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June 30, 2014

Copper Flashlight


Wrote John Edgar Park in Make magazine: "I'll admit it, I covet beautiful, high-quality objects over functionally similar, yet mediocre, mass-produced one. Call me a tool snob, but I'm enthralled by the Maratac AAA copper flashlight. This single AAA, Cree R3 LED light is lovingly machined from solid copper. The light's driver has two twist-activated brightness modes (low and blinding!), and thanks to the aluminum reflector and coated lens, it throws a very clean spot. I've got plenty of cheap, throwaway lights I've acquired over the years, but this is the one I know clip in my pocket at all times. I look forward to its copper body gaining patina, picking up some history, as I use it to peer into machines, ward off raccoons, and illuminate adventures."


June 30, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


Mr Park: You are not a tool snob. You are a design snob. A tool snob would covet functional, practical devices which work brilliantly at their intended purpose. A design snob pays a premium for beautiful objects.

I carry a light similar to this (except in aluminum rather than copper). I do not like the twist-on functionality. A tail switch is the only way to go. That said, this light does sit remarkably close to the intersection of cheap, well-suited for the intended purpose, and user-friendly.

And although I love how small and, er, light this light is, sometimes I go back to my larger and heavier Stylus Pro because I can actually find it in my pocket amongst all my other doodads much quicker.

Posted by: Nathan | Jun 30, 2014 11:24:23 AM

I have a $10 Cree that comes with two rechargable camera batteries and a charger. Brighter than all getout and machined from solid aluminum.

So pretty much, you get far far far more, with a lighter metal that won't tarnish, and for the purposes that it is using, has an equal heatsink as to the copper.

Posted by: Clifyt | Jun 30, 2014 10:07:40 AM

"I'll admit it, I covet beautiful, high-quality objects over functionally similar, yet mediocre, mass-produced one."

I used to be that way. Lost more Montblanc pens that I can count. The cheapest one was $129 and that was 20 years ago. Now I write with Papermate.

Posted by: antares | Jun 30, 2014 8:56:11 AM

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