My favorite brand based on quality, features, value is 4Sevens. They have been a dealer for other brands for 4-5 years and just last year they started producing their own brand of lights from the feedback of hundreds of flashaholics.
Here are some pictures, information, link to their lights: www.4sevens.com
First up is the Preon 1 & 2 AAA flashlight
Compact and absurdly bright. Three primary levels of output and three special modes of output. Lightweight and elegant. The world’s first AAA powered, CREE XP-G flashlight!
The Preon Kit comes with a Preon head, Preon I body, Preon II body, clicky tailswitch, and a flat tailswitch. The Preon head is interchangeable between the bodies with light outputs dependent on the body (and, thus, number of batteries) that is attached. The head will also work with both tailcaps – the clicky allows you to control it with the button, whereas the flat tailcap turns the Preon into a “twisty” light just like the Preon 1.
Preon 1 Specifications
- Battery: One AAA, included
- Seven Output Modes:
Low: 1.8 OTF Lumens, 23 hours
Medium: 8.5 OTF Lumens, 6 hours
High: 70 OTF Lumens, 0.8 hours
Strobe 1.6 hours
SOS 2.4 hours
Beacon (Hi) 8 hours
Beacon (Lo) 40 hours
Preon 2 Specifications
- Seven Output Modes:
Low: 2.2 OTF Lumens, 23 hours
Medium: 22 OTF Lumens, 6 hours
High: 160 OTF Lumens, 0.8 hours
These lights have incredible output and runtime for such a small light (especially with 2 AAA batteries). And instead of knurling, they have a patented anodized coating that has a surprising amount of grip. These lights come in four colors, titanium, titanium and black aluminum, and as a single AAA, double AAA or as a kit that include both body tubes and a click and a twist switch. And if you buy the kit, with only an additional purchase of another head, you could make two complete flashlights.
Preon 2, Blue $34.40
Preon 2, Red $34.40
Preon 2, Black $34.40
Next up is their Quark line.
These lights are designed to legoable, that is, the head, body, and tails are interchangeable. This line of lights comes in a regular (2-modes, 8 levels) or tactical (2-mode programmable), turbo (tactical interface), and RGB (red, green, blue, and white light in a regular interface).
Let’s start with the Quark AA and AA2. These lights have either 1 AA or 2 AA batteries. The clips are reversible and removable . The original R2 led light is only available in a 2 AA tactical version. The newer R5 led is available in all versions. Output and runtime for the 2-AA R2 lights ranges from 170 lumens for 1.3 hrs to 0.2 lumens for 30 days. The 1-AA R5 light has a high output of 109 lumens for 1.2 hrs to 0.2 lumens for 10 days. The 2-AA R5 light has a high output of 206 lumens for 1.3 hrs and a low of 0.2 lumens for 30 days. The 1AA can also be used with a 14500 3.7V rechargeable lithium battery for output equal to the 2AA.
Next is the Quark 123 and 1232. The limited supply R2 lights comes in all 123 versions except the 123 tactical (no clip). The 123 comes with either a permanent clip or no clip. These lights have great output and incredible runtime for their size. Output for the R5 on max is 206 lumens for 0.8 hrs and output on moonlight mode is 0.2 lumens for 15 days. The 1232 has a slightly higher output on max at 230 for 1.8 hrs and 0.2 lumens on moonlight mode for a mind blowing 30 days! Compared to the R5 lights, the R2 lights have equal runtimes and slightly less output that’s nothing to laugh at. The 123 versions output ranges from 0.2- 170 lumens and the 1232 versions output ranges from 0.2-190 lumens.
For anyone wanting a light with more throw, I recommend the Quark Turbo 1232 and AA2. The Turbo has a larger head with a wider, deeper head and a smooth reflector. This light also uses the tactical interface. If you already have a Quark, you can buy just the head and swap heads. The Turbo head comes in a 0.9-4.2V and 3.0-9.0V versions.
And last but certainly not least is the very unique Quark RGB. This light uses the MC-E quad die emitter. But instead of 4 white leds, this light has four different color leds. It has a red, green, blue, and warm white or cool white led. And because of the shallow reflector, this is a pure flood light. I own one of these and it will light up a room without having to move the light around to see every part of a room. But because it is a flood light, it doesn’t have very much throw. Output ranges from 150 to 0.4 lumens with runtimes varying from 2 hours to 650 hours.
Quark MiNi 123 $33.30
And so that you can see where this company is going, I will put up a picture of their flashlights that they will be coming out with later this year.
This is the Maelstrom line.
These are extremely high output lights. Ranging from 500-1800 emitter lumens. Yes these are emitter lumens so the OTF lumens would be about 20-30% less, so about 400-1400 lumens. I can’t wait to get my hand on these lights. Should be great lights for law enforcement, search and rescue, and hunters.
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