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Zyntony Torch belts out the light, but only where needed

Zyntony Torch belts out the li...
Zyntony Torch features a rugged, waterproof design
Zyntony Torch features a rugged, waterproof design
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The Zyntony Torch is made of aircraft-grade aluminum in a shape similar to that of a flashlight
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The Zyntony Torch is made of aircraft-grade aluminum in a shape similar to that of a flashlight
A mobile companion app lets users connect to and remotely control the Zyntony Torch
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A mobile companion app lets users connect to and remotely control the Zyntony Torch
The Zyntony Glamping Torch comes in six colors
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The Zyntony Glamping Torch comes in six colors
The glamping design of the Zyntony Torch features pillow machining on the grip with a satin finish
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The glamping design of the Zyntony Torch features pillow machining on the grip with a satin finish
The Zyntony Torch packs 20 Cree LEDs arrayed in four, individually-controllable quadrants
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The Zyntony Torch packs 20 Cree LEDs arrayed in four, individually-controllable quadrants
The Special Ops design of the Zyntony Torch offers a military "grenade grip" handle and 10-year warranty
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The Special Ops design of the Zyntony Torch offers a military "grenade grip" handle and 10-year warranty
Zyntony Torch features a rugged, waterproof design
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Zyntony Torch features a rugged, waterproof design
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Flashlights and lanterns tend to be found at the core of outdoor adventure and/or disaster preparation gear. Flashlights, typically, are more common because they can offer a substantial amount of light with far less bulk. The Zyntony Torch may change that, as its 20 Cree LEDs are designed to deliver up to 4,000 lumens of light in a 360-degree arc, with independent control over each 90-degree quadrant.

The Zyntony Torch addresses weaknesses common to many typical camping lanterns. Unlike its heavier, bulky brethren, the Zyntony Torch is more portable, handling like a long, slim flashlight. The machined aircraft-grade aluminum exterior is designed to be rugged and waterproof while also providing a textured handle grip. Carabiner and paracord loops allow users to hang or secure the Zyntony Torch to gear for lighting and/or easy carrying.

But what makes the Zyntony Torch unique is the level of control over its array of warm-glowing LEDs. A built-in 5-way button lets users dim the lights and turn on/off each individual 90-degree quadrant. So if you happen to be marching in the dark over rough terrain while heading back to camp, the Zyntony Torch can light the way for all to see, leaving one quadrant off so you don't blind yourself.

The Zyntony Torch packs 20 Cree LEDs arrayed in four, individually-controllable quadrants
The Zyntony Torch packs 20 Cree LEDs arrayed in four, individually-controllable quadrants

In addition to the powerful output and durable construction, the Zyntony Torch features replaceable, rechargeable batteries and a USB output port for charging devices. This is the kind of versatility that helped make the ZeroHour flashlight a great success. With its built-in Bluetooth wireless capability, the Zyntony Torch is designed to pair with smartphones or tablets for remote lighting control. The companion app also shows a usage history graph and the lantern's remaining battery life.

The Zyntony Torch is currently funding on Kickstarter, having raised 24 percent of its US$235,000 goal in five days, with another 25 days left to go. A pledge of $165 can get you a first edition Adventure Torch, complete with batteries and wall charger, saving $134 off the retail price. There are also options for a Special Ops Torch and a Glamping Torch.

If the prototype testing and production go according to plan, backers can expect shipments of the Zyntony Torch to start sometime March, 2016. Check out the video below for a test-firing demonstration of the LEDs.

Sources: Zyntony, Kickstarter

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3 comments
3 comments
Madlyb
Love this product, even if it is a little on the pricey side. The amount of thought that has gone into design is everywhere.
LtP
I don't see any physical specs. That said - any idea what the weight and size are? Any option for an IR output (for combat ops) to match the wavelength of combat IR goggles and rifle sights?
unklmurray
These guys are producing a strip light I like more and plan to buy if for no other reason is that the battery pack can be recharged from a USB port and then power the strip light or your "Dumb Phone"....I HATE this craze....you have to have a "DAMN dumb Phone" for to use an Ebike,or to use an Ethis or Ethat.....If I have to get a Phone to work a product...I Boycott that product.......there is more to life than a stupid PHONE!!