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Elzetta Design – Tactical Lighting Redefined

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Elzetta Design Charlie Light with High Output Bezel 033-1000 Hitting the tactical market in 2007, Elzetta Design has become one of the most respected names in high quality and durable lighting.   Improving drastically with LED technology over the miniature incandescent bulbs of the past, handheld lights are no longer what they were a decade ago. Available in three different body lengths, the Alpha (1 cell), the Bravo (2 cell), and the Charlie (3 cell), the configurations of the Elzetta lights are nearly endless by changing the lens, bezel and tail cap options.

The lights are available with the following options by body style:

Alpha Light (1 Cell)

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Alpha Light shown with optional Speed Clip and makes for a perfect EDC light.
  • Lens: Standard or Flood
  • Bezel: Standard or Crenellated
  • Tail Cap: Rotary, Click,  Alpha High-Low,  High-Strobe, Remote Tape Switch (12″ cable), or Remote Tape Switch (5″ cable)
  • Custom Laser Engraving

Bravo Light (2 Cell)

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Bravo Light with Low Profile Bezel and Malkoff M60 Lens
  • Lens: Malkoff M60 (235 lumen – 2.5 hour), Malkoff M60F (235 lumen flood – 2.5 hour), AVS Module (650 lumen), or AVS Module (650 lumen flood)
  • Bezel: Standard, Low Profile, Crenellated, Standard (AVS), or Crenellated (AVS)
  • Tail Cap: Rotary, Click, High-Low, High-Strobe, Remote Tape Switch (12″ cable), or Remote Tape Switch (5″ cable)
  • Custom Laser Engraving

Charlie Light (3 Cell)

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Charlie Light with AVS High Output Module and Crenellated Bezel
  • Lens: Malkoff M60 (235 lumen – 3.7 hour), Malkoff M60F (235 lumen flood – 3.7 hour), AVS Module (900 lumen), or AVS Module (900 lumen flood)
  • Bezel: Standard, Low Profile, Crenellated, Standard (AVS), or Crenellated (AVS)
  • Tail Cap: Rotary, Click, High-Low, High-Strobe, Remote Tape Switch (12″ cable), or Remote Tape Switch (5″ cable)
  • Custom Laser Engraving

Lumens

As you can see from the options above the lumens available on the Elzetta lights range from 235 to 900 lumens.  There is a misnomer with how lumens work and some believe that lumens=brightness, when in fact lumens are how much light is thrown from the lens regardless of how wide the spread is.  I could reinvent the wheel in explaining this idea, but Elzetta’s Dave Barnett does a much better job of explanation it in this video.

Durability

Tougher Than Nails.
Tougher Than Nails.

You could just take my word that the Elzetta lights are really tougher than nails, or you could watch a few videos showing proof.  The first video is one I shot at SHOT Show 2011 which shows Dave Barnett using an Elzetta light, while turned on, as a hammer to punch a nail into a 2×4.  The remainder of the video shows Elzetta’s product line as it was 3 years ago.  There have been some updates and additions since then. The second video is from Dustin Ellermann, you know, the guy from Top Shot, where he takes an Elzetta light and drops it out of a helicopter from 300 feet onto concrete.

If these videos are not proof enough, there are more, like the one where Dave Barnett submerges an Elzetta light under water, disassembles it, and reassembles it under water with full functionality afterward. Overall, these lights are solid, will hold up to a lifetime of use and abuse, and will provide a lot of light throw when and where you need it.  I personally carry a Bravo light with a High Output AVS Module (600 Lumen) on my duty belt and only need to replace the batteries (2x CR123’s) about once a month while working swing shift.  I’m sure I would need to replace them more often if I were working nights. Elzetta also offers various mounts for their lights such as the ZRX Lightweight Mount  and the ZFH1500.  Both of these mounts will accept a 1 inch in diameter light. The ZRX will fit in any picatinny rail slot and any weight gain with this mount is not noticeable at just 1.1 oz.

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Elzetta ZRX Lightweight Light Mount The ZFH1500 Light Mount allows the light to be mounted in the 6 o’clock position under the barrel while attached to the open space of a standard A1 or A2 front sight base.  The tail cap of the light is exposed in the back, allowing for ease of use.  A pressure switch tail cap can also be installed on any of the Elzetta lights.

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Elzetta ZFH1500 Light Mount with Bravo Light.

If you are looking for a light that will last you long enough to hand down to your grand-kids, then Elzetta is a great option for you to rely on for years to come. For more information on Elzetta or to purchase any of their products, please visit http://www.elzetta.com.