Anker Bolder Lc90 2-Cell Rechargeable Flashlight, Ipx5 Water-Resistant, Zoomable, Led Torch (for Camping and Hiking) with Super Bright 900 Lumens Cree Led, 5 Light Modes, 18650 Battery Included
- SUPER-BRIGHT: A 900-lumen Cree LED emits a stunningly powerful beam. Sweep bright light over the length of two football fields and reach nearly 1000 ft (200 m). Features zoom and 5 adaptable settings: High / Medium / Low / Strobe / SOS.
- LONG-LASTING: Up to 30 hours (Low-beam mode) of powerful, non-diminishing brightness from the included premium rechargeable 6700mAh battery. LEDs boast an extended 50000-hour lifespan. Recharge in 11 hours with a 1A adapter (not included) and the included USB cable.
- TOUGH & RELIABLE: IPX5-rated water resistant and designed for use in heavy rain. Its durable aluminum body and shock-resistance endure rough handling.
- TACTICAL BUILD: The extra-long handle and scalloped-bezel provide are built for striking purposes
- WHAT YOU GET: Bolder LC90 Flashlight (with built-in 6700mAh rechargeable battery), Micro USB cable, wrist strap, welcome guide, and
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Anker Bolder LC90 2-Cell Flashlight
The Bright and Tactical Zoomable Flashlight
Functional By Design
Built with an adaptable combination of a zoomable super-bright light, a full range of light modes, and a scalloped-bezel for striking.
5 different settings make the LC90 essential for all low-light situations. A powerful High-beam, balanced Medium-beam, energy-saving & less dazzling Low-beam, high-visibility Strobe, and emergency SOS.
A single button switches on/off and cycles through lighting modes. Zoom adjustment slider provides easy scaling between broad, sweeping illumination and focused spotlight.
The high-performance Cree LED XM-L2 chip delivers 50000 hours of intense brightness. The 900 Lumen LED is powered by Anker's advanced battery technology that prevents over and undercharging, preserving the battery's lifespan.
1. Warning: Flashing lights may induce seizures in individuals with photosensitive epilepsy. Be cautious when activating the flashlight or when changing to strobe mode. Never point the flashlight in anyone's eyes and read the manual carefully before use.
2. Charging input should not exceed 7V.
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For the price it is a good torch. The flickering has only served to convince me to buy a SureFire.
This is to me the best balanced one - it's bigger than the single cell LC90 but it's not heavier and it's well shaped but it's as bright (or close to it) to the crazy bright LC130 (what i call DAY BRINGER).
I love the usb charging and the overall build quality.
I have owned about a dozen other torches from different brands. I've given them all away now instead just keeping the Anker ones.
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1) They glue the tail cap on. I just thought mine was a bit stiff, I was able to turn it off with some difficulty. I noticed afterward it was glued.
2) The pair of 18650 cells are in a sleeve and packaged as a single battery. It would appear to have a balancing circuit built in. Regardless, they cannot be charged with a conventional charger that expects cells to come one at a time.
3) In theory, I could toss those and I expect the flashlight would work fine with loose cells. But I've not tried it.
I was not too impressed with the affects of the zooming adjustment. But that was not a deal breaker. It's "narrow" is about the same as my existing non-zoomable lights and I consider those pretty wide. The wide on this is super wide and tends not to illuminate the center at all.
Since I keep spare batteries fresh in a digital tending charger until I need them, the battery situation is a deal breaker. They need to update the description so a reasonable person would not expect to find, you know, 18650 batteries inside.
Oh, and in the category of the completely ridiculous... You are expected to supply your own USB charger, but if you don't use THEIR charging cord it doesn't work. Any normal micro USB cable you might have will cause the light to turn ON when the charger is plugged in, rather than charge. So you've got to keep track of that one cable, that one cable that looks just like the other 99 you already have lying about, or you can't charge it. Seriously? Why not just use a standard cable?
