Pros: Bulb Durability, Brightness
Seems to be a good value
I just received the new Boker FC-1 and FC-2 flashlights. I have been using similar models (Protac 1L and 2L) from Streamlight. The streamlight lights have been my EDC lights for over a year and see lots of use. The Boker's claim to put out lots more light and I thought I would give them a try. This review is just based on playing with them for an hour or so. The Boker lights are a bit bigger around. They appear to be made of thicker aluminum. The Boker lights have some checkering on them. One of my complaints about the Streamlights is that they are so smooth they are harder to grip. So the Boker while bigger, due to the checkering is easier to hold.I really like the clip on the FC-1. It is near the end of the light and allows the light to ride low in your pocket. On the FC-2 the clip is more near the middle. It appears the FC-2 simply has the same main part of the body as the FC-1, but a longer "tail cap" to accommodate the longer battery.The "low" setting on these lights is not that low -- the flyer included indicates it is 70 lumens. The description on this site said 30 lumens. Comparing it to my other lights I would say the 70 is more accurate.The light spreads fairly wide and does not really have a defined hot spot in the middle. It puts a lot of bright light over a broader area that my Streamlight Protacs. The Streamlight has a hot spot in the middle with more diffuse light to the sides. Because of that I can't say that the Boker is noticeably brighter (FC-2 = 224 lumens vs. Streamlight ProTac2L 180 lumens) than the streamlight. Different beam characteristics. When compared side by side the beam character is noticeable, but the brightness appears similar.To get to the "low" setting on the light you unscrew the head 90-180 degrees. Seems to work OK. I'm wondering how that will hold up over the long term. The Boker lights come with a 2 year warranty (Streamlight is lifetime). I like the fact that I can pre select the light level rather than clicking through the different modes. That is one of the main reasons I thought I would give this light a try. I also liked the brightness of the 1 battery FC-1 model (200 lumens) vs. 130 lumens for the one battery Streamlight model.Battery life? Unknown as I've just got the lights and have not had a chance to really use them.Compared to what was available just a year or two ago, these lights appear to be a great value if they hold up. The one battery model is comparable in size to my Surefire EB-1 (older model, not as bright as the current version) and about 1/6th the price. The Boker, has a more secure clip and is easier to hold due to the checkering on the barrel. I think you would be better served with 2 or 3 of the Boker or Streamlight lights rather than the Surefire and still save a chunk of money. I know Surefire, has great durability / reliability. I've found the same for the Streamlights that I've been using for some time. I hope the Boker will prove as useful over the long haul. Only time will tell.