Dorcy Metal Gear XLM 618 Lumen LED Flashlight Review

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From Dorcy website, "Dorcy is proud to announce our next generation of lights. The Metal Gear series of of high performance lights will outshine the competition. The new Dorcy Metal Gear XLM (Extreme Lumens) flashlight produces 618 lumens of light from a single LED chip. Utilizing the Cree XM-L LED module which allows Dorcy to drive the chip with 6 alkaline batteries to produce a intense beam of light. With beam distances over 300 meters (1100 feet) the 41-0435 utilizes Dorcy's TrueSpot® Optimized Reflector System. The aluminum Construction, Side Mounted Push button switch and convenient lanyard make this light a must. Powered by 6 AA batteries the 41-0435 with run over 5 hours and give you plenty of light. The light offers two light settings that will allow the light to run in a dimmer light setting which will run over 25 hours. The 41-0435 has been tested to the new ANSI flashlight standards."


Size: 9 in. x 1.5 in. (2.38 in. bezel)
Material: Anodized Aluminum
Weight: 9.9 oz. (15.5 oz. w/batteries)
Lumens: 618 (high), 173 (low)
Run Time: 5.75 hours (high), 25+ hours (low)
Beam Distance: 1,100 feet (363 meters)
Bulb Type: LED - Cree XM-L
Batteries: 6 AA
Water Resistant: Yes to IPX-4

Initial Thoughts (09/29/14):

Dorcy's Metal Gear XLM 618 Lumen LED Flashlight is a solid feeling lightweight extra bright flashlight. It feels very sturdy without the weight that often accompanies heavy duty flashlights. This is likely thanks to the aluminum housing and 6 AA batteries that drive the 618 lumen LED flashlight. It has a textured aluminum surface that fits my hand comfortable with a very positive feel. The overall grey color with yellow accents, makes this LED flashlight easy to locate.

I like the simple operation this Dorcy LED flashlight has. One press of the button and it turns on to high power. Another press and it switches to low power. A third press and it turns off. Each press makes an identifiable clicking sound.

Final Thoughts:

I would describe the brightness of the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM 618 Lumen LED Flashlight akin to a battery powered spotlight. It is amazingly bright. On high power it is most suited to spotlighting activities. The focused beam does well at distances, but does not illuminate a wide enough area close in to make it useful for walking around in the dark. I find the low setting better suited to walking around. With the two brightness settings, this LED flashlight is great for most situations I would ever find myself in. This should prove to be a great flashlight for camping, hunting, and fishing, but would also work well on a farm. Dorcy again produced a solid performing LED flashlight with this Metal Gear XLM model. Please note Dorcy warns users to not use lithium batteries with this flashlight.

Available from amazon.com.

Special thanks to Dorcy for providing the Metal Gear XLM 618 Lumen LED Flashlight for review.

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