Flashlights are all the rage today and they can be had for any amount from here to Rocky Mount. I generally don’t spend a great deal of money on flashlights as I generally wind up loosing it before the batteries give out.
I ran across a flashlight made by Nebo called a SE Redline at a local supply house for about $25. I knew the guy behind the counter and he told me they were solid flashlights and inexpensive so I bought one for work. I used it for a few months and it did well through normal day to day use and abuse. I liked many of the features such as the end was adjustable to change the size of the beam from spot to flood, it came with a belt clip, and the end was cut in such a way as it could be used as a defensive tool in an emergency.
About the time I really began to really like it, sure as the world though I lost it one day while I was spraying under my house for bugs. I was a bit upset because I used that flashlight when I was filming on The Great Wall in China among other projects and truthfully I had grown attached to it. I did go any buy another just like it and it has been serving me just fine.
A little better than a year and a half goes by and I was outside by my crawlspace door two weeks ago and low and behold there lay my lost flashlight on the ground just outside the crawlspace door. It was close enough to my house the lawnmower did not get it but the string trimmer may of kicked it around a little as the ends were beat up a bit. The side facing up had been bleached by the sun from black to a bronze color.
The top one what the flashlight looks like if you do not leave it outside for 20 months. The bottom shows what Mother Nature can do in the same time frame.
They both work though the batteries on the one I left outside had a few weeks use on them before I lost it and have a few weeks use since I found it so it was just a bit dimmer.
The new one is on the left, aside from the finish being wore on the older flashlight the faces looked about the same.
The end of the SE Redline glows in the dark. The only damage I could fine other than the cosmetics on the one lost outside as the end was chewed up a bit (which I expect came by via string trimmer) so it did not glow quite as bright.
You can see the flashlight here shown with a Gen 3 Glock 20 for size comparison.
The twenty or so months it was outside we had many 100+ temperatures throughout the summer, three real good snows, two ice storms, and many days below freezing in the winter, and Lord knows how much rain all through the year. In my mind that is quite impressive for a device with electrical components to withstand and still work, especially at this price point.
I reviewed a firearm light sometime back made by the same company. You can see that review here.