Summary : If you like tinkering or looking for a LED flashlight that will satisfy all your needs, the HexBright Flex is the one for you.
HexBright Flex LED Flashlight
High-powered flashlights are becoming all the rage and with good reason. Reliable, durable flashlights can be a versatile light source, suitable for a myriad of needs. They are a necessity for surviving the great outdoors, an ally for travelers everywhere, and a useful household item for dark nooks and crannies and to be available at a moment’s notice for unexpected uses. The programmable HexBright Flex is just the sort of flashlight that can be utilized for all of these purposes.
The Kickstarter funded HexBright is pre-programmed with three different settings to get you started. It can provide low light at 50 lumens, medium light at 175 lumens and high-powered light at 500 lumens. The light also has a strobe mode that is activated by holding the button down. The pre-programmed modes do not have memory so it will always cycle low, medium and high.[easyazon_cta add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00CY9RGD4″ cloaking=”default” height=”28″ key=”wide-orange” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”bestflashhq-20″ width=”176″]
- CREE XM-L2 for a max output of 500 lumens
- Aluminum body
- USB rechargeable 2400mah lithium battery
- Regulated output
- Arduino open source micro-controller
- Temperature sensor
A Smart Flashlight
While all of these features are great and make for a reliable light source, we’re most impressed with what really sets the HexBright Flex apart from other flashlights that are out there. The HexBright features an open source Arduino microcontroller. What this means is that the flashlight can be customized basically endlessly to fit the particular needs and desires of each idiosyncratic user.
To give you an idea of what some people have done with their HexBright, we have a few interesting examples. One user programmed his flashlight to send messages to friends in Morse code. Another user programmed her flashlight to detect motion and blink when it sensed that someone was near. Some popular adjustments that people make to their HexBright Flex are the addition of a speaker and sensors are relatively additions.
As the HexBright flex gains popularity, information on ways to reprogram the product will become more common as more users jump into the development of what has quickly become a community project. Additionally, more support will be implemented, including businesses that will program flashlights for users and tutorials and information articles on ways that the flashlights can be used more creatively. There are already sites that provide you with some pre-programmed modes to get you started.
The HexBright flex is a great candidate to serve as a programmable product because of its solid base. On its own, it is an excellent product with impressive specifications. Powered by a CREE XM-L2 LED that’s user upgradeable to keep this flashlight future proof. Its regulated output levels ensure that the level of light remains reliable. It has a built in heat sensor that acts as insurance by turning the light off if it begins to overheat. One of the coolest features built into the circuit board is the built in accelerometer. This opens the door to a world of creative uses for the flashlight. Naturally it is water resistant and comes equipped with a lithium-ion battery that recharges with the use of a micro USB cable. On its lowest setting, the battery will last 30 hours.
The flashlight gets its name from the hex bar that was initially used on the handle to give it its one-of-a-kind exterior. Now, the design has evolved from this first crude rendition to provide a strong and comfortable handgrip. The good part is that the current version is still machined out of a solid hex bar of aluminum. The “Flex” part of the name refers to the versatility of the light, making it a flexible choice for many consumers.
The HexBright Flex is a useful flashlight of solid construction. It offers a strong, high-powered, rechargeable battery and plenty of standard settings. However, the most interesting aspect of the flex is its ability to be programmed and reprogrammed based on each customer’s specific needs and desires. This customizability makes the HexBright Flex a great EDC or tactical flashlight.[easyazon_cta add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00CY9RGD4″ cloaking=”default” height=”28″ key=”wide-orange” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”bestflashhq-20″ width=”176″]