Month: October 2012
Light is something we all need. Whether naturally or artificially generated light is necessary for humans to discern distance, color and motion. For years I’ve carried some form of light or another, normally in the form of a small flashlight on my key chain.
My key chain light of choice for the past 10 years was a Photon light. Small, inexpensive and very durable the Photon has been useful in countless situations throughout the years. Recently while reading the Every Day Carry blog I stumbled upon a new light that I just had to try.
The Streamlight Nano has some pretty impressive specs:
- Up to 8 hrs. run time
- Machined aircraft-grade aluminum with anodized finish
- Powered by 4 alkaline button cells (included)
- 100,000 hr. lifetime high-intensity LED
- LED available in white (10 lumens)
- 1.47″ x .51″
- .36 oz.
But I think the most impressive spec is the price! This light can be purchased for less than $10 on Amazon and it’s worth every penny.
Now 10 lumens does not seem like a lot of light, especially when compared to other lights like the $40 Quark Mini 123 which can pump out 180 lumens, but it’s perfect for everyday tasks like looking under a desk, or simple task lighting. I’ve used it for lighting up a dark hallway and changing the air filter on my car at night. The tiny size all but guarantees it’s going to be with me at all times.
Operation is simple. Twist on, twist off. That’s all there is to it. No special functions or flashing patterns with this one. Compared to the Surefire 6Z and Quark Mini the Streamlight is practically non-existent.
The unit comes with button cell batteries (4 of them) as well as a split ring and spring-loaded clip. Once installed on a key chain it’s not even noticeable.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive key chain light that really performs I recommend you check out the Streamlight Nano. If you do, leave a comment below and let me know how you like it!