The Spot is a light we have a kind of love-hate relationship with. For most practical purposes, the Spot is a terrific product that offers quality lighting at a good price, enough so that it wins an Editors' Choice award. It offers excellent optics, with strong performance in spotlight mode, and one of our favorites for use around camp or around the house, with a nice evenly lit flood beam. But, our love for the Spot is not unconditional. The Spot packs a lot of features into this little light, which is great, but they try to control them with a single button; accessing advanced features on the Spot is not easy to use involving a complex combination of single, double, and triple clicks combined with press-and-hold button actions. We also found several areas where the marketing claims on this little light over-promises and under-delivers. We cover this in more detail below but beware that the marketing claims for the Spot's battery life and waterproof features are, in our opinion, shamefully overstated and the actual performance does not match what the marketing claims promise. The Spot is nonetheless a quality light, and if the marketing claims were toned down to better match its actual real-world performance, we believe both Black Diamond and their consumers would be better served.
Those looking for a quality light at a lower price might want to check out the Petzl Tikkina, which now offers double the brightness it did in the past, and provides a level of performance that will likely meet most people's needs for a price about 30% lower price than the Spot. That said, the Spot is definitiely a step up from the Tikkina. Those looking for firepower should consider the Black Diamond Storm which is significantly better than the Spot for only about $10 more.