The SOG DE-02 Darkenergy 247A Aluminum Tactical LED Flashlight is constructed with one thing in mind: providing the brightest light possible in a handheld design. It uses a Cree R5 LED bulb with a maximum output of 247-lumens. This makes it one of the brightest flashlights available. The push-button switch allows for four modes: momentarily on, full on, low (40 percent of max) and strobe. Run-time in full on mode (100 percent of max) is 145 minutes. The SOG LED Flashlight is made of hard anodized aluminum that is 5.1 inches in length and weighs a bit over four ounces. The design perfectly fits the hand and the belt clip makes it easy to carry and keep accessible. The casing is water resistant to an extent. According to the manufacturer, this LED Flashlight will remain functional when exposed to a depth of one meter for 30 minutes.
Many times, I have had to run cable through crawl and attic spaces that have little to no light. The SOG Darkenergy Tactical LED Flashlight illuminates the entire area that I’m working in. There is no focus ring on the SOG LED Flashlight, but I seriously didn’t miss that feature at all. The bulb and the textured aluminum reflector provide ample light at distance and up close.
The SOG LED Flashlight is tough, too. After I received mine, I was working from a 30 foot ladder tuning in my antenna. It was getting dark, and I was trying to attach a small ground bolt that I could barely see, so I decided to try out my new toy. I didn’t even get the thing turned on before I dropped it. It hit the ladder a few times as it fell, and then I heard a sickening smack on the concrete. I thought it was broken for sure. However, after I retrieved it, the flashlight still worked perfectly, and there wasn’t a scratch on it.
The lighting modes are nice additions that I use quite a bit, especially the momentarily on feature. Basically, the light stays on as long as you press the button. This is perfect for many situations that I find myself in. The maximum setting or “full on” is ridiculously bright, which is great. But I can run it on the low setting most the time and see everything I need to see. This seems to at least double the battery life, maybe even triple it.
The SOG Flashlight comes with a belt clip. However, I found the clip to be too small to hook securely to my work belt. The clip is maybe a third the size of the entire flashlight, so I wouldn’t call it a ‘belt clip’ as much as a ‘pocket clip’. I just wear it in the pocket of my shirt. This seems to work fine as the flashlight doesn’t weigh too much and it stays in place even if I bend over or twist and turn.
Even though I dropped it on its first day out, the casing is really slip-resistant. It is constructed of tough aluminum, but it has some kind of rubberized or anodized properties that seem to grip the hand. Although it doesn’t add to the function, the design is aggressive and cool looking.
I’ve went through a lot of handheld flashlights from different manufacturers over the years. Some have lasted days, others have lasted months. I’ve had the SOG DE-02 Darkenergy 247A Aluminum Tactical LED Flashlight for over a year now, and it still works like I just took it out of the box. I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of this little flashlight, and I would recommend it to anyone in need of a tough and bright handheld light. In fact, many of my co-workers have purchased the same model after seeing it in action.