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From Dorcy website, "The Dorcy International’s new Zoom Focus flashlights are state of the art. Zoom Focus technology enables the user to adjust the beam/focus of the light from a tightly focused spot with maximum reach all the way out to an extremely wide area flood light with perfectly even edge to edge light distribution. All this is made possible by Dorcy’s Patented TIR optical technology. The Total Internal Reflectance optical system uses a patented acrylic lens that is so efficient almost 100% of the light produced is projected onto your target with incredible precision.
The patented TIR focusing lens is made from optical grade acrylic that is nearly 100% transparent and gives the light a clean and precise beam projection unlike any flashlight you have seen before. All Zoom Focus lights are sealed with rubber o-rings to protect against dust and moisture and are rated IPX6 for water resistance.
The focusing system is operated on a sealed gasket mechanism that is smooth and precise. Moving the bezel forward or back to adjust the beam will feel like the operating a precision machine which is what it is. The patented TIR optical lens provides maximum beam concentration when focused in the spot mode. With a reach of over 400 feet this incredible flashlight will satisfy the most demanding user. When focused to the wide flood mode the Dorcy Zoom Focus flashlight will create an incredible circle of light more than 30 feet in diameter at 15 feet from the target. In addition the patented TIR optical system ensures even light dispersion providing edge to edge illumination with no dark spots or glare. Made from premium anodized Aluminum they are incredibly tough. Zoom Focus lights use patented TIR optics to provide industry leading optical efficiency. This means nearly 100% of all the light produced gets out onto your target. Outfitted with the very latest LED technology from CREE these amazing flashlights produce more light output than the competition."
Size: 6 in. x 1.5 in. (1.85 in. bezel)
Material: Anodized Aluminum
Weight: 8 oz. (10.5 oz. w/batteries)
Lumens: 230 (high), 120 (low)
Run Time: 3 hours (high), 8.5 hours (low)
Beam Distance: 689 feet (210 meters)
Bulb Type: LED - Cree XPE R3
Batteries: 3 AA
Initial Thoughts (09/07/14):
Dorcy's ZX Series 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight is no kids' toy. It feels like a durable piece of tactical equipment that can withstand years of abuse. This 3 AA model fits very well in my regular-sized hands. The textured aluminum surface lends a positive feel while gripping the LED flashlight. And the overall design and black color look very good.
I like the tactical push button switch on the bottom of this ZX series flashlight. It is easy to switch modes by lightly depressing the power button after the LED flashlight is turned on. The zoom feature is easy to operate with your other hand by simply pulling or pushing the bezel.
The Dorcy ZX Series 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight is one bright LED light. While playing around with it in my backyard, I was able to illuminate the tops of larger Douglas Fir trees across the yard. This is where the zoom feature comes in handy. When walking around, I like the flashlight zoomed most of the way out so I can see a larger area. When looking at something specific, zooming all the way in provides a tightly focused, super bright beam. This should prove to be a great flashlight for camping and hunting, but would also work well around the house. Dorcy did a great job with this LED ZX series focusing flashlight. Like any device with batteries, remember to remove the batteries if you are not planning on using it for extended periods of time.
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