Last year, Princeton Tec added the Charge to their MPLS (Modular Personal Lighting System) line. It’s a natural evolution of the other personal task lights I’ve previouly featured, offering even more options than before and powered by a single readily available AA battery.
The ‘TM’ in the name ‘TM15′ stands for ‘Tiny Monster’. It’s an appropriate description for this rechargeable searchlight from Nitecore as this thing packs quite a punch in a relatvely small package. It’s only a little over 6″ long and 2.3″ in diameter, but it has a maximum output of 2450 lumens.
Two of the new additions to the Princeton Tec MPLS line are the Switch and Remix Pro MPLS. The Switch is a dual LED version of the Point, and the Remix Pro MPLS utilizes a different modular mounting system than the regular Remix Pro reviewed previously.
Princeton Tec is a name that’s been around for years in the personal lighting industry, making lights for outdoors sports use, bikes, scuba and industrial applications. They’ve recently entered the tactical products arena, and shown here are the Remix headlamp, Remix Pro Headlamp, and the new MPLS (Modular Personal Lighting System).
A new carrier/accessory for the Tomahawk is now available, called the TRS (Tactical Retention System). It’s a holster that provides quick access to the Tomahawk. Not only that, but the Tomahawk can be turned on in the holster and rotated in different directions. It’s not a ‘holster’ or pouch, but more of a platform that the Tomahawk attaches to.
From Firstlight USA come the Tomahawk and Liberator; two lights for military, law enforcement and other professionals that are ergonomically designed to fit application-specific demands for those jobs. Both lights offer different solutions to the problems faced with conventional hand-held lights, when used as weapon lights or when multi-tasking.
TangoDown has introduced a nifty mount for the SureFire Helmet light reviewed above that fits on any ballcap brim, so you can clip your SF Helmet light on to your cap for hands-free use. It’s called the SFHL-001 Ball Cap Mount, and is made in FDE, Black and Foliage green.
As LED technology advances, we’re seeing personal lights get smaller and more powerful, with more modes added instead of simply on/off. Designed for use by military and LE personnel, the EDC-120T (Tactical) is a very compact flashlight from Novatac’s Every Day Carry (EDC) line that’s suitable for anyone who wants a helluva lot of light in a small package.
Okay, so you’ve got all these lights, electronics and optics – where do you carry the batteries? TAD Gear offers their compact BC4 and BC8 pouches made specifically to fit the Batuca battery cases.
The Batuca battery cases are made of translucent injection molded polymer, and measure 2.7″ wide x 2.3″ tall x .75″ thick. The lid is a flip-top, and is not waterproof. Each Batuca will hold 4 AA, 6 AAA or 4 DL123 batteries, or combinations. There are internal ribs to hold the DL123 batteries at the top of the case, since they’re shorter than AAs, and you can fit Aimpoint batteries in the space underneath the 123s. The Batuca cases are pretty much the most compact way of carrying batteries as there is very little wasted space. Two Batuca cases can be joined together at the bottom by sliding them together.
When I first saw the new MOLLE light from Pentagon Light, it looked like they had taken the old G.I. D-cell angle flashlight, and put it through a shrinking machine. It’s only 3.5″ tall, weighs 1.5 oz and fits in the palm of your hand. It has a single 0.5 W white LED which puts out 40 lumens. The body is metal, and contains the single AA battery which provides 3 hours of runtime. The angled head is permanently attached to the body (at least I think it is – I was unable to unscrew it). A red filter is kept at the bottom of the tailcap, and is uncrewed and installed over the lens. The tailcap also houses a small survival compass. Initially, I didn’t think the compass worked, as I couldn’t get it to settle down and point correctly. Then, I removed the tailcap from the body, and presto! it worked. I guess the metal body interferes with the compass. Obviously, the compass cannot be used in the dark if the light is your only illumination.