If you don't have a plan B then disorienting just delays the inevitable by a few seconds. If a strobe travels the speed of light hopefully your right cross lands about .5 seconds later. Or a shot. Or your 100 meter dash in the opposite direction. As for the light, truth is these days you get a ton for your money. Most "quality" ones are made in China for little to no money. These range from decent to impressive and the "impressive/quality" ones can be had for a fairly mundane dinner for two. If the light has what you want, make sure you aren't overpaying and enjoy carrying it. Sure your neighbor on Instagram will make you feel cheap but that doesn't really matter. The line between seeing in the dark and not seeing in the dark is huge and not very well illuminated.