Whether at home in a blackout, in the car at night changing a tire, camping, or survival, one of the most valuable things to have is a way of making light and for most occasions the brighter the better. For this reason we are always on the lookout for a good flashlight in case we need it.
I recently had the opportunity to use the Thorfire TK15S flashlight. It has six modes: Moonlight (1LM), Low (100LM), Mid (500LM), High (1050LM), Hidden Strobe (1050 LM), and Hidden bike Blink (200 LM). It’s made of aircraft grade aluminum for durability and the O-ring seals make the flashlight waterproof, so using it in the rain is not a problem. It comes with a removable clip for attaching to a pack strap or putting in your pocket. It’s powered by a single 18650 battery that does not come with the light.
It is a small sized flashlight that really puts out the light. The high setting with its 1050 Lumens has no problems shedding light on a camp site or the living room of house. With the light standing on end and shining against a white ceiling it will illuminate most rooms very well. The moonlight setting is good for up close low light while you’re looking in your pack without disturbing others that may be sleeping. The Hidden Strobe is super bright and if used in someone’s face will making it impossible to see. The on/off button on the tail end of the light can be lightly depressed for a quick on/off of the light. This would allow a quick flash to also blind someone or if lost a highly visible Morse code signal.
The Thorfire TK15S is the perfect sized flashlight for the home, car, or the camping kit. I tested carrying it as my EDC flashlight, but I found that its size is a little big. While it seemed to work well in the EDC capacity while wearing cargo pants/shorts, it was just too big for use while wearing jeans. The clip keeps the flashlight from floating in the pocket of the cargo pants/shorts, and it clips nicely onto the straps of a pack for quick access.
Since I’m reviewing this for a Prepper site I feel I need to mention that my only concern with the light was the batteries. Unless you have a way of charging the batteries, I don’t see this flashlight being good for a BOL or BOB. While it is bright for its size, that is a result of the 18650 rechargeable batteries, which are impossible to find; at least in my area. I looked at 3 stores for them. One geared towards outdoor activities, one electronics, and one general and none of them had them. I eventually had to purchase them online.
In a SHTF situation it would be practical to have a flashlight that runs on a battery that is easily available from any store. In the event that the disaster is long term, spanning days or weeks you will need fresh batteries, and you will need power to charge the 18650s. Some standard batteries will be much easier to find and are ready for use right out of the package. Even if you find a pack of 18650s they will likely need charged.
Over all this is a very good flashlight that anyone would like to have for looking for that bump in the night, or changing that tire on side of the road. If you have a way of charging the batteries while mobile it would also make a great BOL or BOB flashlight.
Stay active, pay attention, and get prepared.