Joby Gorillatorch Switchback - lantern and headlamp in a single unit
Joby has been on a real roll this year. They entered the year with their existing lineup of popular bendy-tripods, and added flashlights, a video tripod (review coming soon) and a brilliant roadside emergency light.
Today, they announced their first LED flashlight specifically designed for the outdoor enthusiast - the Joby Switchback.
In a single product, the Switchback can transform from a lantern into a headlamp. The light unit is powered by five separate LED's, including a massive 130-lumen CREE XP-G spotlight. The light offers six different brightness settings and is claimed to be "easy on the eyes." The CREE LED bulb can shine up to 60 feet away, and red LED lights help in nighttime use.
What this means, is that you can use the super bright lantern to illuminate your tent or cabin, then switch over to a headlamp when you go hiking. And of course, the lantern comes with the award wining Joby flexible stand, which means you can either hang it from your tent, or find a tree branch to mount it to.
The battery pack holds two AA batteries, and is rated for up to 72 hours of use. Best of all - when you are not using the lantern, you can still use the flexible stand for your camera, just like any other Joby tripod.
The new Switchback launched today, and will be available from REI, L.L. Bean, Mountain Sports and Amazon.com. Priced at just $59.95, you get a very reasonable amount of light for your money - especially with so many features.
To learn more about the new Joby Switchback, and to find (online) retailers, head on over to the product page at Joby.com.