I am a police officer and EMT. I use your products both on and off duty.
On June 7th, 2014 my Quark Pro (QP2A-X) fell down a toilet and into the pipes (one in a million chance). I assumed the light was lost forever. Last night, on December 14th, 2014 while remodeling the bathroom, the light was found inside a pipe full of water. The light still works just fine! There is some minor corrosion on the steel clip but otherwise the the light is good.
Thank you for a great product. I have taken lots of photographs of it. And I will be recommending your lights to everyone.
I'm a critical care nurse on a unit that specializes in heart transplants. It was about 7:20AM and I was getting a report from the night nurse when I heard someone yell "Call a code! Get the crash cart!"
I ran into another room to find a 24 year old woman seizing and a flatline on the bedside cardiac monitor. Another RN and I started CPR, and within 10 minutes the small room was filled with at least a dozen people - RN's, an anesthesiologist intubating the patient, respiratory, crisis nurses, pharmacists, and three heart surgeons. The patient, who had received a new heart a week before, would get her rhythm back and then lose it. We did CPR for 45 minutes, all the while pushing IV meds trying to get back a stable rhythm and blood pressure.
One of the surgeons decided to establish central line access via her femoral artery. The room lighting was not very bright, and my trusty Preon 2 saved the day, as the MD attempted to get the line started first in left groin, then in the right. It illuminated his work area beautifully, and he was able to to get his arterial line in place allowing us to administer more meds and better monitor her BP.
50 minutes into the code the patient got a stable rhythm and blood pressure, and she was transferred to the ICU. She is back on our unit now, alert and oriented, and hopefully going home soon.
Your little light saved the day, and maybe so much more. Thanks for making such a good product.
Isaac my brother and I both got turned on to the Quark QP2A after Nutnfancy's review. We have had them forever. They are indestructible, and we also carry a Maelstrom light as well when we go play in the woods at night.
The Helena, MT valley has had quite a few flooding issues if we get a heavy snow pack and then warm temperatures right away. We had the perfect conditions for a flood over the past couple weeks, from sub-zero weather to 50 degrees or so yesterday and a couple feet of snow over the past week. Flooding started about two days ago, but really picked up last night.
My brother and I got a call from the local church leaders where we worship and they asked that we get a crew out to help some families that were underwater. We made a few calls and loaded up. Headed first to the sand bag station where we loaded bags of sand then into the trucks to be delivered. We got the first loads done and returned only to find that the bags we had laid were already getting over come by water. We brought three the second time and secured the waterway.
My brother and his crew ended up pulling into a yard where the water was coming up the lower windows of the house and the wife of the homeowner was on the porch in tears. They started hauling sandbags and getting water evacuated from the basement.
We had both the QP2As and the Maelstroms out last night. We diverted traffic, spot-lighted areas of flooding for vehicles traveling through the area, and warned oncoming cars of our operations in the area with the strobe feature. That is the best way to get people to slow down in busy areas.
We kept loading and delivering sand all night and by about midnight had delivered the last load and headed home. It was a great opportunity to serve the people here in valley and I appreciated the fact that we had good tools and lights. A HUGE thanks from Nathan and Isaac to FOURSEVENS. We love your service and your lights. Keep them coming!
Not that long ago I was driving on the German autobahn to The Netherlands where I live. It was 23:00 and the Germans don't have light poles next to the road so it was pitch dark.
Suddenly my fuel gauge dropped from full to 75% in like 2 minutes. Right after that I was smelling fuel. I was afraid that my Subaru would burst into flames! Luckily it didn't.
I immediately stopped the car on the shoulder of the road, popped the hood open, took my FOURSEVENS MiniX (which I always carry with me) and saw that the fuel line was ruptured. The ruptured fuel line squirted the fuel all over the engine and I had to spill it off with some water first. Probably a stone marten has bitten through the cable. It's a real plague in my village. I also had a Victorinox Multi tool in the car. I held the MiniX between my teeth and together with the tool I managed to fix the fuel line and drive home.
Without the light it was impossible to fix the problem and drive home safely. Thanks for the great products and great customer service.
