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Survival Gear Review: SOG Dark Energy 214 Tactical Light

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September 05, 2012
Survival Gear Review: SOG Dark Energy 214 Tactical Light - 4

LED flashlights that burn for 100-plus hours may sound pretty cool, and they are… if nothing important or dangerous is going on around you in the dark.

But that little power thrifty “night light” doesn’t shine very far, or have much impact when you are trying to see what creature is lurking in the dark outside your camp. And that 100-plus hour flashlight would never be able to blind an assailant during a nighttime run-in with a 2-legged predator.

With that in mind, meet the SOG Dark Energy 214. This palm-sized cylinder full of sunlight has many more features than you would expect from such a petite package. The housing is aggressively checkered with a rough texture which provides you with a great grip, wet or dry, with gloves or bare handed. It’s actually quite reminiscent of the checkering on the handles of many SOG fixed blade knives. The on/off button is full click, but it also comes with two “half click” options: 40% power and a mesmerizing strobe light feature. The integrated clip fits snugly on a belt or the inside of a pocket lip.

Here are SOG Dark Energy 214 Specs
• Length: 3.8"
• Weight: 3.0 ounces
• Body: 6061-T6 Aluminum
• Run Time: 80 minutes on high, 180 minutes on low
• Max Output: 214 Lumens
• Battery: CR123A
• Bulb: R5 LED

The Achilles heel of this little guy is that it eats up batteries just like all its tactical flashlight kin. But that’s part of the deal with these ligths. It takes a lot of juice to light up the night. The only other little gripe that I have would be that there's no way to adjust the beam spread.

In summation, this compact, versatile light is small enough to store in a pocket or clip to your pack, and powerful enough to be a great survival kit addition.

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from peteyraymond 9/9/2012 at 10:16pm

I agree, Bob Hansen......How much does it cost? They should at least include the MSRP when a new product is being reviewed.

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from Bob Hansen 9/6/2012 at 01:53pm

Hi...

What does it cost?

If someone gave me one, I'm sure it would fit in with my survival gear. Otherwise, I'll stick with that I've got.

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from officerdom1987 9/6/2012 at 12:58am

Nice lookin like; SOG always puts out top quality gear. Unfortunately it looks like if it was dropped it would really roll away from you though bein as rounded in shape as it is.

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from Ruger 9/5/2012 at 10:31pm

They forgot to mention the "strike bezel".

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from Ruger 9/5/2012 at 10:31pm

They forgot to mention the "strike bezel".

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from officerdom1987 9/6/2012 at 12:58am

Nice lookin like; SOG always puts out top quality gear. Unfortunately it looks like if it was dropped it would really roll away from you though bein as rounded in shape as it is.

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from Bob Hansen 9/6/2012 at 01:53pm

Hi...

What does it cost?

If someone gave me one, I'm sure it would fit in with my survival gear. Otherwise, I'll stick with that I've got.

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from peteyraymond 9/9/2012 at 10:16pm

I agree, Bob Hansen......How much does it cost? They should at least include the MSRP when a new product is being reviewed.

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