Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Quark Mini CR2: Perfect Minimalist EDC Flashlight

This is a little wonder I’ve had with me for a while now, the 4Sevens Quark Mini CR2.
This thing is 2 inches long by 0.75 inches wide, so small it disappears in any pocket and can be easily carried daily by even the most weight or bulk sensitive person.
In spite of being so small it has low medium and high output of 180 lumens. In low mode it lasts for over a day and it has strobe, SOS and beacon as hidden modes as well.
The only issue is that CR2 batteries aren’t readily available so you’ll have to stock up on line, yet for the minimalist preper this one is hard to beat. Its available at 4Sevens website and costs $39.
Take care guys!


Anonymous said...

4Sevens makes some of the best flashlights available - but this model uses a CR2 battery. I prefer AA or AAA. The 4Sevens MiNi AA2 model uses AA batteries. In an emergency, common batteries will be easier and cheaper to buy.

AnAppleSnail said...

The Quark line is a darn good value for the money, especially with their MiNi series.

For tasks where you can pocket a longer light, I have fallen in love with the Mini Mag Lite LED (With the newer LED: Yellow phosphor on a green chip, on a white surface labeled '106') all over again. It has the throw to reach across a yard or deep into a crevice, and is reasonably durable. But for a life-dependent light, it's worth the investment in one of the higher-notch brands: Quark, Fenix, SunWayMan, Surefire, Malkoff/Elzetta, HDS, and so on.

AnAppleSnail said...

Anonymous - From what I have seen in emergencies, by the time you get to the store to stock up, all of the common batteries are long gone. If you want to have them, you'd better stock up beforehand or else you will miss your chance to do so.

Anonymous said...

My EDC flashlight is the 4Sevens Quark AA2 Tactical. It is powered by a pair of AA cells which are dirt cheap and easily available. It replaced the MiniMag LED I formerly carried and is brighter and shorter which lets it fit easier in my pouch. If I had to do it again I might be tempted by the "X" version which is even brighter.

I stock both the common alkaline cells and the better Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA cells, and as much as possible only buy stuff that runs on AA cells.