DuraBeam Flip 1982 - 2017 Mod

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DuraBeam Flip 1982 - 2017 Mod

Durabeam (1982)

Until 1982 a torch was a torch. It was either a dumpy box held like a watering can, or a cylinder held like a club.

The Durabeam changed this. It was the first torch to be held like a walkie-talkie or a Star Trek-style communications device and it flipped open like a Zippo lighter. Originally intended as a promotional device, for the Duracell company, the Durabeam’s novel design was thought sufficiently exciting to market it as a consumer product.

The design may have been Germanic in it’s aesthetic but it was actually the work of British designer Nick Butler and his BIB design partnership. A reimagining of what a torch could be, the on-off function became integral to the torch’s use. Rather than having a push-switch, the physical act of opening the torch triggered the switching mechanism.

With the torch light beneath the hinged edge, the beam could be directed tangentially from the position in which it was held. The unfussy shape was injection moulded with parts in polypropylene and polyethylene.
Although made by a US-based manufacturer, the Durabeam was held up as a symbol of British design innovation.

Launched in 1982, Durabeam became the market-leading torch brand in just two years. But, while the brand name lives on, this iconic design does not. Now it’s a museum piece, in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Its designer, Nick Butler, passed away in 2012.

There were two versions made, the double AA and larger double C cell.

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In it’s original form with incandescent bulb

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The Durabeam Flip CRX style Wink

Nichia 219C on sinkpad
14500 cell
TP4056 micro USB charger board
Red laser dot, momentary side switch
Around 220lm

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Some build pictures

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Here it is with something else I dug out from the same time period, a lego spaceship I made about 33 years ago when I was seven Smile

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Thanks for having a look Thumbs Up

Edited by: CRX on 07/18/2017 - 17:21
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I know 2 things about this project.

1. I know nothing about this project.

2. It’s CRX so it will most certainly be awesome.

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This is an old one, nearly as old as I am, full of memories for me and probably some of you too.

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No memories here. Facepalm

 

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Here’s some Wink

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Cool mod. The laser is a nice and unexpected addition. Next, maybe you could add some real working laser cannons on that spaceship! Crown

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I’ll see what I can do Big Smile

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Nice mod!

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Cool! Beer

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I have not seen either in years! Had the lego ship and wanted the light! Nice work!

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So, does it still light when flipped open ?
Nice reuse of an old item, this sure brings back some memories Smile
2017 tech in a 1982 item, that’s a nice 35 years cooperation to bring the light Big Smile

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Hey that is as old as me. I was born in 1982. Very nice!!!

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Nice mod!
I was around in 1982 and can not remember that flashlight at all. It must not have been marketed in the Netherlands.

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X3 wrote:
So, does it still light when flipped open ?

Yes I kept the flip open to light function as that is one of the main features and just single mode.
The light didn’t work at first due to the very heavily oxidised copper contacts in the head.

You reminded me I forgot something, magnets Big Smile

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CRX wrote:
X3 wrote:
So, does it still light when flipped open ?

Yes I kept the flip open to light function as that is one of the main features and just single mode.
The light didn’t work at first due to the very heavily oxidised copper contacts in the head.

You reminded me I forgot something, magnets Big Smile


And trits Silly

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X3 wrote:
CRX wrote:
X3 wrote:
So, does it still light when flipped open ?

Yes I kept the flip open to light function as that is one of the main features and just single mode.
The light didn’t work at first due to the very heavily oxidised copper contacts in the head.

You reminded me I forgot something, magnets Big Smile


And trits Silly

And some EL-wire along the yellow striping. You got work to do! Silly
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Cool good work mate!

Is this light meant to imitate a zippo? Its kind of got a similiar shape or i could be tripping lol.

How about building a light using a zippo? Sounds like a solid plan lol

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LOVE IT!
nice writeup with the history lessen
Thanks!

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
Is this light meant to imitate a zippo? Its kind of got a similiar shape or i could be tripping lol.
Smile

It works like this, easiest UI ever

everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
How about building a light using a zippo? Sounds like a solid plan lol

I think someone did something like that here, thinking about it Wink

Edit

lumenzilla did one