Let me start by saying this is my own unbiased review.
I am not affiliated with this company and product in any way, nor have I been paid to write this. This is more of a review about the reviews. I will also leave my experiences along with some realistic standards along with some things the instructions never explain.
FIRST A REVIEW OF THE REVIEWS.
I've been reading a lot of the reviews about the issues people have been having, and while some issues are what I call legitimate due to either a defective product or damage from shipping, a lot of them seem as though people aren't reading the instructions correctly, or at all. People have actually listed things they did, which the instructions specifically say NOT to do, such as leaving it plugged in constantly.
Here is a list of things that are not explained in the instructions that should have been. I found this information by digging around and calling the company.
1. This light bar is not meant to remain plugged in. The plug is there specifically to charge the battery. Once it's charged, unplug it. It's never a good idea to leave things of this nature plugged in, it's not a lamp.
2. Usually when something is fully charged, the light goes out indicating that charging is complete. However, the red light on the light bar isn't a charge light, it's a power light, and does not go ever go out while it's plugged in. It's always going to be red to let you know there is power going to it.
3. The light will only last for 10-12 hours on low, putting the light on high will only give you around 5 hours of light.
4. This is a disposable light. While the claim is 100,000 hours of light, realistically it's more like 50,000-80,000. As with anything disposable, after a certain length of charging/use, it becomes worn down, becoming dimmer, and not lasting as long. The longer, and more you use it, the faster it will wear down.
5. You absolutely can overcharge this light, doing so will result in something called diminishing returns. Overcharging will cause poor performance and not last as long during current use (I could be wrong on this but I am almost certain diminishing returns does not affect the long term use wear-down).
6. Not using it, temperature, and other factors, can drain the battery charge. Even though it's a rechargeable battery in this light bar, it's still just a battery, which means anything that affects batteries (i.e. weather, direct heat, cold, water, etc.) also applies to the battery in the light bar.
7. One charge can last up to 10-12 hours (remember that length is on low). So what is one charge? Regardless of what anyone tells you or shows in a YouTube review, this light bar cannot be fully charged with just an hour. A full charge for this light is around 10 hours. It breaks down for every 1 hour of use, you need 1 hour of charge time which doesn't exceed 12 hours and that's pushing it (again remember that 10-12 hours is on low). After it's been charging for 10-12 hours, keeping it plugged in is pointless and most likely result in piss poor performance and also run down the life span of the bar faster,
The instructions say to regularly charge it for about 8 hours every 3 months. This will keep the internal battery working properly and near peak proficiency.
I am an urban explorer, and these light bars have been really good for what I need them for. I always have 4 of them. They are extremely lightweight, and the stand in the back is great for what I do with them.
During my last exploration I had one hit the ground and broke. I was not really surprised when it broke due to it basically being made of plastic. It was also my fault for not securing it like I normally do.
I never knew what the auto setting was supposed to do until I read it here.
I still have no clue how the SOS on it is supposed to work. I'm not even sure what is supposed to happen when SOS is switched on. Turning the switch to SOS is the same as having the switch on the light to off.
Length of Use: 3–6 months
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend