SHOT Show 2016: NexTorch's award-winning flashlight is compatible with multiple battery types

While CR123s (which most first-tier flashlights use) are not scarce, they probably aren't available from your local warehouse, pharmacy or dollar store


Most flashlights and weapon lights from first-tier manufacturers use CR123 Lithium batteries. Surefire and Streamlight even sell CR123 batteries with their logos on them.

While CR123s are not scarce, they probably are not available from your local warehouse store, pharmacy or dollar store, while AA and AAA batteries seem to be everywhere.

For this reason, I was excited to see the NexTorch TA-10 backup light at SHOT Show 2016. There are springs at both the reflector and tail ends of the light, which helps with shock absorption and also allows it to use a single rechargeable or non-rechargeable CR123, 16340, AA, or AAA – basically any battery from 1.5-4.2 volts that will fit.

Depending on the battery output, this 6061-T6 aluminum light can provide up to 560 lumens from its CREE XP-L V5 LED. The flashlight has a push cap switch that is used for on/off, momentary on, and mode change between 30/215/560 lumens, strobe, and S.O.S functions. The light comes packaged with a pocket clip, lanyard and two spare o-rings.

This light won the Asia Outdoor Industry Award 2015 Gold Award and is priced at $65. It is distributed in the USA by Blue Ridge Knives. For wholesale or agency buys, contact Alex Martin at 800-635-2583.

About the author

Ron LaPedis founded Seacliff Partners International, LLC in 2009. Seacliff was born out of the desire to meld technical expertise with business sense in the business continuity, cybersecurity, physical security, and public safety. 

Ron spent 25 years with Hewlett Packard, consulting with key customers and partners on business continuity and security, and is a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP), a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

While not a law enforcement officer, Ron is an NRA-certified Range Safety Officer (RSO) and pistol instructor and is trained and licensed to carry in the state of California and dozens of other states. He writes and speaks on physical security, active shooter incidents, and law enforcement engagement by private industry.

He has published many articles and has taught and consulted in the security and business continuity fields around the world. Ron is a member of the San Bruno Citizen Preparedness Committee, and is treasurer for the FBI San Francisco Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association and is a former board member of the San Francisco chapters of InfraGard and the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP).

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