Princeton Tec Eco Flare
Price Paid: $9 and change
What a little hunk of junk. I own a number of Princeton Tec lights and have even written a glowing review of the Impact XL, but don’t buy this light. The first one I bought had a cracked lens right out of the packaging. Returned it to Princeton Tec and they sent me another one. Same problem.
Talked to a customer service rep and he sent me two new lenses. I cast a hex shaped epoxy ring around the base of one of the lenses (did I mention that the lens is almost impossible to turn when your hands are dry and is absolutely impossible to turn with wet hands), and cured the cracking and grip problem on that particular lens.
The rep admitted to me that they had done a recall on this light for the cracking problem and the lenses he sent to me were supposed to be improved by having additional material in the thread area. Measurements made with a dial micrometer showed that the “new” lenses were exactly the same to 0.001” as the “old” lenses. If you need a flashing red marker light – buy a Pelican light.
It gets ½ a star because it can be made to work if you have the time, material and initiative.
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Make yourself visible with the Eco Flare(TM) personal locator light. An essential safety item for sea kayakers, it comes complete with two bulbs: one for constant area light and a flashing red LED. Whether you're paddling through shipping lanes or just across the bay, Eco Flare(TM) will allow you to be seen.
A vital part of any outdoor enthusiast's equipment bag, the Princeton Tec Eco Flare can be set on constant, high-output, incandescent mode for use as an area/personal locator light, or on flashing, red Ultrabright LED mode for low-visibility, dark nights. The Ultrabright LED will burn in excess of 500+ hours on 2 AAA alkaline batteries. The Eco Flare can also be attached to your dog's collar for easy identification in low light conditions.
- Altrec Outdoors
A vital part of any outdoor enthusiasts equipment bag, the Eco Flare can be set on constant, high-output, incandescent mode for use as an area/personal locator light, or on flashing, red Ultrabright LED mode for low-visibility, dark nights. The Ultrabright LED will burn in excess of 500+ hours on 2 AAA alkaline batteries. The Eco Flare can also be attached to your dogs collar for easy identification in low light conditions.SPECIFICATIONS: POWER: 6 LumensLAMP: 1 Red LED, 1 Krypton BulbBURN TIME: 500 HoursBATTERIES: 2 AAA AlkalineWEIGHT: 42g
- Mountains Plus
On Sale. Princeton Tec Eco Flare Cone (Fall 2009) The Eco Flare Cone by Princeton Tec is for the Princeton Tec Eco Flare.