Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: Pelican 1910 [AAA Flashlight]

About Pelican


The company was founded in 1976 in Torrance, CA. They are well known for their rugged gear cases and flashlights, which are now produced and sold worldwide.

Pelican 1910 AAA Flashlight

Peclican 1910 AAA FlashlightPrice: $20
Instruction Manual

The 1910 is a basic ruggedized, single mode AAA flashlight with a clicky switch on the tail. Mine was purchased from Amazon using my wife's prime account. This light is very similar to the Streamlight Microstream, which I have reviewed previously.

My review sample was purchased from Amazon.com.

Official Specs


From the Pelican web site:

1910 LED Flashlight
Specifications
High
High
High
39
LUMENS
1h
62m
967cd
IPX4
IPX4
LED
1 AAA Alkaline (Included)
N/A
1.5
3.6"  (9.1 cm)
1.4 oz. (0.04 kg)
1 oz.  (0.03 kg)
ANSI

ANSI/NEMA FL 1 Standards Definition


A few more tidbits of info:

Batteries: Can take NiMH rechargeable AAA batteries too.
LED Emitter: Cree XP-C
Modes: 1


Design


This is a basic single mode clicky with a momentary on switch, meaning the light can be turned on just by gently pressing the switch without fully engaging it. The overall design is almost identical to the Microstream. Why mess with a good thing?

Just like the Microstream, the 1910's are reported to be durable in real life use. They are routinely run over with trucks and subjected to all manner of abuse such as wash/dry cycles. The design is simple and effective.

The clip is the standard bezel-down carry, and can be removed. The reflector is smooth, though it does seem to have some barely-perceptible texturing. The bezel has some grooves on it so that if you take the clip off, those grooves act as an anti-roll feature.

The threads are not anodized, so there is no tail lockout feature (where you unscrew the cap to prevent the light from accidentally activating) like some similar lights have. The tail cap doesn't get much travel with the clip attached, which is my only real gripe with the design. Though it's acceptable.

The Cree XP-C emitter is a budget class emitter, but its small die size is well suited to small flashlights like this. It's a nice balance between output and efficiency, and gives the 1910 some decent throw.

First Impressions


The unit is packaged in a small box, instead of the blister pack that the Microstream and similar flashlights normally come in. I can't stand those theft-deterrent blister packs, so it was nice to see a box.

Taking the 1910 out of the box, it looks ready for business. It's just the flashlight and an alkaline battery. There's no extra o-rings, switch boots (like the Microstream), lanyards or other swag.

I like the look of the 1910. It just looks more aggressive and high-tech than similar lights.

Fit and Finish


Overall, outstanding. The anodizing is flawless and there's no nicks or scratches. The Cree XP-C on my sample is almost perfectly centered. I can find no obvious defects or flaws in the machining. My only minor gripe is that the threading isn't as deep as I would like with the clip attached. I wish it had an extra quarter turn to it. But other than that, my sample looks to have outstanding attention to detail. Maybe even a little better than its competitor, the Microstream.

Usability


This is a very usable flashlight. It's idiot-proof and basically indestructible. I EDC'd it for a little over a week, and it did its job well. It's a little brighter and a little floodier than the Microstream. I would prefer a deep carry clip, but overall it's acceptable for front pocket carry. I didn't try pocket carry without the clip, but it should have a good feel if that's your thing.

This 1910 saw some heavy use and a camping trip and held up like a champ. I'm getting clumsy in my old age, so it's pretty much guaranteed I'll be dropping all these small gadgets.

Run Time Test


My own run time test with a second generation Eneloop gave me 1 hour, 11 minutes of light.

Conclusions


This flashlight is all that most people would realistically ever need. There's only one mode and nothing to figure out. Put a battery in, click the button and light comes out.

While the 1910 compares very favorably to the Microstream, I would still give the Microstream a slight edge. I prefer the switch and styling of the 1910, but the Microstream has the two way clip and replaceable switch boot with extra.

But the average user would never notice the slight differences between these two models, and either model would be a great flashlight for most people.

Gallery


Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight in box
Pelican 1910, new in box

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight
Just the basics

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight closeup of reflector
The emitter on mine is centered almost perfectly


Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight tail cap assembly
Closeup of the tail cap. There doesn't appear to be any way to disassemble the switch

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight threads
Closeup of the threads, which are not anodized

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight next to Streamlight Microstream
Closeup of the tails - Microstream on the left and Pelican 1910 on the right

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight next to quarter for scale

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight: closeup of reflector
Reflector seems to have a very slight hint of texturing but is mostly smooth

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight: closeup of tail switch
Closeup of the tail. Unlike the Microstream, the switch boot is not replaceable

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight shown with Spyderco Ladybug
Pelican 1910 shown with Spyderco Ladybug pocket knife

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight shown with Streamlight Microstream and Thrunite Ti
From Top: Pelican 1910, Streamlight Microstream, Thrunite Ti

Here you can see the anti-roll bezel



The clip isn't deep carry, but still sits nice
Pelican 1910 shown side by side with a Streamlight Microstream. Here you can see the two way clip of the Microstream

Peclican 1910 AAA Flashlight: another closeup of the reflector
Another closeup of the reflector and emitter




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