Very nice light. I love the use of multiple battery types.
And the text version is here:
Gerber Omnivore Flashlight
Test Series by Rick Allnutt
Initial Report - 1 October 2008
Field Report - Come back in December 2008 for the next update
Long Term Report - Come back in February 2009 for the final update
NAME: Rick Allnutt
LOCATION: Helotes, Texas
HEIGHT: 6' 0" (1.8 m)
WEIGHT: 190 lb (86 kg)
Over the last several years, I have become an ultralight camper with a
three-season base pack weight of about 8 lb (3.5 kg) and skin out weight
of 17 lb (8 kg). I have completed many section hikes on the Appalachian
Trail (AT) in all four seasons, and many trips to state parks, with a
total mileage of about 1650 miles (2500 km). I am a gearhead, a hammock
or tarp camper, and I make much of my own equipment.
Trail Name: Risk
Risk's Ultralite Hiking Page: www.imrisk.com
1 October 2008
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Gerber Legendary Blades
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.gerbergear.com
MSRP: Not Available
Listed Weight: Not Available
Measured Weight: 3.1 oz (88 g) with batteries
3.9 oz (111 g) with AA battery
3.5 oz (99 g) with AAA battery
3.7 oz (105 g) with CR123 battery
The Omnivore flashlight is a bright LED light designed to work with
several battery types. When I opened the package, the light felt and
worked just like I thought a flashlight should. But when I opened the
light to put a battery in, I was in for a surprise.
The Omnivore has a cute and meaningful name. One definition I found of
omnivore was "one that takes in anything available. And that is just
about what this flashlight does. I have a tendency to collect batteries
in my kitchen closet. My headlamp uses three AAA batteries, but they
only come sold as pairs. AA batteries show up the same way. Something
needs one and its package mate goes in the closet. Recently, I have
bought or acquired two devices that use CR123 batteries. The promise
that this flashlight would use any of these cells was intriguing.
For one thing, the CR123 battery is a 3 volt cell, while the AA and AAA
batteries are 1.5 volt cells. That was going to be interesting seeing
how the light can do all that. For another thing, all these batteries
are different sizes.
The flashlight has a single 0.7 watt LED which is focused into a beam by
a non-adjustable lens. The body of the flashlight is aluminum and has an
anodized black matte finish. The back end of the flashlight has a hole
to tie a lanyard (no lanyard was provided) and a pushbutton switch. The
button can be pushed in halfway to give an intermittent beam of light
(push and I get light, release and light goes out). When the button is
pushed in all the way, there is a very quiet click and the light stays
on until the button is pushed again. There is a considerable difference
between the distance needed to get intermittent and continuous light.
To open the battery compartment, I unscrewed the front of the light
which comes off like many other aluminum flashlights. There is an O-ring
near the threads that is apparently designed to make the light water
resistant. Looking down into the body of the light, there is a unique
stair step design of the battery compartment. Without any inserts or
devices, I found that I could drop any of the three battery types into
the compartment. There is a place for any one of them. Only the AAA
battery needs to be put in visually, to make sure that it is on the
right step. The other two battery types can go no where except to their
The battery life listed on the package materials varies by battery type.
It is 4 hours for a AAA, 5.5 hours for a AA, and 5 hours for a CR123.
This is not the hundreds of hours that a head lamp provides, but the
Omnivore is a much brighter light that projects a beam much further than
a head lamp does. The brightness of the light also differs depending on
the batttery. With a AAA battery it gives 10 lumens and 140 LUX. The AA
gives 12 lumens and 140 LUX. With 3 volts available, the CR123 puts out
18 lumens and 210 LUX. Gerber rates the flashlight for a beam of 150 ft
(46 m) with the AAA or AA batteries and 190 ft (60 m) with the CR123
The Gerber Omnivore flashlight is a bright light in a tough case. It has
a unique battery compartment that allows the use of three different
battery types. It uses batteries much more quickly than some LED lights,
but it is handy for a bright white light to see into the far distance.
The things I really like about this light are:
- Uses several battery types that collect in my junk drawer
- Appears to be built very strongly
I thank Gerber and BackpackGearTest.org for selecting me for this test.
Please come back in a couple months to see how the Omnivore flashlight
has worked in the field.