Joby broke out of its mold last year with its first-ever flexible flashlight, but frankly speaking, the bulb on the end of it was downright bulky. A year later, we're looking at a far slimmer and far sexier model -- one that relies on Cree's XLamp XP-C LED bulbs in order to output 130 lumens of light in a pocket-friendly package. The Gorillatorch Blade is a rugged, tripod-equipped flashlight that boasts a rechargeable internal battery (USB or AC adapter) an aluminum chassis and an adjustable beam. She's also water and drop-resistant, but we aren't certain we'd be eager to push the boundaries there; at any rate, it's on sale now for $59.95, and yes, the DIY mechanic in your life could definitely use a couple.
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Joby launches the Gorillatorch® Blade™ – An ultra-precise, tactical and rechargeable LED flashlight

The rugged 130 lumen high-performance, hands-free LED flashlight with precise positioning is the ultimate light for the demanding DIYer


San Francisco, CA – October 5, 2010 – Joby, Inc., the world-renowned designer of the best-selling Gorillatorch Original and the Gorillapod™ line of innovative camera tripods, is pleased to announce the global launch of the Gorillatorch Blade. The hands-free and tactical LED flashlight combines even, powerful light with ultra-precise positioning capabilities.

The high-efficiency and long-lasting CREE® XLamp® XP-C LED produces up to 130 lumens of intense light output to illuminate any workbench. The even light profile can be adjusted from spot to flood for detailed tasks or work on reflective surfaces.

The lithium-ion battery is easily recharged using either the included USB cable or AC adapter, facilitating many productive hours of uninterrupted work. Further increasing productivity, smooth 360 degree pan and 180 degree tilt allows precise illumination of the most tough-to-reach spaces.

Designed to thrive in difficult environments, the rugged casing and easily maneuvered neck are constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, making the lightweight Gorillatorch Blade remarkably durable and scratch-resistant. The Gorillatorch Blade is removable from the stand to accommodate more tactical applications.

The flexible, bendable tripod legs and powerful neodymium magnetic feet adapt easily to any work situation including: getting the perfect angle on any workbench, wrapping around a pipe or hanging upside down from the car.

"The Gorillatorch Blade is designed with the extreme flashlight user in mind," explains Joby CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones. "With 130 Lumens of intense light, ultra-precise positioning, durability and the ability to recharge, this really is the flashlight for the mechanically-minded enthusiast."

The Gorillatorch Blade comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a USB cable and AC adapter, all covered by a one-year warranty. The product retails for $59.95 and is available for purchase at select retailers nationwide and Joby.com.

This fall, Joby, Inc. is excited to introduce a range of iconic products that inspire the creative and active lifestyle, expanding its Gorillapod, Gorillatorch and Gorillamobile lines.