This new torch from VASTFIRE is one of the first twin light flashlights I have tried with COB LED lighting. COB is the latest LED technology and stands for ‘Chip On Board’. COB LEDs are multiple LED chips bonded to form a single module. This means a small, brighter and more robust LED with a wider field of view but using less power.
In the plain unbranded box was the aluminium alloy flashlight itself, two preinstalled 26650 5000mAh rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries, a USB to USB-C charging cable, two plastic battery adapter tubes, and a prefitted wrist lanyard. No User Guide was included, which was annoying. What do the plastic tubes do? I have seen similar tubes used to allow smaller diameter batteries to be used with torches and this may well be outlined in the missing User Guide. The build quality of everything included seems first-rate, heavy duty and clearly built to last. The torch is rated as being 1m impact resistant and IP44 water resistant, which means it should be fine in the rain but don’t drop it in any puddles.
The torch is a good hefty size at 30.48 x 5.84 x 5.84 cm but not too heavy for the pocket or shoulder bag at 430g. On the front, of course, is the main 5000 lumens lamp with the COB strip light on the side. On the side too is a row of bright blue LEDs to show the current battery and charging status. On the shaft of the flashlight is a grommet protected bay housing the USB-C power in port and the single USB-A power out port used to power or charge external devices.
The unit is controlled by a single button. Click once to scroll between full power (5000 lumens), low power (3000 lumens) and strobing. One full charge will give around four hours on full power and six on low. Double click to switch to the side LED and click again to change from white to red light.
The torch also works as a power bank and should be able to charge a smartphone twice when itself is fully charged. Charging is quicker than I expected but rather longer than the thirty minutes claimed in the Amazon listing.
Another feature of the torch is that it can be used as an escape tool or for self-defence and the heavy weight and serrated metal lens shield certainly make this possible.
The front light at 5000 lumens is not the brightest I have seen but it is easily enough for most purposes, outdoors or in. The front light can be zoomed in out and out to a great degree although at maximum zoon the four lighting chips are visible. The side light looks like a white strip on the side of the flashlight but when lit produces an extra-wide field of view making it suitable as an inspection or even a room light. The red light feature is useful for security purposes as well as for general lighting at night.
This is a well made, robust and heavy duty torch that is very versatile in use and would be perfect to keep in the car or to take on a field trip.
Currently priced on Amazon at just £32.31 this torch is a good buy for anyone looking for an all-purpose full-sized outdoor flashlight.
Great Build Quality
3 Front Light Modes
3 Side Light Modes
USB-C Power In Port
No Carry Case
No User Guide
Unusual Battery Type
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