NEVER NEEDS BATTERIES OR BULBS
Survivalists and students, campers and hikers, and everyone who loves unique gadgets,appreciates a completely reliable flashlight for the backpack, garage, car, andhome/officeemergency kit that's always ready to work, without EVER worrying about checking the batteries. And how about one that still works even after being driven over by a Metro bus?It's true, and now -- in clear, black or yellow -- there's both a completelyunique and highly practical product!
The new Night Star, a quieter and more efficient version of the StarLightflashlight, is a renewable energy flashlight that NEVER needs replacement batteries or bulbs, and is recharged simply by shaking it. A capacitor, strong enough to hold a charge for months,powers the white-light LED (no breakable incandescent bulb), after the high-power rare earth magnet creates energy by gliding through a coil of wire. A full charge for theNightStar, which gives several minutes of usable light, takes only 20-25 secondsof gentle shaking (most easily above the shoulder, parallel to the ground). This unprecedented power sourcewill actually charge easily and continuously on its own if carried while walking. In total darkness, the NightStar can illuminate an eight-foot diameter area from a distance of 40 feetand is visiblefor well over a mile. Made in Colorado, the state-of-the-art components are contained within anearly indestructible plastic housing (it has actually been driven over, onvideo, by a 25- ton Seattle Metro bus -- sure, it got a bit crushed but still worked!). The lightweight, compact NightStar weighs only 14 ounces, and at 10.7 inches long and two inches wide iteasily fits intoa car's glove compartment, portable emergency kit, knapsack or parka pocket.
This flashlight actually gives new meaning to the term Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Batteries are inherently wasteful; it takes more energy to manufacture a battery than you everget out ofit," comments John Ryan, environmental researcher. "Most people don't know that used batteries are classified as hazardous waste. Using this human-powered flashlight meansyou're notadding toxic chemicals to the planet." The first truly environmentally responsible flashlight!
NightStar is backed by a lifetime warranty (that's a human lifetime). Here's the amazing range of tests performed on it, with virtually no damage or effect in its operation: it was driven over repeatedly with a large pickup truck, dropped from three stories onto concrete,heated in an oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, stored in dry ice down to minus 130 degrees F (regular batteries don't work below freezing), stored underwater in salt waterfor 72 hours,flung against a brick wall repeatedly. It's been taken camping in the Rocky Mountains, on amountain trek in Nepal, on a driving trip through France, underwater diving inCozumel to morethan 180 feet, and used in storm-drenched Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Puerto Ricoand Mexico.That's right - the waterproof NightStar will work anywhere on the planet a human can go unaided, guaranteed.
It's used by county sheriff's departments in Washington and Idaho, police departments in California and has been sold in every state. It's recommended on NPR's ScienceFriday, a number of emergency preparedness websites and newsgroups (as well as Fortune magazine new product section), and sells through several catalogs .
Inventor Steve Vetorino was tired of throwing away batteries and replacing rechargeables. "Iwanted to create an environmentally friendly product," he says. "The soft,blue-white light ofthe LED is much more reliable than a dimming flashlight whose batteries get thrown out. It'sthe only flashlight you can find in the dark, with the glow-in-the-dark switch.And Night Star will always work, regardless of years of storage, earthquakes, weather conditions, with no breakable, replaceable parts."
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