Gear Up: {NEBO 12K Rechargeable Flashlight With Power Bank}

David Brown sheds light on the importance of purchasing a quality flashlight.

Gear Up
By David A. Brown
Gear Up Ambassador

What is it? 

NEBO 12K 12,000 Lumen USB-C Rechargeable Flashlight With Power Bank

What sets it apart?

So, just how bright is 12,000 lumens? One lumen roughly equals the amount of light emitted by one birthday candle at a distance of 1 foot. By comparison, standard 60-watt household lightbulbs put out approximately 750 to 780 lumens. NEBO’s 12K flashlight may seem like overkill until the first time you press that button and it looks like your immediate surroundings are completely illuminated. For camping, nighttime fishing on a boat, beach or unlit jetty or just walking through sketchy areas, there’s no such thing as too much light. Also, boating or paddling after dark often means locating small, unlit ramps. With this flashlight, you’ll never miss your spot. For campsites, laying the 12K atop a vehicle or lashing it to a tree provides a floodlight option. 

How do I use it?

Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the NEBO 12K is waterproof to 1 meter (for up to 30 minutes) and includes a USB-C recharging port, along with a 5,000 mAh power bank to keep your mobile devices charged. Light modes include turbo, high, medium, low and strobe, with the latter serving in an emergency signaling role. NEBO ensures even, consistent light with an optimized Chip-on-Board (COB) design. COB products comprise an array of LED chips tightly packed together and bonded to a solid surface. This creates one large LED chip with superior uniformity and brightness.

How much? 


Angler’s insight: 

As a devout Star Wars fan, my first impression was, “This thing feels more like a lightsaber than a flashlight.” But that’s a definite plus, as the sturdiness and sheer size mean it’ll be hard to misplace when traveling, camping, etc. Dog owners will appreciate the ability to illuminate broad areas — particularly wooded and waterside areas where trouble may lurk. Just be considerate of others — especially motorists — and face the beam downward when approaching. You’ll still have plenty of light, but you’ll avoid blinding anyone. It’s probably best to use turbo mode sparingly and warn anyone downrange the brightness is coming. Also, be careful that pets don’t face the full beam. (A test found the lowest setting sufficient for lighting up everywhere a dog could reach.)

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