Last night, January 6th, at around 9:30 PM I noticed the temperature in the house was 67 degrees. I usually have it at 68. At 10:30 PM the temperature was 62. I figured I just simply needed to relight the pilot light. I grabbed my FOURSEVENS Maelstrom MMU-X, put it on low and headed for the furnace. I took off the door panel and repositioned the Maelstrom to flood the whole area with light. You can imagine my chagrin when I saw that the pilot light was lit. It wasn't simple anymore, panic seemed more suitable.
A temperature of -6 had been the high for the last two days and it was presently a -9. Taken to extremes machinery will fail and with the extreme weather we were having I knew that getting a service tech at this point in time could take hours or even longer. My home is not well insulated and in two hours the temperature would drop 10 degrees. My water lines, plants, toilets, etc. would begin to freeze in four to six hours. Not a comforting thought.
No place is open at 11 PM to get parts, assuming I could figure it out. My first thought was the thermocouple (the sensor that the pilot light heats to tell the valve that there is a flame and it can safely release the gas for the furnace to heat). I had had a thermocouple problem 10 or 12 years ago and I remembered that I had bought an extra one at the time, just in case. : )
I had to take out over a dozen screws and disconnect the gas line. I pulled out the gas valve and pilot assembly and replaced the thermocouple. All of these these things were made so much easier, if not possible, with the directed light of my Maelstrom MMU-X. Because of the difficulty I had with the rusted coupling and getting it to line up when putting it back together the whole process took me two hours and the temperature inside was now down to 52 degrees. But it was working! : ) It took nine hours to get the house back up to 68 degrees because it was still a cold and windy -9 degrees outside!
I am thankful that I could fix it! That I had the part to fix it! And that I was able to fix it before it got even colder inside! I had gotten my Maelstrom MMU-X when FOURSEVENS put it on clearance because of re-branding. It is still on its original charge! I have used it multiple times over several months and I used it continuously for over two hours last night! It was a real comfort in times of turmoil and stress, and poor lighting conditions! Thanks, FOURSEVENS!
The first blizzard of the winter hit southern Alberta with a vengeance on December 2, 2013.
Because vehicles were getting stuck and going off the road everywhere, travel was not advised, but when you have somewhere to go, you head out and hope for the best. It also means that if you are disabled on the road, and call for a tow-truck, you will probably have a very long wait, as all the tow-trucks are overwhelmed with all the calls from distressed motorists.
I consider myself a veteran of winter travel, having done it for decades without serious incident. I am well-prepared, with winter wear, a road kit with all the accessories such as blankets, candles, a tow strap, jumper cables and chains. I wasn't prepared however, when my headlights went out unexpectedly as I drove at night along a lonely country road. As visibility was poor, traveling without headlights was not an option. Walking for help was not an option in the brutal weather with high winds and sub-zero temperatures. Spending the night in the car wasn't an option I wanted to consider either.
I remembered carrying a spotlight in the car years ago, which would have helped in this case, but I didn't have it anymore. As I sat and pondered the situation, it then occurred to me that I had a Foursevens Preon P2 in my coat pocket. With its powerful 160 lumen beam, I was able to see the road ahead, and I was able to make it to the next gas station.
At that moment, I couldn't have been happier that I had just bought the flashlight, and was very thankful for the advanced technology that provides such a powerful light in such a small package.
This tale is from July when I was riding my KLR650 back from the Winnipeg Fringe Festival to Gimli, MB. It was 2330 hrs or so when I left Winnipeg, and I had what should have been an easy 90 km to travel.
Well, not 15 km north of the city a car driving the opposite direction kicked up a stone and it went straight through my headlight; everything went dark in a hurry as there were no other vehicles in sight. Without being able to see much of anything, especially for the 115 km/h I was traveling, I hit the brakes and pulled over. Without a second thought I grabbed the Quark 123^2 (titanium, #269/750) and some paracord I keep on my bike and went to work. A few minutes later I had it lashed to my front fender, switched on turbo, and was on my way home.
That little Quark throws out a lovely amount of light, and 40 minutes later I was home and happier than ever that I keep a Foursevens with me.
As a firefighter/EMT I always carry at least one of your lights on me at all times...sometimes the Mini MA gets left behind. The Quark Tactical QT2A-X has always been clipped inside my back pocket. Yesterday I upgraded to the Quark Tactical QT2A-X Gen 2 336 Lumen 2 x AA CREE XM-L2 LED Flashlight...and I could not be happier.
