There are some products that seem exciting to us, but don’t have enough in the way of functionality to be rationalized as a purchase. We know if we wait a year or two, something bigger and better will come along. It’s usually smarter to wait for the new hotness to come out and go on sale than to strike immediately anyway. The company ZeroHour made a flashlight that wowed with its ability to work as both a backup battery for your phone or USB rechargeable gizmos and a torch. As it is with most things, they have improved their ideas over time.
If you’re the type who would prefer to wait until a gadget has been updated with even more features, your time is now. The Relic XR is a tactical flashlight that houses a 3400mAh backup battery. You can mount this on a bike or weapon of your choice, and it can charge your iPhone or Android in between usage as a flashlight. When used as a light, you’ll have a maximum output of 1,000 lumens and can control the intensity of the light from zero to maximum, or you can use a preset option like strobe or SOS.
The tailcap has an immediate on/off button for those that would rather not deal with the control ring, as well as a loop for paracord support. This is IPX-8 waterproof, meaning it can go as deep as three feet without water causing damage; puddles are no match for this light-bringer. Measuring only six inches long and weighing 6 ounces, it would be easy to carry this around with you on a daily basis without it being a burden. This will cost you around $145 and could prove to be quite useful.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter