Although most modern flashlights provide the means to adjust beam focus and brightness, very few are equally effective at both flood- and spot-lighting. You could own one of each flashlight type, but the latest from PLX Devices takes a different approach. Not only is the Luxor 2 designed for optimal light delivery, it does so automatically by detecting where it's being pointed in order to adjust the beam accordingly.
The Luxor 2 Adaptive Digital Focusing Flashlight packs seven Cree LEDs that provide up to 850 lumens of combined light output. These LEDs are controlled by proprietary circuitry, powered by a 5,000-mAh lithium-polymer battery that recharges through a micro USB port. Battery packs can be swapped out, each of which should last up to 65 hours at 100 lumens of output per full charge.
But what makes the PLX Devices Luxor 2 flashlight unique is how the adaptive focus mode is designed to work with the built-in 3-axis accelerometer. Similar to sensors in most modern smartphones, the hardware within the Luxor 2 carefully monitors movement and orientation.
So if a user points the Luxor 2 at the ground while walking, the LEDs provide flood illumination. Bring the end up to a level position, and it automatically switches to a wider beam for greater peripheral awareness. Aim at an object in the distance, and the flashlight throws a narrow beam of light. And by holding the Luxor 2 vertically and/or setting it on a flat surface, the LEDs will illuminate areas like a lantern.
In addition to adaptive focus are manual and digital modes, which are selected via the integrated push buttons. These provide the user with standard presets as well as the ability to smoothly adjust the focus of light with a simple turn of the wrist. Embedded within the Luxor 2 flashlight's aluminum body is a high-contrast OLED screen that displays key metrics such as light output, remaining battery life, time to discharge, throw distance, and more. Those concerned about longevity will be pleased to know that the Luxor 2 is designed to be waterproof and drop resistant.
The PLX Devices Luxor 2 Adaptive Digital Focusing Flashlight is currently funding on Kickstarter as the designers' sixth product campaign, having raised 300 percent of its US$25,000 goal in just a day. A pledge of $79 gets you one Luxor 2 (with rechargeable battery), saving $70 off the planned retail price of $149.
If the manufacturing and assembly go according to schedule, backers can expect shipments of the Luxor 2 to start sometime March, 2016.
Check out the video below to see an overview of features, including how the adaptive digital focusing works.