I didn't think much of it until about an hour ago on an aid call. Of course it was pitch black out, but the 336 lumens turned night into day. We were able to have light to treat our patient and do the paperwork (not the most fun part of the job) at the same time. The first flashlight (one of our larger 90 degree lights) that somebody tried to use was so dim it was ridiculous... everyone was very impressed with the amount of light coming from my hand.
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you that your lights are in use in the field and kicking *** on a daily basis.
So this morning my alarm clock went off at
I got up and headed into the bathroom to jump in the shower. I had only just barely got in when I heard a loud noise from outside and then instantly the power went out. It is kind of funny, the sense of vulnerability you get when you are wet, naked, and in the dark. Especially after hearing a loud noise. Too many action movies lately, including the latest Star Trek movie last night, told me I was under attack, LOL.
I got out of the shower, wrapped a towel around me, and took a look out the living room window to find that a small section of my neighborhood was completely dark. I grabbed my little Quark Pro 123 flashlight from where it always sits on the headboard, turned it on, made my way back in to the bathroom where I stood it up on its end and jumped back in to the shower. That little flashlight provided all the light I needed.
I then used it to get dressed, and in the kitchen to make my lunch for work. I had to turn the brightness up a little in the kitchen but the reflection of the beam off the kitchen ceiling was bright enough to light up the whole area, brighter than if the lights had been on, if I wanted. It is an awesome little light, and this morning it saved the day.
My oldest daughter checked into the hospital for a long awaited Bone Marrow Transplant. I wasn't able to go with her when she checked in. She called me to tell me to bring her Preon 2 to the hospital when I come. She wanted it with her but had forgotten to pack it.
Transplant Day comes and we are all watching the infusion progress when the nurse told us to come over and look at the IV drip tubing. She said you could actually see the stem cells in the tubing if you looked closely. We looked and didn't really see anything. My daughter whipped out her Preon, put it next to the tubing and turned it on. It was amazing to see those tiny cells flowing down the tubing. You don't get to see that everyday!
Just wanted to share this story with you guys about your awesome flashlight that I have that helped save the day.
I was on my way home from my security job and I was still in uniform when I came upon a single vehicle accident. A couple was driving down the road in their 57 Ford car, when a part broke and caused them to veer off the road hitting a tree and causing the passenger side door to open and ejecting the female passenger. I was the second to arrive and the woman who got there first was talking to 911. While she was telling the dispatcher what happened, I came up to the occupants of the car and started making sure they were okay. The driver was fine and the female who got ejected had minor scrapes and bruises. I stayed with them until police and firefighters arrived.
While talking to them I learned that they were coming from their wedding. They had just gotten married about two hours before. When the police and firefighters arrived I help them by shining my Maelstrom MM-X on the girl's injuries because the firefighters didn't have a flashlight on them. I did have to dial it back to the second lowest setting because on the highest setting it was blinding the firefighter and he couldn't see the girls injuries.
Once I was sure that the firefighters had the situation under control, I then assisted the police in the diverting traffic away from the accident. The accident happened at the bottom of the hill and people coming up to the hill could not see what was happening so I went to the top of the hill and made sure people stopped and turned around.
After a while I went back to the accident to help the police and firefighters again when I saw that they were searching the woods by the wreck. One of the officers informed me that when the girl was ejected she lost her wedding ring. Most of the firefighters were using the streamlight firebox and the police officers were using maglight LEDs. So again I pulled out my MM-X and turned it all the way to high and after searching the woods for about half an hour I was able to locate her wedding ring because of the amazing flashlight and the 480 lumens.
I had a few of the officers asked me what type of flashlight that was and where they could get one. I gladly informed them that it was FOURSEVENS and I also told them about your amazing customer service. So thanks to your amazing Flashlight I was able to help stop another accident and help the firefighters give the girl medical attention and find her wedding ring.
So thank you, for making what I consider to be the best tactical flashlight out there.
