This is a discussion on Lights For Law Enforcement / Tactical Flashlight Review within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Glock30SF Ever do any comps on insight lights? I carry a h1x single cell. I have been impressed with it and was ...
NEW BULB FOR THE BOREALIS FLASHLIGHT
750 LUMENS FOR 75 MINUTES
As you may know the Borealis 1050 lumens flashlight is the most powerful military/police flashlight in use today.
The Borealis will make 1050 lumens for 50 minutes on rechargeable batteries. Now a new bulb is available which will run the light for 75 minutes with a drop of only 300 lumens.
Lights in use by police today are the Magcharger, the Stingers, the SL 20 up to 200 lumens, the Ultra Stinger-295 lumens, the Pelican 7060-135 lumens, and the Fenix TK series up to 240 lumens.
Military forces use a variety of Surefires as weapon lights with 120 lumens and hand held like the Surefire M-4, 350 lumens and the Surefire M-6 at 500 lumens.
So, the above statement of the Borealis been the most powerful is not an exaggeration, many are been used daily by police and many are doing tour of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.
What the new bulb does is extend the run time to 75 minutes without reducing drastically the output.
As no other duty flashlight with the same lumens is available, I decided to conduct a shoot out against a big two million candlepower spotlight, the one at hand was an almost new Brikmann Q beam Max million II (two million candlepower) with a reflector of five inches wide and a big bulb of 75 watt.
All this in competition to a bean sized 30 watt bulb and two inch reflector of the Borealis.
DAVID AND GOLIATH
FIVE INCH VERSUS TWO INCH
This particular Borealis has a Light Stippled reflector, a reflector designed to give a good balance between flood and throw, but given the semi custom character of the Borealis three other reflectors are available, smooth for maximum throw, orange peel for just a little less throw but more flood (also called side spill) and a medium stippled reflector designed for a big flood but with the range limited to 100 yards.
As the night was bitterly cold I decided to take the pictures and shoot the beams right out of my second story kitchen window, with the short tripod legs resting in the kitchen sink.
The target is the white and blue cabana which is the second building in the picture after the fence.
The target is 74 yards from my window, with back trees as much as 85 yards (they are still visible with both lights).
Due to the big reflector in the spot light, the beam is concentrated in the center of the picture and illumination from the side spill is not as great as it is with the Borealis 750 lumens bulb.
Observe both pictures and you will see more area illuminated by the Borealis 750 lumens bulb, than is illuminated by the two million candlepower spotlight.
Still the intensity of both beams is similar at the center of the target area.
Q-BEAM MAX TWO MILLION
BOREALIS 750 LUMENS 75 MINUTES BULB
In conclusion the new Borealis bulb of 750 lumens is worthy for those that will want a run time of 75 minutes. Even after loosing 300 lumens the Borealis still is the most powerful flashlight used by the police and the military.
The light can be ordered with the 1050 lumens bulb installed and the spare as the 750 lumens or vice-versa. You can also order the reflector most appropriate for you work, the only light in the Industry that offers you a choice of four reflectors.
Black Bear (& others), thanks for all the great information on lights!
I began reading this thread, but after a while, it turned into "scanning"... to much information in such a small space<G>.
Now that my head is spinning, I'd like to ask for some basic guidance from those that have studied into this.
I'd really like one of the brighter rechargables (like the Bear Cub maybe) for the truck & home later, but right now I'm looking for guidance on something I could carry in my pocket, that would...
1)... be bright enough to be effective at blinding a bg at reasonably close quarters. At what lumes does a light begin to really become effective for SD?
2)... would also be small enough to not mind carrying in the pocket, but just long enough for a good hand weapon (kubaton).
Although it would probably not be used often (primary EDC use would be SD only), but if it would be used occasionally, it might be nice if it had a lower setting. The cost of some of the batteries talked about here concerns me a little.
I would guess that if it's use was not often, they would have a pretty good "shelf life" riding in the pocket???
Although money is tight, I could see putting a few bucks into something that will do it's job & last.
For every day carry I have a Fenix P3D, it has several settings from 12 lumens to 175 lumens, including strobe and SOS.
I also carry a small (AAA) Fenix LOP in my key-chain.
For belt or pocket carry when I am packing a gun, I carry what I consider the best tactical light, the Fenix TK-11.
The TK-11 used two 123's OR a 18650 rechargeable battery, The purchase of the 18650 battery and the Ultra Fire charger will free you from have to spend money on the 123 batteries.
Incidentally the run time of the TK-11 is 2 hours at 225 lumens or 12 hours plus at 60 lumens.
The Bear Cub is also 220 lumens, but the throw and brightness is much superior to any of the small reflector LED lights, it could make a great truck/car/house light and is also rechargeable.
If you want the ultimate in power, throw and brightness, look into the light I make, the Borealis 1050 lumens flashlight.
Thank you Black Bear. I'm taking serious note of your suggestions.