Monday, July 30, 2012
Let there be light...
Well, I always had "light", in that there's both a Photon microlight and a teeny little LED Lenser light on my keychain*, but I didn't always have LIGHT. I kept my Surefire Z2-S and my handy little Streamlight Microstream in outside pockets on my purse. I'd have carried the Microstream in a pocket, but at 28 lumens it wasn't a big enough improvement over the keychain lights to warrant another pocket wart in my mom jeans.
So when I left my purse at home or locked in the trunk, all I had was the dinky keychain lights. In light of certain recent events, not having a good bright light ready to hand was leaving me feeling less-than-prepared. Fortunately, one of the little trinkets in the freebie bags from Leatherman they gave us during the factory tour was a LED Lenser P3 AFS flashlight.
It has the sliding focus head that is the LED Lenser trademark, is machined aluminum, and despite being a little single AAA-cell flashlight about the size of the Microstream that easily slips into a pants pocket, it throws a no-kidding 75-lumen beam that will travel clean from, say, the middle/back rows of a theater to the emergency exit doors down by the screen, which was a comforting feeling when I went with Shootin' Buddy to see #OCCUPY_GOTHAM_CIT... er, The Dark Knight Rises this past Saturday.
Also, with the machined flats in the flashlight body, it's easily controlled by holding it between two fingers, just in case you needed both hands to, say, manipulate a pistol, for instance. I'm impressed. It's in my pocket right now, as a matter of fact; I had to take it out to snap the photo up there.
*There's a reason for the two bitty keychain lights and one or both of them being a Photon (or Photon knock-off). The Photon is flat and can be locked "on" and so, in a pinch, you can take it off the keychain and set it down to use like a little hands-free candle. Plus, the things are tiny, weigh nothing, and are dirt cheap. There's hardly a reason to not have a couple on your keyring.