The world of ‘tactical’ (read: black, brawny and brighter than blazes) flashlights is almost as crowded as the Venetian hotel’s food court. PowerTac illuminated us on their entry into the field; we’ll be putting several of their models to the test in the coming weeks to see if they’re as drop-proof, waterproof and headache-inducingly bright as the company claims. Meanwhile, let me shine a little light on their designs . . .
The PowerTac Cadet (above) is a thumb-sized LED light cranking out an amazing 300 lumens from a single CR-123 lithium battery. The barrel is no thicker than your thumb, but the bezel is exactly 1″ (or so I’m told; I’ll get out the calipers when I get home) which will clamp perfectly into any standard weapon light mount.
The PowerTac Warrior is an altogether more manly piece of kit with gnarly strike bezels at both ends. [ED: I bet you say that to all the boys.] It cranks out an advertised 650 lumens for 90 minutes at max brightness. The unit also offers a reduced-power ‘moonlight’ setting that’ll run for a claimed 13 hours. It is also weapon-compatible, with a barrel diameter of 1″.
Both lights have strobe settings. I’m not usually a fan; strobes usually involve complex Semaphore switching patterns on the tail switch. The PowerTacs may avoid this potential pitfall. The tail switches are strictly on/off affairs. All strobe and power settings are controlled either by twisting the bezel (on the Cadet) or using a secondary non-tailcap switch (on the Warrior.)
We’ll see if the Rabbi approves of this arrangement . . .
I promised prez Borencio Darden that we’d torture-test his lights. We’ll drop them, drown them, freeze them and run the batteries dry to see if they live up to their specs. I also promised that we wouldn’t shoot them with a .300 Winchester Magnum, although that might have given us some good video. Oh well. A promise is a promise . . .