The $250 Flashlight

The $250 Flashlight

Taryn Williford
Nov 11, 2009

Ok, well, it's more than a flashlight, really. This piece of tech has some features you won't find on the spare emergency light you keep in the kitchen drawer.

So what makes the mPower Emergency Illuminator worthy of a $250 price tag when you can pick up a flashlight for less than a buck?

First off, chances are the bright yellow, dollar store flashlight you store in your garage wasn't designed by the Porsche Design Studio like this one.

But to drop benjamins on an emergency light, there's got to be function behind the fashion. The unique look of the double barrel handle is more than a design choice—it's a step into "groundbreaking battery technology."

One of the cylinders holds standard batteries to power the high-performance LED and the other holds the mPower Reserve Battery. That second battery has a minimum shelf life of 20 years from activation, and due to the design, the user chooses when and where to activate it by turning the second cylinder. They call it "Power On Demand." The backup battery won't use up any power sitting in your kitchen drawer so it's at full power when and where you need it.

But our favorite feature is that the mPower Emergency Illuminator has a USB port to charge your other gadgets. Now that's what we need in an emergency kit!

Via DVice

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