Measuring lumens

Since when do we talk about lumens, right? Back in the day, the average consumer went in to a store, and said – Man, give me a 60 Watt bulb, or Sir, I need a 100 Watt bulb. That was it; pick and leave. Terms like lumens, lux, candela, etc where only used by technicians, engineers or sometimes enthusiasts. Today, this is changing. More and more consumers call themselves enthusiasts, and in fact are professionally … Continue reading this article

GSM Outdoors CYC-FL700GB Cyclops CREE XM-L2 LED

This is a mini-review on the Cyclops CYC-FL700GB LED flashlight from GSM Outdoors. If you are new to our mini-reviews, do check out our last one on Ultrafire CREE XM-L T6 900LM.

Cyclops is a decent brand among flashlights with some pretty good offerings, and when we came upon this piece, we thought that it deserved a mini-review.

The CYC-FL700GB is a 4 mode LED flashlight with a CREE/XM-L2 emitter rated at 700 lumens – … Continue reading this article


So this is one of our first mini reviews, and we thought let’s go with a small, economical, and daily use led flashlight. Ultrafire CREE XM-L T6 fits that bill perfectly.

This is a zoomable 5-mode light with a CREE/XM-L T6 emitter, rated at 900 lumens (only with the 18650) and 8 Watts. It gives a white light, for a claimed lifespan of 100,000 hrs. It takes either a 18650 or 3 x AAA Batteries. … Continue reading this article

Mini Review - A new category on Million Candle Power

We are introducing a new category on your favorite flashlight website, the Million Candle Power. Called a mini’review, this will be a new format for reviews of flashlights, bulbs, battery packs, chargers, other spares, and also books and other materials on the subject.

Why? Our detailed reviews (for example – Cyclops CYC S6X Thor X Scout 6.5 MCP), are very detailed, and while that is good, we feel that sometimes it beats the point. The … Continue reading this article

Million Candle Power is back online after a long gap

We are truly sorry. We truly are. We had a great start, and a great first two months. Then it had to end. Many things, the details of which we will not bore you with.

But the fact is, we are back online. The old posts have been regenerated from archives (a big thanks to and we are all set to go.

We commit to bring more consistent and quality content for you. We … Continue reading this article

Technical terms associated with a flashlight

One of our readers, Kevin from United Kingdom, mentioned that we should have a post in the million candle power website with explanations of all or at the least, some of the common terms associated with a flashlight. And it was a wonderful suggestion, and the content is definitely going to be relevant and useful to a lot of people, if not to all of our readers. So, with many thanks to Kevin for the … Continue reading this article

What to look for, while buying self-defense flashlights?

Ever since our article on the difference between a tactical flashlight and a self-defense flashlight was published, we have been getting mails, and comments on self-defense flashlight. One of the most prominent queries were:

What to look for, while buying self-defense flashlights?

And it is a relevant question, too. Because, after all what defines a self-defense flashlight, and what should mine have at the minimum to qualify as a self-defense flashlight. … Continue reading this article

Tactical flashlights vs self-defense flashlights - Any difference?

Are there any difference between tactical flashlights and self-defense flashlights? The answer is YES. Although we have seen lot of places where the two terms are used interchangeably, the two are actually categorically different from each other that an explanation is warranted at this point.

Tactical Flashlight

So, first of all, what is a tactical flashlight? Wikipedia says,

A tactical light is a flashlight used in conjunction with a firearm to aid low light target … Continue reading this article

USB chargeable flashlights are picking up steam!

The New Year 2016 is here with a bang, and we thought we should start with something that has come into the world of flashlights with a feature that is modern, relevant, and strikes a chord with the present – USB flashlights.

When we say USB flashlights, we mean USB rechargeable flashlights – so you can use a AC adaptor similar to your mobile phone chargers, or charge it using your laptop/desktop PC, or even … Continue reading this article

HID flashlight bulbs gaining demand and interest among flashlight enthusiasts

HID flashlight is today, among the most powerful flashlights available on the market today. These are the ones that you find used as spot illumination lights or similar tools at functions or places.

HID stands for high intensity discharge. Technically, an electric voltage is passed across two tungsten filaments inside a bulb filled with an inert gas. High intensity discharge occurs between these two filaments as the gas gets ionized. The discharge starts glowing up … Continue reading this article