The ASP (Armament Systems and Procedures) Triad is described by ASP as “the industry’s first Micro USB rechargeable tactical LED light.” I must admit that this is my first real exposure to ASP lights – although my assumption is that the LEOs among TFB readers are already familiar with the company.
The Triad includes an 18650 lithium ion battery that can be recharged via the built in micro USB port. This is a thoughtful and useful feature as the micro USB has become ubiquitous and the de-facto standard charger format for so many of our electronic devices. The USB port is concealed (and ostensibly protected) and can be revealed by twisting the head of the light a few turns. A wall charger and car charger are included along with a retractable micro USB cable. A nice feature – this means you could obtain power to charge the light from any available USB source.
Another nice touch – the light can also be powered by CR123 batteries and ASP designed the light so that the charging circuit will not affect such batteries when they are in use. As mentioned, the light includes an 18650 cell – my assumption is that any quality 18650 cell could be used, but I could not verify that on the ASP web site.
The light is activated by press of a tail switch – mode switching is accomplished by twisting the tail to one of three positions – center is locked in the off position – or you can select constant on or intermittent. The constant on can be momentary activated if you simply press the button about half way but don’t engage the click/lock. ASP describes the switching as “quiet” and this reviewer agrees.
The body of the light is described as “aerospace aluminum” anodized with a matte black Type III hard coat. The battery tube is covered in a foamed vinyl grip that ASP describes as providing grip as well as insulation from heat build-up. The light is also equipped with a reversible pocket clip for bezel up or down carry.
ASP supplies a nice ballistic nylon travel case as well.
Rated ANSI output is 300 lumen from the Cree XPG2 emitter. The beam profile is set up for long throw with adequate spill for lighting a small perimeter. In this writer’s opinion, this light was designed to provide a maximum distance search beam.
Suggested retail is $125
Included with the review sample (but priced separately from the light) is the Triad Tactical Light Case (TLC). This case will carry every flashlight in ASP’s Triad line.
Lights are secured in the TRIAD TLC with the lens down to protect the lens from scratching and allow the user to quickly grip and remove the light in a ‘ready’ position.
The TLC will attach to a duty belt, dress belt or Molle vest and rotates to 12 positions. The TLC is made of “polymer technology” that is resistant to wear and tear from daily use. Inserting and removing the light from the TLC feels secure, and the end of the holster is left open to reveal if your light is on.
Suggested Retail is $24