its own. As you could probably guess by looking at the light, it is shaped to fit into a standard 12V car outlet. When plugged in, the internal lithium ion battery is charged. The light has a built-in charge controller that lets you know when the battery is fully charged. When charged, a little LED on the light changes from red to green. This is very convenient and keeps the battery from being over-charged, even if you were to leave the light plugged in permanently. The internal battery charges in about 1.5 - 2 hours and should give you about 1 hour of runtime.

I have used similar lights, but they were only barely bright enough to see well. The Transport, on the other hand, has a 125 lumen output, which is actually quite bright. The beam pattern allows for good close to far lighting, since it has a good spill, but also a bright center-spot.

To turn the light on, you twist a ring in the middle of the light. There is only one mode, which is fine for such a simple light.

The second most impressive thing on the light is the fit and finish. The light feels very high quality. The body is made of aluminum and comes in either silver or black. The lens on the light is made of glass and should do a good job protecting the LED.

I have been using this light for about 3 months now in my car and have had no issues with the light malfunctioning. Every time I need to use it, it has worked.

I would highly recommend the Nebo Transport to anyone who would like a like with an easy ability to recharge. This light would excel even as a main light for the house. When the battery runs out, plug it into the car. This light would also work great for anyone traveling, by car, RV or motorcycle. I challenge you to find a more convenient light for traveling.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Review - Olight ST25 Baton Flashlight

If you haven't yet figured out, Olight makes some incredible flashlights. The flashlight that we'll be looking at today is the ST25 Baton. This light is advertised as an Emergency Preparedness Flashlight, and it would definitely exceed in that role. The ST25 outputs a blinding 550 lumens, from a flashlight that uses only 2 AA batteries.

The ST25 has a beautifully machined aluminum body. The light is type III hard anodized in black, for scratch resistance. The light is 6.0" long, 0.8" in diameter and weighs 2.6 oz without batteries (4.4 oz with 2 AA batteries). The light is textured for grip and is long enough to fill the hand comfortably.

The ST25 uses a CREE XM-L2 LED which outputs 550 lumens on Turbo mode. In fact, this light has 6 lighting modes:
Turbo - 550 lumens - 0.5 hour runtime
High - 300 lumens - 1 hour runtime
Medium - 100 lumens - 6.5 hour runtime
Low - 10 lumens - 60 hour runtime
Moonlight - 1 lumen - 200 hour runtime
Strobe - 550 lumens

The lightning modes are actuated with the side switch on the light. This switch is also used the turn the flashlight on. There is also a flat tailcap switch on the back of the light, should you prefer to use the light in that way. Neither the side switch, nor the tailcap switch provide a momentary on, feature, however.

The reflector on the flashlight is smooth, but the light still has a medium-sized center spot with a good amount of spill. It's a great compromise, which should perform well for lighting up a larger area, as well as giving you enough throw to illuminate distant objects.

Like I mentioned, the ST25 is powered by two AA batteries, but can also be used with a 14500 battery and a spacer (not included). It's surprising how bright this light can get with only 2 AA batteries, but as technology improves, we will see even brighter flashlights with even longer runtimes.

The ST25 is also very comfortable to carry. The light includes a removable deep carry pocket clip, making the light practically disappear in any medium-sized pocket.  In case you should ever need to, the light is also waterproof to 2 meters, but will probably go deeper as well.

If you're looking for a bright everyday carry/emergency flashlight, then the ST25 Baton by Olight may be just that light.

Do any of you have any experience with the Olight ST25? If so, let me know in the comments below.