Suprabeam Rechargeable Torch/Flashlight

Compact, durable, rechargable batteries that deliver a long run time, five light modes, superb beam distance and excpetional brightness make this the one to beat for features and value.

Suprabeam Q7XR

Suprabeam Rechargeable Flashlight

Length:150mm (6")
Weight:307 grams (11 ounces)
Case:Anodized high strength aluminum
Power Source:18.5 Wh Li-Ion Battery
Charging Time:6-1/2 hours
Run Time:2-3/4 hours (1000 lumens) to 37 hours (50 lumens)
Lumens:1000, 500, 250, 50, Strobe
Beam Distance:345 meters (1,132 feet)
IP RatingIPx4 (splash waterproof)
Warranty:5 year limited warranty
Includes:Storage case, belt case, lanyard, battery charger, 2 li-Ion batteries

Puttering around the home and cottage, working on the job site, grooving in the shop, spooning by the river, hiking the back forty – no matter where you happen to be or what you're up to, a decent flashlight can be a handy accessory to have at hand. The market is ripe with inexpensive models that invariably tend to conk out after a limited amount of use. These wonders (as in 'wonder why I bought it') typically feature a plastic or thin aluminum housing, plastic lens and reflector, subpar (or no) heatsink, energy-inefficient incandescent blubs or inferior non-CREE LEDs, and often, throw-away alkaline batteries. In terms of performance and value, you're better off choosing a premium flashlight.

The Q7xr from Suprabeam is one such flashlight. Everything about this flashlight shouts 'quality, durability, dependability, performance, and value'. It comes in a durable hard shell case that organizes and protects the kit components, and is handy when you want to tote the kit to a job site or store it in your vehicle. The kit includes the flashlight, spare battery, charger, belt case, and lanyard.

The body of the flashlight is made of high strength anodized aluminum with a milled, textured pattern on the body that provides a sure grip. The lens is made of a durable, crack-resistant glass, and the textured power button is silicone covered to prevent dust and moisture infiltration. Overall length is only 6", and it weighs less than 3/4 of a pound with battery installed.

The power button has 5 brightness modes (1000, 500, 250, and 50 lumens, plus a Strobe setting) that you step through by pressing the button in a consecutive fashion. It takes a bit of practice to learn the right amount of thumb pressure you need to exert in order to switch between modes without inadvertently turning the flashlight off. The first setting (1000 lumens) is incredibly bright – one of the most intense I've used. At this maximum setting the flashlight can light up an area up some 345m (1130') away. That's pretty darn impressive. And, you'll get almost 3 hours of use on a single battery charge. You can significantly increase battery run time by decreasing the luminosity. At 250 lumens, which I find about as low as practical to make out details clearly) you get a very decent 8 hours of run-time.

The Q7xr also features two options for beam focusing. Moving the head forward or backwards adjusts the beam from a 5° spotlight to a 70° floodlight. Once you get the beam focus you want simply turn the head counter clockwise to lock it in place. The next time you turn the flashlight on it will be at your preferred beam setting. It's a very convenient feature.

The belt case is very useful, as it has a slot to hold the spare battery (which means you can double your run-time for any of the brightness modes. Recharging the batteries takes up to 6-1/2 hours for a full-charge. The battery charger displays the charging status and illuminates green when the battery is ready to go. A nice feature is that the charger has both a standard 120V AC adapter and a USB cable.

The Q7xr is a superb flashlight that will deliver years of dependable service.

Photo Gallery:

Everything stores in a hard shell case - organized and transportable.

Powered by a 3.7V, 5Ah, 18.5 Wh Li-Ion battery

Charge the battery using the 120V adapter or USB cable (the DeWALT USB charger and battery are not included).

Easy twist-off head (revealing the LED).

Silicone covered touch button steps through the five light modes.

Pull the body of of the torch to narrow the light focus from wide (flood) to narrow (beam), then lock the focus by turning the head.

Convenient carry case with room for extra battery storage.

A small, light-weight, rechargable, powerful torch.
Carl Duguay
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