REVIEW: Varta Indestructible 1W Flashlight

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  1. BushcrafterAU

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    I have been looking for a good ‘beater’ flashlight for a while now, and I believe I have found it in the Varta Indestructible 1W.

    SPECS:
    High: 155 Lumens - 2 hours
    Low: 20 Lumens - 40 hours
    Water Resistant IPX4
    Impact Resistant 9 Metres
    Cree Xlamp XPE-2 LED
    3 Year Guarantee
    Made in PRC

    For only $25, this flashlight boasts a Cree LED, thick anodized aluminum housing, and a 3 year guarantee.

    Out of the box I was surprised by how solid it felt. The attention to detail is very good. It is a rather large flashlight and is quite heavy, but it is very tough. I won’t give it a full torture test, but I will provide the link to one.
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...ayovac-2AA-Indestructible-*FREEZE-TEST-ADDED*

    This is what you’ll be getting out of the box.
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    The torch is rather large, but well built.
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    The Cree LED is nicely on center with good optics.
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    It has a very thick aluminum body.
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    BEAM RANGE TEST
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    As for the beam, I found it very precise. The LED is on center, and I found the range to be about 100 metres, although Varta-Consumer claims the range is ‘up to 183 metres.’

    DROP TEST
    Varta claims this torch can survive a 9 metre drop, and I believe it. However, as I couldn’t find anything that high to drop it off, I settled for a 2 metre drop test onto Concrete.
    It didn’t flicker, waver, or turn off. As for bodily damage, there was none. No scratches or dents.

    WATER TEST
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    Although it is only IPX4 rated water resistant, I put it standing on the tail cap in 18 cm of water for 5 minutes. After that time, I took it out and dried it off. No water droplets entered the flashlight, so I think it passed the test.

    RUN TIME TEST
    Varta claims the Indestructible can run for 40 hours on low (20 lumens). I haven’t tested it for that length of time, but I have left it on for hours at a time. Since it came with Alkaline AAA batteries, I replaced them with Varta 1000 mAh rechargeable batteries. This means that it essentially becomes a rechargeable flashlight.

    THE VERDICT
    For a cheap flashlight, I am yet to see a better one. It seems to be very good quality. The only con I could find was that the anodized aluminum tends to scratch easily. Overall, it is a very good buy, and it should last you a long time.
    4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
     
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  2. JasonJ

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    Have you looked at anything in the Convoy line? The S2+ is smaller, runs on an 18650 and has variable modes. Also can be frozen, submerged, ran over, and still work, all for about $16.

    The Convoy M1 is another one to look at.

    Really, in both of those lights, the weak link is the glass lens.
     
  3. Ptpalpha

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    Wow! That looks like it would make an outstanding EDC light for work.
    I left my beloved Malkoff MDC above a lay-in ceiling at work last month and spent 3 hours searching for it. When I finally found it I vowed never to carry it at work again. Bought a cheap headlight that same day, but it's a pain to wear it...seems to be in the way more often than not.
    Sorry for the rant, but thanks again for posting this!!
     
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  4. Midwest.Bushlore

    Midwest.Bushlore Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    @Ptpalpha it would suck to lose your MDC! But if you don't carry it why even own it? It's such a great EDC light that I'm never without mine.
     

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