Gear­ing Up

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - Five Mile Zoom­ing Flash­light is $29.95 at www.ham­macher.com.

ZOOM­ING FLASH­LIGHT IS BRIL­LIANT IDEA:

How of­ten do you pon­der what your per­fect flash­light would be like? The time for that mus­ing is not on a dark path, de­pen­dent on a dim beam that can barely reach the ground be­neath you much less il­lu­mi­nate what’s to come. Now would be a good time to dream big — or rather dream small, with big power and ver­sa­til­ity. Fo­cus, for in­stance, on the tal­ented lit­tle Five Mile Flash­light from Ham­macher Sch­lem­mer. Its barely 6-inch-long, lightweight 8-ounce air­craft alu­minum body packs packs an out­size num­ber of impressive fea­tures. The high-out­put tac­ti­cal LED can pro­duce 300 lu­mens of light (that’s about 40 times brighter than the typ­i­cal run-of-the mill flash­light). A push but­ton on the base lets you click be­tween three bright­ness lev­els, an SOS sig­nal and an in­ter­mit­tent-flash­ing strobe that can dis­ori­ent an ap­proach­ing me­nace — or just an­noy in­no­cents in your path. The flash­light’s coolest func­tion is the abil­ity to let you zoom, one-handed, from a wide beam that can light up a large area at a dis­tance, to a sharp, nar­row beam that pin­points a near-in tar­get. The tightly sealed hous­ing can with­stand a nasty dunk in the wa­ter and ex­treme tem­per­a­tures, even though this spunky trooper is pow­ered by three hum­ble AAA bat­ter­ies (not in­cluded). A mag­net in the base makes for hands-free il­lu­mi­na­tion for a va­ri­ety of tasks — say, in­spect­ing the what-chums un­der your car’s hood, or just top­ping off wind­shield wash­ing fluid — with your bright as­sis­tant dan­gling help­fully from the hood’s mag­net un­der­side. The bulb is guar­an­teed for 100,000 hours (don’t for­get to keep count), and by all means test the man­u­fac­turer’s claim that the light can be seen from more than five miles away. Please make al­lowances for a moun­tain — or as­sailant — in the way, in which case beam span may be the least of your con­cerns. Did we men­tion the handy wrist strap? Sorry, no cup holder.

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