For a crowd-funded product, the Touch 1k Flashlight from Setatec has generated a lot of buzz. The company’s Indigogo campaign raised 268% of its goal last year, and the resulting flashlight has since received almost universally rave reviews.
But I’m the skeptical type. The flashlight market is home to some big, well-funded players—could a dark horse from Indiegogo really change the game? To find out, I got a Touch 1k of my own.
The Touch’s central feature (other than the bulb) is a pressure-sensitive touchscreen, which can be used to adjust the light’s brightness or change modes. This is a major improvement on the systems used by most flashlights, in which users “scroll” through light modes by repeatedly pressing one or two buttons. Because it’s pressure-sensitive, the screen can be used even with thick winter gloves.