I have been carrying around a small Spotlight Shifter 1.0 for a couple of days now, and it’s a pretty decent light. There are a couple of things that a company can get right with single AAA LED flashlights, and many things that can be done wrong.
Luckily, the Shifter 1.0 is a good example of what you get when everything is done right.
The single AAA Shifter can deliver a maximum output of 80 lumens for up to 3 hours. It has three modes – max brightness, low (but usable) brightness, and a strobe mode. At the front is an adjustable reflector that focuses the beam from floodlight to spotlight and back.
Overall the Shifter 1.0 is rather simple-looking and unadorned, but for penlights that’s a good thing. A full review will be in the works, but thus far I’ve been quite pleased with its performance, durability, and reliability.
There are a couple of other Spotlight flashlights sitting around my test bench, and the more I use them, the more I like the brand.
The Shifter 1.0 is priced at around $25-$35, which is about right for a light of this class.