Coast has manufactured a new long range focusing LED flashlight in their ever-expanding list of models. The HP314 uses the Long Range Focusing Optic System, employing both the X-Range Spot Beam and the Broad View Flood Beam, providing a distance of illumination longer than 2,200 feet.
Designed with first responders (law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS, and search and rescue professionals) in mind, this long range focusing LED flashlight cycles between output settings for different situations, going as bright as 1,132 lumens, a high strength for even the darkest of areas, to low settings of only 95 lumens when visibility isn’t as impaired. These shifts in illumination power draw on the four D-cell batteries that power the HP314 with varying intensity, lasting approximately four hours and fifteen minutes at its brightest, and nearly two hundred hours at its lowest lumen setting. Durability goes beyond internal hardware; resistant to impact, lightweight aluminum protects the HP314 from rusting and failure to internal wiring. In the event that these protective measures fail due to defect in the construction of this long range focusing LED flashlight, Coast provides a lifetime warranty that aims to deliver a satisfying product.
When purchasing anything, presentations counts a lot with me. The Coast HP314 Long Range Focusing 1132 Lumen LED Flashlight is packaged almost like high-end electronics or a new smartphone, instantly telling me that what I was receiving was a piece of quality hardware set apart from other LED flashlights. In the box comes with a stater set of batteries and a few accessories. Though accessories aren’t the kind of thing I cared for, they were appreciated.
More important than the packaging is the flashlight itself, and I was impressed at how smooth and clean it looked and felt, from the main casing to the knurled non-slip grip, I was convinced I was holding a high-end product. The weight behind it helped with this feeling, too.
In use, it feels a little weird at first. I’ve been accustomed to beginner flashlights where all I needed to do was depress a button somewhere on the body of the flashlight for it to work. On the HP314, there is a locking mechanism to choose the intensity and spread of the light when in use. Nothing negative, just new. And when in use, the strength and accuracy of the light spreads out smoothly.
I’ve read other reviews where people complained of faulty power connections, and even overheating after prolonged use after a few months of ownership. I haven’t had these problems, and I suppose such defects could happen in a batch of any hardware. Luckily Coast covers faulty flashlights that they’ve unknowingly released.
While my needs aren’t on par with someone who would be using this flashlight to trek though the dark on a nightly basis, I can see how it would be of use there. No matter what someone would use it for, the Coast HP314 Long Range Focusing 1132 Lumen LED Flashlight is going to make it easier to see.
- Professional packaging
- Sleek design
- Innovative interface
- Powerful illumination at all times of day
- Long range of use
- Lasting Battery Life
- Not rechargeable
I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t need a flashlight. It is a staple in the home for emergency situations, night time dog walks, and backyard family camping fun. With Coast’s HP314, you’ll not only get a durable piece of hardware that will be at the ready when you use it, but you have the guarantee from the manufacturer that if you use and care for your product it will last you a lifetime.
Hands down, this is a “must have” item!