Bayco "Nightstick" LED Flashlight
by "Burn" for webBikeWorld.com
Our own "Texas
Joe" -- that all-around handyman, mechanic, vintage motorcycle restorer,
V6 Moto Guzzi inventor and
chicken-fried steak eatin' occasional contributor -- sent over a batch of the
new Bayco Nightstick flashlights for a look-see.
The Nightstick is an interesting new type of LED flashlight
that was designed with motorcyclists in mind. As it turns out, it's
pretty handy for that purpose.
Although the motorcycle market may be new to Bayco, the
company has been making some very unique lighting solutions, including LED flashlights for serious use for
the aerospace, military, police, fire and rescue markets, the petroleum and
marine industries and others.
Each of their LED flashlight products is tailored to the
particular needs of that industry; for example, Bayco also makes LED work
lights that are designed for professional use in auto repair and maintenance
shops and how about their explosion-proof LED flashlights for use
in the munitions industry? I wonder who gets to be the first to test
out a new design??
Some of their flashlights are rechargeable and they even
make large shop lights that mount on a stand. The Nightstick LED
flashlight shown here is their new 1100 Series, which represents a "trickle
down" approach by using the technology from the professional flashlights and
putting in a smaller, lighter and less expensive package suitable for
The Nightstick LED flashlight also works very well for
personal use, and, in fact, I'm told that some law enforcement and rescue
personnel keep an 1100 Series Nightstick on hand as a backup, "just in case".
The Nightstick 1100 Series is currently available in four
different sizes, shown in their original packages above and in the photos
Nightstick LED 1100 Series Flashlight Specifications**
Run Time (Est.)
111 mm/59 g
L, B, C
175 mm/96 g
L, B, C
202 mm/190 g
7.9375"/ 6.7 oz.
227 mm/112 g
* L = Lanyard; B = Premium Batteries; C = Clip
1 = With batteries. 2 = Battery type. 3 = Estimated.
** = Number of LEDs, length and weight, batteries and "Includes"
verified; other specifications per Bayco.
Note: Each Nightstick in the 1100 Series has an oval cross-section
of 20x22 mm.
The Nightstick LED Flashlight - 1100 Series
"And what", you might ask "is so special about the Nightstick?" Good
The Nightstick is not your typical metal tube-like
flashlight. Each flashlight in the 1100 Series shown here has an oval
cross section and they are made from a type of plastic, with a matte black,
soft-touch "rubberized" surface finish that offers good grip and, as Bayco
claims, definitely feels warmer (and more tactile) than a typical cold metal
flashlight tube in the winter!
The two smaller Nightsticks, the 1106 and 1112 (111
mm/4-3/8" and 175 mm/6-7/8") include a removable pocket clip. I've
found the shorter 1106 to be a perfect size to carry in a top shirt pocket
or motorcycle jacket pocket. But any of the Nightsticks are sized to
fit somewhere on you motorcycle, either in a pocket or tank bag or tool kit.
Each Nightstick comes with a lanyard, which can be seen in
the photo below. It can be attached (with difficulty) to the end of
the Nightstick so the flashlight can be worn around the neck, which is
actually, as I've discovered, very handy for working around the bike because
the light is always nearby.
Getting the lanyard on the Nightstick is slightly difficult;
the cord must be pushed through a very tiny hole in the battery cover, as
you can see in the photo below. I used the tip of a paper clip to push
the cord through.
It appears that the lanyard holes on each of the four
Nightsticks shown here lost some of their diameter after the surface coating
was applied. Not a big deal, and now that you know how to shove the
cord through with a small paper clip, you should be OK.
Bayco Nightstick 1112 with four AAA batteries and lanyard attached.
Note the lanyard quick release.
The only other quirk here is that the lanyard hole is on the
battery cover, which could work the cover loose in theory. It hasn't
happened to me and, in fact, the covers seem pretty secure and at only 59
and 96 grams for the 1106 and 1112, there probably isn't enough weight to
cause a problem.
Bayco doesn't skimp on the batteries either, supplying nice
Energizer AAA's with each Nightstick. I used the information Bayco
sent to create the table above, and you can see that each Nightstick should
provide hours of illumination -- one of the great benefits of LEDs, which
need very little power to do their thing.
