Comic Type: World of Warcraft |
Posted: Tuesday January 4th, 2011
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[fp]As a driver with several early morning routes, a good flashlight is an invaluable addition to my driver bag. A flashlight as bright as OxyLED's MD50 certainly isn't a necessity, but it doesn't hurt. And, this thing is exceptionally bright.[/fp]
The Cree LED at the heart of the MD50's brightness has a projected lifespan of 50,000 hours. Power options include an insert that houses 3 AAA batteries or one, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. LED's are typically not very demanding; so, I'm certain the AAA's would last a long time before needing to be replaced. That being said, I charged up the lithium-ion battery when I first received the MD50 and have not needed to recharge it since. In fact, it's been a month and I've not seen any signs of the light dimming.
The flashlight has three brightness settings; though, honestly, they are not significantly different in intensity from one to the next. There is a strobe setting where the light blinks rapidly similar to safety lights you see on some bicycles. And, an SOS setting that flashes out the internationally recognized signal for distress. There is also has a "zoom" feature, where you can slide the head of the flashlight forward, focusing the beam.
The body is a black, aluminum alloy and is listed as IPX-6 waterproof. The IP rating should indicate that the MD50 can stand up to jets of water from any direction with limited "ingress". The hyphen however is cause for concern. The hyphen does not exist in a legitimate code. That in mind, I doused it thoroughly with a sprayer and submersed it in the sink. After drying it off as best I could, I opened the flashlight to check for any water inside the lens and battery housings; there was none. So, hyphen or not, at least with cursory testing, the MD50 seems to be water tight.
- Rugged, compact design
- Exceptionally bright
- Seemingly waterproof
- Can use 3x AAA or a 18650 rechargeable, lithium-Ion battery (included)
- IP rating may not be genuine
- No significant difference in the three brightness settings.
The MD50 - 500 Lumen LED Flashlight by OxyLED is available from Amazon for $19.99. (at the time of this review)
This is not a paid review; the item was provided in exchange for a fair assessment.
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