Big lumens

While the specs sounded out of this world I couldn’t help but scoop up the Klarus Mi7. It has some big claims but does it stack up? Let’s take a closer look.



Little big light

Looking to lighten your load? there are options here, while maybe not the most tactical lights a backup is also important for if something fails or if 1000 lumens just isn’t needed. There are few pocket options that have the power to stand up to larger models but the Lumintop AAA is an exception. If you are looking for light, small, and big power this is for you.


Why carry

If it’s not obvious, Aaron from Sage Dynamics and I see very eye to eye. Here is more great information on why to EDC a light and some other ideas. The one gotcha here is he changes his stance on how many lumens, he has claimed in the past too much will wash you out or splash light back onto yourself but he covers it. Take a look but be warned it’s a little lengthy. I just know I have no interest in carrying anything that weighs a ton or runs 5 batteries, please pick something you can use and will carry every damn day.

Fresh ideas

Aaron Cowan is a sharp dude, he has some great videos outlining drills you can practice for those that carry every day. There are some people that don’t believe in carrying a torch every day or at all (I know weird) but let me share this to help with that. Take a look below for some great tactics and reasoning he even makes a good comment on lumens as well, love this stuff.

Touch power

Not as common it is certainly a bold move. The IndieGoGoproject for a touch button flashlight is certainly gaining some attention from the outdoor gear junkies. It looks promising and will even charge your phone when out and about. I like the idea and the fact they included a backup mechanical button since I doubt a gloved hand can activate it. More details about the project here and check out the video for a full rundown.

Deal alert

Another one just came across, while maybe not a major brand or stand out features this is an excellent weapon backup. It’s a Ultrafire which I have owned in the past with some success however in this case it includes a remote switch for weapon mounting. I can’t comment on how well it holds up under constant fire but for $12 it’s certainly worth looking at. There seem to be some great reviews so it’s been used in quite a few cases, take a look here for the full details.



The Tube from Nitecore has always been ver popular (see for a long time. Now it looks like the company is branching out and offering some newer and feature packed options. We covered the TIP recently with some added power and benefits but they have also dropped the Thumb as well to cover som additional bases, besides its usual features the Thumb also has some nice extras, red light for maintaining night vision, USB recharge, and a pivoting head this has the makings for a great multi-use backup. It features 85 lumens and weighs in at just under 1oz. The full specs are here if you want to know more, love to know what you think in the comments below.


Battery leaks

While it’s likely something you haven’t planned for, it can be a real nightmare if you dropped some very serious dollars to get a good light. I found a simple process and detailed it here if this does happen but make sure you are careful this could be a dangerous process and battery acid is no joke when it gets on skin.