The Armytek Predator is a fantastic tactical light that a plethora of modes with an ultra smooth reflector and XP-G S2 LED for an incredible ability to light up targets from far away. However, the Predator is rather tricky for novice flashlight users due to its complex user interface, which can leave a few people confused and frustrated. Thankfully, the Armytek Viking S and Viking X still have the same power output and durability, but feature an easier user interface for those that are just getting into the tactical flashlight realm. The Viking S is similar to the Predator S with its long throw and 500 lumen output, while the Viking X includes an upgraded XM-L U2 LED that boosts the light up to 750 lumens, and creates more spill for a larger area. Both lights have an incredibly tough body material that can handle extreme conditions, and can work in almost any element. These lights are a fantastic choice for long distance targets, and can easily be used for an EDC bag light.
It can easily be said that one of the most sought-after knives for any hardcore collector is Rick Hinderer’s legendary XM18. While it is a knife that launched his career to stardom and the XM18 has been a very popular knife design, it is near impossible to obtain a Hinderer design knife for a regular price. Therefore, Kai USA’s Zero Tolerance has teamed up with Rick to introduce the Zero Tolerance 0560 folding knife. Slightly larger than the original, this knife maintains the design of the original XM18, but with a few differences. The 0560′s blade steel is the ELMAX super steel, which holds an incredible edge and has a very high water corrosion resistance, meaning that this blade will last for a very long time. The knife’s handle is composed of two separate materials (G10 and titanium) to ensure a great balance between a lightweight design that ensures the best grip possible during any situation. While the knife strays away from Zero Tolerance’s traditional assisted opening format, the ball bearings around the pivot of the blade make it one of the easiest knives to open with a very smooth transition as it locks into place. Great for EDC or for the Hinderer fan, this is a great high quality knife that will not disappoint.
As the newest and brightest light from their production line, the Olight X6 Marauder is an incredibly portable and powerful light. Powered by an external battery pack that is contoured to the curve of a hip, the Marauder can produce up to 5000 lumens through its six CREE XM-L LEDs. Compared to other lights this powerful, this Olight stands out from the rest thanks to its ability to dissipate heat through its contoured body below the handle. This light is ideal for those in search and rescue operations, as it does have the ability to be powered by a 12v car battery, extending the run time of the light while maintaining its maximum brightness. The light comes standard in a protected case and exterior battery pack (car battery adapter coming soon).
Almost every flashlight company on the market has at least one flashlight that is dedicated to be used for tactical purposes or to be weapon-mountable. As for the Sunwayman company, the T20CS is a greatly improved predecessor of the tactical line that has proven its worth. Using a CREE XM-L U2 LED, the Sunwayman T20CS can produce 658 ANSI lumens that will be sure to light up targets near and far. A rubber tactical ring has been placed closer to the tail of the light to allow easy one-handed access to turn the light on/off, while the secondary switch on the side allows the user to cycle through the modes or to use as an instant kill switch. The standard one inch diameter body allows the T20CS to be mounted with any standard flashlight mount, and it has been designed to handle intense recoil. Even though it can be used for tactical purposes, the light is small enough to fit into any pack, making it perfect for EDC or in a bug-out bag.
Earlier in the month I published a review of the JETBeam PA20: a two cell AA flashlight that has a tactical purpose in mind. For those that liked the features of the light, but were looking for a smaller version/CR123 version, we have officially received three new lights from the P series. The JETBeam PA10, PC10, and PC20 are the single cell AA, single cell CR123, and the double cell CR123 answers to the PA20 by providing smaller size and a higher lumen rating. Surprising enough, the most powerful out of the series is not the PC20, but the PA10 (when powered by a lithium-ion 14500 battery) can produce a whopping 650 lumens. The PC10 (using an RCR123/16340) can produce 550 lumens, and the PC20 can produce 410 lumens. While the three new lights may be brighter, they do still keep true to the easy user interface that is loaded with different outputs and modes, and includes a heavy duty carrying case and holster with accessories.
One of the most popular questions we get, either in store or online, is about which light is the brightest light we have in stock. Using 18 CREE XM-L LED’s and powered by an incredulous 28 lithium-ion 18650 batteries, the FOURSEVENS XM18 produces 15,000 lumens. That’s not a type-o, the XM18 produces a whopping 15,000 lumens, which is three times brighter than our second brighest light: the Olight X6. Compared to other lights that produce this much light, the XM18 is actually self contained and rather portable given its size. The light comes standard with a heavy duty shock-proof case, and has three modes plus a strobe. This light is strictly custom order, and must be called in ahead of time if you wish to purchase one.
The JETBeam PA20 is one of the company’s higher end, EDC sized lights that has a very durable build with a simple and easy-to-use interface. Designed with a tactical purpose, this dual cell AA powered flashlight has a turbo mode that produces an impressive 230 lumens, and has a plethora of modes that can be accessed with the head of the flashlight loosened (this includes a moonlight, strobe, SOS, etc). The light is great to use for instant flashes of lights thanks to its forward motion tail switch, and can also be used to cycle through the modes quickly for the PA20. This light comes standard with an IPX-8 waterproof rating with an anti-roll body design that will keep this light by your side, even if it is placed on a slanted surface. For those that love the grand mode selection with a tough aluminum body that’s powered by the convenience of two AA batteries, then this is a great choice.
While lights may be an important cornerstone to everyday preparations or emergency situations, maintaining a proper battery source is very important as well. For those that like to have a rechargeable battery source for their lights, Nitecore has introduced a four bay charger that can charge three different types of batteries: the Nitecore i4 Intellicharger. This impressive charger uses a “smart interface” that can identify the battery type (Lithium-ion, NiMH, NiCd) that will choose the appropriate charging method for the battery. Once the batteries are fully charged, the charger will stop charging the battery and can be safely left in its slot until it needs to be used. The charger can be used via a traditional wall plug, or can be charged with an optional car adapter.
The Baton series from Olight has always been a favorite amongst those that were looking for an easy to use, AA powered flashlight that could fit into any pack. But now, Olight has released a new light to the Baton series, but they changed the battery type and lumen output. The Olight S80 Baton is different from its predecessors thanks to its customized lithium-ion 26650 battery that allows the light to produce 750 lumens on turbo. The incredible part about this light is how relatively small it is for such a powerful light: no larger than the S35 or S65, yet it is twice as bright as the S35. This new Baton may be brighter, but it does still have the same user interface as the S35 and S65, which allows first time users to easily access all modes, and will be easy for those that have used the Baton previously. The light comes in a rugged case that includes a holster and a home charging kit, and is a great choice for those looking for a light that is bright and portable.
A new addition to its Raptor Series, the JETBeam RRT-01 is by far the smallest of the collection (even smaller than the RRT-0 itself). Using an RCR123/16340 battery to power its XM-L T6 LED bulb, this pocket light can produce up to 500 lumens, and is controlled by the magnetic ramping ring located towards the head of the flashlight. With the ramping ring having an incredibly smooth interface, the RRT-01 is a great choice for those that like the ability to customize their lumen output while having a simple single switch that is easy to use with one hand. The butt of the flashlight has a key ring attachment if desired for a possible lanyard attachment, and is a great option for a tail stand light. As compact as it is smooth, the RRT-01 is a great EDC light with a great interface and build quality.