I received this light for a replacement for my light for life that blew up while charging. This light is OK but charger quit soon after getting. I would not buy.
This light performs amazing, as long as it is in working condition. I use this light as a patrol officer and it is great for that. Amazing light out put and the battery life is decent. However, I have gone through three tail caps as the slightest drop will crack the battery cap. Now, my light will not charge as the cord for the charger has pulled out from the base. I'm not doing anything extreme with this light like driving a truck over it. Just using it in a normal everyday police function and it is not holding up.
I received this as a replacement to my Light for Life that stopped functioning. The brightness of this light is incredible. It looks great and is solid. But, it is heavy. The biggest problem with this light is that if you are holding it towards the front in order to manipulate the switch, it is awkwardly unbalanced to the rear. I have large hands and I still have a hard time comfortably manipulating the flashlight between the various holding positions I use between getting out if the patrol car, making the approach and contacting subjects. Plus there is no ring or holder for it, and it is to large and heavy for a pocket. I also own the TPT R5...the smaller version of this light. It is much more balanced...they almost need to offer an R6 size...something a bit bigger than the R5, but the power of the R7. I don't see myself using this as my regular patrol light and probably wouldn't recommend it due to its unbalanced heavy weight. It is a solid, well built light and I would not want to be on the receiving end of this unit if it had to be used in a combat situation.
I work the night-shift and need a bright, durable, handheld flashlight. I saw a torture test on youtube where they did everything from throwing it against a rock and shooting it with a shotgun shell. After all that, it still worked! That was enough for me. So far I've used it all week, the directions suggest that when it is not in use, to return it to it's charging cradle. And it quickly recharges - So, there is no reason to worry (generally) about the battery dying. As far as extra charging cradles, I contacted 5.11 and they do offer them - but you have to call and order it. It costs about $32. It has worked flawlessly so far.
The only thing is I hope this light lasts longer than the, "Light for life".
I really liked this flashlight. It is very bright and easy to use. I am a patrol officer and had recently switched to nights again. I have noticed that when I transmit on my portable radio, the light dims. While the light is on, my portable radio will not recevie transmissions (Mortorola APX 7000). I know the radio is sending because when I turn it off I have a very annoyed dispatcher on the other end since I have said the same thing six times waiting for a response. Since it is very important to get radio traffic, I no longer use this flashlight for patrol and went back to old reiable. Its a shame because I really enjoyed using other 511 lights (the light for life).
I received this unit as a replacement for my full sized Light For Life that stopped working. This light is amazing; includes a charging cradle with both an AC and DC charging cord. I wish it came with 2 charging cradles, or that a 2nd was available. Truth is though you don't really need that 2nd cradle - that was a mental throw back to the light for life whereas you had only an hour before you had to have a cradle nearby for that 90 second recharge. While this isn't a 90 second recharge, it does provide hours worth of decent lighting vs. only 1 hour of light.
One of the best parts of this is that they have included a "D" cell carrier with the unit so that you can place "D" cell alkaline batteries in this included carrier and have lighting backup readily available even if you don't have a charger nearby.
There is a standard (very bright) mode, reduced mode (which is still bright), and a strobe mode. These features take a few tries to get used to but are welcomed vs. having to program the unit as was the case with the light for life.
I would also suggest the lights on the charging base (green and red) tell you the real charge status vs. a typical solid red light that might mean charging or is already charged with no way of knowing which it is.
For a full sized duty light, you cannot go wrong here. Worth the asking price. And kudo's to 5.11 for honoring their lifetime warranty on the light for life that didn't work out as well as I had hoped it would.
I was not given this unit as a gift nor compensated for my review - I just wanted everyone to know the truth about this light and the fact that 5.11 is standing behind their warranty.
The old model charged in 90 seconds / switch was more comfortable location to turn on, also this one is much heaver
I finally found a light that will stand up to my use. I work 12s as a patrol supervisor and it will last a shift, is bright enough to disorient a offender and has stood up to my use for a year.
This light is absolutely amazing. I manage a cattle ranch in central Florida and use it almost every night. This thing will light everything up over 100 yards away-it's completely blinding. I use it for spotlighting frogs, for property checks, and pest control. In my opinion, it would be too large to wear on a belt, but if you need something much brighter then your truck headlights, and something that will last all night, this is exactly what you need.
I was in love with this flashlight from the moment I received it. I work as a detective and carry a flashlight to every crime scene. The TPT R7 worked great until I tucked it underneath my upper arm while attempting to remove crime scene tape from the trunk of my vehicle. The flashlight fell to the asphalt and hasn't worked since. I'm sending the light back to see if it can be repaired. It is what it is.......