A bright torch and quality multitool are crucial parts of any camping kit and Tennessee-based Pyyros has taken a modular approach to its eponymous device. The unit allows different capabilities to be added to the lightweight aluminum body depending on the expedition at hand.
Pyrros starts with the base model, which packs a 1,000-lumen flashlight, 3,400-mAh lithium-ion battery, USB charger and stainless-steel hammer cap in a lightweight T-6061 aluminum body. Additional modules can then be screwed onto this base, with an empty module included with base model.
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Upgrading to the Backwoods model adds a compact electric arc fire-lighter and screwdriver set to the mix, while the Survival model includes a pair of water-purifying capsules on top again. But true adventurers are likely to want the Expedition model, which includes all of the above as well as a Personal Beacon Locater (PBL).
However, the beacon is available as an optional extra with any model for an additional US$299, as is a wind and water turbine for recharging the Pyrros' battery that adds $35 to the price.
According to Pyyros, the optional beacon is the second-smallest in the world, trailing only the locater included with the Breitling Emergency II. Complying with the COSPAS-SARSAT standard, the dual-band PBL operates on the 121.5 and 406 MHz frequencies, and works anywhere in the world. It operates for up to 24 hours and works at temperatures between –20 and +55° C (–4 and 131° F).
At the moment, Pyyros is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign and has raised over $15,200 of its $50,000 goal with 20 days remaining. Pledging $39 will get you a base model, while you'll need to pledge at least $349 for an aluminum unit with the beacon. Special edition titanium models are also available from $349, and stretch all the way for one with the lot (excepting the wind/water turbine) for $689.
Should the Kickstarter campaign meet its goals, Pyyros plans to begin deliveries of its tool in December this year. You can check out the company's video pitch below.