The Defiant ArmorMax flashlight line from Defiant is built to the strictest standard. Powered by premium LEDs, Defiant ArmorMax lights are among the brightest and most efficient on the market. Drop-tested from 30 ft. and waterproof up to at least one meter, these lights are capable of withstanding even the most demanding work conditions. The ergonomically designed aluminum body is also surprisingly lightweight, making everyday tasks that much easier.
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84%of customersrecommend this product65 of 77reviews
Rating Breakdown79 reviews
84%of customersrecommend this product65 of 77reviews
It seems to be a really great product, but I haven't had it long enough to completely test it out. What I have done with it so far, it is really bright and doesn't get hot like those with xenon bulbs. That should extend the battery life. I rated it 4 stars and not 5 because I just haven't had it long enough to test all the claims in the packaging.
Only worked for about 5 minutes, I think something broke while I was adjusting the focus but seriously, it shouldn't be so easy to break. A good reminder to filter ratings like this by newest, not "featured"
Cons: Not Durable
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Review 23 for ArmorMax 3D Tactical Flashlight
from North Haven CT
Age Range:35 to 44
Home Improvement Profile:Other
PostedAugust 10, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
This is my second time submitting this review today. I bought this flashlight at the North Haven CT Home Depot store today based on all of the positive reviews I found here. The flashlight didn't work. It wouldn't even turn on. I removed the batteries which were already in the light and replaced them with new ones. Still no light. I returned it a few minutes later and discovered with the help of the store employee that the single LED was already broken off and rattling around inside the flashlight. I thought this would be an upgrade over my Maglite which I bought in 1989. Apparently this light is so fragile it can't even be stocked on the shelf at Home Depot without breaking.
Disappointing Purchase of the Defiant Armormax 3D Tactical Flashlight.
PostedSeptember 13, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
If I could rate this with 0 stars I would. Between August 8, 2014 & today, I've purchased two Defiant Armormax 3D tactical flashlights. Both flashlights when disassembled for inspection broke the LED from it's housing. I find this to be an inherent flaw of the manufacturing of this flashlight. The flashlight is made with a focused top for pinpointing the beam of the flashlight but breaks when it is used. If this flashlight was not meant to have a focus beam twist top the it should state that in the instructions. The instructions only cover battery replacement, bulb replacement (which it states never needs), push button switch, and improved impact protection.
I'm always out to try new brands, when it comes to tools, but I will never purchase another Defiant Armormax 3D Tactical Flashlight. MAGLITE please forgive me for doubting your technologhy.
Very bright with excellent battery life in operation. As many others have noted, the tail switch makes turning it on or off a two-handed operation, and having to cycle through high-off-low-off-flash-off every time you use it gets old quickly. Mine is defective; it consumes batteries while turned off! (Hacked by placing a small O ring between two of the batteries and partially unscrewing the tail cap when the flashlight is turned off.) If I can find the receipt, I will return it in the hope that a second unit will be less defective. I would recommend this flashlight if fewer people were having problems with it; as it is, not recommended, especially if you need to have it shipped.
This is the best value for an excellent flashlight! I am extremely happy with all the Defiant flashlights I have purchased. They have incredible lumen output, and the price is unbeatable. I will be buying more! The only drawback is the tailcap switch. It's a little odd for a large flashlight, and seems unnatural, but not much of a con.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Durable
Cons: would make more sense to have a traditional switch
Cons: One MAJOR design flaw: A power button on the tail cap works fine for tiny flashlights, but is a huge problem for a MONSTER like this. You really need BOTH hands to operate this flashlight, all because it was slightly cheaper not to put the button into the tube! Such a huge disappointment, and not something that can be very easily modded after-market.
On my first 3ft/1m drop test, the plug/spring got stuck in the tail cap and flashlight came on, wouldn't shut off, and changed modes on its own. Wasn't all that easy to repair. Manufacturer could fix this, easily.
Too bright even on LOW! Needs a lower/moonlight mode like most other super-powerful lights.
No flood to spot zoom adjustment. The intense spot in the center will blind you when shone onto nearby objects (ground/walls/etc).
A lot of bright spill so when you want to light up a distant object, you're also lighting up a wide swath between you and the target.
Turns-on to the NEXT mode every time you shut it off. You are forced to cycle through 2 bright/flashing annoying modes you don't want to use every time. Practically every other multi-mode flashlights handles this MUCH better.
Pros: RIDICULOUSLY bright. Think of a car headlight in your hand, but a small flick of your wrist puts ALL that power directly into your neighbors windows. Super-bright even just REFLECTED back up off of a wet road or puddle.
Long-distance throw so you'll see what you're looking at, and EVERYTHING ELSE for hundreds of feet around your target, including all your neighbors' windows.
