A handy bushcraft/survival flashlight that is highly…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $28
A handy bushcraft/survival flashlight that is highly water resistant and bright enough for night-time activities.
- Great water resistance
- Only takes one AA battery to run
- Grippy handle
- Comes with waterproof matches and cotton ball in rear compartment
- Rear compartment can accommodate a spare battery
- Lanyard holes fits 550 paracord
- Also comes with Bear Grylls' pocket guide to survival
- Only 24 lumens
- Circular construction
- Twist on/off
- One light setting
So far this flashlight is great, but could be better if Gerber really wanted it to be a Survival Torch. I have had it for about 5 months and it's my go-to flashlight. It has 24 lumens and in my opinion will light up a distance of 20 feet.
The beam is nicely focused for the amount of power produced and brightness will suffice for any basic campers need. I don't use this flashlight everyday, but since I got it I haven't had to change the battery. On Gerber's website they say it will run for 20 hours on a fresh battery which I am very happy with.
The rear compartment is one of my favorite features of this flashlight, you can either keep the fire proof matches and cotton ball in there (which you don't have to worry about getting wet because the threaded cap that seals off the compartment is lined with an o-ring that will block water from getting in) or you can take that out a put an extra AA battery.
I also wrapped my extra battery in a piece of appear towel so the battery didn't bounce around bang against the inner walls of the compartment. The other day I also took in out in -20° to -30° Celsius and tossed it around in 3ft of snow and it always turned on and no moisture made it into the flashlight.
I am however disappointed that there isn't a button for an on/off switch or a low setting and that there is no anti-roll system for the flashlight, but overall I would recommend this flashlight for anyone who needs it for general use and minor bushcraft survival.