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By David Wilkes

Owner Review 

COAST HX4 Dual Color Clip Light

September 8 2020

Tester Information

Name: David Wilkes
Age: 53
Location: Yakima Washington USA
Gender: M
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)


I started backpacking in 1995 when I moved to Washington State. Since then, I have backpacked in all seasons and conditions. I am currently getting into condition to summit some of the higher peaks in Washington, Oregon, and California. I prefer trips on rugged trails with plenty of elevation gain. While I continuously strive to lighten my load, comfort and safety are most important to me. My current base weight (verything except consumables such as food and water) is just over 15lbs (7kg).

Product Information


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$US 15.00

Dimensions (measured):

Length: 3" Width: 1.75" Thickness: 1.5" (76mm X 44.5mm X 38mm)
 Weight (measured):
1.9 oz (52 g) [with batteries]

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Pen included for scale

Product Description:

The HX4 is intended as an everyday carry light for general use at home and work. It has two color modes (white & red), a pivoting head and universal clip as well as magnets for hands-free use.

  • 80 LUMENS
  • 13M BEAM
  • 3H 45MIN


Red mode I think I have had this light for 2-3 years. I have mostly used this light around the house, but also for camping, backpacking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing (Ski Patrol). All of my use has been in the Washington Central Cascades and/or foothills.

The size and shape make it really convenient to carry, use, and store. The magnet allows me to store it in a convenient  place at home making it easy to grab when I need light or in the case of a power outage (which has been useful). I think the clip is my favorite feature. It allows me to securely affix the light to the shoulder strap of my backpack as well as clip to various parts of my tent or hammock, and even the pocket of my shirt or jacket.

The beam is bright, wide, and very even (no dark spots) making it useful for just about any task ranging from providing light under a sink for plumbing work to lighting my way while night hiking. The light is bright enough to light my way while night hiking but dispersed enough to work well for lighting my tent or reading. The adjustable head is easy to move but stays in place once set. The red light works very well for preserving my night vision or to avoid annoying others. e.g. when around other campers/hikers, when reading in a tent at night, etc. This is my 'go to' light for most tasks at home and my favorite light for backpacking.

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Note that I have carried one or another of my head lamps for backpacking. This light is as, if not more, useful, definitely more versatile, and weighs about half of my favorite headlamp.

The switch is easy to operate, but can be turned on accidentally as has happened a few times. Some sort of lock would be nice. Luckily the battery life is such that having it turn on accidentally has not been an issue.

clipped to backpack strapThe light runs on two standard or rechargable AAA size batteries. The battery compartment is opened via a knob on the bottom of the light, and has an elastic retention tether to prevent it from being lost (a detail I really appreciate). The knob is easy to operate even with cold fingers. I have not measured the battery life, it is listed as 3hrs 45min (I assume this is when in the white mode) which seems conservative to me. Since purchasing the light I have only changed the batteries a few times.

I am impressed with its durability and how waterproof it is. I have dropped this multiple times and it has even gone through the clothes washer with no adverse effects.

If I were to suggest any improvements it would be a way to lock the switch, and  change the bottom so that it can stand on end. (Currently the battery door knob which extends past the bottom of the case prevents this)

One final comment I would like to make is about the company's support. I have another Coast LED flashlight that had issues with the switch. I purchased the item at a trade show so I don't have any prof of purchase but figured I would try submitting a warranty claim via the company web site anyway.  Things got a bit complicated because the replacement part was also bad, but I will highlight my takeaway from the experience. Their warranty process is efficient and painless. They only asked for a photo of the product for proof of purchase, had the process completed in hours, and the replacement in the mail the next day. When the replacement had the same issue they were very apologetic and worked quickly to get the matter resolved.

I have three Coast LED lights, and even considering the above issue, I have found them superior in every way to all other flashlights I have ever owned. That combined with the outstanding support I received, I have no regrets about the three lights I have purchased from them and Coast will be the first supplier I go to for any future lighting needs.


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