As a few web sites like this one warn people of the G700 flashlight scam, it seems like new variations of the scam are popping up every day. I saw this ad on my own site! I can block any ad but only after I see it and tell Google to stop showing it to me. It’s getting hard to keep track of the variations, like the Lightstrike G700 scam and the X800 scam.
This Lightstrike 360 is the same exact flashlight as all the other scams. You can buy it for 10-15 bucks from a USA seller like Amazon or get it straight from China. For about $8 shipped if you don’t mind waiting a month for it to arrive. If you really pay attention, you can find this flashlight for closer to $3 !!
They try to skirt the lines by putting “world’s brightest flashlight” in quotes and with all these paragraphs explaining that these aren’t real product claims, blogs, news, etc. They pile on the bullshit so thick that it’s pretty much only older, non-technically-savvy people who are going to buy it.
Their site says:
WHY DO YOU NEED THIS FLASHLIGHT THAT IS EQUIPPED BY EVERY NAVY SEAL?
I can say definitively that no government on earth issues a $3 flashlight to any of its military personnel. Let alone elite forces like the SEALs. Not even the Chinese military uses flashlights this cheap. I think they use Fenix brand but I’m not positive.
In just a few minutes I found two variations of this ad on my own site! Bastards. I could picture my elderly mom or uncle falling for something like this.
It’s true that this $3 flashlight would amaze your grandmother who hasn’t seen an Lightstrike LED flashlight in the last 10 years. But you wouldn’t like her paying $75 for it. And just imagine what meemaw would think of the Sunwayman D40A or Lumintop PS03, that I carry when I need a powerful light. But the Thrunite Ti4 in my pocket most of the time is more lumens than the cheap “zoomie” the scammers are trying to mark up 700% or more. And it’s about the size of a pen.
The flashlight community, Budget Light Forums has oodles of threads trying to track these scams as well. I think the fact that the ads and companies keep changing shows that the public is catching onto these shenanigans. I have also put together a small guide on understanding LED flashlights. That might be a worth a read and will help you understand the technology.