G700 Gift rechargeable LED flashlight. Incredible value as a corporate handout or gift for every occasion!Customer reviews
For the past couple of years the G700 flashlight and its clones have been sold under many names, and in dozens of marketing campaigns around the world. You may have seen ads claiming they are "as used by Navy Seals", or "the toughest flashlight on the market" or "25x brighter than a normal flashlight".
In fact, if you Google "G700 Flashlight" or "X800 Flashlight" you'll get plenty of hits. And if you add the word "scam" to your search you'll find even more – and lots of LOLs from enthusiasts. This video by a well-known online reviewer is an absolute classic!
As is so often the case, the truth is somewhere in the middle. In my view the G700 is a very nice little torch – it just isn't worth the asking price of those overseas campaigns, which can be well over R1,000 after you've added shipping, clearance, and a pile of worthless tat that's bundled with the torch, including a plastic presentation case, cheap-and-nasty batteries and a charger that will kill even a good Li-Ion before its time.
However, I've discovered that I can import and sell the G700 without all this limp garnish for R99 – which makes it an absolute Gift!!
The G700 Gift
The Gift doesn't look or feel cheap, which must be why the profiteers chose it for their puffed-up promotions. It's made of aluminium with unblemished anodising, well-defined printing and a clear 28mm lens. A red "tactical" tail-switch is recessed in the tailcap so you can't turn it on accidentally, and you can stand the torch on its bum to bounce the beam off the ceiling and light up a room.
The zoom has a smooth push-puIl action which you can do with one hand. My lux-meter tells me that, at its narrowest, it projects an image of the XML-type LED up to 268 ANSI metres (using the formula adopted by most torch manufacturers) or 85 real-world metres (my own formula, based on ten times the amount of light reaching the target). And, at its widest the Gift delivers a nice even circle of light which transforms your immediate surroundings from night into day!
The Gift even has five modes (high, med, low, strobe and SOS) but without mode memory so it takes a bit of effort to find the brightness level you want. The difference between the brightness levels isn't big, but this is not a bad thing because the lower levels will greatly extend your runtimes on a set of batteries without dramatically reducing the range.
Trick or treat!
As a "zoomer" the G700 invites comparison with my first and, until now, my only adjustable-beam torch, the B158 Bullseye. The Bullseye costs nearly ten times as much but delivers ten times as many candela, which translates to three times the beam distance, and it's available with a range of top quality coloured modules and other accessories which make it uniquely suited to hunting and game viewing.
Meanwhile the Gift has a lot going for it. AAA batteries don't bother airlines like Li-Ions do, you can get spares anywhere, and you can give the torch to your taxi driver without a second thought if you've run out of space in your luggage for the return flight. And if you have some old Li-Ions lying around at home, the G700 is the perfect place to park them in their retirement – stow them in every nook and cubby to deal with emergencies and load-shedding.
The Gift makes a brilliant Christmas-stocking stuffer, corporate handout, golf-day prize, fund-raiser or contribution to one of those parties where you're asked to bring a gift that cost less than R100 (your Gift will definitely be voted the best!)
Torches really do make the perfect prezzie – every man, woman and child needs at least one, nobody ever has too many, and the person you give it to will think of you every time you rescue them from the dark. I wouldn't suggest you give a G700 to the Chairman at his retirement party, but you'll impress the hell out of your neighbours if you dish them out at your next Body Corp meeting or award them to the winners of the annual school debate.
As a corporate handout the G700 will stand out as one of the most useful. Put one in each car or house you sell, on the pillow of every room you rent, and each policy you register ("narrow beam to read the small print, wide beam for the big picture!")
Your customers and staff will love them – the only negative I can think of is that you will have difficulty topping this gift next year, so I suggest you send around a form asking who wants another G700 and who would prefer a pizza Margherita ("extra toppings at your own expense")?
And yes, I can have it printed with your name or corporate logo (in white only, unfortunately) for FREE on orders of 1,000 or more, if you allow 2-3 months for delivery.
I'm only selling the Gift in bundles of ten – it just doesn't make sense to sell a R99 torch by itself, especially when delivery bag costs more than the contents!
Each Gift comes with:
- a lanyard (wrist-strap) to carry it securely or hang it within easy reach
- an adapter for an 18650 Li-Ion (with no adapter it takes a 26650 cell)
- a cartridge for 3xAAA batteries (which fits inside the 18650 adapter)
- "G700" printing, so people can Google to see how generous you've been
- a six-month carry-in warranty on factory defects.
Note that, to keep the price down, you won't get:
- a presentation case, or any box at all, just a bubble-wrap sleeve
- any batteries or chargers (remember it takes regular AAA batteries)
- a user manual (but I'll email you my famous "operating guidelines").
As you'll see I've marked the Gift as "contact me" so you can't click on "add to cart" to buy it. This is because this price is available only if you pay by EFT-on-invoice – just let me know if you're interested and I'll send you an invoice!