MOLLE Light by PentagonLight

Murdoc got a cool little gadget in the mail recently: The new MOLLE Light compact personal light by PentagonLight.

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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.

molle_light pentagonlightShown 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.


  1. Looks pretty nifty. I carried one of the standard size crookneck flashlights issued by the Army, and they sucked. I’ve seen that they came out with a smaller version of the same flashlight, which means they just took an inferior piece of equipment and made it smaller. Put this through it’s paces, see if it holds up. For the money, I’d just as soon set aside some nickels and dimes and get a good surefire. That’s a good flashlight.

  2. Jerry: Yeah, I’ve had it for about a month and I’ve used it quite a bit around the house and yard. I’ve carried on the belt all over the place. But I’ve not had reason to get down and dirty with it. One thing I’ll say, though, is that I took some batteries out of a device that had stopped functioning due to ‘dead’ batteries. I popped them into the MOLLE Light and it worked with no noticeable loss in power. Obviously I wouldn’t recommend using ‘dead’ batteries as a general rule if you might need this light in a tough situation, but it’s nice to know that mostly-depleted batteries will work in a pinch. Particularly nice, as this is a one-battery deal.

  3. I just got one of these and it’s a very nice little light. Very light and durable with a good amount of power for only one battery. I like the fact that it uses common AA and not those cr123 batts. It’s a good match for a tan M&P45. 🙂 Damon