I have recently just returned from a 10 day camp+trek trip to the hills with my girlfriend Ceri where we took the opportunity to have some chill time together after her recent long term illness, which has prevented us for having trips for over a year now. Before we went, we were going through our kit inventory on the lawn to check for any things we needed, & then a neighbour saw us & we started chatting about his recent SAR tour of Wales in which he is on leave from for a couple months. We got talking about our tools that we were taking & he asked me if I had good torch. I showed him my large metal one from the supermarket & my bag of 20 odd batteries. At this he chuckled a little before disappearing for a couple of minutes. When he returned, he handed me his torch & told me to take it for the trip as it would do a much better job than my bug, which I thought was very kind.
Initially I was a little hesitant as we knew sometimes he gets called to action at a moment’s notice, but this time was not to be the case, so we agreed & we were not disappointed with his gear, which more than sufficed for the trip. As he had only used this item during tours & at occasional times with his family, he asked me to let him know how it stands up in its usage for us compared to other methods & conditions, so I thought I would also tell you about it which may or may not help your feedback programme etc.
On looking at the item before packing, I was like WoW, his Quark Tactical QT2A-X looked very stylish, great colour & felt great, & we were both liking it more, practically falling in love with the excellent gear but knew deep down, this item was out of our price means due to the quality & standard of your products.
When we completed packing our rucksacks, we found that having all our needed items neatly tucked away in separate compartments within the pack is always helpful, but it was even better knowing that we didn’t have to make space for the torch. We were very impressed by the great compact-ability of the torch, as I was able to attach it onto my belt.
We both found that using this item was great & were very impressed with the sturdiness & usability aspect of it, The torch was very well manageable, even for Rebecca, who also felt it rather comfortable within her grip & the handle gave her good moveabilty.
The small compactness of the torch was truly magnificent, I hardly noticed I was carrying it on my belt in its sheath, very light but a beast to use, the casing was very strong & although he had put fresh batteries in too, we didn’t need to change until almost a third through our trip. At times we had to alternate usage of it, so every now & then I would use the light from the fire while Ceri used the torch & vice-versa.
Overall throughout our trip we enjoyed using Jacks gear & cannot recommend this item enough to others, in fact I cannot shut up about it, as it so beautifully crafted & is of an exceptional quality standard.
Hopefully, one day we may be able to get this item from you for ourselves to use on future trips we will take together as in my eyes, whatever items I use from this day will have to measure up to your wonderful products, I just hope that one day is sooner rather than later.
About 2 years ago I purchased the Quark AA2 from your website and since then it has been hands down, the best flashlight I have ever owned. I have dropped it, thrown it, had it fly out of my hand, fall out of my pocket, fall out of my backpack, and it just keeps going. I used to work at Jiffy Lube here in Miami, FL and this flashlight has been dropped in puddles of motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, piles of brake dust, metal shavings, de-greaser, and it has been run over multiple times by several different cars, sometimes intentionally, other times not. Most recently though, the flashlight proved its most useful.
A woman in her little Honda Civic had slowed down and had her turn signal on and was pulling into the pre-school across the street from my house when out of nowhere a Mitsubishi SUV just slammed into the back of her car at around 35mph. Her car looked like the Hulk had sat on the trunk. Being a college student who just got First Aid and First responder certified at the college, I ran inside to get my first aid kit and my flashlight. When I got to her I ran through all the procedures my professor had taught me. Mind you, my heart was pounding in my chest at about 2000mph but I knew I had to keep her calm. I pulled out my flashlight and put it on low mode to check her pupils, she was reacting fine, I then switched to my other EDC mode which is High to check her for any injuries, she was fine. At this point I switched to strobe in order to flag down a passing officer who helped me check on the other driver who was also thankfully not injured. While the light played only a small role, it was a vital tool that night. I bought that light with the intention of it being my emergency light for hurricanes and what not, but early on I realized the importance of having one with me at all times. My light is like my wallet, it goes EVERYWHERE with me.
I wanted to say thank you for making such a top-notch product, something I know I can count on in times of need. Keep it up 4Sevens!
I've been a police officer for 17 years. I started working The Job when the old three-cell lights were still the norm. Over the years, I've watched flashlights get smaller and brighter. I carried another compact light for many, many years and came to trust it, but the maker stopped supporting the battery, and I needed something new. I've had a Quark Mini 123 on my keychain for the last few years and love it, so I moved to a Quark 123 Tactical light on my duty belt.