The batteries, in fact, weigh about as much as the
Nightstick itself. The oval shape is easy to hold and helps flatten
the flashlight slightly, which can make them fit in places other round
flashlights with large heads may not.
So I still haven't answered the question about what makes
the Nightstick so different. Well, in addition to the LED flashlight
end that you'd expect on a flashlight, the Nightstick has a "floodlight"
Notice in the photo below that each Nightstick has a second
set of LEDs on the "flat" part of the oval, opposite the button on/off
switch, which is located on the back side. Here's a photo, with a
Paper Mate "Clickster" pencil and the
Gordon LED flashlight (review) thrown in for
Clockwise from top: Nightstick 1112; Paper Mate Clickster pencil; Gordon LED
flashlight; Nightstick 1106
and Nightstick 1136 (lower left).
Each Nightstick has this "floodlight" capability by virtue
of these side-mounted LEDs (see the table above for the specifications).
The idea is that you can use either the LED at the tip of the Nightstick as
a traditional flashlight, or use the array of LEDs on the side as a
floodlight, or both.
The floodlight capability comes in very handy, because when
you're working on a motorcycle or searching for a part or item in a tank bag
or side bag or top box at night on a road trip, the floodlight illuminates a
larger surface area over a wider distance.
When both the front LED flashlight and the floodlights are
turned on, the Nightstick is ideal for illuminating a walk to the camp
through the dark woods, on a path at night or elsewhere.
Bayco says that the floodlight makes it easier to see close
up, because the solid "pencil" style beam of a flashlight can create too
much contrast between the light and dark regions, making it more difficult
to see because the brightness causes the iris in the eye to stop down.
The smallest Nightstick, the 1106, uses four LEDs in the
front, while the others have one of those single, high-powered LEDs.
Each is surrounded by a reflector and covered by a clear plastic lens.
The Nightstick floodlights vary, with the two outer rows
having a broader illumination pattern than the center row, according to
Bayco. This spreads the light to help eliminate any hot spots.
Bayco also claims that the LEDs used in the Nightstick have
a rated life of 35,000+ hours and that the LEDs have a light "temperature"
of 6,500K, which is a color somewhat like the "white" light of noon sunlight
Pocket clip on Nightstick 1106 covers the on/off button.
I've also found that I can clip the smaller Nightsticks on
to the outside of my shirt pocket or the top front pocket on the Carhartt
jacket I use in the garage. The pocket clip slides off the end of the
1106 and 1112 Nightstick, and the only downside is that the pocket clip
covers the on/off switch on the 1106 Nightstick, illustrated in the photo
I guess Bayco wanted to locate the button under the thumb,
which would be the natural location when using the Nightstick in dual-light
mode for walking because the floodlight would be pointed forward and down.
If the button had been placed on the front side of the 1106 however, it
wouldn't be covered by the clip.
This isn't a problem on the 1124 (202 mm / 7-15/16") and
1136 (227 mm / 8-15/16" ) Nightsticks because they don't have a clip.
As it happens, the on/off button on the 1112 Nightstick (175
mm / 6-7/8") can be located directly under the bend in the pocket clip, so
the light can be switched on and off by pressing on the clip itself,
although I'm not sure if this is the recommended procedure.
I can also hang a Nightstick around my neck with the lanyard
and then clip it to my shirt placket, so when I turn on the floodlight it
illuminates the work in front of me. Nice.
Each Nightstick does a good job of lighting the work surface or area, and
I'd have to say these are probably about the handiest type of LED flashlight
I've found for motorcycle use. They're not the brightest LED spotlight
I've found; the Gordon LED still is the spotlight champ and it's also
But the Gordon has to be held pointed at the work surface
and it has a very tight beam when compared to the floodlight or combination
light of the Nightstick. The Gordon is also heavier.
So if you're looking for a unique LED flashlight that's easy
to use, is a descendant of a patented type of flashlight used by
professionals and that can be easily hidden or stored in the tight confines
of a motorcycle, I can recommend the Nightstick as a useful and reasonably
Review: Bayco Nightstick 1100 Series LED Flashlight
Nightstick (Manufacturer is
||List Price: $14.95 to $29.95
|Colors: Black "Soft Touch" tactile
Nightstick has a 1 year warranty. Review Date: December
2008 Product was provided by the manufacturer for this review (more).
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