LUX-PRO LP800 Tactical 1-Watt LED Flashlight In Red
Pros: Compact and lightweight. Precision machined aluminum case. Water-resistant, with O-rings front-and-rear. Extremely bright LED beam. Overall battery life.
Cons: Made in China. Uses an odd number of less-convenient and more-expensive AAA batteries. Switch end-cap requires snugging to avoid flashlight flicker.
Our local general store sells a T-shirt that states “We’re Not In The Middle Of Nowhere, But You Can See It From Here”. Since there are no streetlights in our bucolic little burg, those moonless nights can be profoundly dark. Sure, you vacationers love our mountains, lakes and sunsets, but when nighttime settles upon your campsite and the coyotes and owls start a-yippin‘ and hootin‘, you’d best be sleepin’ with a flashlight next to your L.L. Beans.
LUX De Luxe
I happened upon the LUX-PRO Tactical LED Flashlight in a checkout display at my local CVS pharmacy. Fitted with batteries as a clever sales ploy, I was amazed at the amount of light produced by its single-watt LED bulb. Available in a variety of colors, the subject was no longer if, but which – the red or the coolest blue I’d ever seen.
Weighing-in at an even 4-ounces and measuring 4-3/8-inches in length, the LUX-PRO is a powerful and convenient portable light source suitable for any situation. Its machined, 1-inch diameter aluminum body features a push-button rear switch, rubberized grip and is O-ring protected at both ends to earn its water-resistant-rating. A 6-inch braided nylon wrist-strap is something a rugged outdoorsman would never use, but the cat will happily bat-about.
Brighter Than Yeti
Advertised as producing 70 Lumens (the equivalent of 10 watts) that will broadcast 50-meters, the broad beam produced from the single LED will effectively saturate the woods more than 100 feet from my house. I can stand on my level-3 deck and scan the tree-line for twig-snapping Yeti with the amazing power of this mini-metal searchlight. In fact, this little unit produces a light so bright, you should avoid shining it directly at the faces of people or pets.
Shy Of Perfection
Glowing evaluation aside, the LUX-PRO Tactical Flashlight has developed a habit of flickering if the switch-end isn’t replaced snugly – a minor flaw discovered after its initial battery change. It appears the chubby O-ring used to maintain a watertight seal restricts the switch-end screw-cap’s spin enough to appear sufficiently tight when it’s not. The aluminum body is substantial – as long as you haven’t cross-threaded the cap, it will eventually achieve a definitive bottom-out without damage.
Rather than using the less-expensive AA battery, the makers of the LUX-PRO chose to construct a cylindrical plastic cage – within which resides a trio of (included) AAA batteries. Since batteries are sold in even-numbered sets, expect to search for strays come changing time – should your diminutive dry-cells get separated from the pack.
Contrary to its estimated 5-hour run-time, the batteries in my LUX-PRO LP800 Tactical 1-Watt LED Flashlight lasted just shy of a year – impressive, when considering the constant usage it sees in my inky, starlit domain. Those 1-watt LEDs are apparently quite the little misers.
For the cost of a sawbuck a year or so back, I’m pleased with the quality and convenience of the LUX-PRO. Small enough to pocket on my way out the door, it’s also small enough to easily lose, should I set it down somewhere while absorbed within life’s latest project.
In the event of such an unfortunate occurrence, I will plunk-down another ten-spot and try the LUX-PRO Tactical LED in blue – to match my misplaced mood.
LUX-PRO Flashlights are covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.