(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
The listed accessories. Handy to have both an AC charger as well as the 12V DC car plug.
Side mounted on off switch. 1 level only
Large release button for the lock and release handle – it has a solid feel.
In my opinion, the multi position handle adds to the utility of the light –
Here I used the handle to stabilize the light for tail standing
Side mounted charging 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.
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.
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.