Murdoc got a cool little gadget in the mail recently: The new MOLLE Light compact personal light by PentagonLight.
Borrowing it’s design from the angled-head lights of the past, this LED makes a nifty little miscellaneous light that fits easily in a pocket or range box.
As its name implies, though, it’s designed specifically for the MOLLE (MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) webbing on today’s combat gear. The MOLLE Light comes equipped with a positionable high-strength retention clip and a switch located on top which allows the light to be used without being removed from the webbing.
Shown in the second pic (from the PentagonLight website) is the red low-visibility filter, useful for map-reading and other after-hours activities where you might not want the neighbors noticing you. When not in use, the color filter screws onto the base of the unit, which contains an optional compass. The unit also come with a hook for an optional lanyard.
I’ve been playing with the MOLLE Light for a couple of weeks and I’ve got to say that I’m impressed. First off, the 0.5 watt LED’s 25+ lumens are good for most general activity and not so powerful as to draw unwanted attention. Second, I like the fact that it’s powered by a single standard AA battery. It only makes sense for a lower-power light like this. Finally, the webbing clip works just fine on a belt or in a pocket, and this is a lot of light in a little package that you can carry without really noticing. The button can be used as a momentary (hold down for on, let up for off) or can be pressed farther for to stay on, pressed again for off.
I’m going to have to brush up on my Morse code so I can signal someone with this.
It seems to Murdoc that the MOLLE Light would make a very useful small utility light and a great back-up light. The MOLLE Light retails for $32, Government pricing comes in at $24. It’s available in desert (shown) and black. The black MOLLE Light comes with a blue filter instead of a red one.
Note: Murdoc would like to thank PentagonLight for making a sample MOLLE Light available for his review. This will get a lot of use.