Light up your life
Two multi-purpose tactical flashlights
Flashlights are emphatically not what they used to be. LED bulbs first appeared five or six years ago mostly in cheap $3-$5 mini-models sold in dollar stores and at hardware check-outs. They’re a big improvement on the old D-cell plastic models and, at the price, well worth having several around the house and another couple in your car. The latest models though are light years ahead of these toys.
New tactical models are about the same size, but pack a huge illumination punch. Offering anywhere from 240 to 1000 lumens, the beam is powerful enough to light up distant treetops or temporarily blind an assailant and, as such, is an excellent weapon for self defense. For a demonstration go to earthandhoney.co/carry-a-tactical-flashlight and watch self-defense expert James Williams show how effective they can be against two types of attack.
A huge range of tactical flashlights are available. Prices range from about $15 to over $200 depending on power, focus features and batteries with rechargeable lithium-ion models at the high end.
The V1 PRO from J5 Tactical (j5tactical.com) produces 300 lumens — more than sufficient for self-defense purposes — using a single AA battery. The high-grade aluminum body is waterproof and the beam can be focused from flood to spot. The unit measures only 9.4 cm x 2.54 cm, and weighs just 65 grams.
Consider too the Suaoki 4-in-1 Handheld Led Rechargeable (suaoki.com). It offers three modes with 300 lumens of brightness at maximum output and includes a strobe. A seat-belt cutter and window smasher make it an excellent emergency device for your glove compartment. Another feature: the top unscrews to reveal a USB plug-in and charger for your phone. Measures 3.73 cm x 16 cm, weighs 315 grams.
J5 Tactical V1 PRO US$12.95; Suaoki 4-in-1 US$24.99, both on sale at Amazon.com.
Note: I always try to source products in Canada, but in this case I could find no domestic suppliers with comparable features and value.
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This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.