In the world of flashlights it’s hard to know where to go. As avid travelers we’ve been huge proponents of headlamps for years. In particular the retractable cord headlamp from Petzl is one of our go-to lights. Recently though we were in the market for a more durable light that would be hardy in the field and would put out enough light to make the sun envious. Our conclusion was the Armytek Predator.
Here’s our list of pros and cons for the Armytek Predator Tactical Flashlight.
- Powerful – The flashlight projects a powerful beam to a useable distance of over 400 yeards. The website promotes it as being usable to 400+ meters. We tested ours to the same distance.
- Durable – The strong aluminum body is covered with an alloy that makes it easy to grip. Mostly when I hold it I want to punch someone in the face with it. It feels like Thor’s hammer streaming lighting.
- Waterproof – If you watch the video you’ll see that Tawny enjoys dropping my things in whiskey. She’s also a little clumsy in general. Insurance on our electronics is a must. If I can buy something that is both drop resistant and waterproof, I do. Always.
- Affordable – While it seems a little steep in a world where you can buy a keychain light for $1 I’m all on board. The Predator retails for about $100 but it’s built to last. Personally I’ve had too many flashlights fail on my while in the woods. Last time I was hiking for a week we got caught in a massive rain storm and one of my flashlights bit it. I would have prefered to spend a little extra on a higher quality flashlight. If you’re only using your light for walks to the car don’t bother. If you’re looking for a high function light to last you a lifetime, then think about this one.
- POWER – Once again, I cannot stress just how powerful this light is.
- Rechargeable battery – We left the light on for two days and used it in 10 degree conditions. It worked perfectly. The rating has it down for lasting 130 days with one rechargeable battery. I haven’t tried it that long yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
- Rapid recharge – The battery charged from empty to full the first time in under an hour. Boom!
- Good for zombie apocalypse.
- Rechargeable battery – While the battery lasts forever and is easy to recharge I worry that we’ll be somewhere without a power source and I’ll need to recharge it. The spare batteries retail for about $12, so no big deal. I just sometimes miss AAs. Still, it’s better for the environment.
- It can be a little pricy for a recreational user.
- This particular model doesn’t have a flood feature. It’s a focused beam, which I like. If you want a flood feature the Armytek people have a lot of great options for reliable field flashlights.
Armytek offered us a flashlight in exchange for an honest opinion.