I’ll preface by saying I’ve developed a flashlight addiction over the past couple of years. I love knowing there is a light handy wherever I am that can turn night into day. I especially love lights that are really bright that I didn’t have to spend a ton of money on. There are some incredible lights on the market from some very reputable companies, but they can quickly get crazy on price. I would love to have a top end Streamlight or Surefire in every vehicle and all over the house. Spending thousands on flashlights just isn’t going to happen though! I’ve found a few good LED lights that have found a home in my preps, but this new one from UltraFire (model WF-606A) is quickly becoming my favorite. When you pick it up, you can tell its well built and strong without being too heavy. This thing is metal and glass. I may be old fashioned, but I like things built from materials known for strength and durability. The LED module is made Cree, which is an industry leader in LED technology. The light also has o-ring seals where it should. I don’t know how waterproof it is, but I’m comfortable calling it very water resistant. Another feature (that I’m sure was unintended by the designers) is that the body of the light will fit right into MOLLE webbing on your pack, bag, or vest. The only drawback I see is that the rear clicky push button is not recessed. This could lead to the light being turn on by accident, but I haven’t had this happen yet.
One of the coolest features is its’ multiple settings. It burns at 230 lumen on full power, but has 4 other settings.
1. Full power (230 lumen)
2. Medium power (150 lumen)
3. Low power (60 lumen)
4. Strobe at full intensity
5. S.O.S at full intensity
I’ve had it out at night and to say its bright is an understatement. It has a narrow beam so it can really reach out and illuminate things at a distance, but it throws enough light out to light up a good portion of the front yard. There are some cottonwood trees down the road several hundred yards. You can make out individual branches with this light. Even on low power, there is plenty of light to see well enough to walk around or work on something after dark. I was told to expect an hour of battery life at full power, so the lower power settings will probably get used quite a bit. The strobe is a feature I probably won’t use much other than for showing off or playing around. Some self defense experts say that it can be useful to disorient a would-be attacker, but I would much prefer to hit them with pepper spray or employ a firearm in extreme situations rather than hoping for disorientation to save my life or that of a loved one. The SOS is a neat little feature that could have a very practical application. I’m sure the light could be seen for a long way at night and having the light automatically key out an SOS signal means it could be pointed in whatever direction you wanted to signal and let it signal for help while my attention is on the emergency.
I purchased mine from a gentleman running a flashlight table at a local gun show, but they are available online in the $20-25 price range. My take is that you won’t find a better light for even double the money. I plan on picking up enough to have one on the nightstand, in the BOB, and one for each vehicle.