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EVATAC Q5 Taclite Review: Hands-on Experience

Many people have that one type of gear that they specialize in, collect, or just really enjoy. For some it is firearms, for others it is knives. For me, it used to be flashlights. 

Years ago I could barely open a drawer without knocking around a few different torches. I am not sure what initially attracted me to them. Maybe it was all of the different designs or that even small flashlights had become insanely bright and useful. Ultimately, I just think it sucks being stuck in the dark. 

A good flashlight can help to clear a room, a signal for help, keep you on the path, confuse a threat, get you to safety when the power goes out, and will even help to find loose change under the couch. 

I love a good flashlight and it is my recommendation that one should be carried all the time. So, in this article, I will be reviewing the Q5 Taclite by EVATAC. Will this be a good flashlight that should always be by your side? Let’s find out!

EVATAC Q5 Taclite Specifications

Dimensions

The Q5 measures in at 3.7” x 1” x 1” and weighs in at 2.3 ounces. This truly is a pocket-sized flashlight.

Materials

This flashlight is constructed out of aircraft-grade aluminum 

Colors

The only color option available is in anodized black 

Battery

Is powered by a single AA battery

Going the Distance 

The CREE LED emitter features an adjustable zoom that focuses the 300 lumens (on high mode) beam up to 1100ft with 5500K cold white light. 

Modes

This little flashlight features three different modes. High beam, low beam, and strobe mode.

Country of Origin 

This flashlight is made in China 


EVATAC Q5 Taclite Review: Field-Test

First Impression

Upon removing the Q5 from its box the first thing that I noticed was how light it felt and how well it fit in my hand. After pressing the on-off switch, the flashlight is easily switched from a forward grip to a reversed grip. All of this can be done one-handed. 

The textured design on the rear as well on the front of the light along with the cooling fins provide for a secure grip during operation. 

The Battery

When it comes to flashlights I do my best to purchase ones that have common batteries. Such as AA and AAA.

I find uncommon or specialized batteries to be annoying because they are usually expensive and can sometimes be difficult to find. I like that the Q5 runs on a single AA battery. It will be easier, quicker, and cheaper to replace when the old battery dies. 

However, I do not like the size of the battery compartment. For some reason, it is quite a bit larger than a standard AA battery. 

I inserted a battery in the Q5 and screwed the cap back on. I then moved the light swiftly from side to side and lightly tapped it on my hand. I could feel and hear the battery moving around inside the light. This is slightly annoying but more importantly, I think allowing the battery this much freedom of movement will prove detrimental to the interior connections. 

I might have jinxed myself with the above statement because after ten minutes of testing the light died on me. I waited for about ten minutes and it eventually came back on. During the time I had Q5 this is pretty much how it functioned. It worked when it wanted to and not when I needed it to.

The Beam

The light has three different modes. High beam, low beam, and strobe. After turning the light on, I can access the three different modes by lightly tapping the orange on/off switch. High beam is first, followed by low beam, and lastly strobe mode. 

I do not like how I have to cycle through all of the modes each time I use the light. Here is an example of what I mean. If I use the high beam mode and then turn the light off, the next time I turn it on it will be on low beam mode. If I turn it off in low beam mode, the next time I turn it on it will be in strobe mode. After the light is turned off there should be a reset function that automatically resets the light back to a high beam.

The front portion of the light can slide forwards or backward and works as an adjustable “zoom” for the beam. When this is slid all of the way back the light will produce a nice circle. When it is slid all of the ways forward it focuses the beam into a smaller area. 

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