The PRO Tango T6 ‘Flashlight’ by MF Tactical

tango t6 angledExpedition sailors depend upon flashlights on a daily basis, which really puts them to the test. When underway, many skippers, myself included, have standing operational checks on the hour, whereby the person(s) on watch will inspect various key areas of the vessel looking for any signs of trouble. This rigorous method is primarily used on commercial vessels to ensure a high level of safety. Some recreational vessels that are operated by professional skippers will nonetheless employ the same inspection interval.

Because of these hourly inspections, you find that you place a high-demand on flashlights, using them to inspect dark areas down inside the boat (engine and bilge spaces, etc.) as well as outside on deck. With this kind use, I go-through a lot of flashlights that for one reason or another fail. They fail for various reasons; they get dropped, batteries leaking and damaging the terminals, external corrosion, water invasion, etc. As a result of going through so many flashlights, I have had the occasion to own and use many different flashlights and I have become a bit of a flashlight connoisseur, always looking for a brighter more dependable flashlight.

As a result of my recent introduction to MF Tactical, I was sent one of their flashlights for a review. I have a bit of a reputation for being a non-nonsense and very direct person. So when the owner of MF Tactical (Howard) asked me to do a review of his flashlight, I told him I would. But, I would be reporting my un-varnished opinion, which he may or may not like. Howard said that he had no problem with that and that he would send a light along for a review.

Two days later I had a package from MF Tactical, which contained their PRO Tango T6 flashlight and I immediately put the light into service.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that this light was made of level III anodized military grade aluminum and used special hi-output Lithium Ion batteries that are rechargeable (I was sent two cells) . The PRO Tango T6 uses one of these special cells that are almost twice the size (physically) of a AA cell. The charger unit that came with the batteries will charge two cells at a time. So after a couple hours the cells were fully charged and I placed one battery into the light (leaving a fully charged spare cell) and began using (abusing?) the light.

First off, I have several other tactical lights that are in the same price range as the PRO Tango T6, so I am well acquainted with the expected performance for lights that cost between $50-100 dollars. And personally, I don’t mind spending a bit more money if I get reliability and quality, which are critical characteristics in all mission-critical gear. Cheap stuff fails just when you need it most.

I was immediately surprised by how bright the The PRO Tango T6 was. I now understand why Howard warned me to avoid shinning the light into anyone’s eyes. I have to say, that this light is even brighter than two other tactical lights I own, both of which are larger (physically) and claim higher outputs (lumens) and both of which cost nearly $100! The PRO Tango T6 is very compact given it’s amazing output; it measures 5 ¾ inches long and is 1” in diameter on the handle and 1 3/8 inches at the projector end, and it fit easily into my pocket.

I have noticed that many flashlight companies love to use stated light output levels (‘lumens’) as a method for promoting their lights. I have to say that I have several expensive lights that claim the same outputs in lumens, but with new batteries in all of them, they all have different actual levels of brightness in actual use.

So let me expound on what I mean. Because of my back ground in Science, I tend to believe what I can see and measure myself. Measuring light output in a laboratory is not the same as performance in the field. What I like to do is take various lights outside in the dark and compare them, one against another for range and illumination. And it never ceases to amaze me that two different manufacturers flashlights, with the same stated output in lumens will be so different in actual performance. These obvious variations can stem from a host of variables, but the bottom line is that some flashlights just perform better than others, regardless of the stated output in lumens.

So right off the bat I have to admit, this flashlight had my attention. In fact, it’s so bright that if you did shine this light into an assailants eyes (even in daylight), it would surely blind the attacker momentarily, possibly long enough to provide some tactical advantage.

The next thing I did, of course, is I took it apart…what can I say, I am curious.

The light is very well engineered and constructed using tight machining tolerances and premium corrosion resistant alloys, which are anodized for added protection and appearance. The PRO Tango T6 comes with a nice stainless steel belt clip, that can be removed from the light if desired.

Because it is a ‘tactical’ light, I simulated combat: I slammed it into a couple walls (crushing the wood) using a spinning back-fist while holding the light in my hand as an impact weapon, simulating a strike to an assailants head… no problem the light continued to work. When I was done, I left the light on and went off to another project. I came back about 5 hours later and the flashlight was just as bright as when I left it. So I decided to test the actual battery life. Using a freshly charged cell in the flashlight, I turned the light on and placed it in a drawer (too bright to leave it on in the open). It took 6 hours before the battery finally died.

This flashlight also has a sweet rotational mode selector ring, that has five different settings, providing five different modes of operation. One mode is an SOS mode, which is very cool! In this mode the light blinks the international Morse Code for SOS! There is also another mode that turns the light into a blinding strobe light. The last three settings or modes allow the flashlight to operate at three different outputs; low, med and high. It was interesting to see that even in the lowest setting, this flashlight was brighter than another manufacturers tactical light costing $45.00 and which was cheaply built (I.E. the treads on the battery cap would cross thread sometimes).

The PRO Tango T6 is certainly more than tough enough to handle the recoil-shock of any shotgun or rifle, so by using the tactical rail mount that is available from MF Tactical, you could put this compact blazer on most any weapon, providing incredible down-range illumination.

The PRO Tango T6 costs about $89.00 and represents an excellent value!

Frankly, it’s not a flashlight, it is a High-Powered Precision Tactical Lighting Instrument! The other manufacturers better hope that Howard doesn’t show up at one of the trade-shows with one of these flashlights…. that’s all I can say! {;-)

For more information on the PRO Tango T6, check out this link:

http://www.shop.monsterflashlight.com/Monster-Flashlight-Pro-Tango-T6-LED-Tactical-Flashlight-5-Mode-TANGO-T6.htm

If you have any comments or questions, please contact me using the CONTACT page at my website: http://williamesimpson.com/contact

Fair Winds & Seas!

Capt. Bill

Capt. William E. Simpson II - USMM

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About William Simpson

Capt. William E. Simpson II is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, having logged more than 150,000 miles at sea. Capt. Simpson has successfully survived long-term ‘off the grid’ at sea and at remote uninhabited desert islands with his family for years at a time. In early 2013, Capt. Simpson appeared on National Geographic's hit TV show DoomsDay Preppers (Season-2 'A Fortress At Sea') and received the highest score ever given for disaster preparedness and survival, earning the title of 'Best Prepper’. He holds a U.S.C.G. 500-ton captain’s license for commercial-inspected passenger vessels and he is also a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot.. In 1987 Capt. Simpson received a commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard Honolulu Sector for his assistance in the successful rescue of two sailors lost overboard at sea. In 2010, Capt. Simpson was again instrumental in the successful rescue operation of an American sailor lost over-board in the Sea of Cortez in hazardous seas. Capt. Simpson is also an accomplished writer covering disaster preparedness. His work has been featured and republished via numerous magazines and websites and he has been a featured guest on various disaster preparedness radio talk shows. All Rights Reserved - Copyright 2013 - William E. Simpson

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