Cutaway of EDC Clicky with silver bezel and flush button:
Cutaway of EDC Clicky with black bezel and raised button:
Crenelations on the bezel allow you to place the light face down on a table and see light out of the crenelations when the light is turned on. The crenelated bezel can also be used for personal protection.
The stainless steel bezel is much stronger than the aluminum body and will prevent significant damage to the front of the flashlight if the flashlight is dropped bezel down. Stainless steel does not deform like aluminum and provides a protective cavity for the glass lens. Blackened bezels are coated with a tough AlTiN finish.
The lens is made of ultra-clear glass with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. This allows the glass to transmit roughly 98% of the light from the emitter and reflector. The glass lens is made extra thick to make it super strong. Finally, the glass lens is protected on all sides by rubber cushions to protect the lens from hard impacts. This makes the glass lens nearly unbreakable.
The reflector is machined out of aluminum for maximum strength. The surface is coated with a special 3 layer coating to provide superior reflectivity and long life. The surface is specially textured to produce a smooth beam pattern with a gentle transition between the beam center and beam exterior. The reflector compartment is then completely sealed to keep out water and other contaminates.
The LED is the heart of the flashlight. We carefully choose the most efficient LEDs available for maximum light output and longest runtimes. Higher efficiency LEDs not only produce higher maximum output but they produce proportionately longer runtimes at lower output settings. Because we only use highly efficient LEDs, there is never a reason to overdrive the LED and thus our LEDs never get excessively hot and will never need replacing.
The LED is joined to a thick integrated heat sink. The heat sink transfers heat from the LED to the skin of the flashlight where it is dissipated to the environment. There are no thermal breaks along the heat path and thus there are no places for heat to build up. Keeping the LED cool allows the LED to perform at its peak efficiency and dramatically increases the LED's life. The LED's temperature is monitored by the electronics to ensure the LED never gets excessively hot.
The reflector and heat sink are designed to keep the LED and reflector in proper optical alignment. Proper optical alignment ensures the highest quality beam pattern.
The electronics are the brains and muscles of the flashlight. We have designed the most advanced electronics available. The electronics provide the following special features:
The electronics are potted using a special polymer. The potting makes the electronics very tough and resistant to vibration and shock. The potting also excludes water and other contaminants that can interfere with the correct operation of your flashlight.
The anti-shock positive battery contact prevents most damage to the positive end of the battery by cushioning the impact forces during gun recoil or bezel impacts. The spring ensures that contact is not lost if the battery shifts in the battery compartment due to rebound. The dimpled contact plate provides high point contact forces needed for a reliable low resistance connection to the battery. The spring is made out of a special material that offers good spring qualities and significantly higher efficiencies than regular spring materials. The parts are nickel plated for corrosion and wear resistance. Finally the whole assembly is soldered together for high reliability and lowest circuit resistance.
The battery case interior has no protrusions that can cause damage to the battery case during severe impacts. Large conductive threads are used to efficiently transmit power from the battery compartment to the head. The threads use a special non-conducting aerospace grease to prevent galling and to maintain a low resistance contact path.
The negative battery contact prevents most damage to the negative end of the battery by distributing severe impact forces. The spring ensures that contact is not lost if the battery shifts in the battery compartment due to rebound. The dimpled contact plate provides high point contact forces needed for a reliable low resistance connection to the battery. The spring is made out of a special material that offers good spring qualities and significantly higher efficiencies than regular spring materials. The parts are nickel plated for corrosion and wear resistance. Finally the whole assembly is soldered together for high reliability and lowest circuit resistance.
The switch is fully sealed against dust and water, allowing it to receive the coveted IP 67 rating. The switch contacts are gold plated, making them essentially immune to corrosion. Finally, the switches are hardened so they can withstand tremendous shock forces.
The single button is used to control all functions of the flashlight. The flashlight uses the latest generation of our highly successful single-button interface. Click to turn on or off your flashlight. When your flashlight is on, you can easily access the press-and-hold preset, the double-click preset and the triple-click preset. The turn-on preset and the press-and-hold preset may both be accessed from off. A flush button is handy for pocket carry while a raised button is easy to operate with gloves.
The sturdy bezel-down pocket clip is long enough to securely hold dress belts. The clip is made of superior spring steel and protected by a corrosion and wear resistant matte black finish. The Clip fits the EDC Clicky models. There is no clip for the EDC Rotary models - but we hope to have one available shortly.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for additional information about LED flashlights in general. You may also want to read our LED Flashlight White Paper (PDF) to gain a better understanding of how LEDs work.
See the Custom-built Clicky flashlight page for additional configuration options.
How tough is the EDC Tactical?
To get things going, we started by dropping this production EDC Tactical repeatedly from a height of 6 meters (20 feet) on to concrete, pavement and rocks. We then moved on to throwing the light at concrete, pavement and rocks for over an hour. The light still functions normally using the original battery. The glass lens did not break even with this severe abuse. Can your flashlight survive this kind of punishment?
Specifications are subject to change without notice.