Everybody has a flashlight. The hand-held torch has been around for a century. It’s under the kitchen sink near the out-of-date fire extinguisher and it’s weak or dead because of neglect. (Check yours. Am I right or am I right?)
Flashlights bring back memories. Tenting in the back yard. Checking under the bed for monsters. We remember the big “D” cells, the cracked lens, the jiggling parts that worked if the connection was right and the batteries strong—they were never strong because you forever aimed it under your chin to scare your sister.
A flashlight isn’t rocket science. It’s a bulb connected to batteries; the bulb seated behind a curved reflector to direct light forward. Increase the complexity with an On/Off switch, a lens, and a tube to hold everything.
Today’s flashlight—“flashlight” sounds antique and is probably no longer the best term—is a tactical beam. Today’s light is as phylogenetically related to the ones we used at Boy Scout camp as grandpa’s Model T is to a Porsche. Today’s flashlight is a specialized tool, an “extreme beam.”
In about 2006, the men and women of ExtremeBeam discovered that minute machining adjustments on flashlight reflectors produced a brighter, more focused light, a light with demonstrable tactical benefits. They leveraged this technological advantage into hand-held, weapon-mountable systems using LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs. They applied the innovation to products needed by sportsmen, tactical operators, industry, and by folks caught in personal defense situations.
Carrying concealed, you understand situations that require a light: a dark theatre, a multi-level parking garage, an alleyway, the tent at night, or an evening stroll around the neighborhood.
New SAR Series flashlights from ExtremeBeam fit in your shirt pocket. The tubes are machined from bar stock aluminum, which you might think would be crushingly heavy, but these lights barely weigh 2 ounces and they’re only 3 inches long by an inch wide. It’s small, but the SAR’s 130 lumen LED bulb projects light to 450 feet—imagine the longest kickoff return, ever. SAR glass lenses are tri-cut and threading is square-cut so they don’t become cross-threaded changing batteries. The micro-textured body—what ExtremeBeam calls a “sharkskin” feeling—provides a reliable grip, even with sweaty hands or using the light in the rain.
What ExtremeBeam discovered was that the typical flashlight reflecting cone—made from cheap, lightly glazed plastic—had greater potential than just focusing light. The reflecting cone could be just as important to the mission as the power of the bulb and battery. It could actually enhance the effectiveness of the light.
While the inside of the SAR reflecting cone is slowly machined from high-density bar stock aluminum, the outside is left practically untouched. With its greater surface area, the rough outside surface transfers heat from the bulb rapidly and also adds a little more balance to the light.
ExtremeBeam’s SAR lights are not indestructible, but run over one with the truck and chances are high it still works fine. These little lights are built with interior muzzle blast protection and an anti-recoil system proofed to 5.56/.223 caliber. Plus, a double O-ring seal gives the light waterproofing to 3 meters (about 120 inches). Using one 3.0-3.6 volt CR 123 battery, the average continuous “run time” for either the SAR5 (gray) or the SAR7 (non-reflective black) is one hour. Both models come with a removable belt clip and can be fitted with a straight-wire pressure sensitive Anti-Recoil switch for mounting.
For information about ExtremeBeam flashlights for tactical, home and/or office defense, or any outdoor use from camping to hunting, check www.extremebeam.com. You’ll definitely enjoy the video of the company vice president, simulating being trapped inside a building, using ExtremeBeam’s M1000 Fusion to break down a wall. Hint: the light still works after all the hammering. For customer service the company—physically located at 473 S. River Road, St. George, UT 84790—can be reached at (877) 579-7878 or by email at email@example.com.
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