Flashlight Review: Cyclops Orbis Spotlight

(Featured image supplied by GSM Website)

It’s easy to get caught up in the latest pocket wonders…flashlights that seem almost miraculous when compared to the flashlights of 4 or 5 years ago.

The Cyclops Orbis makes no pretensions about being a small wonder – it is billed simply as an “LED Rechargeable Spotlight”, and that is exactly what it is.

The light is marketed by GSM Outdoors of Grand Prairie, Texas.  The manufacturer’s specifications:

  • 140 Lumens
  • Featuring 3 watt LED Spot; 90 minute burn time
  • Durable ABS plastic housing
  • Two position push button lock and release handle
  • Dual recharge, home AC adapter or 12V DC car plug adapter (both included)
  • Powered by 4V rechargeable sealed lead acid battery

The light can be found primarily on web retailers – and may even available in your area.  Manufacturer’s list price is $29.99

No review is complete without a few photos and comments.

The light arrived in a colorful, albeit cheap box with NO packing…just plastic bags around the parts.  No big deal – the housing and lens are plastic and are probably fairly durable

box

The listed accessories.  Handy to have both an AC charger as well as the 12V DC car plug.

items

Side mounted on off switch.  1 level only

power switch

Large release button for the lock and release handle – it has a solid feel.

handle button

In my opinion, the multi position handle adds to the utility of the light –

handle up

Here I used the handle to stabilize the light for tail standing

tail stand

Side mounted charging port

charge port

I’m not certain which LED is used in this light, but the huge reflector produces a very focused beam/spot.  The beam is neutral in tint.  The head of the light is too large to measure in my integrating sphere, but their 140 lumen rating seems realistic.  In this world of 1000 lumen lights 140 seems anemic, but considering the specific focus of the beam maximizes every lumen.  I used it to spot items easily 100 yards away.

Bezel Beamshot

One of my things is the weight.  In spite of the size (shown next to a Surefire 6P for reference), the light weighs just over a pound.

6P comparison

weight

I don’t know if the battery can be replaced, but really?  With the entire package as inexpensive as it is, I’d just buy another light!

So the verdict?   This is a good value and I give it a thumbs up.  For $30 you get a long throwing spotlight with a built-in rechargeable battery and both AC and DC charging.

 

 

 

 





Dan M

Love firearms and flashlights – and they go well together. I’ve been admiring and writing about quality flashlights for about 9 years…built my own integrating sphere….done a few mods. Proof positive that a 59 year old can still love toys!


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  • phuqit

    Why would anyone in their right mind go for this monstrosity? No interchangeable battery, single mode, will probably fail if dropped into a puddle. Get something like this instead (not related to the seller – I bought a similar one, very happy with it):

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/CREE-XML-XM-L-T6-LED-1800Lm-Diving-Flashlight-Torch-Waterproof-26650-/180996039581?pt=AU_Cycling_New_&hash=item2a2434639d

  • M1911

    That huge and only 140 lumens? Why?

    • To make the price as low as it is. It’s still a good camp light and general purpose light. If you happen to be under the car working on it I don’t know that you want a 600 lumen light.

  • Luis Peña

    My guess is that they are trying to target people that feels comfortable with the old, simple, the best in durability and “time proven” design. Not like this modern marvels with fancy electronic circuitry or switches that fail after some use.
    I don´t get why they choose a non standard 4v battery instead of a standard 6v lead acid battery.
    I can see the pros: big so you can easily find it. Long life shelf life so ready to use in an emergency. Simple switch just press it once you get the light.
    Cons: I think that non standard battery. Again the size and the running time. Something that big should last longer.

  • Tim

    I really am a newb when it comes to flashlight but is there a flashlight that is so bright it can knock someone down on his ass when flashed at point blank ?
    Just curious.

    • M1911

      Surefire UDR Dominator. 2000 lumens flashed in their eyes will likely change their outlook right quick.

    • If you get one of the very large high lumen lights it can pretty much immobilize someone. A hand held light with strobe will also cause anyone who has a history seizures right into one very quickly. I found that out when we first got overhead strobe lights on our police cars:-)

    • Cymond

      It would take a LOT of photons to physically push someone over. You’d ignite them before you’d knock ’em over.
      The most powerful portable battery-powered light that I know of is the Four-Sevens Maelstrom XM-18, with 18 Cree XM-L LEDs producing at total of 15,000 lumens. Cost is very high at about $2,000 because they are custom made for each order.

  • tarkan

    I would offer a more compact flaslight with less priced and 18650 rechargeable powered, nearly the same lumens for 20Usd..http://www.tinydeal.com/cree-q5-248lm-adjustable-led-flashlight-with-5-mode-p-68505.html

    • Cymond

      I’d be wary of the quality. Most of the time when I’ve bought cheap lights, I’ve been disappointed with their quality. The flashlights that I’ve bought from DX all had some kind of problem, except for an Akoray that uses 1 AAA cell. However, there are some great lights in the $40-$60 range. I’m currently a big fan of FourSevens, but I want to check out Fenix eventually. I also had a few OK lights from ITP, but they were taken over by OLight, which I haven’t investigated yet.

  • gary

    140 lumens……yawn

  • Aurabuy

    It seems like a great flashlight to have. I like the design of this item. The price is reasonable, consider to buy one and give it to my father as his birthday gift.