Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Fire starter flashlight

What says Extreme more than a handheld, unassuming flashlight that will light things on fire?

No, this isn't your average MagLight - although it was built from some MagLight parts. Instead, it is indeed a very high powered flashlight, capable of lighting things on fire, roasting marshmallows, or blinding your would-be attacker.

If you don't believe it, take a gander at this video...

Flashlight video

Ok, so now you believe it. What makes this flashlight so powerful? A few things. First, there's some batteries. And not just a few, but 12 1.2V NiMH (rechargable) batteries capable of sustained 10 amp draws. They're in a nice, heavy duty battery carrier that can withstand the load as well.

Then there's the bulb. It's an Osram HLX 64623. This is a 12V bulb which is being overdriven to 14+V, to about 140 watts, with an estimated light output of about 4000 lumens. Compare that to a regular 2D MagLight, which is much, much less than 50 lumens.

There's also a metal reflector, as the stock MagLight reflector would melt almost instantly from the heat of the Osram.

The stock MagLight switch would also melt under the current load, so that's also been replaced with a switch capable of switching the load.

There aren't many handheld flashlights that have this kind of power. This one was built by Mac's Customs.

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of fun here on Extreme-Geek. The next issue will take you for a ride in a 900 horsepower muscle car...