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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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#46
Seems like all my local Costco's have these in stock... BUT.... one of them said the price was $30.
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Did you notice when the sale price ends?
These and a few other flashlights there with instant rebate all ended on Feb.24, 2013. Plenty of time to buy if wanted.
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Quote from augleo811 View Post :
These and a few other flashlights there with instant rebate all ended on Feb.24, 2013. Plenty of time to buy if wanted.
Thanks. Called and asked the price. Hopefully their computer screen just doesn't show the rebate and it is on sale near me too.
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#49
We still don't have a consensus on whether this is better than the defiant or not?
I need a new light and want to pick up the best deal.

Also.. is this one of those that you have to click through the strobe to get to the normal light or is it a separate switch?
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We still don't have a consensus on whether this is better than the defiant or not?
I need a new light and want to pick up the best deal.

Also.. is this one of those that you have to click through the strobe to get to the normal light or is it a separate switch?
In my opinion the Defiant is a better built flash light plus a lifetime Home Depot warranty. However, I returned my Defiant for these Costco flashlights. You have to cycle through high-low-strobe-SOS modes to get to the desired mode. The cool thing about the button is if you turn it on by holding it for a second or more it'll start right up with High mode. If you partially depress the flashlight while it's on, it'll cycle through each mode.


The Costco lights have zoom and the Defiant do not.
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#51
I am considering purchasing the defiant and the costco lights. Does the costco light have a square beam when zoomed all of the way in? If, so the defiant wins.
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Quote from Zarich View Post :
We still don't have a consensus on whether this is better than the defiant or not?
I need a new light and want to pick up the best deal.

Also.. is this one of those that you have to click through the strobe to get to the normal light or is it a separate switch?
I'm going with the Costco ones, but I already own the Defiant 550. Only gripe about the Defiant one is that there is no low power mode. It's super bright so a low power mode would make it more useful and prolong the battery life.

Plus, you're getting 2 for the price of 1 basically (2 for $25 vs. 1 for $23)

Get both... you can never have enough flashlights!

Quote from DealingSlick View Post :
I am considering purchasing the defiant and the costco lights. Does the costco light have a square beam when zoomed all of the way in? If, so the defiant wins.
I believe it does (don't all zoomable LED lights have them?). The Defiant does not zoom.
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Quote from morkman100 View Post :
I'm going with the Costco ones, but I already own the Defiant 550. Only gripe about the Defiant one is that there is no low power mode. It's super bright so a low power mode would make it more useful and prolong the battery life.

Plus, you're getting 2 for the price of 1 basically (2 for $25 vs. 1 for $23)

Get both... you can never have enough flashlights!



I believe it does (don't all zoomable LED lights have them?). The Defiant does not zoom.
Not all LEDs have the square beam (maglites, surfires, fenix). I have a light with the square beam (its a square beam with 3 bars) and it is beyond annoying.
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Quote from morkman100 View Post :
I'm going with the Costco ones, but I already own the Defiant 550. Only gripe about the Defiant one is that there is no low power mode. It's super bright so a low power mode would make it more useful and prolong the battery life.

Plus, you're getting 2 for the price of 1 basically (2 for $25 vs. 1 for $23)

Get both... you can never have enough flashlights!



I believe it does (don't all zoomable LED lights have them?). The Defiant does not zoom.
Not all LEDs have the square beam (maglites, surfires, fenix). I have a light with the square beam (its a square beam with 3 bars) and it is beyond annoying.
I said zoomable. And I said I think. Smilie
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I am considering purchasing the defiant and the costco lights. Does the costco light have a square beam when zoomed all of the way in? If, so the defiant wins.
Yes it has a square beam when focused narrowly.
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Quote from DealingSlick View Post :
Quote from morkman100 View Post :
I'm going with the Costco ones, but I already own the Defiant 550. Only gripe about the Defiant one is that there is no low power mode. It's super bright so a low power mode would make it more useful and prolong the battery life.

Plus, you're getting 2 for the price of 1 basically (2 for $25 vs. 1 for $23)

Get both... you can never have enough flashlights!



I believe it does (don't all zoomable LED lights have them?). The Defiant does not zoom.
Not all LEDs have the square beam (maglites, surfires, fenix). I have a light with the square beam (its a square beam with 3 bars) and it is beyond annoying.
Just opened mine. You will notice the squarish LED shape for 25-30% of the zoom range. The Defiant has a much more tight throw while these Feit lights have a much wider/shorter throw but they are also smaller, cheaper and offer different modes.

Really depends on what you are looking for (but you'd probably not like the square throw).
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#57
Does the defiant have a narrow/wide beam adjustment or it is just narrow?
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Does the defiant have a narrow/wide beam adjustment or it is just narrow?
Only 1 light mode, no beam adjustment. It's very close to the Feit at high mode and widest beam angle setting, except the Defiant has a brighter hot spot while the Feit is pretty uniform.

Both take 3C each, both advertise around 500 lumens, but the Feit advertises 7 hours runtime vs. Defiant at 4 hours, so there's some differences in labeling and/or how the lights perform across the entire battery.

On fresh batteries, I feel like the Feit has a brighter overall beam, and a bit warmer in color, while the Defiant has a brighter hot spot. I can't quantify that so you just have to see for yourself if you have the chance to compare.
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Here's a barely-useful photo comparing the beams of the [Black Friday] 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.
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#60
Picked this up tonight and the zoom on one is completely broken, just slides freely without friction. It worked out of the package but broke after a few minutes of use. The inside surface was smoother than the working one, which had a more defined ringed inner surface. The zoom slide consists of two rubber o-rings on the main barrel of the light and the slide rides on the rings via friction.
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