Smith & Wesson Galaxy 13 LED Flashlight Review
Up front I am a big fan of LED lights, since my first one in 1999, lets say I have a few, this one the Smith & Wesson is the best of both worlds, what I mean by that is the white and red led’s, the technology has come so far since ’99, this light has 10 very powerful white led’s but the red light from 3 led’s is what I am talking about the advancement in light output from just 3 small led’s.
The housing is very impressive album the two button switches is a vast improvement over the more simple single button to select either white or red, which makes one cycle through the light you may not want or need, I keep this model next to my bed, if I have to get up anytime at night, I reach for it, knowing the bottom push button is the 3 red LEDs, it’s great not to grab your eyes when switching on an electric bulb and holding a hand over your eyes while finding your way down the hall, there is so much light out of those 3 red LEDs one can see anything in one way, great for outside at night to keep one “night vision” but also just a touch switch away for a white light just in case, a great light for people walking a dog, using the red light you have enough to see and the benefit of not blinding the dog when the dog looks up at the owner and gets a face full of white light.
Powered by just 3 small “AAA” alkaline batteries, I am still on the first 3 I got with the unit! it’s been months of course that is the other benny of LED’s very long battery life.
If you want this kind of light with a choice of white or red, in a very well built unit, and the fit and finish was a surprise when I first opened it, and with a outstanding price, go for it.
In-depth Review Of Smith & Wesson Galaxy 13 LED Flashlight
This flashlight is bright enough to provide general light for any pathway or dark street ahead. For trying to see what you’re doing, it’s the best flashlight I have ever used. Reading, cooking, just looking at stuff- this light’s great. Viewing area spreads out quickly but not too quickly so as to hold the amiability we’re used to with classic flashlights. All 13 lights are bright enough to leave a perfect image of their arrangement and color burned into one’s vision for several minutes after taking a full hit from this flashlight’s light, even from a distance. A single red light is just as bright as a white one.
Top 5 Main Features
- Red and white LED bulbs for all day working
- Running on 3 AAA batteries that make it affordable
- Simple dual power switch
- Excellent service
- Made by top U.S. guaranteeing excellent standards company – Smith & Wesson’s exclusive manufacturer for flashlights
- Size: 7 inches in length
- Weight: 6.1 ounces, shipping weight is 11.2 ounces
- Battery Type: 3 AAA batteries which are included in the purchase
- Power/Lumens: 25 lumens for white LED bulbs and 6.5 lumens for red LED bulbs
- Body Material: Anodized aluminum
The whole item is decently lightweight but has that thick well-built gunmetal feel. It feels strong enough to use as a hammer (though I wouldn’t test this). The knob glass stays clean effectively and is profoundly scratch safe. the jewel hold handle is not very “pointy,” but helps tremendously, especially if you have sweaty palms. Matching ridges (though they may be offset depending on how tight you screwed the battery cap) near the LED’s and on the end cap keep the light from rolling when you set it down.
The lights are arranged with 10 white LED’s in a circle that can be divided 5|5 down the middle and three red LED’s in a pyramid at the center. The red lights actually bring back much of the color robbed by bluish-white LED’s and make it easier to shine your light around a sleeping campsite without disturbing anyone. No more putting a hand over the front to limit light! The primary lights don’t diminish when the red lights are turned on or the other way around. No brilliance is lost from force waste until the very end of the battery life.
Case & Batteries
The case is sealed tight. It almost seems waterproof. the top does not screw off because the bulbs do not need replacement, but the bottom cap does for the 3 AAA batteries. The batteries are placed in a slide-out compartment about the size of a C battery.
It is conceivable to initiate the light actually when it is operating at a profit woven-nylon case, so be careful when putting it away not to accidentally turn and leave it on. Accidental activation, once the case is snapped with the light inside, is not much of a concern. The case is the perfect size for the flashlight and contains a very small but adequately sized side compartment for 3 AAA replacement batteries. It has a belt loop and a velcro strap over the loop to secure the case around any other equipment or backpack strap.
Button placement may seem odd at first, but makes sense as the tip of your thumb rests on the white light button while holding the flashlight and the red light button is big enough to press without moving that same thumb.
Both catches can be turned on then discouraged somewhat to break the circuit once more, apparently with the goal of flagging. It’s anything but difficult to control without stress of inadvertently deactivating one of the light sets.
Overall, this is a well thought out and well-built flashlight. Usage for general area lighting is good but not great where it’s dark, but anything closer up (~10 feet or closer) can be ablaze with super bright light. The red lights are bright enough to take away night vision if you’re not careful, but come in handy a surprising amount. battery life is good. a product for anybody who’s ever needed a flashlight, this device could ride at your hip for the rest of your life and make it through easily, with durability to spare.
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- It costs much less than comparable products out there!!
- Brilliant LEDs
- Neat red LEDs which come in handy for looking at a map while assisting a driver at night
- Design prevents the flashlight from rolling when set on its side on the floor
- It has weathered the abuse of a 2-year-old for several weeks now without any visible signs of damage!!!
- Holster – This flashlight came with a holster. The holster includes two loops – one for a belt and the other one velcro. This part is very nice. What wasn’t nice, however, was that the top of the holster (which was simply the same material as the holster) was so short that it barely would velcro closed. After some usage, this has improved, but all it would have taken is to extend that piece of material by a quarter-inch to fix this problem. This really is no more than a minor inconvenience, however, because I am using it so much that it rarely sits in its holster.
- Price (Kind Of) – Compared to other flashlights, these flashlights can seem to be a bit expensive. I feel, however, that this is well worth it because the price is clearly buying a quality product that will last years, if not longer.
This is a very nice solid aluminum light that offers plenty of light for LEDs and only three AAA batteries. The diameter is about what I expected (stubby), but it’s about twice as long as I expected. If you’re looking for a compact pocketable light, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a good household or vehicle light, this is it!
After having read so many positive reviews for this flashlight on Amazon, I was very much impressed. My husband and I had always wanted a flashlight with red light, so we each purchased one. The positive reviews on Amazon mirror our experience with the Smith & Wesson. We really are enjoying our new flashlights. They are not large, bulky and really heavy like some other LED flashlights I have come across. They fit nicely into your hand and give off just enough light to find an object by your bed in the middle of the night or lead you down a path in the dark. The carrying case that comes with the flashlight is really nice too. I haven’t had my flashlight long enough to tell how long the batteries last.