Joby Gorillatorch Flashlight Review

Posted: Sep 1 2009, 12:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:28am CDT, in Reviews | Misc

 
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Specifications
The Gorillatorch legs and housing are made from ABS plastic with durable TPE rings. The feet have neodymium magnets inside. The flashlight uses ultra bright CREE LED and has high quality refractor optics and a polycarbonate lens. The light puts out 65 lumens of light maximum and is powered by three AA batteries.

In Use
I have owned all sorts of flashlights over my life and all of them had the same problem, there was no good way to use the light and still have both my hands free. The Gorrillatorch is the perfect flashlight for me. It can be held like a normal flashlight and the articulating legs act as a tripod to allow the flashlight to stand by itself. The flashlight head is adjustable so you can aim the light exactly where you want it.

If you are trying to use the Gorrillatorch near a metal surface, like the side of your car, the magnets in the feet will hold the Gorrillatorch securely to any metal surface. The magnets are very powerful and will hold the light in place on vertical surfaces and wet surfaces as well. The articulating legs are long enough to wrap around poles and other objects.

My daughter wrapped it around her wrist and played choochoo most of the day in fact. The light has a dimmer control that changes the amount of light it puts out. As you dim the light, the battery life gets longer. Joby claims that at the brightest setting the batteries will last 20 hours, optimum setting gives 50 hours of run time, and the longest run time possible is 80 hours. Joby even made the Gorrillatorch water resistant so you can use it outdoors in the rain, this may be the perfect flashlight for that vehicle emergency kit. The Gorrillatorch sells for $29.95 and is available for pre-order now.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Articulating legs
  • Bright
  • Good battery life
  • Works well

Cons

  • Magnets may cause problems around computers

Verdict
The Gorrillatorch is the best flashlight I have ever used. The only bad thing I can say about the flashlight is that the strong magnets in the feet won’t be a friend to computer enthusiasts looking for a good light for working inside a computer case.

9.0
10
 
 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Tech and Car expert Shane McGlaun (Google) reports about what's new in these two sectors. His extensive experience in testing cars, computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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