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    Default Flashlight review turns serious.

    I have a brand spankin' new PowerTac "Warrior" that I purchased just recently (Real World Review Pending). As I was doing my "standard neighborhood walk" I notice some folks near the edge of our park walking around (with crap flashlights) and calling out a name. I thought they were looking for their dog or cat (a regular occurrence in the area).

    NOPE! I wound up joining in on a two hour "search and rescue" for a lost young girl.

    The "Warrior" really did an excellent job of illuminating wide swaths of the park and because of that I spotted the dropped textbook that led us to the area where another guy spotted the girl. She had been coming home across the park, slipped on the edge of the path and BADLY hurt her ankle just before dark. She had given up trying to crawl home and was pretty much laying there crying in pain.

    (Just FYI, she's fine now but she did fracture her ankle).

    I don't think I'll try incorporating this into my "regular" review methodology but it sure was real-world!
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    PowerTac is the best flashlight brand i know!! US-based company, FREE lifetime warranty, etc.
    reminds me of EagleTac.

    good story. with happy end. i like that.

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    That poor girl! Glad the story had a happy ending.

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    Wow, now that's a real and serious use, and success, of a FL if I've ever heard one. Nice...

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    Woah, nice story and I'm glad the girl was ok in the end.

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    Good story indeed. Very caring of you to join the search party and help. Good pple! But good light....?
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Give your kids phones. Give them lights to signal for help, or to see where they're walking. I'm glad she was (mostly) okay. Not long ago a girl was grabbed from a park and found dead. Keep 'em safe!
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    @ AnAppleSnail, Sadly, not the kind of family in a financial position to give their kid a cellphone. Still, they should at least have had a "buddy system" or an adult along, she was too young to be crossing that park at dusk by herself! Oh well. It was pretty evident that the event itself was enough punishment for the parents.
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    Really glad everything ended up well. Great story, thx for sharing!

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    What a difference a high-powered flashlight can make. You basically shortened the search by hours. Good job, dude. Glad to know that the girl is fine, too.

    Kinda reminds me of the time when I used my Scorpion V2 to illuminate the entire scene of a vehicular accident for hour and a half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnAppleSnail View Post
    Give your kids phones. Give them lights to signal for help, or to see where they're walking. I'm glad she was (mostly) okay. Not long ago a girl was grabbed from a park and found dead. Keep 'em safe!
    After finding what kids in my daughters grade 6 class are doing with their phones I'd rather risk having her fall in a ditch. I monitor what happens on her Ipod, but other parents sure don't. Texting/messaging, easy access to hardcore porn, and Facebook are not doing them any good. They are doing stuff in grade school that my friends and I didn't get into until at least grade 11/12...some of it I still haven't done.

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    Perhaps a flashlight, then... I can chip in a $1 light from Home Depot that I've checked over for good function.
    My biggest light-hog is my camera.

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    Never heard of Powertac. I'm liking that single AA model. How is their quality?
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    "Warrior" review at this link.

    I'm getting ready to do a writeup of the 1xAAA "E3" as well. So far my only criticism of the E3 is that the o-ring should be a little heavier.

    Thus far the build quality on both lights seems to be excellent though both of them came pretty "dry" and wanted some Nyogel <grin>.
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    I'm glad you were there and helped out!

    It's obvious that your light helped find the little girl quickly.

    Great job!

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    Default Re: Flashlight review turns serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by shelm View Post
    PowerTac is the best flashlight brand i know!! US-based company, FREE lifetime warranty, etc.
    reminds me of EagleTac.

    good story. with happy end. i like that.

    How long have they been around and do you own one?
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    I'm not sure, but they appear to be made by the same factory that makes Thrunite, the styling is very similar with some models seemingly the same across the two brands. Interestingly the carry-cases look the same as provided with many Olight lights so maybe the Olight and Thrunite production is closely related too.

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    Word from the PowerTac guys is that they used to have "a relationship" with OLight, but then decided to "go their own way" (whatever that means).
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    Great story.
    Glad your "real" LED light got the job done.
    This story is worthy of those you read on the Surefire web site, testimonials

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    Default Re: Flashlight review turns serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by shelm View Post
    PowerTac is the best flashlight brand i know!! US-based company, FREE lifetime warranty, etc.
    reminds me of EagleTac.
    US-Based.

    So where are they made?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 270winchester View Post
    US-Based.

    So where are they made?
    China.

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    Great story. Good to hear. I can only imagine the emotional suffering of the parents. Thanks for sharing.

    On a lighter note, you have just provided a great way for us to justify the purchase of more lights, to our wives - "But honey, it's for the safety of the kids". Suddenly, a few hundred dollars doesn't seem all that much to our wives. :-)
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    Nice to hear everything turned for the best. What a feeling it must be to know that your light sped up finding this poor girl. Just wondering if anybody asked you about the light you were using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGT View Post
    Nice to hear everything turned for the best. What a feeling it must be to know that your light sped up finding this poor girl. Just wondering if anybody asked you about the light you were using?
    I got the standard "JAYSIS that's BRIGHT" response from the folks trying to search with el-cheapo lights but truly everyone was so relieved when we found her that she was the main focus and then we disbanded pretty quickly.
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    Glad to hear there was a happy ending.
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