Monday, 1 December 2014

09:30 – No kit sales for December so far, although I do have three kits ordered yesterday boxed up and ready to ship. Those are credited to November.

I just ordered another five of these flashlights for $3.44 each, including shipping. I’ve compared these Ultrafires side-by-side with similar Fenix and Streamlight models, and I can see absolutely no reason to pay 10 to 20 times as much for a Fenix or Streamlight. If you do that, you’re paying for the name. The Ultrafires appear to be just as well built, including the switches. The Ultrafires are, if anything, brighter than the name brands. They use standard AA alkalines, NiMH rechargeables, or 14500 lithiums. I’ve never bothered to use lithiums, because standard cheap AAs from Costco provide 1 to 1.5 hours of continuous light–much longer used intermittently–and are more than bright enough.

I bought one of these two or three years ago and have carried and used it ever since, with zero problems. It even went into the washing machine once, with no apparent damage. A year ago, I ordered a couple more and gave one of them to Barbara to carry in her purse. Six months ago, I ordered four more, two for each of our car emergency kits.

I’d suggest people buy a bunch of them as stocking stuffers, but it’s probably too late for that. The $3.44 price is for product shipped directly from China or Hong Kong, which probably won’t arrive until after the 25th. You can order them via Amazon Prime, but you’ll have to pay two or three times as much.