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The Drop: AceBeam x Maratac P16 18650 Flashlight

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: AceBeam x Maratac P16 18650 Flashlight

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

AceBeam and Maratac are longtime heavyweights in the flashlight industry, each with their share of popular, powerful, and pocketable lights that have stood the test of time. And now, with the Tactical Defender P16 LED flashlight, they have finally come together with a limited-run collaboration flashlight that makes for a compelling yet compact EDC torch.

The P16 is a compact, 5.17" long tactical flashlight with a one-touch strobe and four lighting modes up to 1,800 lumens out the front. It's also a great throwing flashlight, sporting a single SFT40 LED module and a customized TIR optic lens that sends a powerful beam to 1,600 feet ahead of you. You might have seen the convenient dual rear tail switch design from AceBeam lights in the past, but now they've been mated with this EDC-friendly pocketable flashlight from Maratac.

Other fun stuff include a blacked-out strike bezel and two-way clip, a battery indicator in the power switch, and dual compatibility with a single 18650 battery or 2 x CR123As.

What we like: Tactical lights usually trade throw for brightness, but with rock-solid specs the P16 can do both in a durable and waterproof package.

What to watch out for: The P16 is only available in olive drab green, and that might not jive with the color schemes of the rest of your gear. Maratac and AceBeam also only made 300 of these lights, available exclusively from the CountyComm online store, so act fast if it’s a good fit for your EDC.

Final verdict: It’s a pocketable powerhouse in 18650 when most of the industry is moving to larger lights with bigger or built-in batteries, so if this is your color, then it’s worth a look to see if it’s a good fit for your EDC.

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Jonathan Tayag

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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