LED flashlights have been around for some time now and there are plenty of manufacturers making inexpensive models for consumers to choose from. Unfortunately, many are poorly made and not built to last. The result is that when you need them most, they often fail to deliver due to quality issues. Last year we reviewed the COAST HP7 LED Flashlight and we were really impressed with the build quality and performance. More recently, COAST sent us their new A25R, which features a high output (466 lumens) LED and two rechargeable Li-ion battery packs.
The COAST A25R LED Flashlight is a compact design with excellent features that make it very practical for general purpose use while offering superb build quality. The A25R lasts up to 7.5 hours in the high beam mode and as long as 25+ hours in the lower (68 lumen) mode.
The A25R weighs in at 11.5 ounces with the Li-ion battery pack. The flashlight is 6-3/8-inches long and is just under 1-1/2 inches in diameter at the head.
Switching between brightness modes is fast using COAST’s Quick Cycle Switch™. The modes change with each button push (high/off/low/off). The light can also be operated in “momentary” mode by partially depressing the on/off switch (less pressure than required for a full click). The momentary switch will also cycle the light through the high and low beam modes. After five seconds of no activity, the high/low cycle will reset and the high beam will be activated when the light is turned on again.
The A25R features COAST’s Pure Beam™ Focusing Optics with Speed Focus™, designed to give users a fast selection between a broad flood beam and a focused Bulls-Eye Spot™ beam for long distance illumination. Simply slide the head of the light all the way forward or back to change between flood and spot modes. Turning the head of the light locks or unlocks the beam position.
The A25R comes fully equipped with virtually everything you will need to make the most out of this LED flashlight. In addition to the battery packs mentioned earlier, the A25R also includes two swivel clips (wall mount with anchors and belt clip), car adapter, AC adapter (100-240VAC input, 5V@1amp output), USB cable for charging, carrying strap, and a heavy-duty carrying case for your belt. A cable retaining clip is built into the wall mount to position the charging cable. These accessories will ensure that you get the most out of your A25R and are also available separately from COAST if needed.
The A25R features Coast's Flex charge dual power recharging system, which allows the flashlight to be powered by the included Li-ion rechargeable battery pack or standard AAA alkaline batteries. The A25R comes with two Lithium Ion rechargeable battery packs (3.7V, 2400mAH) and one alkaline battery cartridge with 4 AAA alkaline batteries. This allows users to keep a charged battery pack as a spare to double the run time and as a last resort, users can always use conventional AAA batteries. Changing batteries is quick and easy. To install the battery pack, simply remove the tail cap of the light. According to COAST, the rechargeable battery pack can be re-charged up to 500 times before there is a noticeable decline in performance. The O-ring provides an excellent seal to prevent moisture from entering the flashlight. However, the flashlight is not designed to be submerged in water.
PRO TEK Charging Port
The A25R is equipped with the COAST's PRO TEK Charging Port. To access the port, simply grasp the tail cap, turn it counter clockwise and then pull the tail cap outward. This exposes the charging port (mini USB jack) on the flashlight along with the charging status light (Red indicates charging and green indicates fully charged). The indicator only illuminates when the charging cable is inserted You can also charge the rechargeable battery pack independently of the flashlight by plugging directly into the charging (micro USB) port on the Li-Ion pack with the same type of charging indicator light. Thanks to the included accessories, the A25R can be charged using AC, DC or USB power. The A25R also features overcharge protection, so it is not necessary to disconnect it from power when fully charged.
Coast offers an impressive warranty that guarantees this product to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the original purchaser. This guarantee does not cover normal wear and tear, nor damage resulting from misuse or neglect. If this product is defective, simply return it for a repair or replacement, along with a check for $5.00 shipping and handling. Guarantee does not include batteries.
The COAST A25R is engineered to last and the flexible power options makes it really versatile. The heavy construction offers a level of durability only found on the best flashlights and the weather proof enclosure makes it ideal for tough environments. COAST offers a great selection of highly durable LED flashlights and this one certainly is the best we have seen thus far.