Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review - FOURSEVENS Preon PenLight


The Preon PenLight is very stylish
and comes in 4 great colors.

It seems like forever since FOURSEVENS has offered a new flashlight. Actually, it's only been about a year since they released their last original design with the Preon P0. The P0 has been a great everyday carry flashlight, by the way. I carry one on my keys daily.

Going along with the theme of a compact, everyday carry flashlight, the newest flashlight, the Preon PenLight is a new spin on the Preon series of lights. Coming in at 5.4" long and 1.6 oz (with batteries), it is very close in size and weight to the Preon P2, but has some key features that distinguish it from the Preon P2, which up until now was the reference standard penlight.

The Preon PenLight primarily goes after the same look, form and even overall controls as a standard pen. I mean that, at first glance, this flashlight looks like a classy business-style pen. From the clicky tailcap, to the stainless pocket clip, to even the stylish milling on the body, it looks like a pen. That is, until you click the tailcap and realize that it's emitting a blazing 180 lumens out of its CREE XP-G2 LED.

The modes on the PenLight are also much simpler than on the Preon P2. FOURSEVENS chose only the most basic modes: Low (5 Lumens), Medium (50 Lumens) and High (180 Lumens). To top it off, the PenLight also has mode-memory. This means that if you have the flashlight on a mode for at least 2 seconds and turn the light off, the last mode you were in will be the mode that the flashlight turns on to. This is a feature that I particularly like and think makes this light a true winner.

I should also mention the brilliant colors that these lights come in. As with all of the Preon series of lights (excluding the P0), FOURSEVENS does not disappoint with the colors that they offer. The PenLight comes in the standard Stealth Black, but also comes in a  Midnight Blue, Burnt Orange and an attractive Brown that they call Exquisite Mocha. I wonder if they'll be offering new colors in the Preon P2 series as well? *hint* FOURSEVENS if you're reading this, we would like some new colors *hint*

As with all of FOURSEVENS flashlights, the PenLight comes with a 10 Year Warranty, which will make sure that the light will last you for years to come.

If you're in the market for a sleek everyday carry flashlight, then the FOURSEVENS Preon PenLight may be a great choice for you. Heck, if you're a flashlight collector, you'll want to pick up a few of these as well. I'm sure that that these lights are a sign of more great lights to come!