I ordered the 2 cell version, as the single cell wasn't going to be available till after Christmas. Received it the day before Christmas on time, and was happy trying it out. It does have memory of the last setting you used, you just need to turn it off by pressing and holding the power button till it turns off. No need to cycle through the settings to find the off. Next time you turn it on, it will be at the setting you last turned it off from. Zoom function works well, nice and bright.
Trouble began when I plugged it in to a micro-usb cable I had from an android cell phone. The light turned on the moment it was plugged in (the main light, on maximum, not just the red charge light). As soon as I unplugged it, the light turned off. Hmm, I read about others having this problem too, supposedly a defective unit. As long as the charging cable was plugged in the light was on, no way to turn it off, even with the power button. I called Anker support on Christmas eve, and surprisingly they answered promptly. The representative I was talking with had heard of this issue, and suggested I process a return with Amazon to get another unit out to me. I did this, and had another one in my hands in two days.
I tried charging the new unit, and it too turned on as soon as the cable was plugged in! What are the chances of having two defective units?? After messing around a bit, I tried using the micro-usb charging cable supplied with the light. What to you know, it worked great, red charge light on, main light off. Hmm, tried the original unit with the same supplied micro-usb cable, and it worked fine too.
Turns out my two units will charge fine but ONLY WITH THE SUPPLIED charging cable. I tried three other micro-usb cables I had laying around and none of them would charge the lights without also turning the light on. This is disappointing, as I was expecting to be able to use any old mirco-usb cable available wherever I might find myself. Now I must always carry the supplied cable with me if I think re-charging might be required.
I call Anker back with my findings, and they took my email and indicated they would contact someone in design to see if this made any sense. We'll see if I ever hear anything back.
No where in the information on the box, website, or included papers does it say you must use the supplied cable to charge with. I really want to like this light more, but this is a bit of a pain!
I have the smaller 900 lm version and this is brighter and adjusts perfect with equal brightness in the beam from floor to pinpoint.
The USB charge port is on the rear and so far I’ve used it on almost the highest setting for hours and I still haven’t charged it yet.
It’s about 11” long and not heavy at all yet it could easily be used as self defense if needed. Dropped it by accident on concrete and it’s still fine. So far so good, future update soon to come!!
Not as big as I thought it would be which is kind of a plus, as it is easier to put in a pocket. Came with all that you need to plug it into a USB charger & get going. The cable is a decent length so the light is not hanging off the wall.
Came with a good amount of charge already, but I topped it off, the little led tells you when it is full.
For the money you pay, this thing is great value. Feels solid, well made, I have not tested it's rain resistance yet, that is my next stress test, but that can wait. So far so good. I would buy another one if I need to.
I didn't get anything for my review, I paid full price & no one compensated me. What I write is my own unbiased opinion, good bad or ugly, it is what it is. :-)
In my opinion, as the item description currently stands, this flashlight is a HUGE disappointment.
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That said, the design of this Anker Bolder 2-cell Rechargeable LC90 strikes me as 'rushed' or sub-par.
What I like:
I like that I can recharge the two-cell batteries and that they deliver ample juice to power-up this flashlight; I hated having a pile of dead alkaline batteries and always figuring out what I would be doing with them, not wanting to add to the growing contamination/pollution problem. I use multiple flashlights every single day.
I also like having a flashlight with a sliding zoom feature that creates options to focus in (brightly) on a smaller area or having a well-lighted, wide-angle view. The Special Edition DuraCell 1300 (when it was available) had a rock-solid zoom feature.
I've been using the special addition DuraCell 1300 flashlight previously sold at COSTCO exclusively. I called DuraCell directly and a Representative said, 'Nope, not making those anymore, only did that for a short time for COSTCO.' It is (was) a great flashlight but is no longer available; big and heavy, the 1300 (a baton pretending to be a flashlight, OK?!) was clearly part flashlight, part self defense. So, all of this to day, I was happy to have a smaller and lighter build that is also protected by a metal case. I know, I've been bitten by the 'flashlight bug' many times.
I like the built-in memory that brings you back to the light setting you used previously.
I liked the Anker-quality packaging and standards that delivered the Bolder to my door safely, securely.
