Magazine article Law & Order

Gerber Lights and Blades

Magazine article Law & Order

Gerber Lights and Blades

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Problem-solving, life-saving gear

By LAW and ORDER Staff

Among many new products for 2014, Gerber Gear (formerly known as Gerber Legendary Blades) has greatly expanded their handheld flashlight line and added an interesting fixed blade. The Cortex® line of highlumen handheld lights joins the Gerber Gear line of Recon-M® line of lights. The Recon-M lights are 3 to 25 lumen units that use NVIS, Green, Red, Blue and IR filters. The new Cortex line is puts out up to 675 lumens of White light. All have a tailcap switch, pocket clip and aluminum body.

Many LED handheld lights produce 500 lumens of White light. The huge advantage of the Cortex line over the competition is the battery options. Called Omnivore Technology, both the Cortex and the Cortex Compact are built to run on either CR123 batteries or AA batteries.

CR123 batteries are very expensive and not available just anywhere, while AA batteries are very inexpensive and available anywhere batteries are sold, literally. Think aftermath of natural disaster or other civic crisis. Think adaptability.

With three CR123 lithium batteries, the Cortex produces a brilliant 675 lumens of White light with a 1.8-hour rimtime on High. On Low, it puts out 30 lumens for 40 hours. With AA alkaline batteries, the stats are 390 lumens for 1.0 hour and 28 lumens for 15 hours. In addition to High and Low modes, the Cortex lights also have a strobe function.

Gerber makes a Cortex Compact light that produces up to 110 lumens. Their Cortex Rechargeable light is also adaptable. It can use either a rechargeable battery (500 lumen) or two CR123 batteries (590 lumen).

There are dozens of makes of LED, handheld, high-lumen flashlights. The ability to use either CR123 or AA batteries, even on the rechargeable light, makes the Gerber Cortex series definitely worth a look. The Cortex has an MSRP of $104.

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