The Defender 170, the Sniper 260 and the Raider 380.
All of these torches come with rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries (the same batteries that power a laptop or even the Tesla Roadster) and the charger so that is of course part of the price of the torches.
The Defender 170:
The Defender 170 is a 170 lumen LED torch that is probably more suited to a general torch then for spotlighting. Though you could spotlight with this you will have some trouble at 30m+ it is just not bright enough, that being said the Defender is a nice general use torch and is infinitely more useful then a dolphin torch or a small Maglite.
My review unit has four levels of light:
High Beam – This mode gives you the full power of the 170 lumen LED which will give you regulated (non-dimming) light for around 2 hours.
Medium Beam & Low Beam – These use lower light levels and it really is handy to have these the medium beam is something similar to a dolphin torch and the low beam is handy and has the power similar to a good quality keychain LED light such as a LED Lenser.
Strobe – This is designed to confuse and disorientate and is more a feature for law enforcement and security. I have tested this and it is confusing and disorientating but of no real use to shooters unless they want to mess with their mates. On a side note I did try this on rabbits out of pure curiosity and it didn’t make them stop or run in my tests.
Overall it is a good torch at $20 less then the Sniper 260 and I think it would be well worth paying the extra money and getting the 260 after all its an extra 90 lumens of brightness.
The Raider 380:
The Raider 380 is a 380 lumen incandescent light that is very different from the Defender or the Sniper models. The most glaring difference is the different method of shooting those photons out. The incandescent bulb of the Raider throws out a very yellow light compared to the white/blue light of the LED Models. It has a larger beam compared to the other two and even though it packs an extra 120 lumens of light when compared to the Sniper 260 it does not appear to be massively brighter. The thing to remember here is that a) The Raider is the cheapest model of the three, b) It is cheaper because it uses an older technology (incandescent rather then LED) and c) Even though it wasn’t my favourite torch it is still a damn good thing and if I didn’t have the other LED torches to compare it to I probably would have lusted over this torch. I just prefer the LED light at these sorts of brightness’s.
The Raider is a bright light but the yellowness of the bulb inside was to me its biggest downfall. To my eyes and a mate’s who also used the raider it made game blend in with its background more then the Sniper 260 we believed. That is not to say that other sets of eyes might appreciate its light output better then we did but it’s just an honest account of what we found!
The Raider at 10m:
As you can see the Raider 380 throws out a huge flood of yellow light, lighting up a surprisingly large area
The Sniper 260 was my favourite of the 3 torches I had been sent. The 260 Lumen LED puts out a brilliant white/blue light in a nice small beam that is perfect for illuminating only what you want to see and not flood out the whole area. The beam is perfectly round with no black spots in the middle of the beam that you get with maglites and even some dedicated spotlights.
The model of Sniper 260 I have does not have the 4 levels of light (high, medium, low and strobe) but the Sniper 260 generally does come with that feature.
You can easily spot a rabbit out to 60m or so. Whilst that may not seem like much it really is when you consider the size of the torch which is only 130mm long and 150grams in weight. Beyond 60m is where I believe the limit of the sniper 260 ends. We spotted a fox just teetering on the edge of the sniper’s range it then got spooked and took off looking back every few meters. What surprised me was that even though you could not see the body of the fox his eyes light up like LED’s themselves out past what I believed was 150-200m.
It really is the perfect 22lr or shotgun mounted light and is great for rabbits and small game.
If you buy a Sniper 260 take the time to play with it and learn its limitations before you take it into the field and you will be very successful.
When I talk about the limitations of the Sniper 260 I don’t mean it negatively, you just can’t compare it to a Lighforce spotlight or similar when they are big bulky and so is the batteries needed to run even the smallest Lightforce. Remember that Lightforce lights run of 12v and use either 50W or 100W halogen/krypton globes. The Sniper 260 is a small torch and it packs a huge punch for its size it uses a 3.7v rechargeable battery that fits inside the torch giving it a huge advantage over the bigger spotlights when on foot due to its compact size and relatively bright light. It is the best LED torch I have ever used and I have bought the review model as I liked it that much.
Out of the three torches Wolf Eyes sent in for the review the Sniper 260 was mine and my mate’s pick of the bunch.
The Sniper 260 at 10m:
The Sniper 260 throws a more concentrated spot of light which I prefer. As you can see the sniper also throws a much whiter light compared to the Raider’s incandescent yellow.
Overall these are magnificent torches though like all things you get what you pay for and even though Wolf Eyes are a premium torch they are worth every cent.
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