Xl900 Tactical Lite
XL 900 Tactical Lite is a flashlight and multi-tool. You get multiple emergency tools in one with a bonus flashlight. The flashlight is easily kept in a car, purse, or around the house because it is portable, and lightweight. This flashlight has a flashlight which you can use as a strobe, identifying intruders or blinding an attacker. It also has a pair of scissors for cutting things like seat belts, a window breaker, bottle opener, and more. Shines up to 900 lumens.
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- Tactical Flashlight
The XL 900 Tactical Multi-Tool is a tactical flashlight built out of stainless steel. All of the tools included in the unit are army-style. It is constructed from tank-tough, heavy duty materials.
- Nine Lights
The unit has nine ultra-bright LED lights making it ideal for use outdoors or in dark spaces.
You can use the zoom in function for pin-point light clarity, or rely upon the zoom out function for a wide, powerful beam of light. This light is visible up to two nautical miles.
- Works Under Water
You can keep it under water and it will still burn brightly, which suggests that in the event of water based car accidents you will still be able to use it. Additionally there are built in emergency escape tools which are designed to help you exit emergency car accident situations.
- Ergonomic Grip
The unit comes with an easy grip that is an ergonomic handle to boot.
- Six Emergency Tools
On the unit you will find six emergency escape tools including the on-board utility knife, the bottle and can opener. You will also find a set of small scissors, a phillips head screw driver, a flat head screw driver and bolt remover, in addition to a seat belt butter and saw blade.
The lights are rechargeable with 900 lumens.
- Strobe Feature
This flashlight has a built in strobe feature which protects you from intruders or predators by disorienting those in whose eyes you shine the strobe light. The makes it an ideal unit to have during an emergency. To use it, you just activate the protection button and it will issue a flashing, blinding strobe light.
- Very Bright
Tactical flashlights should emit at least 60 lumens while also providing a solid beam of light sans holes or dark spots. This advanced units shines 900 lumens, which is incredibly bright when you consider that the units used by law enforcement and military often reach about 1000 lumens.
- Tactical Technology
The advertisement says this flashlight is loaded with “state of the art Tactical Technology”. However it is hard to determine what that actually is because there is no real definition of “state of the art” and “tactical technology”. When you probe but a bit deeper you find that tactical really means things you might use in an emergency. Most tactical flashlights are meant to be affixed on top of a military weapon and used to clear a room.
Claims by the company also include the terms “military grade” which would imply that they meet military specifications and are used by the military. No evidence exists to support either claim. This is not to say that the flashlight is bad. It is just bragging about things which cannot be supported or quantified.
- Small Tools
While you do get eight different tools, it has to be noted that these tools are rather small. Due to the size of the flashlight, the tools are only located at the end, so however compact the light is, the tools are even more so. This does not mean they are bad tools, but just that the small scissors might not be efficient at cutting things.
For example: if you are stranded after a car accident, it will take you quite some time to cut through a normal seat belt using those small scissors. These scissors require you to press together with just the pressure of two fingers. The bottle opener is equally small such that you might have a hard time opening larger cans or bottles with it.
- Army Style
When the commercial claims “army style” this is a bit misleading. As aforementioned, the company uses terms like “military grade” and “army style” together to imply that these are tools used by the military, making them seem tougher than they are. They are not used by the military or any other law enforcement at this time. Army style refers to a Swiss army knife, not the military. This unit contains Swiss army knife style appendages at the tip in conjunction with a flashlight.
How it's Different from Competitors
Ordinary flashlights can typically be bulky and large. They also burn through oversized batteries fairly quickly, which can put a drain on your costs. When you use a standard flashlight you also do not get the military grade level of protection that more durable tactical lights can off. However, with this light, you never have to buy more batteries. You get a light that is brighter than other flashlights, heavy duty, and equipped with eight stainless steel tools you might need.
This unit has a rechargeable LED light set, which most other lights do not. Other flashlights might have the same LED bulbs but they are not rechargeable so invariably they will have replace them at some point. What’s more, this unit features the zoom in and out functions for the lights. Other units have a constant stream of light but not the zoom functions like this. Alternative zoom functions offer settings like strobe, wide light, and maybe other things in between. .
Using this light compared to other tactical flashlights / multi-tools on the market saves you money insofar as you never have to spend money on batteries again.
- Atomic Beam Fearless
Atomic Beam Fearless Flashlight is another flashlight and multi-tool combination sold online. It boasts a strobe function for the light in addition to four other settings. There is a screwdriver, seat belt cutter, and window breaker, and more, making it fit for emergency situations.
- Xtreme Bright Escape Tool
The Xtreme Bright Escape Tool flashlight is a multi-tool and flashlight that is similar to the Atomic Beam. It has ten tools though, including a similar glass hammer and seat belt cutter. One of the tools it has that others do not is the ice pick. However, it includes a flash beacon function for emergencies.
Tips & Tricks
- Keep One on Your Person
The only way this light will really help you out in emergencies is if you have it on your person during an emergency. That said, keeping one in the home and in the car will help you prepare for the most likely situations. If you carry a purse, keep one in there.
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