Name: Joby Gorillatorch Flare
What it is: A superbright flashlight/warning light/strobe light with bendable plastic legs that can wrap around all kinds of objects so the light can be directed precisely. At the ends of the legs are powerful magnets that stick firmly to metal surfaces, such as the side of a car.
How it works: To operate through the three brightness levels, you simply push the single button. Keep going, and you activate the strobe. Push the button again, and you get a static red light. Once more, and it blinks a furious red.
The good: This is a tiny sun, using Cree-brand LED lights. Joby also sells another, less powerful light; be sure of which one you are buying. This one, the Flare, is fantastic camping gear, able to illuminate an entire campsite or light up your tent like your living room. But beyond that, anyone having to do work outside at night will love its 100 lumens. I already was a fan of the camera tripod from Joby. Like the tripod, the Flare's bendable legs make it extremely versatile. I had no experience with the magnets, however. To test them, I stuck the Flare to the hood of my car and drove the speed limit on neighborhood streets. It stuck fast. I think night fishing from my canoe would be a breeze with this, though I haven't tried that yet.
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The bad: The specs say that the three AA batteries will last 20 hours on full brightness. I wish it could be more, but with the power of this thing, I understand. On the other hand, it goes 80 hours on the first level of brightness, which is probably bright enough for most uses.
Where to get it: joby.com, or look for it in stores.