OLight Arkfeld Pro

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OLight turned heads when they released the Arkfeld EDC light a few years ago. The Arkfeld’s innovative flattened box design was an inspired departure from the barrel tube body of flashlights since the 19th century. This newest version, the Arkfeld PRO, adds both a UV inspection light and a green laser pointer to a high lumen output multi mode white LED.

The primary controls are an ergonomic dial and a single, if not completely intuitive, activation button on the side of the unit. The dial switches between white light, laser, and UV light. Its internal battery has charge indicator lights below the mode dial. It is recharged via OLight proprietary magnetic charging adapter calbe which is USB-A compatible. The magnetic charging port at the tail of the unit has the secondary function of allowing the flashlight to be attached to metal surfaces, like a car hood.

The Arkfeld features a deep cary clip which can be removed. The clip is 2-directional allowing it to be clipped into the brim of a cap to function as a headlamp. The body is a solid feeling box of aluminum that comes in a variety of colors and some special edition graphic paint jobs.

In my testing I was able to get more than it’s 1300 lumen advertised maximum brightness. It met my drop test and water proof testing. Fully recharged I got a runtime of about 140 minutes starting in Turbo mode which aligns with OLight’s specs.

I’ve been used to wearing a smaller and lighter EDC but despite the Arkfeld’s larger size and weight, its flattened design allows it to fit into most pants pockets with minimal printing or encumbrance. My only peevs with this otherwise near perfect EDC is that the simple one-click activation can lead to accidental activation in pocks and that a double-click could lead to accidental strobe activation.

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SPECS

Battery:Built-in 1500mAh Lithium Polymer Battery
Dimensions:4.72″ long x 1″ x 0.6″
Lamp Type:White LED, UV (Ultraviolet) LED, Green laser (choice of cool white 5700-6700K or neutral white 4000-5000K
Light Output:1300, 420, 100, 15 or 1 lumen (white)
Weight w/batteries:3.92 ounces
Run Time:2.1 to 55 hours
Charging Time:2.5 hours
Focus Type:Fixed
Waterproof:IPX 7
Material:Aluminum
Origin:China
Warranty:Limited 2 year

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