A 500 LED Superbright Man Flashlight was created to provide a lot of light when you need it most. It is huge. It requires that it be carried in two arms and with both hands. Not a practical belt accessory. The promotion shows a comparison between the Superbright Man Flashlight and two Maglites. The results are impressive, but they may not be entirely what you see.
The Superbright Man Flashlight Construction
The lens is constructed using 500 22.000 mcd LED lights. The electronics are insane, and per the builder’s website very labor intensive. It is more akin to bomb building. Parts cost roughly $100. The Interface is also insane. It reminded me of something off of an old Star Trek show. What it shows is a variety of ways to control the light stream. Unlike a traditional flashlight, you have choices about how much of the lens is used. The more LED lights that you light up, the faster the drain on the battery.
The Test Results
One of the first things that I notice during the field test is that the light works really well within about 20 feet of the person who is holding it. It does an okay job of lighting up sections of the testing ground farther out than 20 feet, but the light begins to diffuse quickly and the bright detail is lost when it is operated in the open.
When he moves under the bridge, you begin to see more detail, and that is because the light from the LED lens is bounced back. In the open field along the sidewalk, the flashlight does not show the details that you would expect. The beam of light is wider, and the further it travels the less dense the beam becomes.
During the test that occurs in the house, the Superbright Man Flashlight blows away the two Maglites. However, this is not a total victory for the Superbright Man Flashlight because in the field both Maglites can be focused to provide the user more deal at greater distances. That does not appear to be the case with the Superbright Man Flashlight.
The Superbright Man Flashlight’s Statistical Data:
At full brightness, the Battery has a ten minute life span. The unit can be recharged, which is good, but in the field ten minutes is not going to be very practical.
- Uses a 7 Ah 12 V battery.
- Lens uses 22.000 mcd bulbs.
- Total Watts equal 54 for energy usage.
- Cost: $100 for LED plus $100 plus/minus for the remainder of the parts. The builder goes somewhat into detail about the cost to produce this torch. It would never be marketable because of the insane amount of labor needed to construct the best.
Practicality of Creation
There is no doubt that this Superbright Man Flashlight is awesome. Personally, the builder gets props for building such a creation. As a real world application, my first thought was military, but that becomes impractical unless the unit becomes part of a weapon. With both hands needed to carry and operate the light, you would need to be able to defend yourself without using the Man Light as a bludgeon type weapon. Plus, it kind of makes you a target, so military usage is out.
Another use might be in submersible watercraft where a different type of battery could be used to prolong usage. It certainly provides enough light for deep sea exploration, and that is really the kind of application where such a device would be needed. LED offering lower energy usage than Mercury Vapor or Halogen and without the insane heat build up that you have with those bulb types.
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