Daily Giz Wiz 87: Pack Light

Episode 87 of the podcast

Subject: Review of Pack Light
Released:Tuesday 20 June 2006
Length:about 10 minutes
Download file:DGW-087.mp3 (4.7 MB)
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Short info

The Pak Lite. This is a nifty little flashlight has been used by the US Military, FEMA and the Red Cross. It weighs 1.5 oz. and just snaps to the top of a 9 volt battery. The battery itself becomes the flashlight 'case'. Models range from about $13 for the very basic Pak-Lite to $30 for a multipurpose Pak-Lite that meets military specs.

Detailed information

A handy flashlight that snaps on to a 9-Volt battery to become the world's smallest flashlight.  The battery itself becomes the "case".  Some models have glow-in-the-dark caps to make it easy to locate them.  Different colour LEDs and models to choose from as well.  There is even a marine version with red and green LEDs.
Invented by Ben Henry when he was only 15.  It's now a family business.

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Dick went to a wine-tasting with Bill Gaines.  Guess what Dick learned at the end of the session?

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