38 million candlepower flashlight is like holding the sun in your hand

Sunday, 03 February 2008
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Maxblaster Flashlight
Maxblaster Flashlight
We are always on the lookout for the perfect flashlight. We have worked our way through several different handhelds and headlamps trying to find that perfect balance between battery life and bulb brightness.

We think that the Maxblaster has finally found a place in our hearts. This 38-million-candlepower was custom by Ralf Ottow. To get all that power, he replaced a commercial bulb with a plasma-powered mercury arc bulb. The bulb kicks off a pile of UV light so he had to design a UV filter to keep his skin from getting sunburnt.

To keep this baby shining, it requires 15 54 NiMH batteries so it isn't cheap to run. With all of those batteries and the onboard custom designed voltage regulator, it might scare off those "crazy" ultralight campers with it's extreme weight.

Our opinion is that the weight can easily be justified because the beam will light up a cloud 4 miles away and burn your skin at 100 feet. It's also highly practical for reading in your tent at night and giving constellation demonstrations to your friends.

More info on how to build your own can be found at popsci.com.

Maxblaster Photo Gallery
Maxblaster Flashlight
Maxblaster Flashlight
We are always on the lookout for the perfect flashlight. We have worked our way through several different handhelds and headlamps trying to find that perfect balance between battery life and bulb brightness.

We think that the Maxblaster has finally found a place in our hearts. This 38-million-candlepower was custom by Ralf Ottow. To get all that power, he replaced a commercial bulb with a plasma-powered mercury arc bulb. The bulb kicks off a pile of UV light so he had to design a UV filter to keep his skin from getting sunburnt.

To keep this baby shining, it requires 15 54 NiMH batteries so it isn't cheap to run. With all of those batteries and the onboard custom designed voltage regulator, it might scare off those "crazy" ultralight campers with it's extreme weight.

Our opinion is that the weight can easily be justified because the beam will light up a cloud 4 miles away and burn your skin at 100 feet. It's also highly practical for reading in your tent at night and giving constellation demonstrations to your friends.

More info on how to build your own can be found at popsci.com.

Maxblaster Photo Gallery


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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