(I can't really call this a product review, because I haven't tested this item thoroughly. Take it more in the vein of "I bought this, I like this, it's nifty" rather than a full-scale product endorsement.)
The model which I carry is the Nebo Blueline. It is a great little light that has yet to let me down, although admittedly I've only used it for walking the dogs at night and navigating the house during a power outage.
I bought this for three main reasons:
- It cost $15 at the gun store. Most "tactical" lights are in the $50+ range.
- It uses one AA battery. Most lights use multiple expensive CR123 batteries.
- It is small. At 4" long, it's perfect for pocket carry. Compare this to a Mini Maglite, which comes in at 6". I know how you guys are with your inches, but sometimes smaller is better...
It has other nifty features, such as:
- an output of 130 Lumens (honestly, I'm not sure if it's really that bright or not, but it's easily in the 90-100 range, which is my minimum for a tac light, and damn impressive for fifteen bucks)
- a strobe function
- an illuminated switch
- a striking cap for defense
- a belt/pocket clip for secure carry
- a magnet in the base for hands-free mounting (though I question its holding strength)
- the obligatory "shockproof, weather-proof" body of aircraft aluminum
Don't get me wrong: this is not a be-all and end-all light. But it's bright enough for the price, and the price is low enough that if you lose it, or it's confiscated, you aren't out a whole lot of money.
I carry one, and so does my mother. If this light ever fails me, I will update this page.