This winter, Jetbeam contact us for a very interest proposition: the review of one of their new product : the flashlight SRA40. Always on the lookout for new product, of course we accept the deal… Especially since the trip to Guyana would permit a rigorous test of this capabilities of the lamp! Here is now my opinion for this product : not a high technical review, just the feeling of an herpetologist who uses flashlight everyday. Thank you to Jetbeam for provision of the product !
The package is very simple : the flashlight, a manual (only in english and in chinese), a charger (I will talk about that later) and… what the name, a second gasket ? Note the absence of a dust cover. Ok, I confess, I never use the dust cover given with all my first flashlight, but maybe some of you use it… Finally, the package is very elementary. This is not to displease me.
Specifications and performance:
Here is the constructor’s data:
Three level of brightness
SOS strobe function
4*AA rechargeable batteries or 4* 1.5V Alkaline batteries
Intelligent charging function
Low power warning
CREE XM-L2 led with life span 50,000
Intelligent dual switches
Max output: 960lumens
Throw beamshot 390m
Impact resistant: 1.5m
My latest was powered by AA too. But it need 6 AA… Not very pratical, partly because shippers generally have 4 locations… Here no problem with that, despite equivalent power…
An other intersting specification is the ability to recharge the batteries directly to the sector, without extracting the lamp. That’s great!
Under the lamp, an universal screw system is available. This can be useful for a « candle » function.
The finish is very good, and the lamp gives a feeling of solidity. It is not always easy to install batteries in the dark, but the system is fairly simple.
First feeling – go to the jungle:
My first feeling is very positive. The compromise size / power / autonomy seems perfect. The lamp fits nicely in the hand, and the two buttons really make life easier. Now I’m ready to the jungle test!
And here is some sample pictures made with the lamp.
In the end this is a very positive test for a lamp that I adopted.
Ideal compromise size power autonomy.
Ability to recharge without removing batteries.
Ability to attach a tripod or other.
Two separate buttons for lighting and power.
Ability to know the level of charge.
Rounded, rolls easily on an inclined plane
Changing batteries not always easy by night
Beam may be a little tight in dense forest – the most suitable open environment