Nextorch LED Lights
If you have procrastinated your Christmas shopping to this point, then it might be too late to place an order online and have it arrive in time for Christmas. So at least buy something that is worth the wait. Nextorch offers a huge variety of high quality flashlights, headlamps, and about every kind of light you can think of. For the purpose of this review, I had the opportunity to try out the Nextorch P5IR, Nextorch myStar, and Nextorch Trek Star. All 3 of these models are excellent choices in their own categories and I highly recommend all 3 of them. It is up to you to decide which model fits best for your lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a handheld light with insane power, then the Nextorch P5 is for you. This handheld flashlight offers 800 lumens of white light plus a secondary LED. My model is the P5IR so the secondary LED is an IR LED. This is perfect for illuminating things at night time while wearing IR goggles. Nextorch also offers the P5 with secondary LEDs that are green, red, blue, UV, and warm white. Each color offers a different strength. Red is really good for inside a tent at night. Blue is good for fishing. Green is good for hunting. With so many colors to choose from, this light is perfect for all applications. To switch between the primary and secondary light you simply turn the ring on the flashlight head. To power on and cycle through different modes (high, low, strobe, S.O.S.) you use the button on the end of the flashlight. This button can also be held half way (without clicking it in) for momentary on. Meaning as soon as you let go of the button the light turns off again. Probably my favorite feature about this flashlight is the fact that it is recharged using a micro USB cable. The port is hidden under the end of the flashlight. Simply grab the end and pull on it to expose the charger port. Very nice way to protect the charger port. The battery is a standard 18650 Li-ion battery and can be expected to offer 3h38min on high primary, 27h on low primary, 5h01min on high secondary, and 23h on low secondary. Made from aerospace grade 6061-T6 aluminum, this light is built to be tough. It is shock-proof/drop-proof up to 1 meter and offers IPX-4 water resistance. You can purchase your own from Amazon.
The Nextorch myStar is perfect for people who want an extremely bright light that can be used hands-free. This headlamp offers 3 brightness modes (high- 550 lumens, medium- 200 lumens, and low- 20 lumens) plus S.O.S. The modes are all controlled using a small button on the top of the light. Press once for high, or click it quickly 2x for medium and 3x for low. Press and hold to activate S.O.S. This headlamp offers huge amounts of battery power thanks to the rechargable battery back that rests on the back of your head. You can expect 4h30min on high, 7h25min on medium, and an impressive 63h on low! To recharge, simply expose the micro USB port on the bottom of the battery pack by lifting up the small rubber cover. There is a button on the top of the battery pack that will display the remaining battery power when clicked once or it will turn on blinking red lights on the battery pack when held down. A great feature for biking or jogging on the side of a road. There is a bezel on the front of the headlamp that can be turned to focus the beam of light that is projected from the headlamp. This is very useful when you want to illuminate a distant object because you can focus the beam on that object. This headlamp offers IPX-4 water resistance, so no worries on those rainy nights. Overall this headlamp is very comfortable to wear and provides more than enough light for every task. If I could improve this light, the only thing I would add is a secondary red LED for using while inside a tent. You can purchase your own from Amazon.
Nextorch Trek Star
If you’re interested in a light that is a little bit simpler (and cheaper) then the Nextorch Trek Star is definitely worth checking out. This headlamp features a primary white light and 2 secondary red lights. The primary and secondary lights are both controlled by a small button on the left side of the headlamp. Press once for high (220 lumens, 2h30min of run time), 2 times for medium (125 lumens, 9h of run time), 3 times for low (9 lumens, 98 hours of run time), or 4 times for red (2 lumens, 92 hours of run time). Hold the button for 5 seconds to activate S.O.S. mode. The headlamp can be tilted up and down, or detached from the headband. The headband does not have a strap that goes over the top of your head, but with a weight (including batteries) of 83g, I think the headband can hold up for most activities. The Nextorch Trek Star is powered by 3 AAA batteries, which means that the headlamp can be purchased for a lower price. This headlamp also offers IPX-6 water resistance, a very nice feature to secure the fact that this light can be taken on every outing. Currently it is being sold for $25 on Amazon.