The thing about Rayovac, they have a reputation of low cost, low quality flashlights. When someone ask about a good quality flashlight, what are the first brand names mentioned? Usually its Maglight, Surefire, Fenix,,, but not Rayovac.
From what it appears, Rayovac is trying to improve that market image with its Indestructible line of flashlights. The model I tested on a recent camping trip was the OT3AAA-B.
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were shopping at the Walmart in Jasper Texas. A buddy of mine and I had a camping trip coming up, so I decided to drop by the sporting goods section to see if there was anything I needed.
Usually I do not bother with Rayovac flashlights, but there was something about the Rayovac Indestructible AAA flashlight that caught my eye. I can tell you straight up it was not the Indestructible name. More like it was the metal housing and dual output that caught my attention.
OT3AAA-B had almost everything I was looking for – AAA batteries, metal housing, dual output. At a cost of less then $20, I decided to go ahead and buy it.
A few days later my buddy and I headed out on our camping trip, which gave me the chance to test the Rayovac OT3AAA-B in a real life setting.
Some of the things I was looking for:
Made in USA – No
Dual output – Yes, 120/30 lumens
Momentary no/off – No
Lanyard – No
Water resistant – Yes
Water proof – Yes, I submerged my flashlight for 16 hours and there was no water in the housing.
Made in USA – with the economy the way it is, companies that have their products made overseas just add to the dire situation of the American people. We are good enough to buy the product, but we are not good enough to make the product?
Dual output – sometimes its nice to have a low power flashlight, looking for something in the tent, in the backpack, in the house during a power outage,,,. Push the button again and you have a high power beam.
The issue with the dual output on the OT3AAA-B, is that you have to turn the light off, then press the button again for the other beam. The switch on the Rayovac Indestructible does not facilitate switching between high and low without turning the light off.
Momentary no/off – why doesn’t a dual output light have a momentary no/off? This is just common sense, its like a cheese burger not having cheese.
Lanyard – attach the lanyard to a snap ring in a backpack, and it makes the light a lot easier to find.
Water Test – I submerged my Rayovac Indestructible flashlight in a tea pitcher full of water for 16 – 17 hours. When I took the cap off and looked inside the battery compartment, there was no water inside the flashlight.
Impact Test – The flashlight was used to drive 2 12 penny nails through a pressure treated 2×4. Pressure treated lumber is denser then regular non-treated lumber.
The light was turned on, 2 nails driven through through the 2×4, and the light did not flicker.
I think the Rayovac Indestructible flashlight should get a B rating.
For a $20 flashlight to pass the impact test, I think that is a good deal.
The drawback, and the reason why the Rayovac Indestructible flashlight does not get an A rating, is because its made in communist china. That is my rating system, its just something that I use to rate my products.
Do I think the Rayovac Indestructible flashlight is a good buy? Yea, I think it is.
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