Bushnell HD Torch Light

By Randy Wakeman

Bushnell HD Torch Light
Illustration courtesy of Bushnell.

The evaluated flashlight is Bushnell Model 100400, an incredibly bright, square beam LED flashlight. The current designation is likely the 100400C, renamed the �HD Torch� from the tested example that is called the �Bushnell HD.� It is billed as a 165 lumens light, claimed to be up to forty times brighter than standard LED lights. Though I have no way of verifying that, I am inclined to agree. This is one clear, super-bright light. There is also a �Bone Collector� version, stated as even higher output at 200 lumens of maximum output.

The Bushnell HD Torch specifications are:

            Color: Anthracite

            Length: 9.2 inches

            Run Time on High: 90 minutes

            Batteries: 2 each, CR123

            Weight: 9.8 oz.

            Model: 100400C

            Max Output: 165 Lumens

This is an impressive light. Perhaps not quite as impressive as the Bushnell video shows, as you won't find a lost wallet and three diamond rings (or the same diamond ring three times?) every time you use it, but the square beam light quality that it produces is spectacularly good. It is claimed as waterproof to IPX-7 standards. My understanding is IPX-7 means immersion at a depth of one meter for thirty minutes.

Some lights can be bumped on accidentally. If you have a flashlight in your backpack, or perhaps in your luggage, that is prone to this, it can be frustrating to discover that your flashlight's batteries have been drained. The button on the shank of the Bushnell HD light thankfully does not turn it on. A large �B� button in the end of the unit does that and glows in green as the Bushnell �find-me� feature.

The find-me B is an excellent addition, also serving as a battery-life indicator. When it changes to red, you have about ten minutes of light left. This is the sole drawback to the Bushnell HD light: you get superlative light quality, but you are constrained by the skimpy 90-minute burn time.

However, CR123 batteries have about a ten year shelf life and you can buy them in bulk for about a dollar each, so as long as you have an extra pair of these lightweight batteries, you should have no troubles. Once you turn the unit on with the B base button, the button on the side of the unit cycles from On to Strobe to Off. Though I have not conducted any widespread comparisons, I did compare the Bushnell 165 lumens HD Torch to a 130 lumen Energizer Night Strike. With pun intended, the Night Strike couldn't hold a candle to the Bushnell HD light. The Bushnell HD delivers on its promise of superior, even, clear light from edge to edge of its square beam. At a typical retail price around $55, it is easy for me to recommend the Bushnell HD Torch.

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