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As a prepper I have a serious flashlight fetish. Love ’em – gotta have a gazillion of them – and always want more. Weird? Oh well.
Anyways, I have seen this NEBO Redline flashlight at Gun Shows and Prepper Conferences – and something told me not to buy it. Don’t know why – but I have put it off for some time now. In December while ordering some Christmas stuff I decided to go ahead and buy it.
For the past 3 weeks or so I have been using this light at night when coming downstairs for a midnight snack, taking the dog out, and searching the yard for zombie’s after hearing a few moaning grunts.
The Nebo Redline cosmetically looks like a really nice flashlight. Workmanship seems excellent and right on with any Streamlight, Maglite, or Surefire I have owned or handled. Power switch works just fine. Not sure what was telling me not to buy this light.
Lets take a quick look at the specifications:
- High output – 220 lumens
- Beam is adjustable from spot to flood
- Aggressive self-defense face
- Magnetic base for easy mounting
- Push button on-off switch
- Rear on-off switch glows in the dark
- Emergency SOS strobe mode
- Tactical strobe mode
- 3 levels of brightness – 220 lumens, 110 lumens, and 22 lumens
- 3 AAA batteries included
So far so good – I love this flashlight. No issues at all.
The aggressive stance of the protective ridges which surround the bulb lens would certainly be useful to hit an attacker with. One drawback is when I placed the Nebo in my front pocket in a pair of baggy jeans the ridges were catching on the fabric in the pocket.
The magnetic base is surprisingly strong and as you can see from the picture above holds the flashlight well. Great idea and I am surprised this feature is not used in other similar flashlights. I can see many situations where the flashlight could just be “stuck” somewhere so I could become hands-free.
The ability to focus the 220 lumens from spot to flood worked flawlessly. The picture above shows the spot adjustment and the resulting beam is very powerful. Excellent for long distance. Below shows the beam adjustment set to full flood setting. Again – the corresponding beam was bright and covered a wide area. I walked into my garage and the Nebo Redline lit up a large portion of it with no problem.
Is this a good flashlight for survival & preparedness? Absolutely. At almost 4 1/2″ inches long this thing is compact and throws out an incredible amount of light. I think back several years ago when I bought my first LED light. I believe it threw out an impressive 6 lumens. I thought it was great. In absolute darkness it would light my way and the batteries seemed to last forever. The Nebo Redline really shows how technology has improved to such a high level.
If you are in the market for a flashlight – this is one of the brightest for the money. Excellent choice. And if you’re still not sure what to get, this article has some of the best flashlights all in one place.