WA Adventure Racers take on Africa (using their Spikelights)

In May 2014, several Western Australians travelled over to South Africa to take part in the Expedition Africa Adventure Race.  Congratulations to Lesa Muir, Tim Sikma, Janet Musker, Mark Imbert, Shane Lewis and Grant Pepper for doing WA proud in the 500km course of canoeing, hiking, cycling, abseiling and canyoning.

Want to see Spikelights in action in South Africa?  Check out Mogens Johansen’s fantastic photos of the race here. You’ll see Lesa Muir wearing hers while abseiling and Janet Musker in a canyon. Mark Imbert’s also using an early version Spikelight to check his map.  We’re pretty sure some of the other pictures are of Spikelights as well but it’s little hard to tell at that distance!

Mogens Johansen’s photos were also featured in the West Weekend on 19 July 2014.

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For Mogens Johansen’s online article on the photographic challenge of the WA team’s race, see here.

August is here and so is your new Spikelight

It’s time to release a new batch of Spikelights!

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As promised, the latest batch of Spikelights are now shipping in August.  We’ll be showing them off this Friday night at the WA rogaine in New Norcia.  So if you want to try one out, then come along and have a play.

The best news is that (for the first time ever) we’ve got spares. So if you order now you won’t have to wait. You can even have one for the WA rogaine this weekend.

Updated Design

On the outside they look much the same, but the current batch of V4 Spikelights have a few improvements over the V4s we sold last year.  For starters, the flood beam is about 20% more efficient.  Then you’ve got our lithium cells which now have 10% more capacity.  So you’re looking at having more light for more of the night.

We shaved a few grams off the front lighthead and made the back battery pack more comfortable. Then we balanced the whole thing better with a softer cable and a higher quality elastic headband.

Of course we’re not done yet. We still plan to make improvements and offer them as free or cheap upgrades to all existing Spikelight owners.

Spikelights at the WA Upside Down Rogaine this Weekend

If you’re coming to the WA Upside Down rogaine this weekend, then there are three good reasons for you to come and find me:

  1. I’ll be displaying a prototype of the new battery case. This new case will be a free upgrade to all V3 owners later this year.
  2. If you already have a V3, I may be able to slightly increase the range of your spot beam. It won’t be a big improvement, but it’s free, so you might as well let me try to make your V3 better.
  3. I’ve got a box full of new V3s to deliver to people who have already paid. I’ve also got a few extras if you want to buy one.

I’ll probably have a table somewhere near the Admin tent. If I’m not there, then look for a green Landrover Discovery II with a black roof rack. Ask for Ashley. See you there!

Spikelights Demonstration in Brisbane, QLD

The intense, long-range beam on our Spikelight Headlamps, is very special. It is unique in the world of headlamps and it really needs to be seen to be understood.  The style and construction are also completely different to anything else you’ll buy in a camping store.

If you’re in Brisbane, QLD and would like a demonstration, then email us or Contact Us Here. We’ll be giving demonstrations for the first two weeks of January.

Come and see what all the fuss is about!

Almost Free Upgrade Offer for V3 Spikelight Owners

If you already own a V3 Spikelight, then you might be interested in a small upgrade:

The hinge that lets you set the angle of the V3, has a special black screw. The screw lets you adjust the hinge from loose to tight according to your preference.  Unfortunately, you need to have superhuman finger strength (or just be a regular rock climber) to adjust the screw.

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V3 Waiting List

In the last few months, a few V3s have been released into the wild.  Some to locals and some to people who have been pestering me since Jan 2011.  Feedback has been positive enough to start a waiting list.

This post will outline:

  • Prices.
  • How to get on the waiting list.

So if you’re keen to get your hands on a V3, then read on after the jump.

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The V3 Release!

This weekend I’ll be showing off the finished V3 Spikelights for the first time at the upside down rogaine in WA.  After that, I’ll take a few pictures to put up on the blog.

So if you’re at the rogaine, feel free to drop in and have a look.  I’ll have a green sunshade/gazebo and a green Landrover Discovery, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find me.

See you there!

Starting up a blog for a business I started two years ago…

I’m getting ready to release the third version of my Spikelights. A lot has happened in the last 2 years and I’ve learnt a lot about the process of starting up a business, designing a product and then actually making it. So I thought I’d try to document the journey. My plan is to move fairly quickly through the last few years and then carry on with modern and relevant stuff.

There’ll also be a few posts about the technical side of what I design and make. You’ll hear about LEDs, optics, circuitry, machining, casting and even sewing.

If you want to hear about something else, then leave a comment!