Imagine if back in the afternoon of the Model T Ford someone lurks beyond you in a Tesla. Besides the fact that the Tesla likely couldn’t even manage the terrible roads back thenit would have been such a shock that Model T owners may have believed they were being invaded by aliens. The technological leap between the Model T Ford and the Tesla is, of course, gigantic.
The exact identical technological leap exists between most lights available on the industry today and computer-programmed by flashes in your display TorchLab BOSS series of lights (there’s a 35, that’s that the 18350-sized light along with the 70, that’s that the 18650 sized light). It may be outfitted with a red LED (for night vision) in addition to the three-emitter selection of white LEDs. You can get the 3 emitter array in near-sunlight like Hi CRI output emitters, needless to say, and the the high is a stunning 1200 lumens. The low and everything else can be programmed at using a web site. You visit the website, play about with a few sliders, and then drop the BOSS into program mode. Once this is done, you click on a button on the website, a movie window opens, and displays a set of pulses and flashes of lighting. The recipient in the torch’s mind picks up the screen and also reprograms the on-board personal computer to your preferred output. In addition to changing the arrangement of these modes, you might even change the amount of modes, the outcome signal of the red LED, the time tested of thermal protection fall downs in output, and a multitude of different things. Simply speaking, the BOSS allows you to do whatever you want with all the lighting and it does it through an easy to use interface that cannot be inadvertently activated. Honestly, the entire process feels like a bit of science fiction.
If this was the BOSS was it’d be one of the best lights available on the marketplace. However, the body itself is also pretty bonkers. Thanks to a few productions of iteration, the BOSS has a curvy, hand-friendly texture with the very ideal tailcap design on the market (Torch Lab’s Triad tailcap). That the clicky is a hearty McGizmo clicky, rounding the very best light available on the industry today.
Of course all this is pricey. I received that a gen 1 BOSS 35 for 392 brand new. It had been in aluminum and was a Hi CRI array without a red LED. However, the versions that have come from the two years that followed are amazing–aluminum, titanium, brass and in a few different finishes. However, this month, December 2018, Torch Lab dropped something amazing on the Overready site: a zirconium BOSS series. Even the 35 clocks in at over $1,600, a staggering sum for a flashlight, but that is a singular torch. Zirconium is known because of its very complicated to machine and very beautiful when performed properly. Its dark shiny look makes it one of the most popular materials in the gear world. Adding a bonkers material like zirconium (which could lead to fires when machined) using a bonkers light like the BOSS is a match made in excess pocket heaven.
This isn’t even a practical item of kit, but nobody needs a Bugatti Chiron either.
What: Torch Lab BOSS series lighting in zirconium
When: As availability allows, starting in December 2018
Price: Starting at $1695
Made in the USA: Not completely, a few parts in the USA
Highlights: Amazing programming, Fantastic body tube, nuts substances
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