New and Improved

Welcome to the new and improved, as of 2023.

The last time I revamped this site was over 10 years ago (back when CSS were all the rage, see the old screenshot above). 🙂

That old site was serviceable enough as a repository for all my reviews on CandlePowerForums (CPF), plus some background info and an overview of my review format. But it was very limited in functionality, since it was largely manually encoded in html.

Now that I’ve decided to start reviewing again, and post my own reviews here, I needed a significant refresh. So I dusted off my WordPress template, and rebuilt it for flashlight reviews. I will admit that even this template is a little long in the tooth now. But I find its “magazine format” convenient for posting reviews and articles (like this post), with everything easy to find on the main page and sub-pages.

How to Use this New Site

The main navigation bar at the top will take you to everywhere you need to be. As you mouse over each header tab, a sub-menu will open if there are multiple background pages to view. All the content from my old flashlightreviews site is still here, much of it updated and revised to reflect my new approach and format. Hopefully you will find the site’s interface easy to navigate.

The Reviews tab is the main source of action – all my new reviews will be listed there, as well as historical links to all my old CPF reviews. The new reviews posted on this site will be easier to navigate than my old forum reviews, with in-page links to the major sections listed right at the top. Much of the actual data will be directly integrated into the reviews now (i.e., true text tables, not images), and should display well across a range of devices.

One new bonus feature that I am able to offer is a full database of all the key measures of the lights I am testing. Everything you need to compare and evaluate the individual flashlights will be contained within the actual reviews. But I thought I would offer this little something extra for those who are kind enough to make a donation to support my flashlight testing.

You can check out my How to Use the Database page to see what exactly it provides, but it’s basically a searchable and scroll-able table with all the key measures for all the flashlights I’ve tested (beginning with this website redesign in 2023). It also gives you a sneak peek at what I’m currently testing (or planning to review), as I plan to update the table with specs and preliminary results as I go, ahead of the full review posts. And you can download a full copy for your own personal use, in excel format.

Access is easy: all you have to do is make a minimum $10 PayPal donation to my flashlight review fund. 🙂

Once you have made the payment, you will be provided with the password to access the database page. The first time you click on the main database page (through the main menu, or link above), you will be asked to enter it.

Your access will expire at the end of the next full calendar year after your donation is received (i.e., you will have the remainder of the current year and the next full calendar year of access for a single donation). The site has cookies enabled, so the password will be remembered for up to one year in your browser (but do keep a record, so that you can access it across multiple computers, etc).

All I ask is that you please don’t share it with others, or download and distribute the database from this site. I’m happy to make the database available to you as my little thank you for your generous support for my reviews. Note that as before, I do not accept payment for my reviews, and fully fund this website and all my review activities out of my own pocket.

RIP, old, long live the new site – and the new reviews!


  • When I was first getting into the hobby years ago, I would spend hours going through your reviews to carefully select my next purchase.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your perspective on new lights after having taken a break from the hobby. I took a break as well and got back into it a could years ago. I’d say there are definitely some new things in the world of flashlights to make it interesting again.

    The site looks great and I’ll be watching for more reviews to come.

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