Coleman CT-70F Flashlight Review
Some of you already know, others will soon know, I kinda have a thing for flashlights. It’s pervasive enough that my family actually makes fun of me and my five year old daughter carries one everywhere she goes. Anytime the clouds start to gather she has it within arm’s reach, ready to protect the family with the gift of light if the electricity begins to waver. We have lanterns, large lights, small lights and everything in between. I don’t normally bother with the high dollar lights except for specific tactical reasons such as weapon lights, etc. Anyone who has been without light in an emergency will generally do everything they can to ensure that doesn’t happen again. Personally I have always been a flashlight geek, so it didn’t take an emergency to flip my switch.
On a trip to Lowe’s I noticed that there were some flashlights on sale and picked up a Coleman CT-70F flashlight listed at 700 lumens for about $40. This was a larger light, good for a toolbox, emergency kit or power outage. The stats for the light are clearly marked on the Coleman website, listed HERE.
I was concerned about the power and the battery life initially because the light is listed at 700 lumens but only uses 6 AA batteries. I took the light home and tested it out, I was very happy with the results. This light is bright enough to spotlight the tops of trees from half the length of a football field easily. Using the turn focus bezel you can spread the light out over greater areas, losing some of the intensity, but still quite impressive.
The construction of the flashlight is very durable. I have dropped this light so many times I can’t even count them, and it keeps on truckin. The weight of the light is enough to ensure that if the need arises this light can put the lights out, too.
My only issue with the light so far is a lack of waterproofing. Considering the inexpensive nature and common branding (being from Coleman) I have been exceedingly happy with this flashlight.