We all own a variety of flashlights. They just kind of… collect, as Christmas gifts, hardware store purchases, and other sources seem to conspire to give you as many flashlights as possible. But Light & Motion has a solution; a flashlight that can be anything you want, provided you swap in the right head.
The Swiss Army Flashlight
First, you need to know about the handle. Light & Motion builds flashlights generally for extreme sports purposes; bike lights, cave lights, underwater diving lights, things of that nature. The GoBe was built to be all things to all sports types; it’s light, at 5.6 ounces, and it’s tough. For example, you can take it up to 120 meters down in the water. And you’ll save on batteries; it charges via USB.
But, of course, as nice as the handle is, it’s the heads that get all the attention.
Essentially, all you need to do is swap out the head and you’ve got a different light. Currently it’s got six different ones: an 8-degree light for spelunking and search-and-rescue; a 20-degree spot in 500 or 700 lumen flavors; a 60-degree wide beam; a red light to let you navigate without losing your night vision, and a blue light designed to make sea life fluoresce. In short, pretty much everything you might want out of a flashlight.
A Hydra Of A Flashlight
That said, having a multi-function light designed to the highest standards isn’t cheap, and thus the GoBe is going to be a bit more expensive. Retail sets will start at $200, and while there’s no pricing on the different heads, yet, the red light is currently priced at $100. So, yeah, you might be paying a bit more for a flashlight, but on the other hand, consider that now you’ll only need to ever have the one.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.