Camping and Outdoors November 1, 2021
When it comes to flashlights you shouldn’t have to choose between light weight and light performance, the PT16 from MecArmy is a super compact flashlight, it is smaller than most hamsters (the standard unit of measurement in the flashlight world) with a 1.18in head diameter, 0.88in body diameter and 2.71in in length.
This little torch weighs just 1.5oz without the battery, once the 16340 li-ion battery is onboard the weight is slightly increased but it feels more than comfortable in the hand. The PT16 is fully rechargeable and offers a maximum run time of up to 39hours and a max light output of 1100 lumens, that’s a lot for a little light. The LED used is a 3×CREE XP-G2 S4 which has a lifespan of up to 50,000hours, with an optical lens reflector which can throw out the light up to 159m. The durable outer case is has an anti-roll design and pineapple texture for a better grip, especially when wet or used with gloves. The temperature monitoring system prevents the torch for overheating at brighter settings. The IPX8 waterproof finish means this flashlight can be fully submerged under water up to two meters, there is a pocket clip and lanyard included to ensure it can be kept close to hand.
The one hand operation uses one button to toggle through the different modes, these include SOS, Strobe, Low (13lumens, 39hour runtime), Medium (90lumens, 3.25hour runtime), High (362 lumen, 2.4hour runtime) and Turbo (1100 lumen, 30min runtime). The light at the base of the flashlight turns red when it’s charging and will change to green when it’s finished in just 1.5hours. The only issue we found was that the unusual battery means you can’t keep a spare on for emergencies, however it charges via USB which means it can always be attached to a power bank for a boost. This powerful little torch is an essential piece of compact EDC and can even be specially designed for a corporate gift, with the option of customised packaging and engraving. RRP $64.90
- Up to 1100 lumens
- Strobe and SOS mode