1/7/15: We blew past our $25K goal in less than 16 hours on Kickstarter!
Now it's time to see how many bonus items we can add to our XR flashlight rewards! Every bonus item we create as a stretch goal will be included exclusively for our Kickstarter flashlight backers, sold separately for retail.
1/8: Another day, $50K stretch goal met!
1/11: Amazing, $75K! Keep spreading the word!
1/16: We've passed $108K, the total raised for our first Kickstarter last year! We’re so grateful for your support, and we still have 20 days to go!
1/25: We are officially Kickstarter's most funded flashlight project ever!
2/4: All stretch goals have been reached! Every ZeroHour XR flashlight backer will receive these bonus items with your pledge!
ZEROHOUR XR is a compact USB rechargeable tactical flashlight with variable control ring, tail-cap switch, and waterproof battery backup all-in-one. Our first project, ZEROHOUR XD, set new standards for flashlights by offering the ultimate integration of light and power, and on that foundation we’ve built a new device that is smaller and lighter yet gives you even more control:
Tactical-Grade Compact Flashlight
Constructed with aircraft aluminum and achieving a 1,000 lumen output with the game-changing Cree XLamp XP-L LED, ZEROHOUR XR continues our dedication to best in class design materials.
Featuring an all-new variable control ring that allows maximum flexibility in choosing brightness from 0 to 1000 lumens, plus the option to click into XR's preset modes (10 lumens, 1000 lumens, Strobe, and SOS).
Micro-USB Rechargeable Battery Backup
Keep ZEROHOUR XR with you wherever you go for that extra boost of backup power: its 3400mAh lithium-ion battery provides at least a full charge for your smartphones and cameras.
Our newly-designed, waterproof center ring untwists for easy access to the 2.1 amp port to charge your devices, and micro-USB port to charge the flashlight.
ZEROHOUR XR incorporates many highly requested new features, including a tail-cap switch with momentary-on click setting, multiple battery configurations (18650 and CR123), anti-roll clip, removable stainless steel head and tail bezel, and large tail-cap holes for paracord support.
Coming in at 6.25 inches and 6 ounces, our lighter XR is highly adaptable to your needs, fits standard 1” bike mounts, weapon mounts, or belt holsters, and is easy to tuck away in your backpack, purse, or pocket.
Whether you're indoors or outdoors, on the go or on the job, ready for adventure or just keeping safe, ZEROHOUR XR is the perfect choice to power and light your way.
"Kickstarter illuminates goal for flashlight company” - OC Register
"CES 2014: Startups steal the show” - CNet
"The ZeroHour XD is one of the most versatile flashlights we saw at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market last week” - Gizmag
What a difference a year makes! From an idea we developed after a rough trip to Central America, launched on Kickstarter, debuted at International CES, and delivered to our backers across the world, we are so happy that ZEROHOUR XD has been a success.
As we began thinking about our next ZEROHOUR product, we knew we wanted to build a more compact, everyday carry version of the XD. Our first product was based on features that WE needed, but we wanted our new ZEROHOUR to reflect what YOU needed.
We reviewed comments and messages to find the most-requested features that didn’t make it into the XD. We reached out to our fellow “flashaholics" on flashlight discussion forums for feedback. We made it our goal to squeeze as much as possible into a smaller, more affordable flashlight that still maintained the high standards we built our name on. After months of meetings and lots of coffee, we came up with a design that includes the best of the best, adds our own ZEROHOUR twist, and absolutely makes us proud.
- USB battery backup (3400mAh capacity)
- Click-type tail-cap switch
- Mode Selector Ring (adjustable 0 to 1000 lumens)
- Dual-output mode with momentary-on
- Strobe and SOS settings
- CREE XP-L LED emitter
- Compatible with 2 x CR123, 2 x rechargeable CR123, or 1 x protected 18650 rechargeable battery
- Removable stainless steel head and tail bezel
- Large tail-cap holes for paracord support
- LED battery indicator
- Deep grooves for enhanced gripping
- MIL-A-8625, Type III, Hard-anodized
- Micro-USB rechargeable
- Modular head and body tube features
- Serial Number for Product Registration & Warranty
- RoHS CE Certifiable
Each standard ZEROHOUR XR kit includes flashlight, one 3400mAh protected Panasonic 18650 lithium-ion battery, micro-USB charging cable, microfiber carrying bag, and paracord keychain. We will also offer an XR-only pledge level that does not include battery or keychain.
5. Strobe: The final click clockwise activates strobe, a non-lethal self-defense feature. This 1000 lumen strobe can temporarily blind an assailant, which can be followed up with a strike from the stainless steel bezel (either head or tail side) to neutralize a threat.
Simply plug your device into ZEROHOUR XR's 2.1 amp USB output port to charge most electronic devices with USB charge ports, including mobile smartphones, MP3 players, digital cameras, portable speakers and many Bluetooth-enabled devices.
ZEROHOUR XR can be used to charge any rechargeable mobile USB device. Here is a list of popular mobile devices and their battery capacities:
- Samsung S5: 2800mAh
- iPhone 6: 1810mAh
- iPhone 6+: 2915mAh
- HTC m8: 2600mAh
- GoPro HERO4: 1180mAh
- Nexus: 2300mAh
- Sony: 2330mAh
- LG: 3000mAh
Thank you for helping us reach our goal on day one! Let's keep going!
We’ve returned to Kickstarter because we are still a start-up, we love the community, and we’re hoping you’ll want to help make our new project as successful as our first. We come to you with experience managing a Kickstarter campaign from start to finished product, and have gone through all the necessary steps in developing our new prototype.
Your backing pays for costs that are inherently higher for a start-up: minimum order quantity, production/tooling, packaging design, shipping, as well as the costs of meeting quality, safety, and environmental responsibility standards. Your pledge shows us that you believe in our vision for innovative products that give users more control, and in return, we pledge to deliver a high-quality reward to you.
Thank you for your support as we welcome RELIC XR to the ZEROHOUR family!
Q3, 2014: Process backer/consumer feedback on first ZEROHOUR product. Research and development. Design, sketch, render. Legal counsel update on current utility and design patents.
Q4, 2014: Continue research and development, consumer/flashlight enthusiast outreach. Apply feedback and suggestions to finalize new working prototype. Begin Kickstarter campaign development.
Q1, 2015: Begin ZEROHOUR XR production using existing manufacturer of ZEROHOUR XD. Finalize packaging.
Q2, 2015: XR arrives and delivery begins! ALL REWARDS DELIVERED by May 2015.
We are proud corporate voting members of the Portable Lights American Trade Organization and committed to upholding the ANSI/NEMA FL-1 flashlight standard.
PLATO works to promote the common interests of companies that manufacture portable lighting products, including standards, legislation, litigation, and education.
Risks and challenges
Aided by the learning experiences we had during our first project, and the fact that we are already working with the manufacturer who currently produces the ZEROHOUR XD, we believe we will be able to deliver in a timely and efficient manner, and do not foresee any risks and challenges that would cause major delays. We will remain in regular communication with our backers as our project goes through the production process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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