Posts Tagged ‘X21’

New Article: Innovations in LED Lighting

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Coast recently published a new article called Innovations in LED Lighting. The article explores the recent popularity of the LED, briefly examining the technology’s historic roots and speculating where it may lead us in the future.

As I read through the article, I was struck by the extremely long incubation period for LEDs. The technology sat virtually disregarded for close to 50 years before it was given due attention. After that, it still took another 50 years to develop the technology to be used in the way we see it today, when LEDs practically exploded onto the scene not even ten years ago.

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The X21 Light Cannon vs. The Torch

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

For readers who saw the previous post, I want to include a follow-up post today. Yesterday, I shared my thoughts on a new flashlight called The Torch that retails for $300. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed with its perceived value. What I failed to mention, however, was that LED Lenser also produces a similar flashlight that retails for the same price — the X21 Light Cannon. As such, I thought I’d clear the air and share why, if you’re going to drop 300 bucks on a flashlight, the X21 is the way to go.

First, let’s look at battery life. I mentioned yesterday that the Torch lasts for a whopping 15 minutes before it needs a recharge. The X21 lasts 600 hours. Additionally, the X21 uses D-cell batteries, which you can pretty much find anywhere. The Torch uses a custom battery pack that looks like a pain to recharge. And what happens when that breaks? I’m sure the manufacturer would replace it for a small fee…

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