Primus PrimeTorch Flashlight Review

One thing you can never be without is a good flashlight, especially one that has a bright brilliant light. But for me a flashlight is just a flashlight. That is unless it has something about it that gives it a unique characteristic. And the PrimeTorch 1010 by Primus is one such flashlight.

One thing I really liked about this flashlight is its small size. I have other pocket-sized flashlights but none with the output that the PrimeTorch has. This little sucker has a strong output thanks to the Cree Q4 LED diode that emits 130 Lumens.  Keep in mind that Lumen is a measurement of light output while wattage is a measurement of power output. It is hard to compare Lumens to Wattage so it is hard for me to compare and contrast the two but I would say that the PrimeTorch’s light is just as bright as a medium sized Mag light. The light from the PrimeTorch is definitely blinding. I made the mistake of looking at the reflected light on my desk  and I can tell you that when I jerked my head away all I could see was a bright white light in my vision for a long while.

The PrimeTorch is made from an aluminum material. It has a metal clip on its body and has a dimension of 1 in. x 3.3 in. and is powered by one(1) Lithium CR-123 battery allowing it to have a 3 hour burn time.  It has a weight of  1.6 ounces.

The Lithium battery, not unlike a camera battery, is supplied along with a case with a belt loop.

According to the Primus website, the PrimeTorch “has  a “tactical switch”, which means that it is perfect for signaling with and can also easily be switched on and off”.  I’m not really sure if I quite understand what this is. However, I think it’s just a marketing term for “power button.”

In the back of the PrimeTorch is where this “tactical switch” is placed much like any flashlight this size. It has a normal tailcap click switch which has what I call a “half-way” button”. It is  kind of like pushing the shutter button on a camera half way down so it can get a focus on the subject. Pressing the red button on the back halfway down turns it on but turns off the moment you let it go. It is handy when you just have to shine the light for a  brief second and not have to bother with constantly clicking the button on and off.

A great thing about this little flashlight is that it is waterproof.  That’s a plus in my book of flashlights. It’s perfect for having when you’re camping or fishing or any outdoor activity where the flashlight may get wet. Several times, I’ve found myself using a flashlight at night when it was raining so one never knows when they will need a waterproof flashlight.

As bright as this flashlight is, I would have like to have seen a second output for a lower Lumen like the Modus 2 from Icon. I like the option of having a low and high output for specific situations. You can check out my review on the Modus 2 to see a flashlight with  dual output .

As many times as I use a flashlight and how long I keep it running, not to mention the cost of the Lithium batteries, a supplied rechargeable battery would have been nice to have with this flashlight. I have seen some really nice Cree flashlights that come with rechargeable batteries and you can just plug the charger right to the side of the flashlight.  Now that’s convenience and easy on the wallet.

All in all, this is a compact and durable flashlight. It is waterproof and comes with a clip to attach to your belt, pocket or anywhere that it can clip on to. And thanks to the Cree Q4 diode technology this flashlight is super bright.

 

Product Information

Price:$66.00
Manufacturer:Primus
Pros:
  • Strong aluminum body casing.
  • Super bright Cree LED light.
  • Waterproof.
  • Metal clip.
Cons:
  • No dual output.
  • No rechargeable batteries.
Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

{ 14 comments… add one }

  • Jerry Danzig August 30, 2011, 3:49 pm

    I think I’d add the $66 price to the list of CON’s as well. Ouch…

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  • Gary Johnson August 30, 2011, 4:03 pm

    Nice light, but you might want checkout the Fenix E15. Half the money, smaller and 140 lumens of output. Also has 3 different outputs 30 hours of run time on the low setting.

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  • Ken August 30, 2011, 4:16 pm

    A better choice is the Nebo redline #5581 for 1/2 the price, same specs but a greater 220 lumens. Uses 3 AAA batteries and has 3 brightness settings, SOS, and strobe. http://www.nebotools.com/prod_details.php?id=124&cid=16

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  • Bgood August 30, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Check 4Sevens 123 Quark. I especially like the super low “moonlight” level on some of their models.

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  • blore40 August 30, 2011, 8:51 pm

    Get those 3 pack tactical lights from Costco. They are labeled as 140 lumens and cost $19.99 for the 3 pack.

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  • paul August 30, 2011, 9:20 pm

    the tactical switch is the red button that you don’t have to push down all the way-hence good for signaling. its not that difficult, and as an experienced reviewer im shocked you didnt know that.

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  • John Breski August 30, 2011, 9:41 pm

    I believe the term “tactical switch” on the Primus PrimeTorch refers to the fact that it can be used as a self defense aid. As you experienced, looking directly into a high powered light like this one causes blindness. Like some other lights with this feature you have a big button that can’t be missed. You would aim it at an attackers eyes and flick it on and off, like a strobe, which is more disorienting than a steady beam. Theoretically the attacker would be temporarily blinded and disoriented, giving the victim time to escape or attack. Some larger flashlights made of aluminum include this feature with a similar serrated bezel which can be used for striking. These kinds of flashlights are rarely advertised as self defense weapons due to legal issues.

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  • Raul Sanchez August 30, 2011, 10:21 pm

    Paul,
    usually when I read or see then term “tactical” I refer it to the definition of other flashlights like the ones form SureFire, Brite Strike or Fenix which market their flashlights as rugged, indestructible and unbreakable. Basically engineered for military, police, etc. to use because these flashlights are intended for abuse . Now when it is claimed that a flashlight has a “tactical button” it makes me wonder how tactical a button really is. I have never heard the term “tactical button” just “tactical” in reference to the overall make of an item.
    However, I agree on John’s reply about using the PrimeTorch as a NLW (non-lethal weapon) which can temporarily blind an adversary. And I can see why they wouldn’t advertise it as a weapon. However, with its small size and durability it can easily be used as a kubotan or Yawara stick for self-defense. It certainly has the edges for it.

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  • Raul Sanchez August 30, 2011, 10:24 pm

    Yes, it is steep. But seeing that there are similar flashlights that cost over a hundred dollars I guess the price isn’t that bad.

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  • Raul Sanchez August 30, 2011, 10:27 pm

    Ken
    I checked out that Nebo. Nice. I like the adjustable beam on it too. I might have to get one of those.

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  • thsu August 31, 2011, 12:23 am

    Do you guys realize that neither the Fenix E15 nor the Quark Mini 123 are useful in a tactical situation? Both of them turn on/off by twisting their bezels, which is not something that’s easy to do one handed in a high stress situation. If you want a tactical light, you would not choose either of those lights.

    The Nebo is actually designed well for tactical use, but it is not waterproof, unlike the Primus. It’s a very tempting purchase though, as most situations don’t require waterproofing.

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  • Ken August 31, 2011, 11:54 am

    The nebo IS waterpoof (check their website in my post). I have one, and purchased 2 more as gifts. I have vision issues and the 220 lumens is great! Thru Amazon you can find vendors that offer it bundled with a case and tripod for those times when you need both hands.

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  • Dmitriy August 31, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I wonder why anybody buying THIS. all that fenix’s, nebo’s, primus and other $100+ devices is simply branded chineese $15 lights in colorful package. go to the dealextreme.com and buy yourself tons of this lights for unbeatable prices.

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  • thsu August 31, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Ken, according to the website, the Nebo redline is only water resistant. Additionally, the description for the Nebo protec 190ls model specifically mentions waterproofing via an O-ring, which makes me think that their redline model does not have an O-ring and is not waterproof, or else they would have mentioned it.

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