User Review: Gerber Infinity Ultra Task Light
Source: bought it new
Best flashlight I ever owned.
- Very even field of illumination
- One common AA lithium cell provides plenty of power
- Rugged machined aluminum alloy construction
- Twist on/off switch prevents accidental discharge
- O-ring seal makes flashlight practically waterproof
- Can clip on bill of baseball cap for headlamp
- Large enough to hold in hand
- Dark green color easy to loose at night
This Gerber flashlight produces a very even field of illumination which makes it a joy to use. Because the field of illumination is so even. the illumination provided by the single bright LED is more than enough to dig around in a pack, or fix dinner, read a guidebook or put up a tent.
The flashlight comes with a clip similar to the kind found on ballpoint pens and ithe flashlight is small enough and light enough to be clipped onto the bill of a baseball cap and used as a headlamp.
I have hiked in the black of night, with a 50 pound pack, under an old growth canopy, along Forest Service trails using my Gerber flashlight for a headlamp; and when I turned the flashlight off, I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. The flashlight also has enough power to read unlit street signs from the car in dark neighborhoods.
The AA battery is easy to find and if you use a lithium battery the battery should have years of shelf life (read the battery) and many hours of useful light left over as well. The twist on and twist off switch makes accidentally draining your battery while the flashlight is in your pack an unlikely possibility.
The twist on/off switch also makes sealing the flashlight against water damage reliable with the use of its "O" ring.
The construction is of rugged machined aluminum alloy. Using the AA battery makes the flashlight small, but not so small as might make it easy to loose track of.
The flashlight has no illuminated parts except the LED. The only light you see is that which is being reflected from objects being illuminated. Because the on/off switch as operated by twisting the rear of the flashlight, this lack of illuminated parts is not a problem, because you never have trouble finding the switch. Not having an illuminated head portion on the flashlight is an unexpected bonus because the only light you see is reflected off the objects you are trying to illuminate; there is no unwanted glare.
I only find two drawbacks:
- You could easily lose this flashlight because of its dark color so I always attach a lanyard of a bright color.
- If you lay the flashlight down on a rock on a ridge where the flashlight is shining out into a clean, thin, high altitude night, you may have trouble finding your flashlight, or remembering that it is turned on if the beam is not illuminating some surface.