Sofirn SP70 Beast rechargeable LED flashlight, 5,500 lumens 742 metres – sommer turns night into day! Customer reviews
This torch is for guys who REALLY need to rule the night – farm-watch members, search-and-rescue operators, first-responders and anyone who wants a full-sized torch that leaves nowhere to hide. I've called it the "Beast", not only in homage to Mr Mtawarira but also to the farm animals that shaped our history and still keep so many of our farmers busy.
"Compact" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you pick up the Beast, although it's smaller and MUCH more powerful than those 4D kierries used by the cops. We're talking about a HUGE beam that lights up everything over the length of Ellis Park for three hours, and twice as far in bursts of up to three minutes whenever you need it (up to 742 ANSI metres or 235 real-world metres).
The Beast can be as simple or as clever as you want it to be. It's fully operational from the side-button, so you can control it with one (non-dominant) hand. Just click to turn on, hold the button down to adjust the brightness in four steps from 60 to 3,000 lumens, then click off. When you click on again it goes back to whatever level you used last. Double-click (from off or on) to go straight to the 5,500 lumen "turbo"!
This setup means you can use the light on one of the lower settings as you move about and then go instantly to jislaaik mode whenever you like! The Beast also has a mechanical tail-switch which means you can instantly "lock it out" so it's not draining the batteries when it's turned off, and it won't be turned on accidentally if something presses against the side-button.
When it's not locked out there's a light in the side-switch that glows so you can find it in the dark, and it changes colour to warn you when your batteries need charging.
There's a lot more the Beast can do – including a "ramping" mode where holding the button down ramps seamlessly from moonlight to turbo, and a beacon mode so you can mark a spot for a search party – but you don't need to worry about any of this unless you want to. I'll include my own guidelines to read when there's no rugby to watch on TV.
Needless to say, the Beast is as tough as you are. It's got all the diplomas on the wall – IPX8 waterproof and impact resistant, aircraft-grade aluminium body, military-grade anodising, toughened mineral glass lens and so on – while the electronics take care of all the housekeeping behind the scenes.
Those lumens come from Cree's flagship XHP (extra high power) 70.2 LED set in a "light orange peel" reflector to provide a nicely integrated beam, while a pair of chunky 26650 rechargeable lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries provide 11,000 mAh of energy and have a service life of 3-5 years. You can also use high-drain 18650 batteries that are cheaper and easier to find, but won't deliver quite so much runtime – although they make a great backup!
The Beast weighs in at 870g with the full-sized batteries, and it comes with a strong shoulder strap so your hands can be free until you need your torch. It has a metal "cigar ring" that not only allows different hand positions but prevents the torch from rolling off a table. The box includes a spare pair of o-rings and spare button-cover to maintain the waterproofing.
I'm guessing that you're now thinking – ja Mark, this sounds good, but hoeveel kos hierdie bees? Five grand? Six grand? Nee my dolla, if you pay by EFT-on-invoice, complete with the full-sized batteries, a top quality USB charger/powerbank and the Aramex okie bringing it to your door, it's R3,640. In fact, if you already have lithium ion batteries and a charger it can be yours for nearly a grand less – stru's Bob!
To take advantage of these discounts please drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll get back to you with an invoice for payment by EFT. That can take a day or two to clear – if you check one out from this website before 10am from Monday to Thursday you won't get the discount but you could have the torch by tomorrow, depending on where you are.
If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.