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500 lumen multi-mode 3C LED Feit flashlight two-pack for $25 @ Costco B&M (6x Duracell C's included)

mangodrink 939 January 28, 2013 at 02:16 PM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (4) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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B&M only, probably YMMV by location. Non-Costco members can still shop using a Costco gift card, but gc's must be bought by members.

Package says:
Feit Electric
Ultra Bright 500 lumens High Performance Flashlights
*2-Pack*
(item 654427, UPC 017801723229)

Normally $30, on sale for $25, and I forgot to note sale expiration.

Feit Electric 500 lumen flashlight features:
-sliding zoom (wide & narrow) (slide forward or back)
-modes: 500 lumen beam (7 hour run time), 295 lumen (10 hour run time), strobe, sos, off
-tailcap rubber dome switch changes modes if partially clicked or clicked on-off quickly, otherwise remembers last mode
-uses 3 C batteries per flashlight (includes 6 Duracell Duralock batteries (up to 10 years storage))
-beam range 978 feet
-weather and impact resistant
-CREE LEDs
-aircraft grade aluminum body
-includes 2 wrist straps
-8"-8.5" long depending on zoom setting
Those $20 Defiant 500 lumens around BF were pretty popular (and apparently making another visit at HD in a slightly different model for $23). I got one of those and thought it could only have been better in D batteries with a low beam mode.

These Feits still take C batteries, but at least now there's a lower lumen mode to extend run time and make it less blinding at shorter range. Comparing to the Defiant from BF, the Feit has shorter body and doesn't have the castellated, crowned edges. The Defiant also has a glow-in-dark ring that the Feit doesn't have. The Feit's switch is on the tailcap instead of the side/near front on the Defiant. The Feit's slightly-rounded tailcap means it won't stand well to shine upwards. The Defiant's listed at 4 hour run time, the Feit gets 7 hours at the comparably-bright 500 lumen setting.

At the Feit's 500 lumen + widest beam mode, the spot seems overall brighter than the Defiant, but this is just when the batteries are new on both, I don't know how either performs as battery depletes. The Defiant has maybe a degree wider beam angle, but the Feit is still pretty wide. The Defiant has a bright center spot while the Feit at widest angle has a uniformly bright spot; the Defiant's bright spot is much brighter than the Feit's, but the rest of the Defiant's spot is a bit lighter than the Feit.

The Feit has a sliding zoom that just pulls in and out to adjust. The narrowest/most concentrated beam is a lot brighter than the Defiant's bright center spot, and it is shaped like the square LED module because of the zooming lens.

The Defiant's packaging says 550 lumens (one mode), 4 hr run time (3C), and 244 meter (800 feet), and lifetime guarantee (through Home Depot?), but the Feit Electric gets Costco's excellent return policy.

Overall, I think the Defiant is more useful at longer distance than this Feit due to the brighter center spot inside the bright-enough wider spot, and it's more useful for bashing the random berk. The Feit is useful *enough* at long distance, however, and it's more versatile at different ranges in between, even if the Defiant and Feit both cost the same. As it is $25 for 2 Feits + Duracell batteries, that will probably get me to return the Defiant.

FWIW, the Feit LED source says "CREE XM-L ZL20". The body doesn't really unscrew-disassemble like the Defiant though, so there's probably less option to mod or repair than the Defiant.

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#61
Quote from mangodrink View Post :
Here's a barely-useful photo comparing the beams of the Defiant and the Feit. Defiant on the left, Feit on the right, both using fresh Duracell C's, and 6" from the wall. You can't trust actual appearance from photo alone, but I think the photo does a good job highlighting the differences. The Feit seems to be a warmer and brighter light while the Defiant has that center hot spot. Also the Defiant is a bit wider angle (the Feit was already set to widest angle).

I can't imagine the Feit still being brighter after a couple hours though, if the packaging on both Defiant and Feit are to be believed. The Defiant says it'll get 4 hours at 500 lumens, the Feit says 7, on same set of 3C's? Yeah, something's off.
That's the Defiant from the previous Black Friday sale right? Not the new one with the larger head that goes on sale 2/4.
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Quote from dcpoor View Post :
That's the Defiant from the previous Black Friday sale right? Not the new one with the larger head that goes on sale 2/4.
Yes, the BF one, I forgot to mention it.
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#63
After "playing" with these a bit, they seem like a great buy! $12.50 each and that includes batteries.
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#64
Bought these, I am happy. Build quality is not the greatest, minor issues with the zoom being difficult to move on 1 and an inconsistent power on button, but for the price, they are a good deal.
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#65
Anyone know if these things are regulated?
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#66
good price Big Grin heavy sucker!
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#67
I saw it today at Costco B&M here in Lancaster, CA.
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Quote from atheon86 View Post :
These don't happen to be submersible/waterproof do they?
It stated as "Weather Resistant" and almost all type of LED flashlight will have some kind of seal ring inside. My Fenix TK35 is rated 2 Meter Waterproof and submersible.... but of course you pay a high end in price. Retail is about $105 but I got my for about $75. I am a flashlight freak but this flashlight is a great deal when compared to lumen to dollar cost.

I paid for this Life Gear Lantern Super Bright LED 180 Lumens from Buy.com when it was on sale. It is also using "C" battery but with lumen at only 180.
It didn't like the link: Try cut and paste: <http://www.rakuten.com/pr/product.aspx?sku=210819562>
Features
180 lumens
Aircraft-grade aluminum
Polycarbonate optical reflector
Full charge run time: 5 hours
Requires 2 C batteries
Super bright LED


Manufacturer: Life Gear

Mfg Part#: LGHS50
Sku: 210819562
UPC: 790678003433
UPC 14: 00790678003433
Package Weight: 0.7 lbs

I paid $26.80. I got it mainly because it does us "C" size battery and I have some rechargeable ones.


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#69
two things I don't like about these lights.
First is the square head..
Second is the lack of a cone of light.. so when it is in square mode that is the only light you get is that one tiny square which seems useless to me.
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Quote from Zarich View Post :
two things I don't like about these lights.
First is the square head..
Second is the lack of a cone of light.. so when it is in square mode that is the only light you get is that one tiny square which seems useless to me.
Funny that the zoom was the selling point to me. A little while ago while doing some car work another zoom light was very helpful. It was like daylight in that little spot I was working on. So when I saw this one today with twice as many lumens and the same zoom capability, I was all over it and only had to check if the price was right. Thanks to this thread I found out fast that the price was good so I bought them even though I have a shitload of lights all over the house.
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#71
I just found an interesting feature of this flashlight.
It has four modes, high, low, strobe, SOS.
I thought you had to press the button which turned it off, then hit it again to go to the next mode.
In fact you turn in on with the click and the switch actually rocks.. so you can rock it through the modes without ever turning it off or pushing the switch all the way in. A light tap switches modes.
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#72
I think I found how I like this light. I believe at about 50% zoom you get a wide enough beam, but a long enough throw to be just about perfect for basic use.
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#73
As mentioned here, I also ran into the issue where the "zoom head on one of my lights has no friction and just free floats due to manufacturing defect".

One was fine the other wasn't, so I am just going to exchange it. Otherwise like the lights.
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Quote from laptopquestions View Post :
As mentioned here, I also ran into the issue where the "zoom head on one of my lights has no friction and just free floats due to manufacturing defect".

One was fine the other wasn't, so I am just going to exchange it. Otherwise like the lights.
For reference, the second set of exchanged flashlights were fine.
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#75
If you point this flashlight up or down, does gravity change the zoom? It does on one of mine... kind of annoying... perhaps I should get it replaced.
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