What I definitely DO NOT like:
The sliding head, part of the zoom feature feels loose and wiggles a bit (sloppy). I'm spoiled by Anker and manufacturers of other high-end products, this shaky zoom feature just seemed out of sync with the quality specifications of Anker's line of other products.
Likewise, the external charging port at the back of the flashlight, next to the mini on/off button seemed odd to me. I'm aware that the charging port was located inside of the single-cell version of the LC-90 which I thought was pretty cool. After all, a flashlight is like a trusted friend that helps you across large bodies of water, it gets you through ruff spots in the middle of the night and during challenging, in-climate weather situations which require waterproofing and trusted durability.
The flimsy little rubber flap that covers the charging port and keeps the water out of sensitive electronics reminds me of the innermost leaves of an artichoke, very week, delicate and limp. I have big fingers and find it annoying to play with tiny, tissue-like rubber cover thingies to access an essential port necessary to activate the flashy twitterpations of a device and turn a thing on. ....well, this is true most of the time. The space here (hey, at the back of the flashlight, dummy) would have been better purposed for a larger and louder click of an off/on button; just saying.
Additionally, that DC charging port is only useful with the exact power cord provided with the Anchor Bolder at the time of purchase. No other mini USB cable I've ever purchased from Anchor or anyone else for that matter, seems to power this unit without also turning the flashlight high beam on. Arrrrrrgghh!! (as Charlie Brown used to say)
Now this seems like a deal-breaker and just makes me mad. I started to feel like I was wasting my time on this thing. I have my set of power cords like everybody else. But who wants to spend their entire life wading through endless wave after wave of special cords required for every single device under the Sun? That's just ridiculous and so not necessary. So I guess I'll never see the fully-charged indication on my Bolder unless I happen to have THE one and only power cord that can make this wannabe flashlight work as intended. OK, now I'm growling.
I give this flashlight (1) star for Anchor's better reputation (and because there is no such thing as 'no stars'). A second star is given knowing Anker will surely provide better, more exciting products in the future.
Thanks for reading.
It's rechargeable, but it doesn't come with a charger (not big deal as a cable is included). Charging it from no charge at all took around 2 1/2 hours, so be patient.
Regarding the claim of 900 lumens, I think it's accurate. Actually, it looks like it's actually above 1,000 lumens when compared to other flashlight.
I bought the double cell version as I wanted a flashlight with longer battery life between charges, and also because I realized many of the negative reviews were from costumers whom bought the single cell version. The flashlight has performed really well regarding the function of the different light settings during these few hours I have had it, but it does have some issues in the back/bottom of the flashlight where the function button and the micro usb charging port are located. The multi purpose button itself is rather small and not easily accessible as other larger buttons on other flashlight lights. The reason for the button being small is the fact that right next to it you have the micro USB port used to charge the battery. The port is protected by a flimsy rubber cover that doesn’t have enough elasticity or pivotal function to prevent it from ripping apart, which is exactly what happened to the flashlight I received. I didn’t realize the cover had ripped off until I grabbed it to test it outside and noticed there was no cover and saw it laying on the table. This is not a deal breaker for many, but it does annoy the hell out of me since I have only had the flashlight for a few hours and it already has a broken micro USB port cover and makes me wonder how that may affect the port’s ability to resist water or dust damage. It comes with a wrist strap or lanyard which loops under the flashlight rather than the side, making the flashlight unstable if it ever needs to be sat facing upwards. Overall this is a good flashlight especially for the price, but I really wish Anker would have chosen a different way to protect the USB port as the rubber cover is easily broken off without one being able to notice, leaving the port completely exposed to the elements. I have purchased many Anker products for myself and as gifts and have always had some positive feedback on their products. This product is no exception but I am really considering sending it back based on the poor, flimsy rubber cover that easily brakes off.
this is the second Anker product I've purchased in the same week. the first one, a smaller version. Because that is so excellent, I wanted a second one with a longer handle -- for walking the dog and feeling protected against dogs off lead, wild animals at dusk and who knows.
What is extraordinary is the evolution of technology over the past five years.
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