Larson Electronics claims its new EXP-LED-51 rechargeable LED flashlight, wielded by a robot or perhaps an extremely tough fireman, can survive a bona-fide explosion. It's a little morbid, considering the torch could keep on shining even after the lights go out for the guy carrying it.
Rated rated Class 1 Division 1 and Class 2 Division 1, the EXP-LED-51 can't survive being strapped to a stick of dynamite. But explosions caused by gas leaks and other airborne combustibles shouldn't be a problem. In addition to being tough as nails, the torch also boasts an impressive 50,000 hours of operational life.
Battery life is another story. The company doesn't specify how long the $US320 torch will run at its full brightness setting of an impressive 130 lumens, but in its 50-lumen mode you can expect it to run for about 12 hours between charges. And at its lowest setting of a paltry 1.3 lumens, you can enjoy a whopping -- but dim -- 480 hours of illumination. [Larson Electronics via Engadget]