Then testers attempted to "cook" the lens by leaving the light on, pointing down. The serrated lens shroud and LED heat sink worked together to keep the flashlight body from getting too hot. The lens shroud consisted of a castle-like pattern of notches that allowed air to circulate and allow light to escape, alerting users that the light was left on.
The first time reviewers tried leaving the light on, they had already abused the torch a little. By the time it had been sitting a few minutes, the beam was flashing, indicating they had run the lithium ion cell down. After charging, which averaged a little over 4 hours throughout the tests, they cooked it again. Compared to the reviewers' fine collection of other flashlight brands with bubbled lenses from this test, the Pelican 7060 prevailed.
The abuse did not warp the reflector or lens, but it did make the aluminum cooling fins in the head too hot to touch. This test demonstrated Pelican's excellent engineering. Lighting a super bright LED is not the only thing that generates heat in a good torch. The internal resistance of the battery changes as it goes through its cycle, which is why rechargeable LED lights are less common than disposable cell models. The circuitry prevents an overdriven LED or a heat buildup or a number of other issues that require a degree to understand.
The Pelican 7060 LED comes with a warning not to point this light into a person's eyes. Of all the tactical lights on the market, this one should be taken seriously. Most people will not be able to distinguish between a 90- and a 110-lumen torch but this product is noticeably brighter than other handhelds.
The beam is concentrated in the center and rendered accurate colors. There are no dark areas and the precision reflector keeps the hot spot concentric. There is enough peripheral light outside of the blinding cone for note taking or citation writing.
Anyone caught in the beam is frozen in their tracks. This quality makes it a formidable tool. This light can inspect an alley the length of dozens of addresses. In LET's tests, reviewers were able to recognize a subject's face nearly 150 yards away. For vehicle stops, this light can illuminate the interior, cut through tinted windows, and assert commanding authority.
The Pelican 7060 LED is great for initial suspect sweeps. However, it is not a light an officer wants to use in a secondary sweep for evidence or as a task light. With this light on, testers couldn't look at a paper held at arm's length without being incapacitated for at least a few seconds. For this reason, they say the product needs a dimmer switch or a flip-down filter.
Reviewers played with the dual-switch function. Both switches only require a light touch to switch on. For palm-to-palm or wrist-to-wrist shooting holds, it is ideal because our officer can squeeze anywhere on the body to light it. The light balanced well in the hand and easily indexed in the palm. Because neither switch is recessed, this light needs a case that will prevent accidental firing.
Pelican incorporated a lithium ion battery, which is perfect for this application. The battery is lightweight and resistant to memory and ill effects brought on by mid charges. The 7060 supplied for testing cycled well and occasionally exceeded the advertised 1.5-hour burn time. The light comes with a low-profile charging dock that can be used with multiple power sources. The light gave its full intensity for the entire duration. When the battery needed recharging, the beam pulsed but never lost intensity. This torch also can be left in the charger until needed.
The Pelican 7060 is a revolutionary new light for one of the largest police agencies in the country. We expect many agencies will soon follow suit and use it on patrol.
Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches Administration of Justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.