Within a week of fixing the light to my belt, I was dispatched to a burglar alarm in an abandoned power station. The enormous complex sits down by the river, and is frequently broken into. By all means, a routine call. I backed up a K9 officer, and we quietly entered the building to begin the usual search for anyone inside that may not be a stray dog or a squirrel. I had my pistol out and was using the affixed weapon-light to search the building, as I normally do.
After 20 minutes of walking through the building with my partner and his dog, we were sure we were only there to chase squirrels. However, the K9 suddenly hit a scent and wanted to go. The K9 officer announced that there was a dog in the building, and ordered the person - wherever they were - to come out.
The warehouse stayed dark and quiet. Only the dog clawing at the dirty concrete floor and panting could be heard.
The K9 started pulling hard at the lead, and we were off to the races. We climbed a rusty staircase and turned into an old office. Furniture was scattered all over the room. Old metal desks and chairs. It smelled like mold and rust.
The dog started barking, and that's when the batteries in my pistol light suddenly gave up.
I caught some movement in the corner of the big room, though, and knew I needed a light, fast. I un-holstered the Quark Tactical and spun the head to Max power with my pinkie at the same time. I aimed at the corner and flipped the tail switch. Within seconds, the illumination went from 150 out of my pistol light to 360 out of the Quark. The moving lump in the corner was clearly a man, and he actually lifted his arm to cover his eyes when the light beam hit him. I've never seen that before. I thought that only happened in the movies.
We escorted the young guy out and sent him on his way with no incident. It took almost two decades to happen, but I finally learned the importance of having a backup light, extra batteries, and a few extra lumens to throw around.
Oh, and the dog is pretty handy too, but you guys don't make those.
My brother and I were hiking Mt. Jefferson in New Hampshire and while at the summit we decided we really wanted to see the sunset from the top of a mountain. After watching a very beautiful sunset we decided to head back down. On the way down it quickly grew darker and finally pitch black. Unfortunately my brother's inexpensive headlamp proved very inconvenient and was slowing us down drastically. I had my trusty Princeton Tec EOS headlamp, which did fine lighting the path but caused two problems. First, it wasn't the best for illuminating the path beyond him (he was in front) and second it was strapped to my forehead, so wherever I looked the light pointed. Most of the time this was in front of my feet. That didn't help things much.
I just so happened to have brought my Quark QP2A Neutral edition flashlight with me to test it out if I got the opportunity. I could have strapped it to my head, as it is small enough, however hand-holding the light allowed me to keep it illuminating the path for both of us. The extra output was greatly helpful and it allowed us to literally jog down the mountain together. Ever since, the Quark QP2A has become my hiking/camping flashlight. Add to that the fact that I swap out the single AA body to use it exclusively for reading via moonlight mode and EDC use, this light is unbelievably versatile.
Thank you guys for such an awesome light!
I just wanted to drop you a quick line about the Maelstrom S12 (MMU-X3) during the Sandy Hurricane. I live in Yorktown Heights, NY which is about 40 miles North of NYC. Aside from a few downed trees on our property and not having power for 5 days, I would consider ourselves lucky. I just wanted say that the S12 kept up lit for the entire time that we were without power. That little piece of tool was a machine that just kept going and going. My neighbor commented how bright that little flashlight was when he saw me down the street.
Thanks again for a great product!!
I love flashlights and exploring the outdoors, and I love riding my moped. The moped is a lot of fun, it's relaxing, it gets me places without feeling like I'm wasting gas. So tonight, after a long tiring day of too much work and stress and worries, I decide to go out for a ride. It's 2am, which is really late at night, but I felt like going up to Grizzly Peak, which is the hills that overlook the SF Bay area. The view from Grizzly Peak is usually very very nice, overlooking the city lights, the Bay bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge, and everything else.
So I'm riding along, up to Grizzly Peak. It starts to get foggy, super foggy. There's about 50 ft of visibility, and I start to worry, maybe this wasn't such a good idea, maybe I should turn back, but I was about halfway so I continue. I ride along for another 5 minutes, now in heavy fog. It's 2am, its pitch black other than my moped lights, there's basically no one else around, I'm about 20 minutes from civilization. And then my moped lights die, I can't see a thing, and now it's really pitch black.
