So, let’s get something out of the way: I’m a cheap-skate. Because of this I’m always perusing the discount/closeout aisles at places like Home Depot.
When I saw two flashlights for 9 bucks, I had to bite. The lights are 3-function LEDs. White, Red, Green, and flashing Red. I’ve got some pretty killer flashlights — like 500 lumen hi-lo-strobe tactical flashlights — and they are awesome. BUT I didn’t have any red lights. That’s the sole reason for this purchase. A red light provides a more, well, discrete light in the event being covert were of some value, and it protects night vision in low light situations.
To say this light throws a beam is kind of a joke — even next to just a 290 lumen light. BUT, the low powered, 2-led red light is so far great for night reading, etc. So for $4.50 a piece, one of these is going in each GHB/BOB.
Some would rather pay a couple hundred bucks for a Surefire and a replacement bulb… I’m gonna go with $4.50 for the home depot special.