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A car flashlight that's always ready to go

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March 4, 2010

The Spotlight, in lovely Pimp Purple. The plug-in flashlight stays charged in your car - w...

The Spotlight, in lovely Pimp Purple. The plug-in flashlight stays charged in your car - where you need it

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It’s a problem as old as the flashlight - or the automobile, whichever came second ... you know you should keep a flashlight in your car, but chances are that if you do, its batteries will be dead by the time you need it. This is especially likely if you live somewhere that gets cold winters, where just a few hours parked outside could send your car-flashlight’s batteries into hibernation. There’s a nifty new product, however, that addresses this problem. It called the Spotlight, and it’s a small yet heavy-duty flashlight that plugs straight into your car’s dashboard power socket, where it will stay charged constantly.

The Spotlight has a 0.5W LED bulb that delivers 25 lumens of illumination - enough to light up objects 50m (150ft) away, according to the company website. An indicator light lets you know when its rechargeable Ni-MH battery has reached a full charge. Once it has, it will reportedly provide over 180 minutes of light.

It’s even submersible, should you choose to drive into the water (or drop it accidentally in a puddle.

The little flashlight is big on the bling factor, as its shiny aluminum body is available in no less than 12 colors, with names like Pimp Purple and Hazard County Orange. In true blingy fashion, there are also a bunch of accessories you can buy to go with your Spotlight.

A car flashlight that's always ready to go

One optional extra that looks quite useful is the Fender Friend, a flexible-necked holder for the flashlight, with a magnetic base that lets you mount it anywhere metallic on your car - such as on the fender, above a tire that you’re changing. You can also buy an AC adapter/charger, so you can keep the flashlight in your house, plugged into a wall outlet. If you don’t like the idea of the flashlight constantly occupying your car’s sole power socket, you can also get a Super Socket, a two-headed socket that plugs into your car’s single-header.

The Spotlight costs $US19.95, and is available at several retailers, or via its website.

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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6 Comments

"There’s a nifty new product, however, that addresses this problem"

These are not new. Chinese websites offering PayPal payment options have been selling generic versions of these for at least the last 20 months.

abx
5th March, 2010 @ 01:32 am PST

While my car has lots of metallic bits, it doesn't have any bodywork that a magnet will stick to due to it being an aluminium Audi A8! Still, not a bad concept for steel cars.

gadgetmind
5th March, 2010 @ 01:41 am PST

whats new about this idea , I had a lancia car in 1975 that had one of these torches that was in the glovebox with its own powerpoint . so it was always fully charged .

brianeatonpb
5th March, 2010 @ 11:14 am PST

this is a GREAT review - thanks Gizmag!

we really feel like the kits are what might make the most sense to people new to the wonderful world of spotlightTM

- singles, students, lone-rangers - check out the 'home-helper kit'

- couples, ignite your love with the 'igniter kit'!

- sales reps, drivers, emergency teams - the 'commuter kit' is for you :)

- DJs and home-hobbyists - the 'handymate kit' is featured above here on Gizmag!

- out-door types - integrate spotlightTM into your daily lives with the 'adventure kit'

- families - get started with 'the 'burb kit' today

don't forget to follow us on your favorite social network(s) too!

right, I'm off to subscribe to Gizmag's newsletter - everyone in the spotlightTM office is STUNNED that I'm not already on it! :-)

Mark Clulow
5th March, 2010 @ 08:09 pm PST

I've had a Spotlight in my truck for several months. It's a great product.

J Courtenay Brandon
16th March, 2010 @ 08:06 am PDT

nimh batteries

horrible batteries!

why not lithium?

Larry English
24th September, 2013 @ 09:18 am PDT
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