I’ve managed to keep my flashaholic tendencies under control for a couple of years, but for Father’s Day I got myself a totally unnecessary flashlight to keep up my cred. As you can see from the photo, this sucker is little. The image is just about life-size if you don’t have the magnification of your screen cranked up.
I am fascinated by small flashlights. This one is plenty small: 2.2 inches long, and 0.5 inches in diameter. With an AAA battery installed, it weighs about one ounce. It’s the first AAA flashlight that I consider actually small enough to keep on a keychain, a good half-inch shorter and much lighter than any other stainless steel light at anything like a reasonable cost.
The Preon PØ has a flood-type beam, rather than the usual halo with a hotspot in the center. That means it doesn’t reach out as far, but it illuminates a large area evenly. The Cree EPE emitter (flashlight geek talk for LED) produces a neutral white light, about like a daylight fluorescent bulb.