Nitesun Brinyte B158 Bullseye rechargeable LED flashlight. 1000 lumen 731 metre. Best torch for the bush!Reviews here.
It had to happen – I’ve finally found a zoomer that has my vote!
For the uninitiated, these torches use an aspheric lens instead of a reflector to gather the light from the LED into a beam. The big advantage of a zoomer is that you can adjust the width of the beam, so it's both a "flooder" and a "thrower".
The biggest negative is that there’s almost no spill-beam surrounding the central hot-spot, which makes it difficult to see shapes or movement "out of the corner of your eye" and can leave you feeling disoriented in pitch-black surroundings. And at their narrowest (longest) settings these torches project an image of the LED – which is square!
However these very attributes give zoomers an advantage with hunting and game viewing because animals don't see light shining on themselves, but rather on the bushes around them – so a narrow beam is less likely to frighten them – and a wide, even beam is ideal for tracking animals or just walking to the loo in a campsite.
I didn't import zoomers for a long time because they tend to be horribly over-priced for what you get. The ones you see in camping stores use no-name-brand LEDs and supermarket batteries, and lack features we take for granted in similarly priced fixed-beam torches like waterproofing, tail-standing etc. Other zoomers are so bad they give all flashlights a bad name.
But the biggest problem is that, despite what they cost, most zoomers are not very bright…
However I’ve scored a bullseye by importing the brilliant Nitesun B158, which has been hailed by a lot of reviewers (like this one) as the exception to the rule – an incredibly powerful, versatile and robust light that is remarkable value for money!
Better yet, I’ve upgraded mine so it’s fitted with Cree’s very efficient and intense XPL HI emitter which, according to my lux-meter, delivers an incredible 730 ANSI metre beam – over 230 “real-world” metres – at its narrowest setting. Yup, that’s further than almost any other "tactical" torch on the market!
But then it gets REALLY interesting!
The B158 features interchangeable LED modules (!!) and I've stocked up on a whole bunch of them, including red, green, infra-red and ultra-violet. Each LED is mounted in a solid brass “pill” for efficient heat distribution and allows the B158 to deliver frequency-specific coloured light over vast distances, or huge areas, with a flick of the wrist. This is HUGE, people!
The red module is especially important for game viewing and hunting because it doesn't disturb animals the way white light does – for more on this see here. The module is fitted with an LED that produces a particular frequency of red light (630nm), not a filter in front of a white LED which delivers far less light and a less "pure" colour.
The B158 has been designed from the ground up for weapons mounting, so it fits into an optional 30mm rail-mount or scope-clamp, and there's an optional remote pressure switch so it can be operated from the fore-stock of a rifle.
Because this torch scores so well I call it the "Bullseye" and I’m selling it in three bundles – the Security, Safari and Sniper:
The basic Security package comes with a single-mode cool white XPL HI module, giving you maximum performance with minimum fuss – it's either on or off! To reduce the intensity, just zoom out – as the beam gets wider it becomes less intense.
I also offer a 5-mode cool white module as a no-cost option. This module features low, medium and high modes, a strobe and SOS signal. To change modes simply turn the light on and off again in less than four seconds – any longer and it remembers that mode and returns to it next time you turn it on. However some users don't like this setup because it prevents them from flashing their torch on and off quickly without advancing to the next mode, so I now supply the 5-mode module only on request.
The Safari bundle is the same torch but with the addition of a Cree XPE 630nm red module for guilt-free game viewing and an LG 395nm ultra-violet module for spotting scorpions, oil spills, dirty bed-linen, fake currency, golf balls and more. It takes just a minute to unscrew one module and screw in another, making the Bullseye a uniquely versatile tool. Note that the coloured modules are all single-mode.
The full-house Sniper bundle includes all the toys from the previous two packages and adds an Osram 850nm or 940nm infra-red module and a Cree XPE 535nm green module, along with a scope clamp and remote pressure switch for use on a rifle.
You can also pick-and-mix the modules and accessories you need – so you could buy the Bullseye with a red module only, and use it as a (very affordable) companion to a white-beam torch.
Here at last is a zoomer that is far-sighted and has a great breadth of vision. It has a real command of numbers and delivers great value for money. This zoomer trumps all the others – you'll LOVE it!
To see what my customers have to say about the Bullseye, click here. Note that the design of the Bullseye was refreshed for 2021 but the price and performance are unchanged, and all the modules are compatible.
To see the prices with and without batteries and a charger, please click on the drop-down list. If you'd like other options, such as a high-capacity battery or a different charger, please drop me a line. In fact, drop me a line anyway – I can save you some money if you pay directly by EFT.