By Ron LaPedis
Most flashlights and weapon lights from first-tier manufacturers use CR123 Lithium batteries. Surefire and Streamlight even sell CR123 batteries with their logos on them.
While CR123s are not scarce, they probably are not available from your local warehouse store, pharmacy or dollar store, while AA and AAA batteries seem to be everywhere.
For this reason, I was excited to see the NexTorch TA-10 backup light at SHOT Show 2016. There are springs at both the reflector and tail ends of the light, which helps with shock absorption and also allows it to use a single rechargeable or non-rechargeable CR123, 16340, AA, or AAA – basically any battery from 1.5-4.2 volts that will fit.
Depending on the battery output, this 6061-T6 aluminum light can provide up to 560 lumens from its CREE XP-L V5 LED. The flashlight has a push cap switch that is used for on/off, momentary on, and mode change between 30/215/560 lumens, strobe, and S.O.S functions. The light comes packaged with a pocket clip, lanyard and two spare o-rings.
This light won the Asia Outdoor Industry Award 2015 Gold Award and is priced at $65. It is distributed in the USA by Blue Ridge Knives. For wholesale or agency buys, contact Alex Martin at 800-635-2583.