Elzetta offers three separate product lineups in its collection of flashlights for tactical and everyday use. Shooting Illustrated received one of the models in the company's Alpha 1-Cell design, which is built with a compact anodized-aluminum body that houses a single CR123A battery and provides an output of 415 lumens from a light that fits in the palm of a hand.
When examining Elzetta's website, users are provided a number of build choices through a three-step procedure, the first of which allows users to choose either a standard, smooth bezel ring or a crenellated bezel ring for personal-defense use. The second step provides two lens options: standard or flood. The standard is designed for general-purpose work, while the flood lens provides total area illumination at close ranges.
The final step in building the Elzetta Alpha 1-Cell Modular Flashlight allows users to choose between six different tailcap activation switches, from a rotary momentary/constant on to a 12-inch remote tape switch that can be mounted easily on a rifle. For this particular light, we chose a crenellated strike bezel to optimize our self-defense potential, a general-purpose standard lens and a High-Low Tailcap, which can be rotated to provide high or low output when the tailcap switch is activated.
With the tailcap fully tightened down onto the body, the light provides a full 415 lumens upon pressing the activation switch. Light pressure provides momentary-on capability, while pressing it down fully until it clicks provides constant-on operation. A 15-lumen mode is activated by backing the cap off the body a 1/4 turn, and the light remains in this low-lumen mode until the cap is tightened again.
The light housing is machined entirely from 6061-T6 aluminum and features fine diamond checkering on the body and bezel of the light, ensuring a solid, secure grip. The crenellated strike ring features a number of sharp edges that can be used as a striking tool or to twist into an assailant's body at close range. Be warned, though: these sharpened edges will wear away fabric easily if carried in a pocket. For those looking for a pocket light, the standard smooth bezel ring may be a better option.
Spec-wise, the light measures a scant 4.1 inches long, 1.15 inches wide at its widest point and features a run time of 56 minutes. The light is completely waterproof, thanks to the potting compound used to encase the electronics, and it can withstand a tremendous amount of punishment, thanks to its durable construction.
We've been carrying the Elzetta A313 Alpha 1-Cell Modular Flashlight for a couple weeks now and have been impressed by its durability, compact size and modularity. The light can be used with a wide variety of parts and accessories, all available on the company's site. One thing to note is that there's a bit of vertical play when the tailcap is loosened to activate the low-lumen mode. This isn't anything to worry about, as all of the light's components are waterproof, but it's a noticeable change from when the tailcap is tightened fully.
Each Elzetta flashlight is made in the USA. The Elzetta A313 Alpha 1-Cell Modular Flashlight retails at a suggested price of $155. Custom engravings can be added for an additional $10.