I was still driving along when the lights died, but I pull over towards the side onto the dirt. Pitch black, no moon, lots of fog, no visibility, no one around, out in the hills in the wilderness. And then I start to worry that some crazy person might drive by and mug me, or whatever else bad happens in the wilderness. Usually, I'd be totally screwed, but tonight I had happened to take my Quark AA2 and Maelstrom X10 in case I decided to go on an adventure into the wilderness (I was imagining it'd be a nice walk under the moon light). Dammit I'm so lucky I brought the two lights, else I'd start freaking out in the pitch black.
And so I clip the Quark into my jacket, and then tie the X10 onto the front of the moped, making replacement headlight--kinda wish it had a diffuser though. Regardless, those 640 lumens make a huge difference compared to any other flashlight I have, and lit up the road quite well. And the Quark is such a practical light, I use it all the time around the house, outdoors, and everywhere else.
With the X10 as headlights and the Quark pointing backwards, I ride slowly down the foggy hill and get back to civilization. I couldn't have done it without you guys, and learned--always bring a flashlight! :)
I was leaving my gf's house at about 1:30 in the morning. I was riding my bike out of the complex when I noticed about 6 people standing around outside a house that had its smoke alarms going off like mad, so I went closer and asked if they knew if people were in the house. They didn't know. I asked if anyone had called the fire dep. and they said that they were waiting to see smoke to make sure it wasn't a false alarm or something. Finally, smoke started to come out of an upstairs window (about 5-7 min later) and they went to go and make the call.
I asked if anyone had checked the doors and windows - they said they were all locked. I suggested that we break a window to make sure that no one was inside. They said ok and we ran to the window closest to the front door. I pulled the Quark AA² from my pocket and looked for the locks. There were 2, one at the top the other at the bottom of the window. After 8-10 very hard strikes against the dual pane window, I was in. I unlocked the front door so that the maintenance guys could get their water hoses in, and the downstairs was thick with smoke.
I checked all the downstairs rooms and didn't find anyone so I checked upstairs and found a guy sleeping (I'm a hard sleeper but I don't know how you sleep through 4 different smoke alarms at the same time). 'Please don't be dead' I thought. I went into the smokey room and woke him up, with a huge sigh of relief, and got him outta the house. He was a bit confused and dizzy on the way out but once he got into the fresh air outside he was fine after a few minutes.
By the time the fire dep. got there the whole thing was taken care of. The flashlight performed its duty flawlessly even after all of those hard strikes - no chips or cracks in the glass, dents or bends in the body or head of the light, functions completely normal, still almost as bright as I bought it a year and a half ago, it's been dropped quite a few times. So thank you for making quality products that help save lives!
My wife and I were recently in Mexico. We were driving a borrowed car that was "quite well used." After going to a celebration in a nearby town, we were driving back to our home base on the highway. Night had fallen, and although the car's headlights were a bit dim, were were able to see without much difficulty.
On hitting a particularly dark stretch of highway, both the dashboard lights and the headlights suddenly went black - not a good thing on a Mexican highway at 50mph. It is a rare occurrence that I am without a primary light, in this case it was my P2D. I was able to quickly deploy the light from its belt holster, switch it to turbo mode, point it out the passenger window and light the highway in front of us (better than the headlights had previously done). After that, I was able to get my turquoise colored photon out to illuminate the dashboard. We made it back without a further incident.
I am often glad that I have a flashlight on me. This time it was quite possibly a life saver!
I am a computer tech for a university in Tampa. The university hired me and a couple other guys to help the co-eds get their computers prepared to enter into the school's network. We were also available to offer full, free technical support for the students and staff. The university requires computers to have a security key and proper antivirus software to be allowed on the school's network.
On one of the days when the students were donating blood, a young lady donor had passed out while walking, and she hit her head on the concrete just outside the cafeteria. The campus paramedics laid her on a couch next to our tech department table, and they were frantically searching for a flashlight.
Lucky for her, I was able to hand over my 4Sevens Quark to the paramedics so they could check for signs of a concussion. Thankfully, she showed no signs of concussion and regained her strength a few hours later. The paramedics thanked me and even complimented the quality of the light.
Several months ago I purchased a Quark AA^2 Tactical. It was the first LED Flashlight I had ever purchased, and it seemed that 4Sevens was the kind of company I wanted to do business with.
