BlueFire 1200 Lumen CREE XML T6 Adjustable LED 5 Mode Aluminum Flashlight
I’m really excited to write this particular review although I cannot put my finger on the reason why.
The last time I used a flashlight was probably months ago when something dropped out of my pocket in the car.
Yet even though a flashlight is not something I use very often, and I have a mobile torchlight I carry around with me all the time in the form of my iPhone 6, there’s just something about high-tech pocket-sized LED flashlights that gets me going with eager anticipation.
I’m pretty sure I will be using this more frequently just to play with it.
Maybe it has something to do with holding so much modern technology tightly packed into a compact unit in your hand. Maybe it is something about creating a “WOW” moment when you switch it on in darkness. Maybe it’s about becoming the dominant force in a torchlight party of some sort.
I don’t know.
But this BlueFire 1200 Lumen LED Flashlight is exactly what technology advancement is all about. And it’s not just about the power it packs in a small package.
You see, we were conditioned to think that technology advancement doubles every 18 months. This means that tech products are supposed to have their prices halved in the same time frame. But this does not happen in real life. Products are still just as expensive as they were 18 months ago.
Now of course, that statement is a reference to the computer industry. But I’d apply it to almost everything else too because even manufacturing plants are run heavily by processing power.
At the retail price the BlueFire 1200 Lumen CREE XML T6 LED Flashlight is selling for, this is an absolute steal.
You get so much power in this device. And it is so inexpensive compared to other alternatives available in the market.
Let’s take a look under the hood.
Features of BlueFire 1200 Lumen CREE XML T6 Adjustable LED 5 Mode Aluminum Flashlight
- Skid-proof and water resistant
- Adjustable zoom-in zoom-out focus range, 5 Mode: high, middle, low, strobe, SOS
- Powered by 1 X 18650 (3.7v) or 3 X AAA battery (not included)
- 6.4 ounces
- 6 x 2.2 x 1.8 inches
- Aluminum body
- 1200 lumens LED bulb
- 10 watt
- 100,000 hours lamp life
Drawbacks of this LED flashlight
I’m not an engineer or a technician. So I don’t know if what I’m about to say makes sense.
The problem I have with how flashlights are designed these days is how the different modes are being switched around.
This device like most others on the market has 1 single button that is used to switch from mode to mode. You basically keep pressing until the mode you desire is activated.
But… if you missed it, you will have to go 1 full circle of button clicks before you get to the mode you want. Then you have another opportunity to missed it again…
With most high end flashlights being built this way, I wonder if this is a design challenge… or because all these competing products are manufactured by a few main factories.
Anyway, this is a small problem until some new switch is designed to make the current way of switching obsolete.
Another issue you might have a problem with is that this LED flashlight is that it requires 3 AAA batteries. This is 3 times the number of batteries of all my other flashlights. They only use 1 battery individually.
But when you consider that this beast of a torch can harness 1200 lumens, you’d probably be able to understand why 3 AAAs are required to power it up. You can also substitute the use of 3 AAA batteries with a 3.7v battery. Get a rechargeable one to save on long term expenses.
Then you have the question of 1200 lumens.
I’m not an expert on lights. But I have worked with a number of 800 lumens spotlights at events. And I have to say that this product of BlueFire is at least as bright as those spotlights. It might be a little brighter. But I cannot see it being 50% brighter.
That’s really a lot of power in a very small package.
Is the BlueFire 1200 Lumen CREE XML T6 Adjustable LED 5 Mode Aluminum Flashlight worth buying?
You have to first ask yourself whether you really need such a powerful mobile light source.
If you are looking for a flashlight because you are often out camping or hiking, you will not be disappointed with this product. It’s also sturdy and durable enough to hold up against the elements.
For most regular uses, a normal torchlight will do.
Yet at such an affordable price, it can be really tempting to just upgrade to this monster of a flashlight.
A brighter area covering a wider area is always better than less… unless you are into some tactical stealthy stuff.
For me, this is one of the easiest decisions to make.
One last thing.
For some reason, flashlights are one of the most pirated products out there whether you are getting it from a mall or an online store. So unless you don’t mind buying something that is not authentic, do make your purchase from a reliable seller.