Charge AR Flashlight

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Firefield announced a new flashlight that is specifically designed to be attached to a modern sporting rifle. The new light is called the Charge AR.

The Charge AR is a 180 lumen white light that affixes to your gun’s Picatinny rail system. It operates on a single CR23 battery and is said to provide up to 3.5 hours of light. The runtime isn’t listed with the full 180 lumens.

On the back of the Firefield light is a push button switch for direct activation. The unit also has an interface for plugging in a remote switch should you prefer that.

Firefiled flashlight

According to the company, this light is “shockproof” and can handle 800ɡ of recoil impulse. Its operating temperature is listed as 0˚ to 120˚ F. It is rated as IP55 for dust and water resistance. The body of the Charge AR is made of aluminum and it has a black anodized finish. This light weighs 2.2 ounces without a battery.

Firefield lists the suggested retail price on this unit as $35.99. This seems very inexpensive compared to brands that I have learned are reliable on long guns. I’d love to hear feedback on this flashlight should anyone purchase and use it.

Richard Johnson

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  • jpcmt

    Dang, had to make it a CR2 battery and not the more readily available and cheaper CR123a battery..which would likely give more juice and a brighter light.

  • Dave Y

    That’s a hell of a price point … I would ask – is the battery cap, threads, and housing threaded with metal or plastic? I ask because plastic threads take a lot of deliberate effort to preserve past half a dozen battery changes.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      It’s because of the low output.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    180 lumens? What is this, 2002?
    *continues reading*
    $36 MSRP? Well, that explains it.

  • Phillip Cooper

    CR23 battery? You sure about that, since it clearly says in the picture CR2?

  • valorius

    For the price it’s not bad.

  • valorius

    I personally prefer AA lights.

  • Frank

    For a tool that might make the difference between identifying a target or something you don’t want to be a target. Don’t cheap out.

  • DanGoodShot

    Imho, Anything attached to my firearm(s) is going to be for a specific purpose. Namely, self defense/shtf situation or any other situation where lives are on the line. Personally, heres what I look for in ANYTHING I’m putting on my tools (guns) In order of importance;
    1) necessity of the accessory
    1) proven reliability(must be waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and can take a beating)
    2) simplicity(k.i.s.s.)
    3) plentiful and easily accessible repair parts(inc batteries)
    4) weight
    5) price
    If a gun is not going to be used for shtf or self-defense, than all it’s going to have is an optic. All this cheap stuff, other than for practice or Airsoft, I see no point using products that can possibly/will break. I understand there are people who can’t afford the good stuff, I am one of them. But if you are patient and do some hardcore bargain shopping you can find the good stuff at cheap prices. Also, don’t buy what more than you need. Once you have what you need… and if you have extra money, then buy the crap with all the bells and whistles you want. Just one A holes opinion. And ya know what they say about opinions right??

    • Jon Hammett

      For those reasons I have the Surefire AA scout light on my rifle. Simple, not terribly heavy, can use alkaline or lithium AA batteries (which are EVERYWHERE), and reliable.

      • DanGoodShot

        Fantastic light. Thats the same thing I have. Picked it up for a song. I’ve had it for 5 years now, not one issue.

  • MadMonkey

    How many people are going to buy yet another battery type for this?