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Function Flashlight tries to fill a lot of shoes

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July 5, 2013

The Function Flashlight is designed to be a do-it-all portable light source

The Function Flashlight is designed to be a do-it-all portable light source

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If you’re anything like me, you own a flashlight, a bike light, and a videography light. While they all emit the same sort of white(ish) LED light, their form factor can make it difficult to use one of them for another’s purpose. Vancouver-based mechanical engineer Ronald Chan, however, is hoping that his Function Flashlight will become the one and only go-to portable light source for its owners.

The water-resistant, black-anodized Function has a solid aluminum body, and its three Cree XPG2 LEDs produce up to 1,600 lumens. Buyers can also opt for Nichia 219 Hi CRI bulbs which put out a more neutral white light, but at a lower intensity.

For typical use, a simple push of its control knob turns it on and off. Once it’s on, however, that knob can be used as a dimmer switch, allowing users to turn it down as low as 10 lumens. More advanced functions, such as SOS signaling and variable-rate strobing, can be accessed by holding the knob down longer.

Besides its ability to be stood up either horizontally or vertically, the Function also features threaded tripod holes on its top and rear surfaces. Combined with one or more of the optional mounts (where necessary), these allow it to be attached to the top of a camera, the handlebars of a bicycle, a backpack strap, a Gorillapod, or various other items.

Using an optional clip mount, the Function can be attached to a backpack strap

Several magnetically-attached filters are also in the works, which will let users change the color of the light, diffuse it, or turn the flashlight into more of a domed table-top lamp.

Power comes from one user-supplied 18650 lithium-ion battery, two CR123A’s, or two 18350’s. There are no hard figures provided as far as battery life goes, although we're told that it depends very much on the output setting, and the type of batteries used.

Chan’s company, Cryos Illumination, is now in the process of raising production funds on Indiegogo. A pledge of 175 CAD (US$165) will get you a Function Flashlight of your own, assuming the financial goal is met.

The light can be seen in use in the pitch video below.

Source: Indiegogo

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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