ExtremeBeam Tactical SAR Lights Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough
The modern flashlight or “torch” in many countries, originated a little over a century ago with the invention of the dry cell and incandescent electric light bulb. Combining the two was inevitable and the first battery powered flashlights were produced around 1899.
Today’s flashlights are modern marvels, running on disposable or rechargeable batteries.
While a few still use incandescent bulbs as a light source, most flashlights are now equipped with an LED (light emitting diode) system. In addition to their function as a household tool, flashlight manufacturers have branched out into many specialized markets.
There are helmet-mounted lights for miners, underwater lights for divers, flame-proof lights for firefighters, and the list goes on.
But for members of the concealed carry community, one specialized market of particular interest is the tactical light. A flashlight is an important part of any personal defense kit and choosing the right one for your needs is an important decision.
ExtremeBeam Tactical manufactures rugged lights for every contingency and has been reinventing the common flashlight for years as Rick Sapp explains in his article “ExtremeBeam Tactical Flashlight: A Shining Light in the Face of Darkness”:
“In about 2006, the men and women of ExtremeBeam discovered that minute machining adjustments on flashlight reflectors produced a brighter, more focused light, a light with demonstrable tactical benefits. They leveraged this technological advantage into handheld, weapon-mountable systems using LED’s instead of incandescent bulbs.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
ExtremeBeam designs their lights for situations where the unexpected is the norm and their new line of SAR lights embody that philosophy. These lightweight lights are made of aluminum and weight only 2 ounces. Measuring just 3×1 inches, these tiny lights pack a powerful punch, projecting their 130 lumen LED beam out to 450 feet, or just under a tenth of a mile.
The battery case on the SAR Series flashlights features another innovation — the threads are square-cut to prevent stripping when changing batteries in less than optimal conditions. The roughly textured “sharkskin” exterior of the SAR lights serves a dual purpose, providing a reliable grip in addition to providing a greater surface area in order to quickly dissipate heat from the bulb.
The SAR Series of lights are amazingly durable (check out the video at www.extremebeamtactical.com ), and each one undergoes extreme testing. The flashlights are also O-ring sealed, providing waterproofing to a depth of about 10 feet. When used continuously, the ExtremeBeam SAR lights run for about one hour. If you’re thinking about mounting one on your carry piece, the lights contain an internal muzzle blast/anti-recoil system tested up to 5.56/.223 caliber.
ExtremeBeam lights are designed to withstand the rigors of combat. While adding one of the SAR Series dynamos to your personal carry kit will certainly increase you self-confidence in sketchy areas like parking garages and alleyways, it will also provide a powerful light source in more common settings such as movie theaters, evening walks around the neighborhood, or checking under the hood of your vehicle. The ExtremeBeam Tactical SAR lights retail for about $60.