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GSARGear Review: Novatac Storm

June 7, 2011

 

GSARGear Review: Novatac Storm

The Novatac Storm is a very compact and versatile flashlight.

Mine is still running fine after rigorous testing and daily carry for about a year. It is small enough to easily fit in a pocket, bright enough for almost any job you throw at it, and rugged enough to live through just about anything.

Form:

It is manufactured from black anodized aluminium, and covered with small diamond knurling from head to tail. The pocket clip is nice, holding the light securely in a lens-up position. The lens is AR coated polycarbonate, and extremely sturdy. It is also surrounded by a crenelated bezel for protection. The tail clicky is nice, but doesn’t have much travel and is ever so slightly recessed into the tailcap. It makes it possible to tailstand the Storm, but also makes it more difficult to switch the light on, unless you’re holding it in a ‘syringe’ type grip.

It weighs in at approximately 66.8 grams, unloaded, and 83.2 grams with a CR123.

Power:

The Storm runs on one CR123(included) or equivalent. Runtimes can be found here or here,  courtesy of light-reviews.com. Decent runtime overall, and pretty bright.

Use:

The Storm has three settings by default, though it is programmable.

1. A primary mode, at a very bright 120 lumens. ½ hour runtime.

2. A secondary mode, at 30 lumens. 4 hour runtime.

3. Low power mode, 0.3 lumens. 240 hour runtime.

3. And a disorienting/signal Strobe mode.

It is also hackable to program your own brightness and control settings, as shown here.

 

Cons:

Tail-switch difficult to use with gloves or cold fingers.
The tailcap only permits a bezel-up type carry.
Medium-to-low battery life, compared to other similar lights on the market.

But overall, this light is a very nice compact bright flashlight.