Photon Micro-Light II With White LED (PHOTON2) $10
The Photon Micro-Light II is an ideal "always" light, meaning it is always there. While not as powerful as a SureFire flashlight, you always have a Photon II with you. A Photon II you have with you is infinitely better than the powerful SureFire you left at home. While dinky small and feather light, the Photon II is not a toy. The Photon II is remarkably bright for its size, and features both momentary-on and constant-on functions (the original Photon Micro-Light featured only momentary-on switching). The lightweight case is made is from glass-filled polyurethane for strength and is screwed together to permit replacement of depleted batteries. The Photon II comes standard with a split ring and gated hook to suit different applications. The gated hook and split ring may be eliminated, depending on the application. There are many reasons for a Photon II. You may want to ramp up your EDC (Every-Day Carry) capabilities with a Photon II always on your key ring. You may want a light always within immediate reach with a Photon II attached to your sleeping bag, first aid kit, bug-out bag, and jacket. Use your imagination and you will come up with an endless variety of useful applications for the Photon II.
The Photon Micro-Light II is an ideal "always" light, meaning it is always there. You have it. While not as powerful as a SureFire flashlight, a Photon II you have with you is infinitely better than the powerful SureFire you left at home or in your vehicle.
While dinky small and feather light, the Photon II is not a toy. Today's LED technology has advanced to the point that the Photon II is remarkably bright for its size. Shine a Photon II into someone's face, even during daylight, and you will deserve the reaction you will likely receive. The Photon II is more than bright enough for utility tasks.
The Photon II features both momentary-on and constant-on functions. There are two separate switches on the Photon II's body.
Depress the large button switch for momentary-on function. Release the button and the Photon II will turn off.
Pull back the small, transparent switch for constant-on function. Push the switch forward and the Photon II will turn off. We have tested several other EDC lights and have found the Photon II's two-switch system to be vastly superior to the single-switch lights that involve clicking a single switch multiple times and in different ways, e.g., click once for constant, click twice in rapid succession and hold for momentary, hold from constant-on mode to dim, click three times in quick succession for strobe, click four times in quick succession for SOS function, and so on. We have always found these single-switch lights with multiple modes to be confusing and gimmicky. We much prefer a simple light with simple switching.
The Photon II's lightweight case is made is from glass-filled polyurethane for strength and is screwed together to permit replacement of depleted batteries.
The Photon II comes standard with a split ring and gated hook to suit different applications. The gated hook and split ring may be dispensed with, depending on the application.
The most obvious application for the Photon II is the key ring.
Nearly everyone carries keys on his person on an every-day basis. With the Photon II attached to the key ring, the Photon II will always be with there in case you need it. (If you lose your keys, you have bigger problems than not having a light on you.) For the key ring, we like to dispense with the gated hook and split ring and use the hole in the Photon II's body to attach the Photon II directly to the key ring.
This method of attachment makes the entire package considerably smaller, eliminates unnecessary jingle-jangle in the pocket, and aligns the Photon II with the keys.
This makes for easy manipulation of the Photon II. There's no need to segregate the Photon II from one's keys to operate the Photon II. Instead, just squeeze the entire stack of Photon II and keys and the Photon II will illuminate.
Of course if you want to segregate the Photon II from the keys and squeeze only the light, the Photon II will also work in that manner.
The SureFire E1B Backup is an ultra compact, dual-output LED flashlight with extended runtime and tactical-level output. SureFire developed the E1B as a compact EDC flashlight that could still produce tactical levels of light on high output and utility (non-blinding) levels of light in low. The E1B is a superb flashlight. It is very easy to fall into the trap that the E1B makes the Photon II look like a joke. However, look down at your pocket as you read this. Do you have your E1B on your person? You may, but probably you do not. Most people don't. Do you have your keys on you as you're reading this? Probably. If you had a Photon II on your key ring, you would have a light on you. The light that you have on you when you need it is infinitely better than the Super Ninja Xtreme Tactical SpecOps light that you don't have on you.
Even if you have your E1B on your person each and every day (and reality is that extremely few people do), doesn't it make sense to have a Photon II on your key ring as well? The Photon II is so small and light that you don't even notice that it's there. The Photon II will serve as your back-up light in case you forget your E1B, lose your E1B, or deplete your E1B's battery. From another perspective equally valid, your Photon II could be your primary light because you use it more than your SureFire. The Photon II will come out of your pocket every time you pull your keys, so there's no need to pull your E1B to illuminate a dark keyhole or the dark walkway leading to your front door. Even if you choose to carry a powerful light on your person on an every-day basis, the Photon II is so small and light that it makes more sense to "layer" your EDC lights than to replace one with another. That is, carry the powerful light in addition to your Photon II rather than replace your Photon II.
In addition to key rings, the Photon II lends itself to compact and discrete installation anywhere there is a zipper. The Photon II is hardly larger than most zipper pulls.
If you want to substitute a Photon II for your zipper's pull, it's easy enough to cut the pull with some KNIPEX Pliers and replace the pull with a Photon II with split ring. This style of installation also eliminates the Photon II's gated hook.
John used this method on his golf bag to make the mounted Photon II as small as possible. John often plays lighted par-three courses at night and likes having a small light on his golf bag.
The Photon II now hangs above his ball pocket and illuminates the ball pocket's various contents. John, like most golfers, usually carry tees, pencils, ball mark repair tools, Sharpie markers, and coins in addition to golf balls. Having the Photon II mounted directly above the ball pocket means no more fishing through the ball pocket to find little items in the dark.
The Photon II on John's golf bag is so small that most people wouldn't even notice it was there. Mounted in this manner, the Photon II looks and acts just like a standard zipper pull--except it lights up.
If you are fortunate enough not to like golf, surely you have some zipper pulls that can be replaced with a Photon II. This is John's range bag for the pistol and rifle range.
John now has a light permanently affixed to his range bag, and yet the light is hardly larger than a standard zipper pull.
Another common application for the Photon II is on a jacket zipper.
If you don't want to cut off a particular zipper pull, you can dispense with the gated hook and attach the Photon II to the zipper's pull using only the split ring to make the entire package a little smaller. This method of mounting makes the Photon II not readily detachable, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. If you absolutely require easy easy detachability, then use the gated hook. Either way, the existing zipper pull remains unaltered and the Photon II installation remains reversible.
Here is another Photon II mounted to a Swiss Army jacket using the split ring. Each and every time you wear this jacket, you have a light on you.
The Photon II is suitable even for applications that already include a powerful flashlight like a SureFire Flashlight. The Photon II supplements the SureFire and the SureFire supplements the Photon II. They do not replace one another. Take, for example, the Bug Out Bagz Bill Burke Edition. This bug-out bag has the capacity to contain a great deal of emergency gear. That gear includes a powerful flashlight like a SureFire. Even if your bug-out bag is organized neatly, finding the SureFire in the dark is not always easy because a proper bug-out bag is probably filled to capacity. Replacing one of the zipper pulls on the bug-out bag with a Photon II lets you illuminate the contents of your bug-out bag so that you can find your SureFire or other gear more easily. If you do not want to alter your bug-out bag by cutting zipper pulls, simply affix the Photon II to one of your zipper pulls using the gated hook or split ring. We opine that a proper bug-out bag should have at least two Photon II lights: one on the exterior zipper and a second in the first aid kit.
As you can see, there are many reasons for a Photon II. You may want to ramp up your EDC capabilities with a Photon II always on your key ring. You may want a light always within immediate reach with a Photon II attached to your sleeping bag, first aid kit, backpack, or jacket. Use your imagination and you will come up with an endless variety of useful applications for the Photon II.