Posts Tagged ‘lantern’

By Cameron McKirdy

I performed a “Stress Test” on the new Coast Products HP17TAC flashlight just to see if she could survive.  The light is impact, and water resistant, so I threw it on the pavement from a moving car, ran it over, and then soaked it.  Amazingly, the light was just as bright after I put the hurt on it, and all of the functions still worked.  It boasts 615 lumens on high, and also has a useful strobe mode for signaling and defense, plus a low mode to conserve energy.

hp17 specs

The HP17TAC looks aggressive, and it is mean.  It’s built to take punishment, with a thick aluminum casing that is heavily knurled.  Meaning, there’s plenty of texture on the black body to maintain grip in any scenario.  I like the thickness (1.53 inch body), and I prefer longer flashlights (13.12 inches) like this so I have seeing power in total darkness.  This Coast product runs off three AAA batteries that are included, with a lengthy run time of 15 hours and 15 minutes on high.  That’s incredible.  How’s the tactical light look now?  Here’s a picture of the cosmetic damage.  Not bad considering!COAST hp17tac damage

According to their website, “Coast’s Pure Beam Focusing Optic System with Fingertip Speed Focus Control provides superior beam consistency from spot to flood, with no dark rings typically associated with focusing flashlights, and you can lock the beam focus in any position you want with our Beam Lock System.”  I found this to be true in my series of stress tests.  You can use just one finger to change the beam, making it fast, and easy to use.  Plus, as you can see in the video, changing position was smooth even after trying to get sand into the bezel.   This is a tactical flashlight you’d be proud to own, and something you’d likely use often.  It’s lightweight, durable, powerful, and with three modes of operation it will provide the best visibility for you in a given situation.  It looks badass too, even more so after you break it in like I did.  Visit COAST Products for more info on the HP17TAC and other useful gear.  

hp17 tactical flashlightThe COAST Product HPT17TAC is Survival Bros tested and approved!

I just got the NEW Coast Products EAL20 LED lantern.  It retails for $40.  A bargain for any high quality light.  But I had to put it to the test.  So I went into the woods, and kicked it around.  First I scoped it from a distance.  I was pleased by the brightness of the flashing red LED light.  The EAL20 would be great to have around in case of emergency.  It’s very visible,  but also portable.  I also like the way it feels.  It’s rubbery, and easy to handle.  It’s a good size when you’re on the go.  I can see myself using this indoors, and outdoors; while camping, or working on a project.  Few lanterns are this versatile,  if any.

I beat it up too.  I dropped it from my side, at hip level, onto the frozen ground.  It still worked.  I booted it hard, and it didn’t mind.  Then I tossed it in the bushes.  No problem for the Coast product.  It’s durable, just like they say.  I was impressed.  It passed the Survival Bros stress test with ease.  I’m sure I will have this emergency lantern for years to come.  It will be by my bedside this evening.  I love using the red light during the night, because it doesn’t affect my night vision like white light does.  I’m still able to see fine when I turn it off, because my eyes don’t have to adjust after using the red light.  Plus, the EAL20 is loaded with features.  The best part about the design is the dimmer.  Using it at the level you want saves battery power.  There’s even a sly battery life indicator on the front, so you know how much juice is left.  In the video I misspoke, there are actually 8 red LED lights, and one bright white light bulb in the center.  I highly recommend this LED lantern.  I don’t have any issues with it at this time.  

For additional information on this product check out http://www.coastportland.comealMore extreme product reviews and HD videos soon.  Thanks for visiting the Survival Bros blog.  Save it to your bookmarks.  %^).

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