The ProductI picked up a BLF-348 from GearBest. I wasn’t planning on doing a review, but I found enough surprises that I wanted to share my thoughts. This will be much more brief than my reviews.
Also, GearBest asked me to join their Associate Program for a few review units they are sending me. Here is a tracking link to the product I ordered.
SpoilerThere’s a few things on this light that were much better than I expected, and a few things that were worse. I think it’s worth having because it’s slim, simple, and carries well. For less than $10, I think it’s worth it for most people to pick one up.
BuildThe body of the light is made of stainless steel. The first thing I noticed was how nice of a seam was formed by the tailcap and the body tube. Perhaps it would be more apt to say this was the first thing I didn’t notice - I actually wasn’t 100% sure where this light opened up until I twisted it and found out. Impeccable machining.
The seam between the front bezel and the light is a bit more visible, but still very well done. Fantastic for this price.
What’s IncludedJust the light, with the clip preinstalled. I don’t like to talk too much about packaging unless something stands out, but in this case, something stood out. The light was wrapped in bubble wrap and put in a cardboard box. It looked as though this box was then run over with a truck before putting it in the parcel with the rest of my order and shipping it out. That being said, the unit was flawless when it arrived so I suppose this packaging is more than adequate. A ‘gift box’ version is available with presumably more durable packaging.
Modes and InterfaceThere’s one mode on this light. It could be a bit lower for some tasks, but it’s nice to have a single mode light. This brings me to my second complaint about the switch - I see absolutely no point to a reverse clicky switch on a single mode light. I never use momentary off, but momentary on is useful for taking a quick peek under a piece of furniture, which is exactly the sort of casual use this light was made for.
I like that this light uses a mechanical switch, meaning there’s no standby drain. This could be a good candidate for tossing into a glovebox or purse just in case you need it.
Light Quality and BeamThe product page states that this light ships with a Nichia 219B emitter. The unit that I got has a 219C, and I’ve heard similar reports from others. I like this emitter a lot, and the light it puts out looks great, but I don’t like that it’s not as specified. I’ve messaged GearBest, and if they reply I’ll let you know.
Power and RuntimeThis light runs off a single AAA cell. NimH works great. Li-Ion cells are also supported.
- Slim build with nearly invisible seams
- Great price
- Great tint
- Does not use the specified emitter
- Button feels like what I would expect on a $7 light
- Switch should be forward clicky