One thing that I try to do periodically is tell you when I find a good buy on something. Well yesterday, a friend was over and showed me his new 1000 lumen Durabeam Ultra flashlight. It is made by Duracell and sells for $15.99 at Costco. The amount of light it produced was impressive so I got excited and wanted one. My wife happened to be in town so I called her and asked her to pick me one up. Which she did.
The flashlight has a 3-beam setting, full power, a reduced power and a strobe light. The beam can be focus in from narrow to wide angle. They claim it will run for two hours on the high beam and 35 hours on the low. I have not yet tested this. It seems fairly rugged and looks like it can take some abuse.
After playing with it last night, I can tell you that it has a long reach and for $15.99 is worth the money. It utilizes 4 C cell batteries.
This morning I spent some time looking at the reviews on Amazon and this flashlight seems to have a problem with NIMH rechargeable C batteries. Most of the time you put them in the flashlight, it will cause the light to fail and destroy the light. Now there are two other things, I do not like about the light. One the switch is located at the rear of the light making it hard to turn on one handed. The second reason is that like almost everything else today it is made in China.
Now in the reviews of the lights that were destroyed by rechargeable batteries they were number 1440 on the base. Mine says 1449 on the base, so they may have made changes to the product.
I intend to keep this light because the amount of light that it products is amazing. This has the most reach of any flashlight in this price range that I have encountered. Hopefully they have fixed the problem with the rechargeable batteries, although for right now I will not test this.
I tried to contact the company to find out if they have fixed the problem, so far without any luck.