ExtremeBeam SX21R Ballistic Tactical Flashlight Compact & Solid Performer
After over a decade of police work, much of it at night or inside poorly lit buildings, I can honestly say the tool I’ve probably used most in my career isn’t my sidearm, my TASER or even my folding knife; it’s been my light – thats why I chose the ExtremeBeam SX21R.
Needless to say, I value a good light and don’t like to skimp on quality. But I’ve found over the years that doesn’t always mean spending a lot of money, and the ExtremeBeam SX21R Ballistic Tactical Flashlight is a great example.
ExtremeBeam may not be a familiar name to you yet, but it probably should be. They carry a full line of lights from pocket sized models and headlamps to full power tactical lights.
The SX21R I tested is part of their tactical line and is relatively standard two CR123 Lithium cell configuration. Overall length is a compact five-and-a-half inches and weight is only 5 ounces. It uses a 220 LED bulb with what ExtremeBeam calls SuperLumen reflector technology.
The SX21R from ExtremeBeam Is a solid addition to your kit whether It’s for everyday carry or duty use. The combination of high lumen output, excellent run time and sturdy construction make It a strong choice In today’s robust tactical market.
What that does is give an impressive 308 meter throw and a perceived light output that they claim outperforms most 420 Lumen lights, all the while getting an extremely impressive seven hour run time.
Construction is of heavy walled bar stock aluminum with a black mil spec anodized finish. Additionally, the SX21R is waterproof to 30 meters and weapon mountable up to .50 BMG.
Operating modes are simply on and off via a tail cap mounted switch, and a crenelated bezel is mounted on the front end to protect the lens and allows for use as an impact weapon.
The SZ21R retails for $79.95 and comes with a lanyard, nylon carry holster, and an instruction manual. It is also covered by a limited lifetime warranty.
I used the ExtremeBeam SX21R over a period of a couple months, mainly at work. I’m a fan of simple lights and appreciated the on and off only settings.
When I want light, I want it now: I don’t want to remember what mode I was in or have to cycle through modes to get where I need to be. Battery life has been excellent and I found ExtremeBeam may be on to something with their SuperLumen reflector.
Although 220 Lumens is plenty bright for most tasks I typically carry a brighter light at work, yet I never really noticed a lack of brightness while using the SX21R.
It does indeed seem to outperform its basic light rating. I found the build to be extremely solid and had no qualms about using it for police work. And a good value to boot.
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