What is shaped like a flashlight, lighted on one end and can be used as a weapon? No, it is not a lightsaber but the FlashTorch Mini, a tiny flashlight that may be the closest thing to we have to a real life lightsaber.
We have reviewed a few incredibly bright LED flashlights but none of them are even close to the FlashTorch’s 2300 lumens brightness pumped out by the Carley Lamps CL-1909 65W halogen bulb. At this brightness, the bulb does get pretty hot. How hot? Hot enough to light a fire or fry an egg if you were to place a frying pan on top of the flashlight.
Yes, the FlashTorch Mini is not just an impossibly bright flashlight that is perfect for lighting your way home in the darkest of nights. It can also double up as a very handy firestarter or an emergency heat source for a quick spot of cooking. You won’t be using it to melt through a reinforced metal door like a Jedi master wielding a lightsaber but this thing can cause some serious damage if you are not careful. So that you don’t accidentally turn it on while it is in your pocket or backpack and burn a hole in it (and possibly in you along with it), it comes with a safety “smart switch” that prevents just that.
It has a 3 x 18650 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack that you can recharge directly by plugging the FlashTorch directly to a power source. Of course when you are using the flashlight as a heat source, the battery drains pretty quickly in less than 30 minutes. When you don’t need the heat, you can dial down the power which also helps the battery to last longer.
In case you haven’t realized it by now, the FlashTorch Mini is no toy and it isn’t something that you let your kid take along to camp. If you are worried about the legality of this gadget, rest assured that it is 100% legal and if somehow it doesn’t get delivered, it has a delivery guarantee on top of a one year defect warranty.
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