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Rony flashlight shines a beam out of both ends

Rony flashlight shines a beam ...
Presently on Indiegogo, the Rony flashlight is 8.26 inches long (210 mm) and reportedly tips the scales at 3.3 oz (94 g)
Presently on Indiegogo, the Rony flashlight is 8.26 inches long (210 mm) and reportedly tips the scales at 3.3 oz (94 g)
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Presently on Indiegogo, the Rony flashlight is 8.26 inches long (210 mm) and reportedly tips the scales at 3.3 oz (94 g)
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Presently on Indiegogo, the Rony flashlight is 8.26 inches long (210 mm) and reportedly tips the scales at 3.3 oz (94 g)
The Rony is available in brushed aluminum, black anodized aluminum or carbon fiber
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The Rony is available in brushed aluminum, black anodized aluminum or carbon fiber
The Rony in night-hiking action
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The Rony in night-hiking action
The Rony can also be used as a bicycle headlight
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The Rony can also be used as a bicycle headlight
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While most flashlights are good at lighting the way in front of the user, they don't illuminate the ground between that person and whoever may be following them. That's where the Polish-designed Rony comes in, as it has both front and rear beams.

Looking almost like a work of modern art, the Rony features a front Cree LED lamp that points straight ahead, along with a rear Biom LED lamp which is angled downward. A tap of a touch-sensitive button allows the front light to be set to one of five output levels, ranging from 20 to 1,500 lumens – the rear light shines at a set 300 lumens.

And while the front beam is relatively sharply focused, the rear beam is diffused to more evenly light the ground behind the user. And yes, the rear LED can be shut off when not needed.

The Rony is IP67 waterproof (it can be submerged to 1 meter/3.3 ft for 30 minutes), and is powered by an integrated 4,200-mAh lithium battery. One 3-hour USB charge is said to deliver runtimes similar to those of other high-end flashlights – it should run for 40 hours at its lowest output level.

The Rony in night-hiking action
The Rony in night-hiking action

An included handlebar mount also allows the Rony to be used as a bicycle headlight. Its makers claim that in this configuration, its rear LED makes the rider more visible to drivers by lighting up the road around and behind the bike.

Should you be interested, the Rony flashlight is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign. Assuming it reaches production, a pledge of €55 (US$62) will get you one with a brushed aluminum body, €59 ($66) will get you one in black anodized aluminum, and €76 ($86) will score you a carbon fiber model. Their planned retail prices are €80, €95 and €114 ($91, $108 and $129), respectively.

You can see the Rony in use, in the following video.

Rony Flashlight 1500lm/300lm

Sources: Indiegogo, Rony

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6 comments
6 comments
navmed
More like dumbest flashlight in the world. The white cone will blind the user. And what problem is the secondary light supposed to solve? No mention if the batteries are replaceable after they run out of charge cycles.
Username
Perfectly functional led flashlights are available for $20 or less. You'd be better off buying two and lending one to the person behind you.
Spud Murphy
Integrated batteries are a bad idea, the battery goes flat, you have no light until it gets charged. A flashlight needs to have replaceable batteries in standard sizes, 18650 and 26650 being the most common for more powerful lights. There's no reason at all to make the battery non-replaceable, given this has a tubular body and the main light head could just screw off for battery replacement.
paul314
I'd love to see a flashilght cast a dim diffused light just in front of my feet so I can see where I'm stepping, preferably without a bright beam that kills my night vision.
Daishi
I stopped taking super bright LED flashlights camping because they ruin your night vision. For the last several years I rely on the cheap $5 ish LED lights you can get on Amazon that take a single AA battery. I buy them 4-5 at a time, throw them in the kitchen junk drawer, and rebuy when I am running low.
ljaques
What? More uncanny valley videos today? (lenght?)