Let me start off by saying that I’m really beginning to like multi-purpose flashlights like the [easyazon_link asin=”B00JRK99DI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flash Light[/easyazon_link]. At a cost of $30 shipped it’s almost a steal!
Satechi Lightmate Specs from Amazon:
- High-brightness, portable LED light – safe, long lasting, and highly visible
- Safe and efficient mobile power – USB charging port with cable included
- Long-distance flash light – 5 different lighting modes: bright, medium, dim, SOS, and strobe
- High-strength alloy steel emergency glassbreaker
- Waterproof and durable – can withstand inclement weather, accidental submersion, or spills
My thoughts on theSatechi Lightmate:
To be sure, the most important aspect of any flashlight is that the light be useful enough to see what you’re doing when you need it the most and I can say that this Satechi LightMate certainly does that for its size. The best part is that you can use it as you would a traditional flashlight ( via a beam of light) or you can screw on the provided lamp diffuser and use it for more of an area lighting effect; this is particularly nice if you intend to add it to your vehicle or perhaps use it in a tent, small room, etc. FYI: the lamp diffuser squeaked to high heaven each time I added or removed it and so adding a dab of 3-in-1 oil to the threads solved that problem.
There are five total light settings: high, low, dim, strobe, and SOS. I like the high, low, and dim settings but could do without the strobe and SOS… never have liked either of those options on ANY flashlight especially given the fact that you have to click the flashlight on and off to cycle through each mode. No doubt my thumb will be wore out getting back to the high setting!
On the plus side, I’ve never seen a flashlight with an integrated glass breaker on the butt end. I’m not quite sure whether I’m sold on the idea or not because this would obviously have to be a flashlight that you keep in your vehicle and have easily accessible at your side in a panic. Regardless, the flashlight is just heavy enough and glass breaking tip just pointy enough to be potentially useful as a last-ditch defensive option… I know I wouldn’t want to get hit with it. 😉 And to prevent such troubles there’s a rubber cap you can place over the glass breaker to keep accidents from happening.
When the glass breaker is removed you expose the charging port as well as the USB port for charging devices like your cell phone. Since the flashlight uses a lithium battery (I would have preferred a non-proprietary battery) it can be used to charge devices which is a HUGE benefit and one that I didn’t have built into a flashlight until now. Granted, the battery (it’s 2200 mAh) isn’t huge but you should be able to fully recharge a typical iPhone battery fully one time and then some.
Apparently, the flashlight is waterproof but I never did try to dump it in water to find out; I’ll take their word for it.
Two preferences to point out:
- I would have preferred the finger grooves (where you grasp) the glass breaker tip in order to screw it on or off to be a bit more prominent than they are now. While I can get the tip on and off I see no reason not to make it even easier to grasp.
- I would have preferred the battery to be something standard, particularly AA batteries so that they can be replaced and recharged in the future.
Despite the few preferences noted above, this [easyazon_link asin=”B00JRK99DI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flash Light[/easyazon_link] is a solid light. You can tell as soon as you grasp it. The body is build rugged, the light shines bright, the integrated glass breaker is interesting, and the ability to charge USB devices (like a cell phone) is a huge selling point.
Overall, I’m glad I have this flashlight. I think it’ll be a nice addition to our car. You can learn more about Satechi gear here, including lights a lot more gear too.