July 20, 2012
Fenix or SureFire flashlights — "Optical pepper spray"
Timothy Ferriss, he of "The 4-Hour Workweek" and other recent sensations, told Stephanie Rosenbloom, in a New York Times Travel Section front page story featuring his travel tips and secrets, that he always brings along "a Fenix or SureFire flashlight, which he says are so bright they can double as weapons. 'They can be used for self-defense to temporarily blind an assailant,' he said. 'Like an optical pepper spray.'"
I'll testify to that: I tried looking directly into one in a store once and couldn't see right for the next several minutes.
Fenix flashlights start at $10.63.
SureFire (pictured above), $54.99 and up.
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Given Ferriss' shallow hucksterism on everything else, the fact that he hasn't done any research on this isn't surprising. The reality is that you can get huge power for less than ten bucks from the online Chinese stores working out of Hong Kong. I use these: http://www.meritline.com/zoom-focus-200-lumens-led---p-36555.aspx , they're as bright as a (small) aircraft landing light and never seem to break.
Posted by: Scott | Aug 1, 2012 8:39:20 AM
Shoving either down a musket is a loosing proposition.
The Fenix lights are in the console of every (precision manufactured) Swedish auto that I own. I can attest to the brilliant quality of light provided while changing a tire on I-35 in December, in Kansas, after midnight, while wearing a suit.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 21, 2012 12:40:06 AM
I have been using the E2D LED Defender Surefire flashlight for the past 3 to 4 years. It is great for defense, both physical and optical. http://www.surefire.com/illumination/flashlights/e2dl.html
I will be checking out the fenix lights soon.
Posted by: PurelyHim | Jul 20, 2012 5:49:49 PM
Or you can try one of the Maelstrom lights from 4Sevens. The lights you show throw about 200 lumens. The Maelstrom MMU, which I have, throws 800 lumens and is just a bit bigger and is frighteningly bright. $155 It illuminates my entire yard.
But the battery powered one I really want is 4Sevens' Maelstrom XM18. It throws 15,000 lumens and uses 28 batteries. It has its own internal cooling fan. It's $2,400, so I guess I'll pass for now.
Here's 4Sevens url: http://www.foursevens.com/products/flashlights/Maelstrom
They also make much cheaper lights and I have several of their Quark series as pocket flashlights which are relatively inexpensive, beautifully built and very, very bright.
Posted by: Paul Biba | Jul 20, 2012 3:47:35 PM
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