Sofirn IF22A Rapier rechargeable pocket thrower – 620 ANSI metres, 2,100 lumens – the mightiest mouse! Customer reviewsFeast your eyes, good sir or madam, for you are looking upon the pinnacle of compact flashlight design!The business-end of the IF22A Rapier brings together the latest thinking on optics and electronics to produce a gobsmacking beam from a pocketable torch. Just a couple of years ago, a shaft of light like this was the wet dream of every flashlight designer, and even today I'd be hugely surprised if you can find a more useful long-range beam from a torch this size and price.What comes out of the Rapier is incredible – a 620 ANSI metre beam (according to my own measurements...) with a perfectly even, well-proportioned hotspot and pale spill beam (for more on beam profiles, see here)But what goes into this little torch is equally brilliant. For starters, it somehow swallows a 21700-sized 5,000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, and feeds all that juice to the LED through some of the most sophisticated electronics and refined user-interface on the market today. We're talking about instant, single-handed selection of brightness anywhere from one lumen (moonlight) to 2,100 lumens (turbo) as well as last-used brightness level and a dual-frequency defensive strobe.This little jewel also features advanced temperature control, so it will turn itself down from turbo only when the internal temperature reaches 55C – which will take longer if you're holding the torch out the window as you drive through a game reserve or patrol your neighbourhood. And even if it does step down you might not notice because the torch is still very bright, and it will step up again when the internal temperature drops!We're also talking about rapid-charging that big battery inside the torch in two and a half hours by simply connecting the USB-C port on the torch to a powered USB port like the one in your car or on a multi-adapter, using the supplied lead. You can also charge it with a cellphone charger (it may take a bit longer), and if you buy a USB-C to USB-C cable you can draw power OFF the torch to charge your phone – forsooth, it's also a powerbank!I can just imagine the excitement the Sofirn engineers must have felt as they imagined an ultra-compact torch with a TIR (total internal reflection) optic focusing 2,100 lumens of pure white light from Luminus' new SFT-40 chip into a perfectly proportioned beam with a 96,500 candela hot-spot (according to my light meter) and just enough spill to avoid tunnel vision.Verily, this is the holy grail of outdoor illumination – an ideal long-range beam over a real-world distance of two rugby fields from a torch that's only 127mm (5") long and 42mm across the head, weighing just shy of 200g with the battery, lanyard and pocket clip installed!The same engineers decreed that no corner should be cut in the making of this little masterpiece – it's milled from aerospace grade aluminium, hard-anodised to military specifications in either black or silver, fitted with a hardened glass lens and IPX8 waterproofing. It may be small but it's tough as nails!With a 5,000mAh battery I expect you'll get a cumulative runtime of more than an hour on turbo, twice as long (without stepping down) on high (1,000 lumens), all night on medium (320 lumens), a couple of days on low (30 lumens) and several weeks on moonlight. The Rapier has a battery status indicator, so there should be no surprises in the dark, and it will cut out before you over-discharge an unprotected Li-Ion. This means you can safely use an unprotected lithium ion battery, which costs much less than the protected equivalent (which applies to all Sofirn torches, by the way).The torch offers both mechanical and electronic lockout, to prevent it from turning on accidentally if something presses on the switch while it's out of sight. The electronic lockout delivers a moonlight beam while you hold down the button, which is very useful if you want to check the contents of a bag without unlocking the torch.The flat tailcap makes it easy to tail-stand, so you can aim the beam at the ceiling to light up a room during load-shedding, and it comes with a lanyard, spare o-rings and a bi-directional pocket clip (which stops it from rolling off a table!) It's clear that a LOT of thought has gone into this very beautiful little torch.I've named it the "Rapier" because it reminds me of the gentleman's weapon from a couple of centuries ago – small and light enough to carry easily, but highly effective as a defensive weapon. Soldiers of those times would have carried a broadsword into battle (like my heavy hitters, the SP70 Beast and T70 Hunter) but they probably carried a rapier as a backup and as a "dress weapon" when they went out carousing with the lads.Finally, 21st century technology has caught up with the middle ages!As with all my weapons... sorry, torches... I can give you a better price if you drop me a line at mark@torchguy.com – I'll send you an invoice for payment direct into our account so you'll get the commission I would pay if you flash your plastic on this website.BTW: if you can't make up your mind between the Rapier and my top-selling C8G Panga (pictured next to the Rapier above)... - their beam distance is about the same, but the ratios between the hot-spot and spill are quite different, as you can see in the beamshots from Taschenlampen Forum - the Panga runs cooler on turbo, has a tail-switch and external charging which together make it the better choice for security professionals and neighbourhood watch patrollers- the Rapier's pale spill-beam is less likely to produce "back glare" which, together with its tiny size, makes it the new benchmark in ultra-compact long-range illumination, especially if it's used mostly on "high" and short bursts on "turbo". Both are truly excellent compact throwers. If you still can't make up your mind please drop me a line (at mark@torchguy.com) and I'll try to guide you to the right decision for you.

