When four years ago we decided to design the best flashlight we could ever think of we had two specific goals in mind:
We can’t stand scrolling through flashlight modes to find the brightness you need. Is this the last one? Nope… And start counting modes again!
NO THANK YOU!
We solved this problem by making an invisible knob.
- You keep the only button pressed
- You turn the whole flashlight to adjust to the specific level you desire
- Release the button
But not only that, you can even decide the desired brightness BEFORE you turn it on!
Do you want to turn it on at the lowest level to avoid disturbing the others? EASY!
It should always have been like that! Why did it take us four years?
In the beginning, we tried adding things like magnets, spikes, clamps… ANYTHING WE COULD THINK OF!
Until almost by accident we tried putting the lens at 45 degrees.
Relax your hand and just raise it in the most natural way possible, this is what you get:
This is by definition the most comfortable way of holding anything, this is the way you’ll hold your DARKFADE.
All of a sudden it was the most natural way possible and it’s always right!
No more holding the flashlight in your mouth or strapped to your head or all kind of other things that felt always WRONG!
Attach it to your belt or t-shirt and it always shines where you want
Set it on the floor and it’ll be always so satisfying!
We have chosen the best LED we could put our hands on (from SAMSUNG) but we didn’t stop there.
We designed a lens that’s actually 200 microlenses together. This makes the smoothest light imaginable.
Other flashlights, to be able to state on the box how far the light goes, use an old dirty trick of focusing the beam light right in the center.
This allows them to write that the beam of lights goes incredibly far. What they don’t tell you is that it is absolutely horrible.
Having a super bright center beam is not only annoying to look at but it’s also incredibly useless! We opted for having the closest to perfect beam that’s always usable and a pleasure to look at. No strange artifacts and the beam is smooth and nice from side to side.
Our goal isn’t to just turn the light on, is to turn the darkness off!
The charger is IN THE DARKFADE. Yes, it’s a lot more expensive to produce this way but you can charge it with virtually any USB-C cable!
The same cable and charger you already charge your phone with (hi Apple, we love you, but…).So finding a way to charge or keep charged your DARKFADE can be done anywhere you want.
We keep one in the car the whole time… But what if you want to keep DARKFADE on for an insane amount of time? Well,
Take your lovely battery-powered Dyson vacuum cleaner.
The battery is low but you didn’t quite finish. Easy you think, I just plug it in and use it wired like the good old times!
It’s actually not that easy for many different reasons. But we wanted to work and keep on even while you charge DARKFADE.
So yeah, we did it! And it’s awesome! Mostly in the most hardcore missions in the forest trying to find a Hobbit!
Oh and there’s one more thing…
We plan to add a lot of functionalities to DARKFADE via software updates (Drag and drop files). The first one will be the sentinel mode.
Just place it somewhere and it’ll make noise and flashing lights as soon as someone or something will move it! This is your added security while camping in the forest or maybe just staying in a sketchy Motel room on your next adventure!
We borrowed the idea of attaching accessories with a rail from the gun industry. We just made it thin and slick. This opens up to a number of possibilities, it’s not just locking you into one.
We’ll release different attachments but we are makers, we make things adapt to our needs. This is why we’ll release the 3d files to make your own rail attachments for ANYTHING YOU WANT!
This data can slightly change based on the final components and how well the campaign goes. So please share it! 🙂
- LED: Samsung LH351D
- Beam Distance: 125m
- Peak Beam Intensity: 3800cd
- IP Protection: IPX8 (Waterproof)
- Battery: 18650 Li-Ion (overcharge, low charge, charge protection built-in in DARKFADE; Vmin 2.9v, Vmax 4.2v, Vtyp 3.7v)
- Lens: Beaded-face lens, over 200 micro-lenses
- Patent and Design-Patent pending
These are not official data because they can vary on so many things that it’s impossible to determine at this stage, but we can tell you what we aim for:
- 1.5 hours on max brightness
- 3 hours on medium brightness
- 10+ hours on low brightness
But we’re very proud of the fact that you can use DARKFADE with a power bank connected for as long as you want with a standard USB-C.
The battery can be replaced easily and you can virtually use any 18650 Li-Ion since the discharge and overcharge protections are built-in in DARKFADE.
We have also added two smaller LEDs in the lens (one green and one red) that will help know if your DARKFADE is running out of juice or if it’s at full charge, and many other things. 😉