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Portland, Oregon-based COAST Products has announced the addition of three new LED lights to the company's flashlight and headlamp line. These products debuted at the upcoming AAPEX show in Las Vegas this week, which is held in conjunction with the SEMA automotive trade show each year. At the company's AAPEX trade show booth, representatives will be demonstrating these new models, as well as the existing array of lights, lanterns, knives, and multi-tools.
All three of these new COAST lights incorporate high-output LEDs, beam-focusing optics, and rechargeable batteries. As we've emphasized before, rechargeability is a beneficial feature in survival scenarios, because it enables you to carry a single multipurpose power supply. Rather than lugging around multiple types of lithium or alkaline batteries, you can load up a single USB charger and supply juice to all your gear.
The first of the three new COAST lights is the HP314R, a large flashlight that can produce up to 1,200 lumens. The HP314R is optimized for long-distance illumination, with a focused beam distance of 2,693 feet in X-Range Spot Beam mode. For wider illumination, the Slide Focus bezel can be moved into Broad Flood Beam mode. This light also offers a Flex Charge Dual Power rechargeable system, which lets users charge the included lithium battery pack via a micro-USB port on the tail cap. Alternatively, standard D-cell alkaline batteries can be used. The HP314R will be available beginning November 2016 for $499 MSRP.
Next up is the COAST POLYSTEEL 600R, an ultra-tough polymer-bodied flashlight. This light can adjust its beam pattern from Bulls-Eye Spot to Ultra-View Flood, via a Pure Beam Optics System with twist-focus bezel. The POLYSTEEL material is waterproof, crush proof, drop proof, and available in several colors (black, red, orange, green, or blue). Like the HP314R, the 600R includes a lithium battery pack with USB port, but can also run on standard alkaline batteries. Output reaches up to 710 lumens, and beam distance is up to 810 feet. This light will be available in November 2016 for $90 MSRP.
Finally, the COAST FL75R is a new rechargeable headlamp that can produce up to 530 lumens. It includes a main beam with focusing optic, plus dual red auxiliary LEDs for discreet nighttime map-reading and navigation. It also utilizes an included lithium battery with USB port, but can run on off-the-shelf alkalines. Maximum range is 511 feet in high mode; medium and low modes are also selectable. The FL75R will be available this starting this month in five colors, for an MSRP of $110.
For more information on these lights in the coming weeks, visit COASTPortland.com.