Survival Hax Tactical Flashlight review

Like any Gadgeteer worth his/her salt, I love, Love, LOVE flashlights! Even though the most common use is when walking the dog at night, I still like to have a light that can pierce the darkness at the push of a button. The Survival Hax Tactical Flashlight is very similar to many that you’ve seen reviewed on this site, but there are a few little things they bring to the table that set it apart.

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A 10 watt LED at 1000 lumens is not too shabby of a place to start. The Survival Hax encases this bright LED behind a zoom lens that will throw a beam hundreds of feet through the darkness, or pull back to fully illuminate an area about 80° in front of you with bright white light.


The simple tail switch cycles through the five included modes – Full, Medium, Low, Strobe, and SOS. Once the light is on, a partial press of the rubber covered button will cycle to the next mode. The only drawback to this cycle is that when you turn it off while in, say, Low power when you next turn it on, it’s in Strobe. I’d love to have a way to keep it at a setting every time I turn it on.


Included in the package are two nice add-ons: a battery charger for the (included) 18650 Lithium battery, and an insert that will allow you to run the torch with three AAA batteries, should you not have a charged 18650 handy. The life of three AAAs pushing that much power is not nearly as long as the 3 hours of full power the Lithium will provide, but they are available everywhere and may be easier to find in a pinch. (AA and AAA batteries will be useful as currency during the Zombie Apocalypse, I hear!)


To top off the package, there’s a nice webbing wrist strap that attaches to the tailpiece through an eyelet, and the rubber gasket over the button glows in the dark.
It is IP66 rated, which means it is protected from total dust ingress and protected from high-pressure water jets from any direction. Not for your next snorkeling adventure, but for that plumbing leak you’re fighting under the sink or searching for that lost cotter pin in your woodshed amid the sawdust, it’s not going to kill the light.

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Source: The sample for this review was provided by Survival Hax. Please visit http://survivalhax.com for more info and check Amazon for pricing.

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Product Information

Price:$39.99
Manufacturer:Survival Hax
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • None
Pros:
  • Comes with charger and Lithium battery
  • Adapter for very common batteries included
  • Weatherproof
Cons:
  • Adjustment takes two hands
  • No way to lock unit into one mode - each off/on switch progresses it to the next mode.
4 comments… add one
  • Joe Porletto July 23, 2017, 10:42 am

    That’s been my EDC flashlight for awhile now. I love it. Never fails me.

  • Alan July 23, 2017, 10:43 pm

    It’s $29.99 for me now. Worth it. One con however is that you need an adapter to run it on 3 AAAs. If you’re out in the field with the 18650 you won’t have the adapter and so you’re out of luck.

    Still I love flashlights with adjustable beams – make them very versatile.

    • Alan July 25, 2017, 12:34 pm

      Just got mine. It’s good quality construction. As is usually with low end Chinese flashlights the charger and accessories are of very low quality. Anybody that uses 18650 powered devices needs to pick up a good quality charger anyways.

      The adjustable beam is very nice although when it’s focused in all the way you can see the LED patterns in the light which is pretty silly. Also in spot mode the beam is mostly a square shape until you’re zoomed to full spot. Again, now surprising in low end flashlights. It takes engineering and quality construction to eliminate these issues.

      However with those issues the light is definitely worth the cost.

    • Troy July 25, 2017, 8:39 pm

      Why not just bring a backup 18650 instead. Definitely better off than running AAA’s. More power!

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