Today we’re looking at the ZeroHour Tactical Flashlight & Battery Backup.
It’s the single most amazing flashlight that I’ve ever seen – but what the heck is a tactical flashlight?
From ZeroHour’s own website:
What makes a flashlight “tactical-grade”?
Tactical flashlights typically feature premium construction and components, and have far higher battery power and LED illumination capabilities. In other words, a tactical flashlight is nothing like the plastic one sold at the supermarket that takes regular batteries and emits a low-lumen light beam. ZeroHour is designed with features that compete with the best tactical flashlights on the market, including aircraft aluminum construction, waterproof up to one meter, gold-plated internals, a CREE LED with 1,000 maximum lumen output, four levels of illumination and two safety modes, and rechargeable lithium ion batteries capable of providing over 10,000mAh of power.
This is one of those products that makes you realize you’ve been doing it all wrong until today. Read on…
Main advantage: virtually indestructable, satisfyingly heavy, adjustable brightness, rechargeable
Main concern: looks like a flashlight, but it’s strong enough to do damage (not for kids). Also, proprietary charger is a HUGE bummer.
Unique features: built in 10,000 mah battery backup and strobe features are included for safety in the outdoors, but great for everyday use as well
You wake up on a mountain… You’re groggy… and alone. It’s just you and the mountain and your backpack. You reach in for a clue as to what’s going on. You find 3 granola bars, a bottle of water, and a crappy LED flashlight that came in a ten pack for $3. You’ll be dead in 4 hours. You didn’t starve to death, but you would have frozen at night if the wolves hadn’t eaten you first.
Now your humble tech journalist is in the same scenario, but I reach into my napsack to find the ZeroHour XD. My nightmare scenario has turned into a lovely afternoon hike followed by an early evening rescue. That’s the difference a tactical flashlight offers over your standard fare.
More than a light, this is a self-defense device, an emergency beacon, and a backup battery to charge your cell phone or anything else USB powered. All of those extras could actually mean the difference between life and death in a tough situation. The XD has 6 modes total with increasing brightness and 2 strobes. One basic strobe that can be used to frighten animals or disorient an attacker and a S.O.S. strobe that could signal rescue crews from long distances.
Here are the modes:
BASIC MODES (single tap)
Low (20 lumens)
Medium (400 lumens)
High (600 lumens)
Maximum (1000 lumens)
HIDDEN MODES (double tap)
Strobe (1000 lumens)
SOS (1000 lumens)
The XD is also waterproof and dustproof. Waterproof means that it’s fully submersible in water up to one meter (IPX8). This light is rated at 1,000 lumens. That means this thing could get dangerously hot. XD’s heat dissipation design means that it stays cool to the touch even after hours of use. The last unique feature that I’ll mention is what could make this the last flashlight that you’ll ever buy – it’s modular. Every single major component of the XD is replaceable and it can also transform into an indestructible storage case or a standalone battery backup.
Thank you again to ZeroHour for supplying their product for review.
ZeroHour XD by ZeroHour
Manufacturer – $224.99
Amazon – $224.99
Is it worth buying: It’s intensely satisfying to hold in your hand. It’s an amazing flashlight and a very competent battery backup. It’s costly, but it could save your life. If you’re in the market, BUY WITH CONFIDENCE.
ENJOY YOUR GADGETS!