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PhotonLight Proton Pro Product Overview

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Flashlight Review:

PhotonLight Proton Pro

This single AA-powered light features dual white/red LEDs, a unique and easy to use UI, and variable light output.
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Product Overview

The PhotonLight Proton Pro is a small, aluminum-bodied flashlight that utilizes two LEDs (one white and one red) controlled by a single button user interface. The light is designed to enable the user to control the brightness of each LED, as well as access extra features like a S.O.S. mode and strobes, all with one button (and one finger!)

Powered by a single AA cell (either alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable) and measuring just 3 7/8 inches in length (9.8 cm), the Proton Pro is designed to be pocket, pouch, or belt carried and is intended to be suitable for use as an EDC (every-day-carry) flashlight. It includes a removable stainless steel belt clip, lanyard hole, and incorporates a (mostly) flat tail that enables the light to 'tailstand' for hands-free room illumination.

The single button user interface allows each LED (white and red) to be individually activated and enables the user to vary the light's intensity smoothly from maximum output to lowest, without having to choose from preset output levels.

Impressions

Based in Eugene, Oregon, PhotonLight has built a reputation for quality through their extensive line of key chain flashlights, including their original model, now dubbed the Micro-Light 1. The Proton Pro is the successor to the company's original Proton model, and incorporates several improvements that make it a light worth considering for almost any use.

The Proton Pro features as primary emitter a white Cree XLamp 7090 XR-E LED powered at a maximum of 2 watts (on high.) This primary LED is activated at its highest output level simply by pressing the side-mounted switch button once. By pressing and holding the same switch with the main LED on, the light begins dimming its output downward in a smooth and linear fashion. Releasing the switch stops the dimming and leaves the output at whatever level the user needs for the task at hand. Another press of the switch turns the light off and returns it to the default full intensity setting.

The dimming of the light is accomplished through 'pulse width modulation' (PWM), a technique that pulses the LED in a rapid fashion to reduce its apparent output. One note about PWM -- some people find the use of PWM as a dimming mechanism to be annoying or distrac

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