REVIEW: Holy… Moley. What a Flashlight! Holy Moley Christmas Present
REVIEW: Holy… Moley. What a Flashlight!
We’ve reviewed some premium flashlights over the years, but the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM (http://amzn.to/1wNngo4) may be the best yet. When testing the Metal Gear XLM, our first reaction was, “Holy…moley. What a flashlight!” This is not an ordinary flashlight; it is an incredible 600 lumen light canon. It’s really more of a spotlight than a flashlight.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
In the case of this light, XLM stands for “extreme lumens.” According to Dorcy, when set to the HIGH setting this flashlight kicks a beam of intense light measuring 618 lumens. The Cree XM-L bulb produces a beam that travels an impressive distance of 363 meters or 1190 feet. The Metal Gear XLM is simply a remarkable piece of equipment that will be useful in any dark setting. We can’t wait to take ours camping.
How bright is 618 lumens? Look at it this way: it’s brighter than many bestselling LED spotlights.
This flashlight is so bright that looking directly into the light source can potentially cause eyesight damage (so please use some common sense and don’t do that). This gear generates a genuinely amazing amount of concentrated light.
Note that there is also a LOW setting for the light which delivers a more modest (but still tremendously bright) 173 lumens of light. The LOW setting also delivers extended battery life.
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
The Metal Gear XLM is constructed of “aerospace grade anodized aluminum” and contains a “polycarbonate” lens which promises exceptional durability. The flashlight is 9 inches long and 2.5 inches in width.
It’s reasonably lightweight – on our scale, without batteries it weighed 9.9 ounces. When loaded with batteries it weighed 15.4 ounces. It’s not heavy, yet it feels solid and substantial in the hand thanks to the metal construction. Frankly, it could probably be used as a defensive weapon in a pinch.
We like the simple design, especially the fact that the flashlight accepts six ordinary AA batteries. Instead of being burdened with an internal rechargeable battery that’s destined to fail, the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM accepts normal AA batteries that can be easily found everywhere. This will contribute to the product’s longevity. We’ll probably use Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries in ours. (Note that lithium batteries should not be used in this flashlight.)
Battery life is good, with a set of six AA batteries delivering 5.75 hours of operation on the HIGH setting. On the LOW setting, you can expect a whopping 25 hours of battery life.
Examining the flashlight body, there appears to be a minimum of plastic used in this design. The battery compartment, for example, is well designed in that there are no plastic weak points. We’ve had lesser flashlights fail because one small piece of plastic gave way. No such problems here. The bulk of the light is reassuring metal.
The side-mounted push button is made of a soft texture rubberized substance that’s bright yellow in color (making it easy to locate at a glance).
Around the base of the flashlight is a matching yellow lanyard ring to which is attached a nice wriststrap.
This LED flashlight has an o-ring seal that offers weather protection against dust and moisture.
Despite the fact that the Metal Gear XLM is blindingly bright, it always operates at a cool temperature. Thanks to the latest LED technology, gone are the days when a spotlight would burn a hole in your carpet.
The Metal Gear XLM is truly one of the best flashlights we’ve ever tested. If you are in the market for a premium flashlight, look no further.
The Dorcy company sent us this product for review. For more information about Dorcy and this specific light (including a downloadable data sheet, sample photos, reviews, and more), visit the company’s website at http://www.dorcy.com/p-438-41-0435-metal-gear-xl-m-extreme-618-lumen-led-flashlight.aspx
This looks like a great small flashlight that can help you out getting around your campsite, fixing something in a dark location or to keep the goblins away while at the campfire. Well it really does not matter it is time for STOCKING STUFFERS and this looks a winner to me, so check your list and check it twice and head over to Amazon to get yours before it is to late.
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