I think my biggest beef with flashlights is size. I don’t want to have to carry a flashlight the size of a kid’s lunch box in order to get good light output. A huge flashlight is impractical – its size and weight make it easier to leave behind than bring along. Plus, don’t forget the batteries! That huge light is worthless without the juice to power it. In an ideal scenario, you’d have something that can easily fit in your pack, pocket or glove box and something that doesn’t drain a battery instantly. That brings me to the point of this installment of Buy or Bust – FLASHLIGHTS! Not just any flashlight, the Cabela's E-VAC Rechargeable Flashlight.
The Cabela's E-VAC Rechargeable Flashlight is only 5.5-inches long and has a total diameter of less than one inch. It’s not only small, but it’s also lightweight tipping the scale at only 3.7 ounces. Don’t worry, this isn’t like one of those cheap little flashlights at the checkout counter of the gas station. While it may be small, its size doesn’t affect this flashlight’s ability to put out some serious light. Equipped with three different settings, the E-VAC Rechargeable Flashlight has “low”, “high” and “strobe” settings. The high setting pours out an 800-lumen beam that shines out to 480 feet, while the low setting is a way to balance the brightness you need with battery conservation. The strobe setting uses the high intensity beam for emergency signaling. In addition, the beam is adjustable, so you can customize the width and focus or disperse the light to your liking.
In the field, this flashlight brings the versatility of waterproofing and durability. Its IPX4 housing makes it tough and able to withstand hard use, plus it’s waterproof, even in the middle of a rainstorm. Even better is the fact that it is rechargeable. The Cabela's E-VAC Rechargeable Flashlight comes with a USB charger and when the battery is at full charge it allows your flashlight to run for up to 3-hours on high and as much as 60-hours on low. No more carting around batteries!
“I don’t need one, my iPhone has a flashlight app.” Well, congrats my phone savvy and hopelessly dependent friend, but using your device has some caveats. Since the moment the smart phone entered our daily lives, fewer people have been carrying a functioning flashlight because they have one built into their phone. However, traditional hand-held flashlights tend to be brighter and last way longer than your cellphone ever will. Walking through timber or stubble fields trying to light the area with a cell phone flashlight in search of downed game probably won’t yield the results you want because it’s not bright enough and cannot light up a substantial area the way an actual flashlight can. Plus, your phone is more difficult to hold while multitasking. You can put a traditional flashlight in your hand, steady it under your arm or chin, stick it between your knees or even hold it in your mouth if you have to while completing a task. It’s tough to do any of those things with a phone, and if you do, you run the risk of dropping and breaking it. That’s a costly mistake. Never mind the fact that if using it outdoors or away from civilization you are running down the battery on the tool you use for communication. Not smart! Having an actual flashlight doesn’t diminish your phone battery, it keeps it available in the event that you need to use it.
I have this little light stick, seriously, it’s pretty darn fantastic. I no longer have to carry my 16” flashlight that looks more like a club. This Cabela's E-VAC Rechargeable Flashlight fits in my pocket easily and it is a staple in my hunting gear! Check them out!
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