Snow Peak Lapel Torch headlamp alternative
By C.C. Weiss
August 4, 2012
Look quickly at the Snow Peak Lapel Torch and you could easily mistake it for an iPod Shuffle with an earbud hanging off. The "Shuffle" is actually a battery pack and the earbud is an LED light. A sort of headlamp alternative, the Lapel Torch is a hands-free lighting solution.
The Lapel Torch packs up to 60 lumens of light output into a 1.4-ounce (39.7-gram) package. Sort of a multi-functional utility light for campers and outdoor users, it uses a magnetic clip that can be attached to your shirt, hat, tent pocket, etc. to offer a little more flexibility than a headlamp. Snow Peak mentions attaching the light to a jacket in its catalog, but it's not clear how strong the magnet is – it may have trouble staying attached to a thicker winter coat, fleece or shell. Its versatile, hands-free design could also be useful in other situations, like doing work in dark spaces.
You can tilt and reposition the light to change the direction of the beam and the battery pack can be stored in a pocket or clipped to your clothes. The Lapel Torch also doubles as a mini flashlight when you wrap the wire around the battery pack body and attach the light to it.
The battery pack measures 2.75 inches (7 cm) by 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) by 7/8 inch (2.2 cm) thick, while the light head is 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) in diameter. The Lapel Torch runs on three AAA batteries and Snow Peak lists run times at 55 hours on high, 90 hours on medium and 140 hours on low. The new light will hit the market next year for US$59.95.
Source: Snow PeakShare
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