Flashlight + flexible tripods = Gorillatorch

A new flashlight that comes with three flexible magnetic legs to stay put on any surface.

The flexibly magnetic legs allow the Gorillatorch to grip on any surface. Joby

I tried out the HUGlight recently and thought it was really cool and practical. Now, I've run across something that brings both coolness and practicality to a new high: the Gorillatorch flashlight.

Introduced by Joby on Tuesday, the Gorillatorch appears to be the first flashlight that comes with a set of flexible tripods. The three legs, made of medical‐grade ABS plastic and German TPE rubber, are flexible enough to be easily bended into any shape. This flexibility, plus the fact that they have strong magnets, means Gorillatorch can grip to virtually anything, leaving your hands free for other tasks.

The Gorillatorch's lamp is powered by three AA batteries (included), and its brightness can be adjusted to three levels. At the highest level, the Gorillatorch shines at 65 lumens (15 lumens brighter than the HUGLight) of white LED light. This is about as bright as most handheld LED flashlights.

According to Jody, at the brightest level the Gorillatorch can shine nonstop for about 20 hours before running out of power. When the brightness is turned down, it can last up to 80 hours.

Now, if only it were waterproof, which it is not, that would make it a perfect companion for outdoor activities or rough working environments.

The Gorillatorch weighs less than 9 ounces, is 8 inches tall, and has a suggested price of between $29.95 and $34.95. It will be available next month and comes with a one-year warranty.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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