The Princeton Tec Eco Flare Personal Locator Light should be an integral part of any outdoor enthusiast's equipment bag. The Eco Flare can be set on constant, high-output, incandescent mode for use as an area/personal locator light, or on flashing, red Ultrabright LED mode for low-visibility, dark nights. The Ultrabright LED will burn in excess of 500+ hours on 2 AAA alkaline batteries (included). The Eco Flare can also be attached to your dog's collar for easy identification in low light conditions.
|Weight:||1.48 oz / 41.96 g|
|Burn Time:||500 hrs|
|Submersible:||328 ft / 100 m|
The light is just right to keep securely attached to a life vest. I keep the intermittent blinking bulb in it now. I have a Princeton Tec headlight for better illumination, but it's good to have a light that you know will be with you at all times. Sometimes dusk just comes in quickly on an evening that is clouding up, especially in the fall.
The incandescent mode and red flashing mode actually describe 2 different bulbs. The product has no storage receptacle for the bulb you're not currently using. Unless you have very slender fingers, it's difficult to grasp and remove the bulb because it's seated at the bottom of the concave reflector. It's also a challenge to insert a bulb, since it has 2 little wire prongs that must be inserted into the openings of 2 tiny tubes. You can't see the openings because the bulb blocks their view as you're inserting the bulb. A funnel shaped extension at the end of each tube would have been helpful in guiding the wire prongs into the tubes. In short, don't plan to change bulbs in field conditions. The thin wire of the little "key ring" doesn't seem strong enough for securely attaching the light.
Kinda get what you pay for I guess. I have yet to try this on the water, but I did hook it on the back shoulder of my PFD after putting the batteries in it. I'm not sure what to do with the extra bulb, so I taped it to the inside of my kayak dash. It's smaller than I though it would be, but I only hope to use it in emergencies and if I do any night paddling. We'll see how it works this spring on the water.
Unit smaller than I expected but that is a good thing. Well constructed and long battery life.