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Armytek Barracuda v2 1350lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XP-L HI LED
1350 lm output
150000 cd intensity
2 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries

The Armytek Barracuda v2 flashlight released in 2015. It uses Cree XP-L HI LED, SMO reflector and 2 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1350 lm output, 150000 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 775 m.

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Armytek Barracuda v2 / BARRACUDAV2

The Barracuda v2 flashlight is an essential tools for emergency preparedness. In disasters or blackouts, when electricity is unavailable, a flashlight is crucial. It helps you navigate dark areas. This light has 5 modes of lighting. The Barracuda v2's mode memory makes the user experience more seamless and intuitive. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

Armytek Barracuda v2 specifications

BrandArmytek
NameBarracuda v2
TypeBARRACUDAV2
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1397 user votes.
Launch2015
Formflashlight

Flashlights let you navigate in the dark. They help you find supplies and signal for help. They also provide comfort and security in tough times.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight259 g
Length245 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter64 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsgray

The 259 g weight may provide advantages, such as increased durability. It may also allow for larger batteries, extending the runtime. The best flashlight size depends on personal preference. It also depends on intended use and the specific features you want. Aluminium is a lightweight material, which is beneficial for Barracuda v2 flashlight. The HAIII process makes a hard and wear-resistant surface on the aluminum. This makes it more resistant to scratches, abrasions, and impacts. This flashlight comes in a sleek gray color option.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XP-L HI LED
Color temperature5000 K, 6500 K
ReflectorSMO
LensAR coated glass
Switchmechanical rear

Cree is a US-based LED manufacturer. It is well-regarded for its high-quality products and innovation in lighting. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources. Flashlights use the smooth reflector when long-range light is important. This includes searchlights and thrower flashlights. The AR coating of the lens helps to reduce these reflections. It does this by changing the lens surface's refractive index.

Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback. Users can feel a distinct click or resistance when they press the switch. The rear switch allows for quick and easy momentary or constant-on activation. It enables rapid response and tactical moves.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1350 lm
Intensity150000 cd
Throw775 m
CD/LM factor111.11

The 1350 lm output of Barracuda v2 provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. 150000 cd represents an extremely high level of brightness for a flashlight. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. The cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is.

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Software, user interface, modes

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. The flashlight has mode memory. It remembers the mode you were using when the light was last turned off. It stays in that mode when you turn it on again. Designers created the strobe function to produce a disorienting or attention-grabbing effect.

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Features, battery, protections

Battery2 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIP68
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The Armytek Barracuda v2 flashlight is powered by 2 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries. The Barracuda v2 doesn't have charger port. LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery. It stops over-discharging, which can reduce battery life or cause permanent damage. The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The "6" in the IP68 rating shows the level of protection. It's against solid objects, like dust and foreign particles. The flashlight has an IP68 rating. It can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period. The manufacturer specifies this.

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Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
lanyard
nylon holster
spare rubber cover

The package includes a holster. It is designed to protectively store your flashlight. The lanyard of the Barracuda v2 protects the flashlight from accidental damage. It does this by stopping it from falling or hitting the ground. Replacing worn or damaged O-rings helps a lot. It keeps up the flashlight's durability and performance.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the Barracuda v2 flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Armytek flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.

Pros

  • aluminium body
  • warm light
  • AR coated lens
  • tactical switch
  • adequate performance
  • super bright
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • protective holster

Cons

  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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