A Matchbook Full of… Flashlights? (Video)

   03.21.16

A Matchbook Full of… Flashlights? (Video)

Life is a series of surprises, and thankfully, many of those surprises are good ones.

The MBI Matchbook seems to be one of those.

Imagine a tiny flashlight, the size of a match. Like, for real about the size of a wooden kitchen match. Now get clever and attach a neodymium magnet to the base of each one and create a little folding cover/case that will hold them–oh, and make that case look like a matchbook for paper matches.

© MBI - MatchBox Instruments
© MBI – MatchBox Instruments

The lights are itty-bitty and are not terribly powerful. But hey–they are cool, and they work. And you can pre-order them right now at the MBI Matchbook Indiegogo page.

Some highlights from that page:

  • The world’s smallest production flashlight
  • Waterproof and fully submersible
  • Convenient magnetic base makes them easy to stick around
  • The LED tint is available in a variety of colors (White, Red, Green)
  • So small you can keep several in your wallet for emergencies
  • So light, you can take a whole pack camping and have 64hrs of light
  • Runtime of each matchlight is approximately 8 hours

The lithium batteries aren’t replaceable, so when it’s done, it’s done.

© MBI - MatchBox Instruments
© MBI – MatchBox Instruments

They’re not exactly spotlights, but if Matchlights are all you have when you need some light, they’ll be better than nothing. And as they say: When you need a light, the best flashlight is the one you have with you.

© MBI - MatchBox Instruments
© MBI – MatchBox Instruments

Available LED colors include white, green, and red.

With a set goal of $10,000 and north of $20k pledged at press time, it looks like the Matchlight will see the light of day, but there’s no telling how long this product will endure on the open market. I mean, most of us usually have a smart phone with a good bright light nearby much of the time. But for about $40 including shipping, you too can own a matchbox full of teensy lights. Woot!

Watch the video below for more info.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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