Brinyte PT28: New EDC Gear by Rick Dembroski

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The pocket flashlight wars are in full bloom and lucky for consumers competition breeds better products at better prices. Today’s piece of Every Day Carry is one of the newest offerings from a company we featured here before on the site, Brinyte. A few months ago they were kind enough to send us the PT-18 Oathkeeper flashlight which is essentially the bigger brighter brother to the model that we are looking at today, the PT-28 Oathkeeper.


Single button rear cap operation
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Specifications

Name: PT-28 Oathkeeper

Country of Origin: China

Overall Length: 5.5″ (140.8 mm)

Head Diameter: 1.04″ (26.5 mm)

Body Diameter: 1.0″ (25.4mm)

Weight: 4.44 ounces (126 grams)

Weight with Battery: 6.1 ounces (175 grams)

Output: 1600 lumens

Battery: Two Options

-2*CR123A 

-1*18650 lithium-ion rechargeable (included)

Color Options: 2 Options

-Black

-Bronze/Dark Earth

Magnetic battery recharging port
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Initial Impressions

I will say first off coming from China to Alaska is a semi direct flight but in true world logistics fashion the package went to Cincinnati, Ohio first then made its way here. This meant lots of extra hands tossing my package around and more bumps and bruises. The staff at Brinyte packed this flashlight extremely well like it was a vase from the Ming Dynasty. This is a bit of quality control many companies could learn from. The flashlight along with our next offering from Brinyte arrive safe and sound.

After slicing through all of the wrapping and packing we finally arrived at unboxing the PT-28. The first handling of the flashlight showed us a few things we already knew from the literature we read. This light was designed to be a smaller flashlight for EDC use and when we first handled it we were happy to see when placing it in the palm of my hand the head extends just beyond my palm. An EDC flashlight that fits nicely in your hand can be hard to find these days.

Rolling the PT-28 around in my hands I was impressed with the grooves and texturing around the body and head of the light. Even though this light doesn’t allow you to turn the head and control the width of the beam it allows users gripping space at the head for multiple gripping options. Small details that really show attention to the target audience for this light. Well done Brinyte, high marks all around.

PT-28 is slightly longer than the width of my hand, great for CCW or EDC use
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EDC / Personal Defense Extras

The PT-28 has a few features that point directly at the EDC/CCW audience that will surely be looking at these lights. The first feature is a setting that occilates between a fast strobe and a medium strobe setting. Each setting lasts around 6 seconds then switches back and for in 4-6 seconds. It’s honestly hard to count the time between settings since the strobe is disrupting my vision during counting. This is to be expected and to me shows the strobe disorients a person very well. To operate this feature the user simply needs to just push the rear end cap down half way between the traditional On and Off position. It’s a very useful feature.

A second feature that Brinyte incorporated is built into the finger ring located on the back of the camera. The semi point stud shown below is perfectly suited if you have to strike someone in a defensive engagement. I have dubbed this little feature the “Toothknocker” since I imagine that if you had to punch someone in the mouth with the flashlight it would surely remove one or two of your incisors or canines with ease.

EDC Dentistry Tool
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Charging and Misc Notes

Brinyte really did a great job when it comes to charging and power options for the PT-28. There are two options for powering the flashlight a pair of CR-123A batteries or a simple rechargeable battery like we stated in the specifications section. When it comes to the rechargeable battery option Brinyte made to so a user would not have to remove the battery from the flashlight at all. A magnetic external power cord snaps onto the side of the barrel opposite the selection switch and presto recharging begins. This is shown in the third picture we included above.

There is a brightness selection button located on the barrel of the flashlight that allows you to cycle through four different brightness settings operated by the rear push button. This feature keeps things very simple for the user in times of panic or stress. Allowing the to user to not have to cycle through settings or brightnesses that they don’t need or want need.

Cycling between the four settings is accomplished with this single button
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One small feature that could be overlooked but shouldn’t be is the pocket clip attached to the light body. This light is small enough to be useful to tradesmen and in those situations a small bright light like this can be secured in coverall or work shirt can be an invaluable tool. It’s nice to see Brinyte made this light a tool that can be used by more than one specific market group. Some users may never plan on using the PT-28 in this manner, if this is the situation a user can easily remove the pocket clip. This can be done and not compromise the light in anyway.

Closing Thoughts

This is where many readers want to know the basic questions such as “Would you buy this light ?” or “Can it be mounted on a rifle?” and is the light something we would purchase with our own funds. So let me be direct, YES, From my experience so far with the PT-28 I would definitely purchase one with my own funds if I wanted or needed a 1600 lumen light for a weapon or for use on a construction site or as a tradesman.

This light can be used in conjunction with the Brinyte BMR-24 to mount it to an accessory rail on any rifle. Its a important thing to point out that the BMR-24 can be used to mount several different Brinyte lights to weapons. This modularity is actually not all that common and a welcome site in the firearms community in my opinion.

Overall the Brinyte team really designed a great looking light that offers some degree of user flexibility at a great price. In the PT-28 they listened to the market, their research and development team and their gear testers to create an almost perfect small light for everyday use.

If you find yourself in the market for a pocket EDC light or a smaller weapon light and don’t want to end up paying 400-500 dollars check out the Brinyte family of lights. I can almost promise they will have something to fit your needs and your budget.