February 18, 2014
Hello darkness, our old friend. We’ve come to talk with you again. You see, we’re not so keen on you anymore. In fact, you’ve caused us quite a bit of angst, including: stubbed toes, tripping over lounging cats, getting lost in the woods, and more than a few beer goggle-esque moments regarding potential romantic partners.
That’s why we’re totally into high-powered flashlights. Mind you, we don’t LOOK into them, but we are into them. The HexBright FLEX is a great contender right out of the box. It comes preprogrammed to provide low (50 lumens), medium (175 lumens), or high (500 lumens) output of light or even blink on button press. But it has an Arduino-compatible microcontroller that’s open source, so you can customize the flashlight to fit your needs. Maybe you’re clumsy and you want it to glow if it detects a fall so you can find it in the dark. Or maybe you want to set it to flash a short message in Morse code. Or maybe you want to set it to wait a beat after the button press so you can convince a friend some poor sucker to look into it before it comes on blazing 500 lumens. Not that we’re suggesting that. Nope. Not even a little.
- 500 Lumen programmable LED flashlight
- CREE XM-L U2 LED
- Has microcontroller and accelerometer
- Arduino-compatible, open source (GitHub repository)
- Comes preprogrammed to provide low (50 lumens), medium (175 lumens), or high (500 lumens) output of light or blink on button press
- Regulated light output keeps light level constant
- Temperature sensor shuts light off if device is in danger of overheating
- Color temperature: 6500K
- Materials: Rugged, CNC aircraft-grade aluminum; PMMA, optic-grade acrylic TIR lens
- Batteries: 3.7 VDC 2400 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery (18650, recharges via micro USB, cable included)
- On high output (500 lumens), battery lasts 1 hour
- On medium output (175 lumens), battery lasts 8 hours
- On low output (50 lumens), battery lasts 30 hours
- Dimensions: 5.7″ long, 1.3″ diameter, 20″ long USB to micro USB cable for both charging and data
- Weight: 7.6 oz.
- Includes HexBright FLEX, lithium-ion rechargeable battery, USB to micro USB cable, and wall charger