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e+lite – stash and forget emergency torch


I’m sure most of us have torches stashed either in the car, shed or in a first aid kit somewhere, with batteries slowly going flat and corroding the torch from the inside waiting for that emergency that never comes. Well the nice people at Petzl, purveyors of gravity-defying anti-death rock climbing gear and hands-free headlamps, feel your pain and they’ve come up with this. The e+lite is an emergency torch, designed to be stashed and ignored until that special moment comes. In fact Petzl guarantee it will last for 10 years sealed in its little box even when the temperatures range from -30C to 60C (which I think is on Mars).


The torch weighs 27 grams (about an ounce), is waterproof to 1 metre and can be used in some potentially explosive atmospheres. It uses two CR2032 batteries, which power 3 white LEDs visible out to 19 metres and 1 red LED for close-up work and to preserve your night-vision. The batteries will last for 35 hours at maximum brightness or 45 hours in economy mode or even longer in strobe modes. The switch is designed for use with gloves and has a lock to prevent it being accidentally switched on. The e+lite also has a removable bungee-cord that can fit around your head, wrist or neck and the torch itself has a built-in clip which holds the torch in place and allows the head to swivel 360. So pick one up and stick it with your EPIRB for when the next asteroid hits. About $US29.99 if you shop around.

Long-term dependability, even when kept for years in harsh conditions

  • functions in extreme temperatures: from -30C to +60C
  • always ready for use: can be stored with batteries for up to 10 years and still be operational
  • waterproof down to -1 m
  • protective case included

Tags: gadget, e+lite+torch+flash+light, emergency+torch+flash+light, outdoor+gadget

1 Comment

  • my "stash and forget" flashlights are a set of G2 LED Surefire flashlights. The CR123 batteries also have a shelf life of 10 years (i think its in the nature of the lithium battery chemistry — and also why the batteries cost a LOT).

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