Some ads warn not to shine it in your eyes or it will do
permanent damage. Who knows if that's just advertising hype, but it's certainly
very bright and a nice flashlight (or torch as the
flashlight groupies call them). It uses 3 AAA batteries or one
rechargeable 18650 battery. For a previous flashlight I got
these batteries and
this charger. By the time you click these links they're probably
already dead (April 2016). I use the 18650 but I think the AAAs give the
same amount of light..
Below is a comparison of the Refun and my earlier Ultrifire C8
which I thought was bright. You can zoom the lights and I zoomed the Refun
smaller to make the spots comparable sizes. When you zoom back the spot
becomes round, the square shape is the shape of the LED.
A Very Convenient Torch
written Dec 2013
I love this flashlight. I've been using them for several years.
I have three of them in strategic places around the house and another in the
car. They're small and put out a lot of light. They slip in your
pocket easily. I ordered four more to give a Christmas gifts to
They're made of aluminum, not plastic, and are water resistant. They
use one AA battery (you can also use a rechargeable
lithium 14500 battery). The front knurled area slides back and forth to
narrow or widen the beam. I never narrow the beam but presumably it gets
brighter if you do. Also, it comes with a belt clip, which I removed.
The one in this picture is actually my own. It was the first one I
bought and it has three modes -- bright, brighter and strobe (flashing). I
never use the strobe. I don't need the multi-modes. In fact I'm
often frustrated by inadvertently triggering the other modes, so the other seven
I've bought are single mode. The multi-mode ones cost about $6-$7 and the single
mode costs $4-$5. I bought the single mode ones
here. If you click the
3 mode button
here presumably you'll get one, but the
problem is Amazon has a dozen companies selling these torches and there's a lot
of model switching going on, especially if you want the multi-mode model.
Also there are quality control issues -- the four I got work right but if you
read the Amazon reviews you'll find that's not always the case. But,
they're so cheap I think the gamble's worth it.