This is a review of the River Rock Nightfire 2C LED Flashlight (NF2C from now on). The light was purchased from Target for $27.49. It does seem to be quite a hard item to come by, so you might want to call around to make sure your local Target has it in stock before wasting your time.
The item number is 092080584.
River Rock Nightfire 2C
The NF2C has the best construction of any budget retail store flashlight I have personally seen. The threads are very smooth even before applying any lube. The tailcap has some slight checkered knurling so that it is easier to remove for battery replacement.
The NF2C uses a forward clickie which is located on the end of the light. This means that if you press slightly on the tailcap the light will activate momentarily, and when you press the tailcap further the light will turn on constantly. This is the same style switch as used in all large Maglites.
Even though it uses a forward clickie the NF2C can tail stand. It also has a small hole on the tailcap for lanyard attachment.
The NF2C uses a plastic lens as do most budget retail store flashlights. It has a nice relatively deep textured reflector. The head also has some crenulations so that light escapes when the head is placed down on a surface.
6.8" x 1.5"
10.5 oz (with 2C batteries installed)
River Rock Nightfire 2C vs. Maglite Minimag 2AA
The packaging of the NF2C claims that it is 136 lumens, but as always the real out the front lumens are quite a bit lower than that. Here is what I got using my lightbox/lux meter:
What impressed me the most about this light is the incredably smooth beam! It has the smoothest beam I have EVER seen on a flashlight! If I saw a beamshot of this light and didn't know any better I would think it used a Seoul emitter and definetly not a Cree. I don't know how none of the high end LED flashlights can get a perfectly smooth beam with a cree and a cheap flashlight from Target can.
River Rock Nightfire 2C Beamshot
River Rock Nightfire 2C White Wall Beamshot
Taskforce 3W 2C White Wall Beamshot
I have no way of testing this, so here are the claims as stated on the packaging:
21 hours at maximum light output
60 hours at useful light output
Keep in mind these that these runtimes are most likely grossly exaggerated. I don't think there is any light that is nearly 100 lumens and runs for 21 hours at maximum brightness. I would expect several hours of very bright light and then many hours of diminishing light after wards.
- One of the smoothest beams of any flashlight on the market
- Forward clickie
- Better than average build quality for a light of this price
- Lanyard attachment hole
- Plastic lens
- Less output than I expected
I own quite a few of the best bang for your buck retail store flashlights, and this is the one that gets the most use. It doesn't have anywhere near the throw of the other budget flashlights (2C Taskforce,3C Rayovac,2D Husky) but it makes up for it with better overall build quality and a much nicer beam.
I would highly recommend this flashlight for anyone looking for a great everyday flashlight for indoor or close range outdoor use.