Tactical Flashlight Review – PeakPlus

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PeakPlus Tactical Flashlight Review

So today I’m going to be reviewing the Peak Plus Flashlight. This is actually a flashlight that’s gonna be familiar looking to anyone who’s been around tactical flashlights for a while. This is actually a flashlight that’s continually re-released and re-branded. You can pretty much spot it by it’s very distinctive head. Sort of largish head with indentations all around and a very distinct bunch of writing on the side.

It’s got an arrow with the word Zoom written in, lets you know that the head has a zoom function. With the different levels of magnification written on the right from times one all the way up to times 2,000. And the sizes in and out.

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Flashlight Brand

So the only thing that they actually change in between re-brandings is the space on the body where the flashlight name is updated each time. So this time it’s called the Peak Plus. In the past it’s been called the G700 or the Shadow Hawk. So these are all, essentially, the same flashlight.

Flashlight Price

Essentially the reason that people generally like this light is that it’s cheap. But you won’t find it sold on it’s own website. There’s no information on it past the sales pages on big sites like Amazon or Ebay. So it’s pretty much the only place that you can find information on these lights.

Flashlight LED

The LED, first of all, is decent. You can’t really complain there. It’s got a CREE XML-T6 LED, gives it between 700 and 1,000 lumens. So, as far as just brightness, the basic facet of the light, it does the job fine. You can’t really complain. It’s got that zoom function, which people like. Gives it a lot more range. Just as far as the brightness, you can’t really count too much against it. It’s pretty much in that standard range for modern tactical flashlights.

As far as the light itself, I hope you like cool blue. This is a very blue beam. It just about paints anything you put it over blue. So it’s, in my opinion, not a very attractive beam. The zoom function does work fine. You can get a nice level of zoom on this flashlight. So you do have that good level of range that’s important.

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Flashlight Design

Something that’s gonna jump out at you is that when you’re holding the light, is that it’s just a little bit shotty. It’s clearly not very well made. It doesn’t feel like something that’s actually going to last. There’s not been a whole lot of thought, apparently put into the design of the light. And there’s been no change across the different iterations and re-brandings of the flashlight. So you could say if it’s not broke don’t fix it. I think that there’s certainly some room to improve if the manufacturer of the light, whoever they are, chose to take the time.

It’s got about a one inch diameter, which does make it possible to mount on rifles if that’s what you want to be doing with it. It has a little bit of pineapple texturing on the body and two bands. So at the very least it does feel good in your hands.

The light is advertised as being constructed of an aluminum alloy. It’s not really clear what that is. Normally, tactical flashlights are pretty specific about the grade of aluminum used in their construction. This is because it’s typically aircraft grade and it’s a big selling point. With the Peak Plus though, that’s apparently not something that they’re choosing to disclose so that’s not a great sign. And it sort of just feels like it, when you’re looking at the light and you’re holding it in your hand, it’s clear that this is not gonna be quite as durable as most other aircraft grade aluminum tactical flashlights. Which you can literally run a truck over and expect them to still function.

The Amazon article, the Amazon listing for this light actually advertises the light as being constructed of plastic metal. Which, is not a thing. There’s an epoxy which is used for some industrial purposes. But generally that’s just sort of a nonsense term. The material is kind of mysterious and not, apparently, super trustworthy, unfortunately.

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Flashlight Tailswitch

The user interface is very straightforward. It’s got a single switch on the tail. And you can simply cycle through all the different modes. It’s got five different brightness modes. It’s got high, medium, low and it’s also got strobe and SOS. So pretty much your standard compliment there of brightness configurations.

One thing that I am not a fan of is that typically with a flashlight which is set up this way, where you turn it on at one level, you turn it off and the next time you turn it on it comes at another brightness level. Typically that resets after a short time. So you can pick it up and very easily and speedily access whichever mode it is you’re thinking of. Because you know that since you put it down last it’s reset. This is not the case with the Peak Plus. So with the Peak Plus flashlight, pretty much whatever you put it at last, that’s … It’s going to show up when you turn it on again at the next brightness mode on the cycle. I’m not a fan of that. I like to be able to just turn the light on and get that maximum brightness right away. I’m a big fan of instant access to the maximum brightness.

And also, for a night where you might one day need to use the strobe, you definitely want to know where the strobe is on the rotation so that you can get to it pretty easily if you ever actually needed to use it in a defense situation. So, I think that’s just a minor oversight in the design, which sort of makes it a less practical tactical flashlight.

Flashlight Battery

And the light runs on either a lithium ion 18650 battery, which comes included along with some other items I’ll talk about in a moment. Or it can run on three AAA. There’s also an item which you put into the light and it lets you adapt the light for AAA usage. It’s kind of nice to have that option to use more regular consumer batteries. But if you actually plan on taking a tactical flashlight outside in the heat, you do want a pretty durable 18650 battery.

That might not totally apply to the battery supplied with the Peak Plus though. It’s just a mysterious blue job. So there’s not really any brand name on the battery. It’s not clear where the battery comes from. This also comes with a battery charger and a carrying case. And the carrying case, you might as well throw away right off the bat. It’s a very cheap, plastic job. Hard to get it to close all the way. It’s not something that I would actually ever rely on for transporting this flashlight. So that’s pretty much something that’s good for the advertising pictures and not something that’s actually useful for the value.

Flashlight Accessories

It also comes with a battery charger. And the battery charger feels kind of cheap. Just sort of a dingy little plastic job. But it does what it’s supposed to do basically. It will charge the battery for you and let’s you know when it’s done charging. But it’s basically the cheapest possible, sort of lithium ion battery charger that you could possibly find. It’s just a little strange to add in on something that’s supposed to be a quality light.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that this light does have a CREE LED in it. It’s bright. It’s 1000 lumens. Everything around it I have a lot less trust and faith in. The light feels cheap, it’s hard to imagine that it would actually last you a very long time. And there’s no information for contacting the manufacturer provided. So if there’s a warranty or anything then it’s kind of a big secret. So only get this light if you’re absolutely convinced you don’t want to pay more than $20 for a tactical flashlight. However, if you’re looking to save some money, get an economical tactical flashlight that has a good design that will last, that you know who built it, then definitely there’s some other options that will ultimately give you more value for your dollar than the Peak Plus.

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