Joby Gorillatorch Switchback Transforms From Lantern To Headlamp

Posted on Oct 20 2010 - 11:01pm by Gadget King

JOBY Gorillatorch Switchback

The ultimate companion for the outdoor enthusiast, this combination lantern-headlamp uses the same LED light array in a single form factor to avoid the need to carry two separate lights.

Produced with the latest in high-performance materials and LED light technology, the Gorillatorch Switchback combines exceptional light quality with innovative product design. With 5 powerful LEDs, including a 130-lumen CREE® XLamp® XP-G LED spotlight, 6 brightness settings and an adjustable dimmer switch this social to solo lighting product is an overflowing cauldron of beautiful light. The 92% ultra-efficient holographic lens produces brilliant and even light that is easy on the eyes when viewed directly, a vast improvement over traditional lanterns available today.

"We wanted to create a lighting product that encourages strong social interaction in the same way that a campfire does," says JOBY CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones, "Our deep research into the needs of skiing, surfing and climbing guides as well as extreme backpackers inspired us to create an entirely new product that combines a lightweight headlamp with a social lantern utilizing the same LED lighting engine. Our friends on the mountain told us their existing solutions didn't work, so this piece of revolutionary design is for them and many others."

As a lantern, the Gorillatorch Switchback is capable of illuminating an 8-person family tent or small cabin, making it the ideal light for any social gathering "“ from meals at the campsite, to an evening game of cards on the patio. Gorillatorch Switchback can easily hook to the inside of a tent, sit on a table or attach to a branch using the included flexible lantern stand.

The integrated design allows for a quick transition to headlamp mode, with an ergonomic, woven headband that can be comfortably worn for hours. The Switchback can illuminate a trail up to 60 feet ahead, with two additional white LEDs for flood lighting and two red LEDs to preserve night vision.
Built to last throughout a weekend of outdoor adventures, the Gorillatorch Switchback uses two easy-to-find AA batteries for a battery life of up to 72 hours. The flexible lantern stand also doubles as a camera tripod when using the included standard camera screw.

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