Thread DetailsLast Edited by mangodrink January 28, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Ultra Bright 500 lumens High Performance Flashlights
(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)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.
-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
-aircraft grade aluminum body
-includes 2 wrist straps
-8"-8.5" long depending on zoom setting
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.