Our eyes' pupil, dialate, or widen in the dark to allow more light to enter, allowing us to see better. That's what some people call our natural night vision. It takes a few moments for our eyes to adjust to darkness or brightness, so drastic changes in light levels can leave us seeing bright spots or nothing at all until our pupils can adjust. This is where multicolor flashlights can help us out.
|MAKE & MODEL||Nightcore EC11||First Light USA T-Max Pro||LED Lenser P7QC|
|MAX. LUMEN OUTPUT||430||700||220|
|MAX RUNTIME||20 hrs. (lowest mode)||60 hrs. (low mode)||25 hrs. (low mode)|
|OVERALL LENGTH||2.95 in||3.4 in||5.23 in|
|WEIGHT WITH BATTERIES||2.2 oz||5.9 oz||6.1 oz.|
|BATTERY TYPE||CR123A, rechargeable Li-ion IMR 18350, or rechargeable Li-ion RCR123||CR123A (two, included)||AAA (four, included)|
|CONTROLS||Constant on, mode slide switches||Constant on and momentary push-button switch, mode switch||Constant on/momentary tail-cap push-button switch, mode bezel switch|
|MSRP||Starting at $60||$280||$80|
The most common colored lights are red. blue, and green. Each of these is "softer" and don't affect our night vision as severely as white light. They are also less likely to be seen at distance, which is an advantage for those who wish to keep a low profile.
Because red light appears less bright to the human eye and also provides more contrast, it is most commonly used as a general-use light at night.
However, red light can make map reading a bit more challenging, since many lines and markers are printed in red. For this reason, blue light is preferred for map reading. Blue light is also better at spotting bodily fluids like blood, which makes it a common choice for not only police Investigators and search-and-rescue teams, but hunters as welL It's also known to be useful for cutting through fog.
|MAKE & MODEL||Nightstick Dual-Switch Dual-Light||Streamlight Night Com LED||Coast TX100||Coleman CPX 4.5 Multi-Color LED Flashlight|
|MAX. LUMEN OUTPUT||60||105||125||High 155|
|MAX RUNTIME||3 hrs.||3.5 hrs.||13 hrs.||2 hrs.|
|OVERALL LENGTH||5.3 in||5.43 in||5.9 in||6.42 in|
|WEIGHT WITH BATTERIES||2.4 oz||5.4 oz||4.8 oz.||8.1 oz|
|BATTERY TYPE||AAA (two, included)||CR123A (two, included)||AA (two, included)||AA (three included), Li-ion battery pack (optional)|
|CONTROLS||Dual constant-on push-button switches||Constant on/momentary tail-cap push button switch, rotary mode switch||Constant on/momentary tail-cap push button switch||Constant-on bezel ring switch|
Like red and blue, green light can help preserve natural night visioa Unlike white light, it doesn't attract insects and doesn't spook fish or game - remember that the next time you go camping, angling, or hunting.
Multicolor flashlights allow us to stay effective long after the sun has set. So, we've gathered some of the premier models on the market. Read on to see which one lights up your nightlife.
This puppy measures less than 3 Inches long, but packs a whole lot of lumen power In its turbo mode, it generates 430 lumens when powered by a single CR123 battery.
When an optional rechargeable battery is inserted, the lumen count surges to 900 lumens! The ECU has two buttons located on its side close to its bezel.
One button turns it on and off while the other cycles through its many light functions. Including a low-powered red light and a strobe feature.
We offer this model in multiple bundles, from one that Includes a single-bay battery charger with LCO display ($77 total) to another that has a souped-up charger and car adapter plug ($97 total).
Pros : Durable, compact size, powerful light, multiple power-source options.
Cons : Too many button features can be contusing, might be too small for big hands.
Designed to help free up your hands for other tasks, the T-MAX Pro allows the user to access its three switches with the use of just one thumb.
It comes with a finger loop that keeps the light in place. There is a momentary-on switch that gives you quick access to 700 lumens of searing bright light.
Two smaller switches allow you to turn on and cycle through its colored light options (white, red, blue, green) in varying brightness levels.
The T-MAX Pro also includes optionstor a complete power lock out, strobe, and multicolor safety beacon modes.
Pros : Extremely bright, tied with the LED Lenser for offering the most colored lights (four).
Cons : Can feel awkward to hold, overly complicated operation, the $280 price tag (ouch!).
The P7QC is an updated version of LED Lenser's popular P7 model and its first tour-color handheld flashlight, it provides 220 lumens of brilliant light with a press ot its tail-cap push-button switch or can be toned down to 40 lumens by just another dick. Yet another click turns on Its strobe function.
All three light modes are available in each of its colors: white, red, blue, and green. The bezel can be twisted to change the light colors.
Pros : Four bright lights, very bright, common battery type.
Cons : Challenging to operate all it's functions with only one hand.
NEW from LED Lenser comes the P7QC Quattro Colour, a unique torch that offers four different colour options (red, green, blue, and white) that provide great versatility. Use red light to help preserve your night vision, green light to reduce disturbance to animals and blue to identify fluids like blood more easily.
The white light option delivers an impressive 220 lumens of light, and all colours have three different light functions (high power, low power and blink). You can select the colour you want simply by turning the torch head, and you can change colours when the light is on. The P7QC Quattro Colour is covered by LED Lenser’s 5-year warranty.
The Dual-Switch Dual-Light flashlight has two switches located on its polymer body that offer the user a choice of powering its white light flashlight, red light floodlight or both at the same time, Its compact oval housing is water resistant and features a soft touch finish.
The flashlight's white light is emitted from its end, while the floodlight's red light shines through a window on the side of the body, allowing multiple lighting techniques depending on your situation. It's lightweight and includes a pocket dip.
Pros : Two lights can be operated independent of one another, quite affordable.
Cons : No momentary-on switch capability.
The Night Com LED Is equipped with a single white light C4 LEO that produces 105 lumens of light.
It also has dual red LEDs that can run for up to 28 hours, shining 2.5 lumens of light as well as a provision that allows it to power a dimly lit single red LED that helps protect your natural night vision.
Its power is operated via a tail-cap button while its light modes are controlled by a rotary switch found on its side near the bezel end.
Pros : Easy to use controls, durable build.
Cons : A little complicated to use one-handed.
Housed In an impact - and weather-resistant aluminum body, the TX100 contains three virtually unbreakable LEDs that light up in red, white, or blue.
Coast says this is its longest-reaching colored light option and liststhe TX100 to be able to throw out to more than 300 yards.
The red light helps preserve night vision while the blue light can cut through fog without creating too much glare.
To switch colors, the user must push the tail-cap and cycle through each colored light.
Pros : Robust build, common battery type, brightness.
Cons : Switching colors requires the light to be cycled through.
The CPX 4.5 Multi-Color LED's white light Israted at 155 lumens with a 390-foot range. The light Is activated and can be color changed by the twist of Its ring switch.
Its red light mode engages five lower-powered LEDs and its aluminum casing isimpact- and water-resistant.
This flashlight can be powered by three common AAA batteries or by an optional rechargeable battery pack.
Pros : Multiple power options, easy to switch from white to red light, affordable.
Cons : Difficult to operate one handed.