8.2 tech score
The Tactical X800 flashlight by Shadowhawk is the most popular among hundreds of other tactical flashlights. Shadowhawk has built their reputation with the military mission features that no other marks were giving attention to.
It seems that most people liked the concept of owning a military technology & because of this, the X800 sales are still booming today. Despite a significant number of sales, most people are very skeptical about the quality of the X800, and many have referred to it as the biggest marketing scam of the century since there many similar $11 versions on Amazon.
In this review, we are going to answer why the X800 cost $56 and explain why the Amazon replicas are not worth buying. Keep reading, and at the end of this review, you will learn everything you need to know about the X800.
Shadowhawk is a new California based company specialized only in making tactical flashlights. They design and assemble the flashlights in California, but they get most of their parts manufactured in China. This company had its start with a government contract for producing military flashlights, and in October 2015 they switched to international retail sales.
Usability & Purpose
Since the X800 is originally designed for the army, its purpose was to be a tactical blinding flashlight that can be used for self-defense. The key reason why the US army found the X800 very useful was that of the laser focused beam that was allowing soldiers to disorient terrorists on night shootouts by pointing it into their eyes.
Some people are buying this flashlight mostly for self-protection because of the blinding power and the sharp edges on top and others just for future emergency situations. It’s rechargeable battery, and the extended longevity of it makes it a perfect alternative to all other LED flashlights that usually die after a couple of minutes.
Brightness & Power
The X800 LED hardware is 800 lumen and uses a 4,2 volts AAA battery that can last for almost 4 hours with the flashlight continuously turned on. The key element to the blinding brightness is not the battery power nor the optical lens. To make the light so powerful Shadowhawk have bought a license to manufacture a new type of LED hardware that is replacing the frequently used LEDs.
Features & Modes
- The X800 has 5 different modes:
- Low (wide range focus)
- Medium (medium range focus)
- High (spotlight focus)
- Continuous mode
- Strobe mode
- SOS mode
By simply pressing the green button on the back you can easily switch from one mode to another and by expending or shrinking the top of the torch you can zoom in or zoom out the radius of the light.
What comes with the box?
- The Shadowhawk packaging includes the folling items:
- The X800 Torch
- 3 4,2 volts AAA rechargeable batteries
- A super-fast battery charger
- Mini X800 Keychain flashlight
Discounts & Promotions
The X800 is usually priced at $224 but if you are lucky to find a discount offer you can get for $56 with free shipment included. These type of discounts are usually available on holidays and only for specific US states.