Solaray Pro ZX–1 Review

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If you’re looking for a durable and dependable flashlight that would work in many different situations, I recommend you try the Solaray Pro ZX – 1. It’s tough, reliable, and packed with useful features and specifications.

Buying a flashlight isn’t always as easy as we think, especially if you need one for emergency or other situations that don’t happen every day. Most often, people don’t know what to look for, what’s necessary and what’s not.

I think this flashlight would be useful to you if you’re into adventures, exploring, camping, and anything like that. Also, if you’re using public garage during nighttime, the ZX-1 would be useful in more than one way.

Of course, like every other product on the planet, the ZX–1 has some setbacks. Many people would like it more if it were a bit heavier. This flashlight is quite lightweight for a professional model often used by law enforcement and fire department.

If you’re on a search for a more EDC flashlight to use around the house or garage, you might want to look into other options. The ZX-1 is more on a professional side and delivers far more than you’d need in the basic household.

Continue reading as we break down each feature and specification. You’ll also find pros and cons down below that show a clear picture of why this flashlight is one of the best choices on the market today.

Pros and cons:

Once you read the full review, you’ll realize what makes this flashlight as great, and what’s the downside of it, too. Still, I like to list the pros and cons right at the beginning so you can take a look at it before getting into the review. Here are some most important pros and cons of the ZX-1 flashlight, but make sure to read the full review and report on its quality and performance.


  • Delivers 1200 lumens
  • Features 5 modes
  • Made of aircraft aluminum
  • Operates on rechargeable batteries
  • Comes with batteries and charger included
  • Waterproof
  • Drop-resistant


  • The wrist strap is flimsy
  • No holster/carry case


If you’re looking for a bright flashlight, there isn’t many as bright as the Solaray Pro ZX-1. It easily delivers 1200 lumens that will light up anything and in any condition. This is especially useful to people who enjoy adventures in nature. Many of the people who use it are often camping, fishing, hunting, and exploring caves and forests.

Another important feature that adds a lot to its overall performance is its adjustable zoom focus lens. It allows you to light up targets up close as well as in long distance. This is one of the best features to have at hand when hunting because the brightness can blind your target making it easier for you to strike. It’s excellent for self-defense, too, and for the same reasons. It has five light modes:

  1. Tactical intruder strobe – great for self-defense and home security.
  2. SOS emergency – best for search and rescue, camping and survival adventures.
  3. High, medium and low – these three are all useful in many different situations and conditions.


The Solaray Pro ZX-1 is powered by rechargeable AAA alkaline or 18650 lithium-ion batteries. Being that it operates with rechargeable batteries, many people have divided opinions. It’s a matter of your preference since there are pros and cons to both kinds of batteries. When you recharge your batteries after each time you use the flashlight, you’ll always have it ready to use again. Disposable batteries have a shorter life, and if you forget to bring a replacement, you might end up in the dark in the middle of a forest. Still, the same thing can happen if you don’t recharge batteries, so make sure not to forget that. Conveniently, the ZX-1 comes with a charger so you can quickly charge the batteries at any time.


It’s a professional, heavy-duty flashlight so it’s understandable that it looks and feels just as same. The ZX-1 is made from rugged aircraft grade aluminum with a deluxe lanyard and a heavy-duty metal belt ring. This is why it’s ideal for people who need a durable and resistant flashlight more than people who’d just use it around the house occasionally. For everyday use, you could go with something not as rugged.


It’s surprisingly lightweight considering the material it’s made from. Precisely, the flashlight weights 5 ounces in total. Since this is a professional flashlight used by law enforcement, fire department, and many others, it’s even a little weird that it’s as lightweight. If you’re not in the army or police, you may not care as much, though many people believe the flashlight could’ve been a better self-defense tool if it were heavier. If you’re often outside during nighttime, don’t rely too much on being able to hit your attacker with it. Its light output could hurt someone, its weight; not so much.

Other features

It’s important we mention that the flashlight is waterproof, drop resistant and made to last you a long time. It’s a good thing to have a flashlight that’s resistant to water and drop impact. This means you can use it in snow, rain, and near water without the fear of dropping in on the ground or in water. Also, the flashlight comes with batteries and a charger, too. You’ll also notice that it has a wrist strap, which some people find especially convenient for carrying the flashlight.

Final verdict

Overall, if you want a heavy-duty, reliable, and durable flashlight, this might be one of the best options for you. It’s well made and from quality materials, too. Of course, there are a few downsides, but I don’t think they outshine the benefits and advantages.

I always recommend this flashlight to people who like adventures and are often outside at nighttime. The first time you use it, and you’ll notice the quality of performance, design and the overall feel. The Solaray Pro ZX-1 could be the top-notch professional flashlight you’ve been searching for.