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Gear Reviews / February 26, 2017

SOG Approved: Setatec Touch 1k

Written by: Kevin Linderman

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.

The Touch 1k, its diffuser cap, and its carrying pouch can easily fit in a jacket or pants pocket. Photo by Kevin Linderman.

The light can charge a phone and illuminate camp at the same time. Photo by Kevin Linderman.

The Touch 1k is also differentiated from other flashlights by its light diffuser. I’ve reviewed other products with light diffuser caps, and I’ve usually found the caps to be bulky, fragile, and easy to lose. Setatec’s diffuser cap attached to the light with the included lanyard, and can hold up to the everyday abuse of outdoor adventure. I found the cap was perfect for setting ambient lighting around my campsite and in my tent.

As a bonus feature, the Touch 1k doubles as a USB charger. The light can emit 1065 lumens while charging a phone or other device. The light is powered by a li-ion 18650 rechargeable battery, which provides 1 hours and 45 minutes of light at the highest setting (blindingly bright). At the lowest setting, 20 lumens, the light will last around 65 hours.

Other notable specs:

  •       250 meter beam distance
  •       Impact resistant
  •       Water resistant up to 2m
  •       Heat ventilation
  •       Tactical rim and butt for self defense

 

All told, the Touch 1k lives up to the hype. It’s lightweight, packable, innovative, and bright as all hell. So I bought a few for our store—we sell the light for $125.

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Kevin Linderman

Kevin Linderman is the founder and Chief Adventure Officer for Shoulders of Giants. Kevin has spent his entire professional career in and around the field of information technology, but has always been an avid outdoor enthusiast and a seeker of knowledge.

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