A couple years ago, a company best known for batteries and an annoying pink bunny edged its way into the increasingly lucrative tactical lighting business with a line of lights that combined a pedestrian simplicity with a Gucci set of features.

So when Energizer offered to send over a couple of their Hard Case tactical lightsfor a hands on review, I was intrigued to see how these products compared to better known brands like SureFire and Blackhawk!

I took the Swivel Light and the Helmet Light for a test drive and was impressed with the amount of features packed into both. The swivel light attaches to your MOLLE webbing and pulses out a white, blue, red and green light in whatever combination you want. The light also has an IR illuminator and can act as a pipper for those night patrols where you’ve got to mark off who’s the squad leader.

The Helmet Light is pretty cool in that it comes with both a helmet mount that allows the light to be swiveled up and down and a MOLLE mount for those who want to hook it to their armor. The Helmet Light has both a white and blue light. And, yes, it also comes with an IR illuminator and pipper function. What’s even cooler is that Energizer has an accessory pack that includes patrol cap and headlamp attachments as well, so really, the Helmet Light can take the place of your pinch light for trips to the head and your Petzl lamp for finding snivel gear in the hooch.

Both lights come with what Energizer calls an “IED-proof warranty” — if your light gets blown up in an MRAP (or anywhere else) they’ll replace it for free. What’s more, these lights run on both standard AA batteries and lithium AA batteries so you won’t take a hit in your wallet when you’re finding some juice to power these boys.

My one criticism of both lights — but particularly the swivel light — is that the multitude of buttons get a bit confusing. You think you’re going red and all the sudden you’re blinded by blue. You try to switch it off and before you know it, you’ve got blue, white and red light spilling out…Let’s just say it takes a while to get the setup memorized.

Energizer says the Swivel Light retails for about $125 and the Helmet Light for $135.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Josh December 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Looks like a nifty light and would love to see a side by side comparison to the Surefire helmet light. About how many lumens does this baby pump out?

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CSARmedic December 4, 2010 at 6:10 am

$135 for a single purpose helmet light? I think the days of that kind of expendeture are coming to a screeching halt.

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Duck hunter December 11, 2010 at 4:33 am

My Unit just bought this light with a red secondary color, something new that energizer just came out with. Red for 90% of the company and blue for the medics. Cost was 85 each. Light packs 40 lumens on high. Love the fact it will mount on either side of the helmet.

About time someone has a helmet light the powers on a AA power supply, to he'll with the 123 batteries.

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Rick April 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I've bought a couple of Energizer Hard Case MOLLE lights. Right angle, single double A. can change blue or red filters really easily. Cheap – about $25 bucks. They pump out way more light than my petzl tactikka.

Highly recommend.

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