One of my mottos since becoming a firefighter is that you can’t have too many flashlights, carabiners, or knives, so I was excited to review the pink Bright Star Right Angle Responder Flashlight in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
You can never have too many flashlights, carabiners, or knives.
I’m always a little nervous about reviews because if I’m going to write about something I really want to like it, but I’m happy to say this light is really cool. So far I’ve used it on medical calls and on the street. It was bigger than I expected, (7.0″ x 3.0″ x 2.5″) but once I began running calls with it, I actually found this a bonus. It has a broad, bright beam that extends at least 150 feet. I compared the beam at night to other lights that costs twice as much, and the Responder RA’s beam reached just as far. This beam is more concentrated and focused than some other flashlights (like Surefire) which produce a bright but more diffuse beam, but that’s a matter of personal preference, and for an NFPA rated flashlight that costs $59.99, that didn’t bother me.
For EMS, I always bring a light with me on calls, especially at night. (Why does it seem like the homes we respond to are missing major light fixtures?) With the right angle lens and wide base, I can set this on a table or dresser, or if I’m on the street– in, or on a car– without it toppling over. And, because of the size, I’m not likely to forget it when I pack up and go. Especially if it’s pink!
I also really like the stainless steel clip. For some reason I have a habit of breaking clips right off my knives. My bunker pockets are full of strong and expensive knives with broken belt clips. Plus, when I throw the airway bag over my shoulder, it lands at my hip and has a tendency to dislodge whatever is clipped there. But the clip on Bright Star’s Responder RA is broad and long and doesn’t easily dislodge.
When I’m not running calls on Engine 66, I’m a relief special ops flight medic with MDFR’s Air Rescue, and I will definitely be adding Bright Star’s Responder RA to my gear. If I deploy at night into the Everglades, a boat, or where ever else, I will have this light clipped to my harness with a carabiner. (In addition to the belt clip, it has a ring that you can use to clip to your bunker or rescue gear.)
Since trying out the Responder RA, I haven’t had any fires though I have dressed out on false alarms (imagine that) and worn it on my bunker gear. It’s comfortable, light, and I will continue to use it. It has an oversized push button switch which makes it easy to operate with bunker gloves. One of my Triple F sisters has used it for years and did say that she would go with a smaller size in the future. I’m not a big person (120 pounds) and despite the knives in my bunker gear, I really try to keep it light, but even though this is a larger flashlight, I found it quite light (16 0z.) It’s impact resistant, but it is made of plastic so I wouldn’t go around dropping it or hurling it at things on your fourth EMS call after midnight.
It takes six double A’s (kind of a pain to put in) or you can opt for rechargeable with a charging base. All in all, it’s a keeper.
The pink is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I love it when fire companies remember us Ladies! You can order the Fire Store’s, Exclusive Pink Right Angle Responder:here.