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Ultra bright -- with two huge design flaws
on 30 December 2013
So bright it's almost like having a laser shone straight into your eye. So bright that I was worried about dazzling drivers to the point where they might crash into me. Until...
I realised that the on/off button is not just easily switched, it will go on the second you put it in your pocket, or bag, or hand, or -- and I am only exaggerating slightly here -- expose it to a slight breeze. I quickly realised it was going on the second I put it in my coat pocket when I got to work, and staying on all day. That explained why I only got a few days life from the batteries! Overly light buttons on back lights is a weirdly common phenomenon. Inexplicably, since it rarely affects front lights. But this one is by far the lightest touch button I have ever come across. And judging by the reviews I'm not the only one to notice it.
So, I started keeping the thing in an old plastic pot when it was in my bag, to stop anything turning it on by accident. That worked and it lasted longer... A fortnight!
It seems there is a reason it burns brighter than Hades with only 2 AAAs in it -- it is going through the power in them at a phenomenal rate. And we're talking Duracell's finest here, not el-cheapo no-brand batteries.
So, a really great light -- for two weeks. Otherwise, it's worth spending the extra money to get those brand-name lights instead. (NOW I know why they are so much more expensive...)