In my search for a new flashlight to light up the outdoors, I stumbled across the Barebones Trailblazer Flashlight. Reading that the Trailblazer was able to put out loads of light and was rechargeable, this flashlight instantly sparked my interest. Then I saw that while not charging up, you can recharge your USB devices with this flashlight. And who doesn’t want a flashlight that can recharge your cell phone in a time of need? So let’s get down to the nitty gritty, shall we?
Size and Weight: Being 9.5 inches long, you aren’t exactly going to fit light this in your pocket. The weight might surprise some users as well. But Barebones attached a belt clip on the Trailblazer Flashlight for clipping to your belt, or even a backpack.
Output and Run-time: The total output of the Trailblazer Flashlight is 500 lumens from a single 6 watt 4500k Cree LED bulb. Three run settings feature a low (10%), medium (50%), and high (100%). A focusing lens lets you use the Trailblazer Flashlight as a flood or spotlight. The wider the beam, the shorter the throw, with the more focused beam projecting over a longer distance. So the wide setting goes out to 114 feet, and the focused setting closer to 400 feet. Run-time varies from 4 to 80+ hours, depending on the output setting.
Battery and Charge-time: The battery used is a single 16.5 Wh (watt-hour) lithium ion cell. I found the battery to be where most of the weight of the light comes from. An easy to read 3 LED battery charge indicator light on the opposite side of where the charging is done shows if you need to give the light a charge or not before heading out on an evening run, walk, or hike. Charge time averages 5-6 hours, depending on how far you discharge the battery, and is done via an included 30 inch USB charging cable.
The Trailblazer Flashlight may be a bit heavy, but the build quality is amazing. Built with an aluminum body, steel belt clip and hook, the flashlight is clearly made to be used. It could easily be used as a personal protection device to beat off an attacker too. Barebones offers a 1 year limited warranty, but with the quality of build of this light I highly doubt you’ll need to take advantage of it. For more information on Barebones and the Trailblazer Flashlight, please visit www.BarebonesLiving.com
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Barebones Trailblazer Flashlight for free from Barebones, in consideration for review publication.