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River Rock 1AA Perfect Circle LED Flashlight

Sometimes a little light makes all the difference. River Rock’s 1AA Perfect Circle LED Flashlight is an ideal all-purpose, keep-in-the-car or stash-in-my-pocket light.

Made out of anodized aircraft aluminum, the Perfect Circle LED Flashlight is rugged and weatherproof but still palm-sized and easy to carry. I use it most often on late-night walks in drizzly weather, and it’s held up well. It’s also been quite useful in the car. I’m always surprised at how often I need to find something in my glove box or back seat, and having a flashlight on hand is so helpful.

The Perfect Circle LED Flashlight is easy to put to use quickly in the dark because it has several indentations at both ends, as well as a textured grid pattern on the handle. I like that I don’t have to look at it to figure out which end is which or how to turn it on. It has two modes: regular beam and flashing beam.

I like the beam on this light. It’s focused and solid, with a diffused halo of light, so it’s been handy for reading directions in the dark and for providing light on pitch-black sideways at night. On a recent outing, I was able to fully illuminate my walking path and shine the beam ahead 20-30 feet when my walking partner bounded off the sidewalk to get a better view of the evening ferries crossing the bay.

The Perfect Circle LED Flashlight has an LED bulb and uses a single AA battery, as its name implies. It’s great to have a flashlight that’s compact but still functional that only needs one battery. I’ve tried to use a variety of small flashlights in the past, but found that many were too small to provide enough light or didn’t feel comfortable in my hand for any length of time.  This flashlight has been a great alternative to my head lamp for long walks, too.

Bottom Line: Rugged, easy to operate, and an effective beam of light. A must-have item for your purse, backpack, or car.--(E.D., Dec. '11)

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.