Black Diamond Storm 500-R review: lighter, brighter and more powerful than ever

New for Spring 2022, the Storm 500-R is the most powerful unit in Black Diamond’s new rechargeable range. (image credit: Black Diamond/Christian Adam)
The 500-R retains the robust construction and waterproof qualities of its predecessor, yet weighs 20g less. (image credit: Black Diamond)
It is also brighter, has a longer beam distance and a more powerful battery, too. (image credit: Christian Adam)
Considering its small size, this makes for a mighty unit, and it’s fit for a range of pursuits and adventure styles. (image credit: Black Diamond)
Those who primarily focus on one sport, such as road running, are probably better served by a torch dedicated to their discipline. (image credit: Black Diamond)
For users who expect a high level of performance and a raft of features, yet still value a small unit, it is a no-brainer. (image credit: Black Diamond/ Tyler Rizzuto Fins)