Heavier than 3xD batteries when empty... Twice as heavy as most other 3xD flashlights with batteries installed. A great little club. The product description of "surprisingly lightweight" is the stupidest thing I've ever heard!
Unscrew the head entirely for maximum flood, you've got a great cordless lamp around the house. Looks like a ~35 watt bulb on low, and maybe a ~120 watt bulb on high.
Tight-fitting dual O-rings everywhere should keep the water out. Tight tail cap means batteries do not rattle at all.
Makes a just passable flooder if you partially unscrew the cap (still water-tight). The bright spot diverges and goes dark. Makes this light less intense, just enough that it can be used for indoor and most day-to-day light purposes. Yet another reason you need both hands to use it.
Brightest flashlight you've ever seen, and you will never want anything brighter after you've used it. LOW mode is legitimately TOO bright for everyday use unless you find some way (like the above) to block some of the output. More like a spotlight with 18 hour runtime.
Suggestions: Lube all the threads, O-rings, and the front rubber cap with grease or vasoline to protect them, and so it won't take such a Herculean effort to work with. But do NOT lube the rear rubber protector or you'll have no grip on the tail cap and won't be able to change the batteries.
For $30, this is easily worth the purchase. Wipes the floor with other much more expensive lights across the board, though their zoom capabilities and a clicky button on the side would be greatly appreciated here.
This flashlight has become an essential piece of equipment on my airboat. Living in Florida, from time to time I have to run my airboat after dark. Using this flashlight - with it's super bright beam, I am able to navigate fallen logs, black mucky areas as well as the minefield of Alligators. The high intensity beam really highlights the "gators" by picking up their eyes as they swim in the water. Believe me - you don't want to hit a gator at any speed especially at night! This flashlight comes with rubber fittings which cushion the front and back. This is especially helpful in protecting the aluminum case when it gets dropped on any hard surface.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Strong, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, Long-Lasting
This light is very bright, brighter than any mag light I have found. Yes it is big and heavy, but that was mag light before this came along. I use it with 3 aa to d cell battery adapters with two aa in each, so last as long or longer than d cell and cost less to replace batteries. I can not believe what you get for 30 dollars. If you want a very bright light for a good price stop and get one of these.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Accurate, Strong, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting
I just purchased this Flashlight in a Home Depot in NYC. The light output is awesome compared to it's nearest competitor. I like the 3 different modes of light. I gave it 4 stars only because it is very heavy and that the on/off switch is in the tail cap. Otherwise I'm happy with the purchase and value.
I purchased a small version of this to keep in a laptop bag. After using it a lot more than I ever expected to and loving it. I decided to check out the big brother 3D model. I am NOT disappointed. I've in the last week replaced 3 Mag's with these. I now own 5 total(different sizes) I am overall a huge fan of CREE LEDs. They should be in all lights. Honestly this makes my LED Mag look like a Zippo. Great construction, great defensive weight, rubber ends are neat (though aren't being used) just buy one if you have even thought about it. CON: "Difficult To Use" I checked that due to the tailcap power button..... I'm not overly joyed about it but it is what it is. I would like to see future models with a standard shaft mounted button.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Strong, Good Size & Weight
I used the product while visiting family on a ranch in West Texas and was able to shine the light across the cattle pasture to see skunks and deer in the field 100s of yards away. My family was so impressed with the flashlight I left it as a parting gift and have to buy another one. One benefit is the flash light fits the old maglight 3D holders for easy truck/suv mounting.
I don't know what the actual output of this flashlight is, but it's by far the brightest one I've ever owned. I compared the lights in the back yard at night.
This is my third LED flashlight. My previous two are both small units. I have no complaint about their brightness, especially considering their compact size. But this bad boy puts them both to shame, running on D batteries. This is exactly what I was hoping for. You will not be disappointed by the construction or performance of this flashlight. It comes with large rubber boots for the front and back, making it even more tank-like.
Because of its heft, however, there will definitely be times you'll reach for a compact light, but equally the case, this will be a perfect solution when you want something hefty and powerful. It's even big enough for self defense.
Amazing quality for the price. Less than half the price of other less bright flashlights. Very sturdy construction. You can actually switch through different mods (high, low, & strobe) without turning it off if you soft press the switch (press it half way). This led flashlight blows My 4d Led maglite in to the water.
This is a great value for a heavy duty flashlight. Comes with rubber caps for both ends to protect it when dropped. Double o-ring gaskets make it waterproof but even better for our job keeps dust out of the body of the flashlight. I like the high and low beam setting, I wouldn't personally use the strobe but I guess if you needed it in an emergency it could come in handy. Definitely a great heavy duty flashlight, will probably put one in each of our vehicles too.