Thursday, 11 June 2015

The world’s brightest flashlight

Brightness is usually indicated in lumens, which is a measure of the total output of a light source. A classic mini Maglite flashlight peaks at around 15 lumens. A typical LED headlamp puts out around 50 to 100 lumens, and a 100Watt light bulb clocks in at around 1,750 lumens.

The world’s brightest and most powerful flashlight from Wicked Lasers is called The Torch and it blinds all the competition with a whopping 4,100 lumens – that’s enough power to cook an egg or set paper on fire!

Here are some examples of lumens to compare to the Torch:

- A dinner candle provides about 12 lumens
- A 1 million candle power spotlight 580 lumens
- A 20 million candle power spotlight 3300 Lumens

If that much juice is a bit too much for you to handle, take a look at the torch selection on the Klarus Light website. You can find a flashlight that won’t ignite everything you shine it at.

Back to the Torch. It is a compact, handheld little devil that powers a 100Watt halogen bulb with a rechargeable battery system specifically designed for the Torch. The casing is made from military grade aluminum, with a simple push-button on/off switch at the base. 

But, it’s not exactly the most practical torch. The extreme heat from the bulb causes the metal casing to become dangerously hot within a few minutes. The Torch user manual suggests you use protective gloves when using it.) The battery life is almost non-existent and a full charge only lasts 5 to 10 minutes, and it’s not exactly cheap.

However, if you want to start a fire or cook an egg with a beam of light, then this is just the toy for you!

Watch the Torch burn paper, set a cigarette alight and scramble eggs here...

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