It was a balmy New Hampshire evening, and my wife and I were enjoying dining al fresco with Kevin Parsons, the inventive genius at the helm of ASP — America's leading maker of police safety gear — and the father of the Sapphire Light. It was after dark, and the elevated patio on which we were dining was across the street from a string of streetlights lining the road. Kevin was bursting with pride over his latest breakthrough: TRIAD, a compact LED flashlight fully rechargeable via USB, with an extremely potent and penetrating beam. 300 Lumens from a 6" flashlight sounded impressive, but Kevin wasn't convinced we appreciated the magnitude of ASP's accomplishment. So he asked "What if I could make that streetlight go out, sitting here a good 50 yards away, simply by aiming TRIAD's beam at the photocell mounted on top of the streetlight pole — fooling it into thinking it was full daylight, instead of evening?" Read on.
A Flamethrower in Your Palm
— So without waiting for an answer, Kevin pointed TRIAD at the streetlight pole, pressed the switch, and 'bam' just like that, the streetlight went out! Needless to say, we (and our fellow diners) were suitably impressed. So when we say TRIAD is powerful way beyond its modest size, we mean 'powerful'! And since ASP makes performance lights for the nationís police forces, TRIAD is built to last, and to perform reliably under extreme conditions. Or, as Kevin put it, "These are lights you can literally stake your life on." But there's more.
— TRIAD comes packed with technology, including an expensive, blindingly brilliant, and highly efficient Cree XPG R5 LED. The Lithium Ion battery recharges from the concealed micro-USB port, so you can recharge it right at your laptop, using the handy, retractable micro USB-to-USB cord included. But ASP also includes a micro USB-AC wall charger, and a micro USB 12-volt car charger. So you'll always have a convenient recharging option at your fingertips. The rugged, anodized aluminum case has no sharp edges, and comes with a friendly foam grip and detachable pocket clip. And the 3-position switch gives you intermittent and
constant-on options, as well as a safety lock to prevent accidental battery drain while traveling. All in a zippered case for storage. ASP is proud of its motto "Protecting Those Who Protect" — and TRIAD is a worthy testimony to that creed.