Shadowhawk x800 Tactical Flashlight Review
Shadowhawk x800 Tactical Flashlight Lighting is a leading Chinese light manufacturer that has been producing affordable, high quality lights for the past 8 years. Their company mission states that they strive to provide the best lights for the best value, without compromising quality. So far, from my experience, they have done a pretty good job
Shadowhawk x800 Tactical Flashlight Specifications
SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
Length: 5.04 inches
Weight with Batteries: 4.2 ounces
Light Source: X800 LED (R5)
Dual Output: 258/48 lumens
Runtime: 3/12 hours
Battery Type: 1 x 4.2V 18650 Li-ion or 2 x 3V CR123A lithium batteries
Technology and Performance
Shadowhawk x800 Tactical Flashlight has updated the X800 to a X800 (R5) light source, which is a high quality light source for a flashlight of this size, but is still not quite state of the art. The light offers a relatively high general mode at 48 lumens and a turbo mode at 258 lumens. The three hour battery life in turbo mode is quite good, but the general mode only lasts 12 hours due to the higher than average lumen output. The output is digitally regulated and maintains stable brightness levels throughout the entire discharge. The light has a fairly floody beam profile with a lot of spill and a very bright hotspot.
Design and Build Version 1
The X800 has an extremely durable build as it is intended for outdoor or military use. It is constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum with a Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish. The body has a removable tactical grip ring with an optional lanyard attachment. The body has diamond-pattern knurling that provides solid grip. The bezel has three large crenellations and is designed with anti-roll features, though they are not that effective on a steep gradient. The components are sealed with O-rings and the light is waterproof the IPX-8 standard. The tail cap has a clicky switch, which prevents tail standing.
The X800 has a tail clicky switch that includes a momentary mode. Fully depressing the clicky switch turns the light on and off. To switch between the two brightness modes, it is necessary to rotate the head. This is a nice feature for someone who wants the option of tactical use as the light can be set to immediately turn on to Turbo mode. The light is extremely simple and easy to use with no additional hidden modes for special features.
Though brighter lights can be found, the size-to-output ratio for the X800 is still quite good. The construction is top-of-the-line and the beam quality is excellent. At about five inches, this is an excellent choice for a medium EDC dual-output light. With the user-interface design, it is easy to use both tactically and for general purposes. The general mode is on the higher end for brightness, which makes this light an excellent option for outdoor use. Shadowhawk x800 Tactical Flashlight consistently produces high-quality products at a competitive price, and this light is no exception.
Shadowhawk X800 Tactical Flashlight Review Version 2
Shadowhawk is one of the Chinese lighting manufacturers with the best reputation. They have been doing business from many years and dedicate significant effort to R&D and manufacturing. For this reason, they are able to provide a high-quality, well-manufactured product at a discount compared to American manufactured brands. Additionally, the company provides a full two-year warranty on all of their products.
Shadowhawk x800 Tactical Flashlight Specifications Version 2
SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES Module 2
Length: 5.00 inches
Bezel Diameter: 0.94 inches
Body Diameter: 0.94 inches
Weight with Batteries: 3.8 ounces
Light Source: X800(R5) LED
Four-Mode Output with Strobe and SOS 315 / 130 / 70 / 9 lumens
Runtime: 2 / 8 / 16 / 200 hours
Battery Type: 3V CR123A Lithium or 18650 Li-Ion Rechargeable
Design and Build
The light is constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum and has a type-III hard-anodized finish. The body and the tail cap both have knurling that provides a good grip when handling the light or unscrewing the tail cap. The body also utilizes an anti-roll ring, but it is not aggressive enough to prevent rolling on moderately inclined surfaces. The flashlight head has a crenelated bezel that is not overly aggressive. The tail-cap is well-designed with a rubberized forward-clicky system that controls the light and provides a “momentary on” feature by depressing the button halfway. The construction includes O-ring seals that certify the light waterproof to an IPX-8 standard.
Technology and Performance
The X800 utilizes the newest version of X800 technology, which provides a slight performance boost when compared to older XP-G LEDs. One particularly nice feature of this flashlight is the inclusion of multiple brightness modes: Turbo, High, Mid, and Low. The High mode has a very respectable stated runtime of 16 hours. The Turbo mode throws a very impressive 315 lumens, but the two hour runtime is cumulative. The flashlight will automatically revert to High after 30 minutes in order to prevent overheating. Additionally, the X800 provides a 315 lumen Strobe and a 130 lumen S.O.S. mode, which are nice additions.
The tail cap forward-clicky system is used to turn the light on and off. There is a grayish button close to the flashlight top, which is used to cycle between modes. Since so many modes are available, the X800 has a well- thought-out feature of turning on to the last mode used. It is good if the light to be used in tactical scenarios, since the user can immediately activate the Turbo instead of cycling up. Circumstances randomly moving again changing the world and access frequency hold the side button for one second. To access S.O.S. mode, simply hold down the side button for three seconds.
Overall, the Shadowhawk X800 is an excellent daily carry tactical light with features that seem geared to support police and military applications, but will also appeal to general users. For the reasonable price, it is difficult to beat the features provided and is an excellent choice if the size and output matches your requirements. The light functions with either two CR123A batteries or one Li-Ion Rechargeable, which is standard in the market today. As always, if the light will be used frequently, I suggest going the rechargeable route as it will save you money in the long run. Additionally, Shadowhawk has recently debuted an updated version of the light, the X800 Ultimate Edition at a slightly higher price point. Despite the same basic construction and features, this light has a 400 lumen Turbo mode as well as a 740 lumen burst mode, which may be an excellent upgrade if you are looking for a light in this size-range with an extremely high lumen output.