David Allen, founder and inventor of Photon Micro-Lights, is a remarkable person. We got to meet and talk with him at the Summer 2007 Outdoor Retailer Show, and heard some of the background behind the development of the original Photon Micro-Light, as well as his philosophy for developing his latest and greatest Photon ReX four LED rechargeable Micro-Light.
The Photon ReX rechargeable micro-light (top and bottom views) weighs just 0.6 ounce.
Would you believe a keychain pinch light with four LEDs that will put out a light beam equivalent to many conventional headlamps? The unit incorporates a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and basically the same circuitry as the Photon Freedom - one click turns it on at its brightest setting, or holding the button down ramps the brightness down to the desired level.
Attached to its accessory headband, the ReX is typically worn on the side of the head, as modelled by Photon outdoor idol Matthew Beck (left). The band will also attach it to an arm (right).
The ReX is rechargeable from most standard batteries; simply attach two magnetic connectors to the ends of the battery. The average cost is $.06/charge using a D-cell battery, and using a rechargeable NiMH battery reduces the cost to $.003/charge (that’s one-third of a penny!). A AA battery will give about 2-3 charges. The ReX will recharge up to 500 times, signals when it is charging, and cannot be overcharged because of special circuitry. Charging takes about 2 hours.
The Photon ReX attaches to any battery for charging (left); a AA cell will charge the light 2-3 times. A solar collector (right, face down) will also be available to charge the light.
With four LEDs, the ReX will only last about an 2 hours at its brightest setting, but will go for as long as 48 hours on its lowest setting.
Accessories being developed for the ReX include a solar charger, USB charger, and AC charger. The accessory kit will also include a headband.
The Photon ReX perfectly matches David Allen’s philosophy for invention and for the environment by minimizing the use of materials in the manufacture of the product and keeping scores of batteries out of landfills.
Specifications and Features
- Manufacturer: LRI
- Dimensions: about 2 in long x 1.25 in wide x 0.5 inch thick
- Features: Glow in the dark soft touch button, multi-function Freedom digital circuitry, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, polycarbonate case, four LED array
- Weight: 0.6 ounce (light only)
- Available: October 2007
- MSRP: Light and charging attachment are $29.95; accessory kit is $19.95