Well, last week I went Ice Fishing in a remote area of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unfortunately, I had gotten a late start and no fish were biting. By the time I was all packed up It was after 5PM and the sun was well on it's way setting. It's actually amazing how fast it gets dark; but, it's not the first time I've been alone in the mountains at night before.
When I finally got to my truck and started it, I immediately realized my headlights were not working. I spent a few minutes trying to diagnose the issue, but no luck. For an instant I had panicked thoughts race though my mind - no serious survival gear (I had gotten a late start and was less prepared than usual), snow all over and steep mountain sides so you can't just drive in the dark, it's well below freezing and starting to snow, I'm at least 15 miles from the nearest major road, and so on. I then remembered I had my Quark AA^2 Tactical in my cargo pocket.
I rolled down the window, and shined the flashlight outside on High. It illuminated the area and immediately calmed me down because I knew I could drive out with this light.
I then spent the next 3 and 1/2 hours driving through the snow with my Quark AA^2 Tactical in my hand and lighting my way back to civilization. Probably the most impressive thing was that, my Quark flashlight did a better job lighting the roadway than my headlights do.
I feel that my 4Sevens Quark flashlight may have saved my life last week. I am so thankful that for the last 7+ months I've been carrying around this light.
I purchased 10 of your flashlights for my groomsmen as gifts at my wedding. During the service, when it came time to read our vows, because of the low light it was hard for the official to see our written vows.
Immediately, a groomsman pulled out his flashlight and the official was able to finish the vows without a hitch. What was cool about it is the flashlight looked like a small, directed candle - and matched the surrounding ambient light perfectly!
My bride-to-be was more than happy that I had given those lights as part of my groomsmen's gifts! Preparedness is a responsibility, and I feel much more prepared whenever I go anywhere with my flashlight!
Needless to say, my wife wanted one of your more powerful lights for herself - and she carries it everywhere she goes!
It was a regular day in the dental clinic, just going through the daily grind of working on patients. We were just finishing up the day and one patient was left with the associate dentist who was doing a third molar extraction.
The office lights flickered a bit but no one gave it much thought. Fifteen minutes later, the lights completely shut off. The clinic is next to a big box store which, turns out, had somehow overloaded the power grid in our area, causing the total black out.
Our associate was still not finished with the extraction. One assistant brought out the 2 D-cell flashlight the office had to use for illumination. The power, at best, was anemic. He was about to suture it up and have the patient reschedule for tomorrow when I brought the single AA out. It blew the 2 D-cell out of the water! We were able to finish the extraction in a timely manner and dismissed the patient.
The associate was so impressed with the output and form factor of my light that he decided to get one for himself. Not only did my flashlight save the day, it made a convert of him!
We were in the middle of a night shoot for a feature-length kids film. The actors and crew were ready for the "commandos sneak up" scene, and that’s when we discovered we didn’t have enough "stingers" (film talk for "extension cord") to reach our location!
No power: no lights!
The camera, operated by crew member John, was sensitive enough for low-light... but, not for NO-light! We had thirty people standing around, frustrated, feeling useless.
But, I had the solution in my pocket - 135 lumens, powered by three CR123 batteries. We feathered the beam across the actors, three-quarter backlighting them for a night-time effect, bouncing the hotspot off a 4x4-foot white card to three-quarter backlight them from the other side, and to get a little fill light for the camera.
Our footage was stellar. We couldn’t have captured better if we’d planned it. And it isn’t the last time we pressed my mere ‘flashlight’ into service - augmenting lighting for a scene, saving scads of money in time and resources, and facilitating and speeding up production, where time is money.
My flashlight is an essential, key element in my daily ‘toolkit’.
While dining at a windowless restaurant one night in California, we experienced a power blackout. All the lights went off, even the emergency lights on the exit signs. The humming of machines in the back stopped, and all of the restaurant's patrons were left in pitch blackness.
A man a few tables over pulled out a lighter and tried to use it to illuminate the area. But, I one-upped him: 265 lumens in Turbo mode, aimed at the ceiling. It was more than sufficient lighting to illuminate the entire dining room floor. When they saw it, the other customers cheered as they were able to return to their meals. I received thanks from several customers and employees, and the power finally came back on before my batteries died - though it wouldn't have been a problem otherwise, as I was carrying spares!
