Here’s something that just struck me as a cool idea — a flashlight whose body unfolds into a tripod stand. I know I’ve personally balanced my share of flashlights precariously on things around the shop (and under the car) trying to put the light where I need it, and this would have made things quite a bit easier: Unfold it, plunk it down, adjust the head to point the light — all done.
An important note: I didn’t really see the utility of this for quite a while as all the pictures I saw showed it in “tripod” mode. I thought, “Who cares? Just stick any light you have on a tripod!” Then I saw how it folds up into a standard flashlight-shaped form-factor. Bam! I get it.
Besides the nifty folding trick, this is pretty much a good, solid LED flashlight. It features a 1.25 watt bright-white LED, and it can make light with just 3 AA batteries, but runs longer if you’ve got six or nine. Essentially you just put in however many you’ve got.
Street pricing runs about $35, and you can find these all over. Hell, I saw one this week in CompUSA of all places.