Celestron announced a new line of flashlights that are designed for hunters and other outdoor folks. Called the ThermoTouch line, these new lights offer illumination, heating and a charging source for all of the electronic gear you probably should have left at camp.
Two models of ThermoTouch are available: the ThermoTouch 5 and the ThermoTouch 10. Both units are flashlights rated at 300 lumens on high. Two lower light output modes are also available at 100 and 60 lumens respectively. No information is provided about the beam such as a candela measurement or even just a general idea of flood vs. spot.
The heating aspect of the light is as a hand warmer. Celestron states the hand warming feature heats the flashlight body to a range of 103º – 114º F. The company does not fully explain this feature, but I’ve found that all LED flashlights heat up with use. I’ve actually measured some lights to exceed a surface temperature of 150º F.
The final function of these lights is to serve as a charging station for other electronics. This is where the two lights differ. The ThermoTouch 5 has a 5,000 mAh battery for charging other devices while the ThermoTouch 10 has a 10,000 mAh battery.
Both lights are IP65 rated (dust proof, water resistant) and drop resistant. The lights come with a USB charging cable and synthetic belt holster. The “5” retails for $69.99 . The “10” sells for $89.99.