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IF22A Rapier

R1,690.00

Sofirn IF22A Rapier rechargeable pocket thrower – 620 ANSI metres, 2,100 lumens – the mightiest mouse! Customer reviews

Feast your eyes, good sir or madam, for you are looking upon the pinnacle of compact flashlight design!

The business-end of the IF22A Rapier brings together the latest thinking on optics and electronics to produce a gobsmacking beam from a pocketable torch. Just a couple of years ago, a shaft of light like this was the wet dream of every flashlight designer, and even today I'd be hugely surprised if you can find a more useful long-range beam from a torch this size and price.

What comes out of the Rapier is incredible – a 620 ANSI metre beam (according to my own measurements...) with a perfectly even, well-proportioned hotspot and pale spill beam (for more on beam profiles, see here)

But what goes into this little torch is equally brilliant. 

For starters, it somehow swallows a 21700-sized 5,000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, and feeds all that juice to the LED through some of the most sophisticated electronics and refined user-interface on the market today. We're talking about instant, single-handed selection of brightness anywhere from one lumen (moonlight) to 2,100 lumens (turbo) as well as last-used brightness level and a dual-frequency defensive strobe.

This little jewel also features advanced temperature control, so it will turn itself down from turbo only when the internal temperature reaches 55C – which will take longer if you're holding the torch out the window as you drive through a game reserve or patrol your neighbourhood. And even if it does step down you might not notice because the torch is still very bright, and it will step up again when the internal temperature drops!

We're also talking about rapid-charging that big battery inside the torch in two and a half hours by simply connecting the USB-C port on the torch to a powered USB port like the one in your car or on a multi-adapter, using the supplied lead. You can also charge it with a cellphone charger (it may take a bit longer), and if you buy a USB-C to USB-C cable you can draw power OFF the torch to charge your phone – forsooth, it's also a powerbank!

I can just imagine the excitement the Sofirn engineers must have felt as they imagined an ultra-compact torch with a TIR (total internal reflection) optic focusing 2,100 lumens of pure white light from Luminus' new SFT-40 chip into a perfectly proportioned beam with a 96,500 candela hot-spot (according to my light meter) and just enough spill to avoid tunnel vision.

Verily, this is the holy grail of outdoor illumination – an ideal long-range beam over a real-world distance of two rugby fields from a torch that's only 127mm (5") long and 42mm across the head, weighing just shy of 200g with the battery, lanyard and pocket clip installed!

The same engineers decreed that no corner should be cut in the making of this little masterpiece – it's milled from aerospace grade aluminium, hard-anodised to military specifications in either black or silver, fitted with a hardened glass lens and IPX8 waterproofing. It may be small but it's tough as nails!

With a 5,000mAh battery I expect you'll get a cumulative runtime of more than an hour on turbo, twice as long (without stepping down) on high (1,000 lumens), all night on medium (320 lumens), a couple of days on low (30 lumens) and several weeks on moonlight. 

The Rapier has a battery status indicator, so there should be no surprises in the dark, and it will cut out before you over-discharge an unprotected Li-Ion. This means you can safely use an unprotected lithium ion battery, which costs much less than the protected equivalent (which applies to all Sofirn torches, by the way).

The torch offers both mechanical and electronic lockout, to prevent it from turning on accidentally if something presses on the switch while it's out of sight. The electronic lockout delivers a moonlight beam while you hold down the button, which is very useful if you want to check the contents of a bag without unlocking the torch.

The flat tailcap makes it easy to tail-stand, so you can aim the beam at the ceiling to light up a room during load-shedding, and it comes with a lanyard, spare o-rings and a bi-directional pocket clip (which stops it from rolling off a table!) It's clear that a LOT of thought has gone into this very beautiful little torch.

I've named it the "Rapier" because it reminds me of the gentleman's weapon from a couple of centuries ago – small and light enough to carry easily, but highly effective as a defensive weapon. Soldiers of those times would have carried a broadsword into battle (like my heavy hitters, the SP70 Beast and T70 Hunter) but they probably carried a rapier as a backup and as a "dress weapon" when they went out carousing with the lads.

Finally, 21st century technology has caught up with the middle ages!

As with all my weapons... sorry, torches... I can give you a better price if you drop me a line at mark@torchguy.com – I'll send you an invoice for payment direct into our account so you'll get the commission I would pay if you flash your plastic on this website.

BTW: if you can't make up your mind between the Rapier and my top-selling C8G Panga (pictured next to the Rapier above)... 

- their beam distance is about the same, but the ratios between the hot-spot and spill are quite different, as you can see in the beamshots from Taschenlampen Forum 

- the Panga runs cooler on turbo, has a tail-switch and external charging which together make it the better choice for security professionals and neighbourhood watch patrollers

- the Rapier's pale spill-beam is less likely to produce "back glare" which, together with its tiny size, makes it the new benchmark in ultra-compact long-range illumination, especially if it's used mostly on "high" and short bursts on "turbo". 

Both are truly excellent compact throwers. If you still can't make up your mind please drop me a line (at mark@torchguy.com) and I'll try to guide you to the right decision for you.

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