Reviews

2

Really bright, well-made, durable. Great for a weekend…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $59

Summary

Really bright, well-made, durable. Great for a weekend outing or a tent-camping family. I wouldn't recommend it for a lightweight junky, but it definitely gets the job done.

Pros

  • Metal construction.... no plastic
  • Bright.. really bright
  • Easy battery swaps

Cons

  • Really bright = lots of battery drain
  • A little on the heavy side
  • Screw-downs come loose quite a bit

This is a great looking flashlight. Stainless steel construction is hefty in the hand, not like the cheapo plastic lights that I also have. The beam can be focused from a spot to a broad wash of light, perfect for those really, really dark nights. And it has an SOS and a strobe setting—hopefully you never need those!!

It takes three AAA's, and you better take some extras. At full-power (310 lumens), the claim is 2 hrs of run-time, but after 30-45 minutes, you can see the light starting to fade. At 50% power, claimed run is 5 hrs, 10% gets you 12 hrs.  

Operating is easy—just push the "clicker" built into the butt of the light, then use the dial at the back end to select your setting.

This unit is called the Redline because there is a red translucent ring around the bulb. When it's exposed, a red glow emits around the head of the light. Can't think of any reason for this other than it looks cool. You can twist the ring a little and the glow is eliminated.

So far, it's proven durable, but I have had a couple of problems. The on-off clicker kinda gets a mind of its own sometimes.... I have to unscrew then reseat it. And the screw-down lens cover and battery cover are prone to loosen. Not a huge deal, but if you're out in the woods, rain, snow... yeah, so it's a big deal.

Would I buy it again? Probably. There are better and less expensive lights on the market now, but I still like the feel of real metal in my hand.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review of your Nebo flashlight, Tom. Do you have any pictures you could share of yours in your review?


20 days ago
Nick Mesarhakis

Also the crenellated bezel adds as a security feature in case you have to break a glass window or just to protect the optic.


13 days ago
Nick Mesarhakis

I don't own this flashlight but I have owned a similar one that was designed for one 18650 li-ion battery or three AAA batteries in a tubular case for versatility. This might be the case for your flashlight as well! If you can substitute the AAA with a 18650 then (and only then) you will get the maximum luminosity with increased runtime and lower weight. If not sure check the manual.


13 days ago
1

The flashlights are well made and have many features.

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: about 35-40 dollars

Summary

The flashlights are well made and have many features. However—the long term quality for everyday use is very poor. I have had 4+ units and all have had the same problem of the switch failing. NEBO was good about warranty (sent in 4 for repairs and I received 3 back).
In the long haul—these are OK for occasional use—not for work or real use, but more for novelty.

Pros

  • Magnetic end to support the light
  • Bright light, ultra-violet and green lights
  • Nice design—easy to use

Cons

  • The switches do not last in everyday use
  • The model number is glued on—it falls off after a few days use—so I do not have a model. Their other flashlights have the same sticker.
0

200 lumens for under 70 dollars is fine in my book!

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $20 NAPA Auto parts

200 lumens for under 70 dollars is fine in my book! various modes, rugged design, and compact size make it worth its weight in gold! too bad no lanyard! 

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