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Joby Gorillatorch Switchback Light/Lamp

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  • Primary 130-lumen Cree XLamp LED lamp, 1 ultra-bright, 2 white, 2 red LEDs
  • Adaptable design allows transformation from headlamp to campsite lantern to hanging dome lamp
  • 92 percent ultra-efficient holographic lens--even light profile illuminates large areas with ease
  • Ergonomic headband design ensures comfort over hours of heavy trail use
  • Flexible legs attach to almost anything for positioning, stand doubles as tripod for point-and-shoot camera
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Technical Details
Part Number FL4-01AM
Item Weight2 pounds
Product Dimensions9 x 6 x 9 inches
Item model numberFL4-01AM
SizeOne Size
ColorOne Color
Power SourceBattery-Powered
Item Package Quantity1
Number Of Pieces1
Batteries Included?Yes
Batteries Required?Yes
Warranty Description1 year
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Best Sellers Rank #88,763 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 30, 2010

Product Description

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The Gorillatorch Switchback transforms from a powerful, compact lantern to a high-performance headlamp, all using a single 5-LED light array. Hit the trail with the headlamp when you need solo lighting, then fold into the lantern housing to illuminate your group’s activities and meals at the campsite. The Switchback’s smart ergonomic design features a rugged yet sleek exterior, which makes it the perfect companion for your camping, climbing, or backpacking exploits. Wherever your outdoor endeavors may take you, the Switchback will be there to light the way.

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The Gorillatorch Switchback transforms from a powerful, compact lantern to a high-performance head-lamp using a single LED light engine to become the perfect multi-functional light for the outdoor enthusiast. Hit the trail with the headlamp for solo lighting, then fold into the lantern housing to illuminate a social campsite setting. It weighs 4.9 ounces.

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Tetsu Uma VINE VOICE on November 29, 2010
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When I first tried the Joby Gorillatorch Switchback, I was a little put off as it seemed overly complicated. Once I took a moment to figure it out, I find that I really like it. The unit has three components: a multifunction headlamp, a telescopic cover with a hanging hook that turns the headlamp into a small camp lantern, and a Gorillapod style flexible tripod with camera adaptor. The headlamp is the core of the system with the battery pack and an LED spotlight with high and low settings, two LED floodlights, and two red LED lights. To operate the lantern, the headlamp portion is snapped up into the telescopic lantern cover followed by the headband, and then the battery pack is snapped into the bottom. I found this a little difficult to do at first until I realized that the latch must be positively engaged (pushed down) so that it locks. Once this is done, I found the battery pack is held quite securely. There is a small cutout on the lantern where the operating buttons positioned. The lantern can then be raised and when the light is operated, it projects light in all directions. I found that on the bright setting, I was able to read with no problem. Once the headlamp is installed in the lantern cover, the flexible tripod can be snapped to the bottom. The tripod legs can be bent to accommodate most surfaces and can also be secured by wrapped the flexible legs around branches or poles (almost like a clamp). As a bonus, with the lantern removed and utilizing the camera adapter, the tripod legs can be used to hold a point-and-shoot camera.

Initially, I had problems with the battery pack as the latch to install the batteries is a little stiff.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Potter VINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
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####UPDATE 11/30/2011### Over time, the Switchback has served well as a headlamp. It's heavier than my Tikka, after 15 or 20 minutes of wearing it, the battery pack becomes uncomfortable as it presses against the back of my head, and the angle of the beam is not adjustable. However, with fresh batteries it produces a fantastic, bright beam of light. It's bright beam is it's best feature and the feature that makes it useful to me. Use as a lamp: During the recent heavy weather, with the seemingly frequent power outages, the lamp function came in handy. It's not a replacement for a decent lantern but it provided much needed light in my kids' room. The lamp light appears about equivalent to 2 or 3 candles. Packing the strap into the lamp housing and fitting it all together is a bid cumbersome but the compact package is nice. Upping my review from 3 to 4 stars.#####END UPDATE####

The Switchback has several things going for it. First, when used without the "lamp shade" it produces a bright, somewhat broad beam. Compared with my Petzl E99 PG Tikka XP 2 Headlamp, Graphite the light is brighter and produces a larger spot. However, the bulky battery compartment, located on the back side of the head band, is uncomfortable when I wear it for more than 10 minutes or so. On top of that, because it juts out from the back of my head, I have managed to twice snag it on overhead obstructions. This only happen when I'm bending down, poking my head into a tight space. Fortunately, though the light landed on the ground each time, it was rugged enough to withstand the drops with no damage.

The "table lamp" functionality is not as useful as I had hoped.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Haynes on May 31, 2013
I had incredibly high hopes for this product. I've been a long-time user and supporter of the Joby Gorillapod line -- I think the elegance and simplicity of the Gorillapods is unmatched for camera shooting. I've carried one of their tripods on probably hundreds of miles of trails across various states.

I also try to be an ultralight (but comfortable) hiker, so I usually have a 10-12# baseweight on the trail. I also do some car camping and lead new hikers out on the trail. While ideally all gear should be multipurpose, I can put sub-optimal gear to use. The Joba Switchback LED Headlamp/Lantern seemed like it could be the perfect, integrated all-in-one piece of gear.

I really, really wanted to like this product, and with a recent sale, I finally decided to see if all the great reviews were right. I was so hopeful, I bought two of these -- one to keep, one to give to my brother who has started hiking recently. I've seldom been more disappointed in a piece of gear.

The entire thing is much bigger than I expected it to be, and it's made out of thick, brittle-feeling plastic that is far heavier and bulkier than it needs to be. The included Gorillapod isn't strong enough to support it well (I don't know how hard it was for them to stage the ad picture--it doesn't stand up easily).

The headlamp is made of the same bulky, hard plastic and feels cheaply made. It's also bulky to wear and somewhat uncomfortable on the head. I don't have a way of quantitatively testing the "130 lumen" claim, but the light seemed bright enough for use (though probably less bright than advertised), but far, far too clunky. Most sub-$10 Chinese headlamps I've seen look and feel better and many produce better light.

The "lantern" portion is the most ungainly part of the setup.
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