A small flashlight but not the type that compromises its brightness due to its size, this is the Super Bright 9 LED flashlight which is very very cheap and portable. On Amazon you can get this flashlight for about $4 and its quite a deal considering you get 9 LEDs, and for you who don’t know the benefits of LED’s over regular filament bulbs then let me give a little lecture on the matter. First of all LEDs do not emit heat like tungsten filament bulbs do, so the energy which is produce is 100% light, and LED’s operate at a fraction of the energy required to power regular bulbs.
Easy grip easy battery replacement
Indents mark the bottom and top of the body, making this flashlight easy to grip, also come with a strap that you can use to tie on your belt and let it hang there. The unit requires 3 triple “A” batteries and is said to be able to last for about 20 hours on these, this is not surprising at all, and in fact this is how long I expected it to last.
After opening the simple plastic sandwich package I threw away the free complementary batteries that came with it because I don’t even know what brand of batteries those were, or where they were made in. After replacing the batteries I just fitted them into a little magazine like tube that goes into the body, like a battery clip. I wished they gave me another one of these batteries housing just for the fun of it.
“Light” wise, this little guy can sure put out enough light for you not to go bump in the dark, but it did have some design flaws. The users on Amazon were right about the flickering and the sudden cut off of the light. Taking a closer look at the connections in the back and around the insides of the body I notice the back panel to be not so good a contact, well for $4 what would you expect? So I just folded some copper and welded it to the contacts, and the problem is gone.
So this little tube of a light has the good stuff at the front end, but can it deliver on all the its other features? Apparently this flashlight was made in China and there has been concern about the paint used to paint this flashlight (China = lead paint), well I would suggest getting the plain metal colored one or not to scratch of any bits of paint from it.
The flashlight is about 6.7 inches in length, which is n ideal size for a personal flashlight; it’s just the right size for me to put it in one of the numerous pockets on my hunting Jacket. The body is made of anodized aluminum but I wouldn’t really hold it to that, because it does feel kind of thin and not that sturdy, anodized aluminum which is known to withstand significant amounts of pressure.
Best Compact Flashlight for the Price
So overall I think this is one of those flashlights which you buy just for the fun of it, they are cheap and they can light up most of the time, but if you are worried about the lead paint you can just top coat it with industrial scratch proof clear coat. So I would say for the compact size and price it’s a good buy as a spare light in the glove compartment, or as a travel flashlight, but don’t expect it to be a hundred percent reliable.
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