People who carry more than a wallet, keys, and phone are regularly criticized by those who are less prepared. Lots of folks can't fathom carrying around a flashlight all the time, let alone a multitool, knife or handgun.
My lumen tale is incredibly boring, but very useful for demonstrating that tools of preparedness are useful in common situations. No criminals in dark alleys were involved; no attacking animals; nothing needed emergency repair in an awkward location.
I had just purchased a couple compact flashlights. I hadn't been someone to carry a flashlight regularly, but I was going to give it a try with the new lightweight compact light.
Just days after receiving it, our family attended a friend's wedding. It was a gloomy, overcast day and the wedding was being held indoors at an old mansion out in the country. Partway into the ceremony, fuses blew in the house, turning off the lights. We were in an upstairs great room with enough windows to finish the ceremony without problems.
However, afterward, the maintenance staff still hadn't fixed the electrical issues, and the reception began with dimming daylight supplemented with candle light. Unfortunately, the restrooms were down long, dark halls and had no windows. Sure, adults could bump their way along and feel their way around a dark bathroom to take care of business. But I had a 4-year-old with me.
No problem. Out came the flashlight, providing ample light to navigate the potty break and keep the little one from being scared. After taking care of his business, I stood by socializing with another wedding guest at the end of the hall and lending my light source to those who didn't want to risk banging shins or falling in the toilet. My new tool was very popular that afternoon.
Twin Cities, MN
Recently, my family and I attended an event with my son's new Cub Scout pack. The event consisted of a corn maze, a hay ride, and a hotdog roast on Columbus Day. As the first two activities came to an end, so did the daylight. The farm where the event was at had some large white pavilion tents set up over the picnic tables (the tents were about 10' x 40').
With the Boy Scouts, the motto is usually "Be Prepared"; however, I guess this does not always apply to Cub Scout families! It seemed that no one realized that lighting wasn't supplied for the second tent. Thankfully, I happened to have my AA² Quark Tactical on me at the time. Actually, I had just recieved it in the mail the week before! I set it to the max setting and lashed it to one of the poles of the tent.
The white color and reflectivity of the tent material were just perfect, and the single light was able to provide amazing light for the whole area under the tent, for all 10-15 families using it! The 80-minute runtime estimation was quite accurate, and luckily I had spare batteries with me. We had just enough light to finish up the evening.
Another event saved by good preparation - and the right tool for the job! Thanks guys!
I live in the Carpathian Mountains, in small a city where outdoor activities are a way of life. One late evening a few days ago, my friend and I went 4x4 off-roading in the mountains. Our destination was the summit, and we arrived after the sun had set and had to return home on a wicked path where the grade was steep and obstacles were dangerous for any motor vehicle. A short ways down the steep path, we had to stop at a huge fallen tree because we had no chainsaw or ax with us. We had to leave the car parked there and hike home before it got cold. Also, our families were outraged because we were out so late.
Although I had my flashlight with me, the moon was bright enough to walk by, and we chose not to drain the flashlight batteries. Thankfully, the forest trail was wide and the city lights were easily visible in the distance.
But I did have to quickly pull out my flashlight once. While we were hiking back, suddenly four enormous shepherd dogs struck out of the bushes and came galloping toward us like beasts, snapping their jaws. Each moment that passed brought us closer and closer to getting torn apart by these bear- sized, werewolf-dogs. Thankfully, I was able to quickly and easily switch to the flashlight's strobe mode. The dogs suddenly froze in place and became very quiet. My friend and I were in disbelief. I then told my friend to throw as many rocks as possible toward the dogs, and I began to shout - partially from fear, but also as an intuitive defense technique. The wild dogs then, to our amazement, withdrew and stood in the far bushes like scouts, watching the bright, rock-throwing "sparkling star" pass by them.
Thankfully, we passed by them unharmed. When we got far enough away from them, I switched the light off and we continued our descent in the moonlit landscape. Our hearts in our mouth, our thoughts on escape, we didn't dare running.
When we were about a half-kilometer from the city, we shouted and cheered from excitement - we escaped harmless and victorious!
Thank you guys, your flashlights are much more than just a source of light.
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