I first ran across the firelight on kickstarter and got ahold of adam and bought one. it quickly became one of my favorite flashlights and had a place in my gear. The light had an incredible ten hour run time and i kept it in my car with my kit that i used all the time. Some time later Adam told me that he had a new idea for a modular light and i knew i was going to like it. Well after talking back and forth for a bit i have a prototype to test.
Shortly after the new Pyyros Kickstarter campaign started I got the Pyyros in and started testing. The box was dropped off by fedex. On first inspection it reminded me of a maglight just thinner, and much brighter. it also had crenulations on the leading edge of the light As this was Adam’s prototype it was somewhat different from the upcoming production run. This did not have the stainless steel buttcap nor the crossed plasma arcs, but that wasn’t a big deal, I’ve used the firelight for some time now and know the buttcap is tough as woodpecker lips. If I could start a fire with one arc then two will make it easier.
The flashlight body is machined from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum with a three millimeter thick polycarbonate lens. upon arrival the lens had a small mark, this surprised me as I was expecting a worse one after seeing Adam using the crenulations to split kindling from a log by bataning the flashlight. It really wasn’t much of a scuff either. With the 1000 lumen output it wouldn’t even hinder it in the slightest. That sort of abuse to a flashlight speaks for its toughness as it worked out of the box.
The power for the Pyyros is supplied by a rechargeable 18650 panasonic 3400mah battery that allows it to run a solid five and a half hours at a thousand lumens. the low setting of roughly 100 lumens ran for over 24 hours. i didn’t check the strobe but i’m sure it will out do the rated time. The battery is replaceable by unscrewing the head assembly and moving some wires, this gives it the ability to be used as a charging station. It also has the ability to charge in through the micro usb port and out through the usb connection. These connections are under the steel buttcap on the base light. Setting the flashlight upright on the crenulations with the butcap off and the chiplight in the USB port will turn it into an area flood light to light up the area
surrounding the light. i used it in this manner when i was working up tinder balls during the test phase. The low power use of the chip lights make it ideal for use around the house when the power goes down or camp after the sun flees the night. For a light that is roughly the size of the sd card in my Nikon they are amazingly bright. The chiplight stores under the buttcap, out of the way until it is needed.
Pyyros was designed with modularity in mind, with today’s gear driven world your EDC can get heavy and cumbersome pretty quick, lessening the chance that it will be your EDC when it becomes necessary. For those that like the path less trod, one of the modules contains a USB plug in crossed plasma arc firestarter. Operating from the flashlight, or any USB out on a battery this can really save your butt when things go pear shaped. The other bit of amusement is the look on your friends faces when you ignite the barbie with your light
The modularity of the light is what i like as it can carry standard hex bits in a compartment and has a steel driver set into the base of the compartment. Another compartment holds water purification tablets, this is the compartment that i poached a bit of space to add a small fishing kit that i made and itv fit and worked well. What’s really unique about the Pyrros is the personal locater beacon that can be added if needed. When headed to tall grass country this is a very good idea.
Being prepared is a mindset and a lifestyle for many, but having a few basic tools in case reality decides to use you as a football in the latest game of “It sucks to be me today” is only smart. The game comes to all its just a matter of when. This tool is one that utilizes a common use item like a flashlight and adds a few “oh shyte” items that won’t be noticed until needed. I use the original all the time and expect this will be my goto light for the future. as always Be Ready and stay alive.