Did you know that Thomas Edison did NOT invent the lightbulb in 1879? Actually the first electric light was made in 1802 by Humphry Davy, an English scientist. Although Davy’s invention produced light, it didn’t produce light for very long and it was too bright for practical use.
In actuality, there were over 20 inventors of the electric light bulb prior to Thomas Edison. So what gives? Thomas Edison is often credited as the inventor because his version of the incandescent lightbulb was better than all the rest before him due to its practicality and longevity.
Since these original light bulbs were invented there have been tremendous advancements in lightbulbs and associated light producing products. A significant and revolutionary advancement was the invention of the Light Emitting Diode or LED light. Since Nick Holonyak, Jr “accidentally” created the LED (he was trying to create a laser) in 1962, the LED has become essentially ubiquitous in our society and has practically replaced the incandescent light bulb that Thomas Edison perfected back in 1878.
History lesson over. Enter today’s multitude of LED flashlights. They come in all shapes and sizes, at all sorts of price points, at varying levels of illumination and feature sets, and appealing to anyone from the stay at home Dad or Mom, to the summer camper, to the tactical professional. It seems that with all of the options, the bases must be covered already, right? Well Cory Krygier and the team that are bringing the LANTERN light to market beg to differ.
The LANTERN is a powerful (1000 lumens), multifunction flashlight that appeals to the audience that places reliance on their gear in harsh situations. From the bike packer to the camper to the emergency prepper, this flashlight should appeal to all of you guys. The three main functions are as follows:
- A powerful, water resistant, bike headlight with a 360 degree bike mount
- A 4,000 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives you hours of uninterrupted light as well as a USB backup power pack to charge your phone or other device
- A lantern light diffuser cap that turns the focused flashlight beam into a lantern