Memorial day is the unofficial start of summer. The season ushers in baseball, bike rides, and barbeques. It also brings in warm nights that too many of us waste indoors.
In today’s post, I review a product that delivers abundant joy at an astoundingly low price. It also gives you invigorating summer evenings while most of your neighbors slouch away on couches and easy chairs—unless, that is, you convince them to abandon their seats and join in the fun.
The FlashFlight® is a flying disc that contains an ultra-bright Light-Emitting Diode (LED) at its center. Strands of fiber optics transmit the light to nine separate glowing points on the outer rim. The product is available in four colors: red, blue, green, and the multicolored Disc-O, which is the model reviewed here.
In bursts of color that last about four seconds each, the FlashFlight Disc-O cycles through red, green, blue, yellow, blue again, violet, and white. The LED is powered by two batteries—CR2016 3Vs which are themselves shaped like miniature flying discs. These provide about 20-25 hours of playtime before they need replacing.
The FlashFlight weighs 185 grams. That’s heavy for a flying disc but it allows for longer tosses with fewer wobbles, even in windy conditions. The water resistant disc floats, which makes it a great choice for beachfront frolic.
FlashFlight in Action
The FlashFlight is easy to throw, even for beginners. In flight, the points of light spin rapidly so that the disc can be readily followed and caught in the dark. Competent throwers can launch the FlashFlight on prolonged journeys that allow it to cycle through three or more colors. And believe it or not, even incompetent throwers can deliver ample entertainment. Errant tosses end up in assorted places like bushes, flower beds, and rhubarb patches. However obscure the landing site, it causes no great delay—the LED stays lit so the disc always stays found.
The best part of using the FlashFlight isn’t the disc itself, it’s whomever awaits the result of your tosses. Whether those are friends, family members, or neighbors, everyone gets to share in the healthy fun.
FlashFlight: The Value
The FlashFlight is sold as a “light up flying disc.” That, I think, misses the mark. The FlashFlight should instead be promoted as an Jubilation Delivery Vehicle (JDV). That’s as good a phrase as any to describe the sheer delight that accompanies each spinning toss.
Joy might be impossible to measure, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Imagine you could measure the enjoyment you experience from each product you buy. If you were the kind of person who had to spend $250,000 on a Bentley roadster in order to derive 97.63 units of quantifiable joy, happy hours might prove elusive. If, however, you were the kind of person who could spend $20 on a multicolored JDV to derive the same 97.63 units of joy, many happy hours would be yours.
So although $20 might seem like a lot to spend on a frivolous “throw away” toy like this, the FlashFlight is worth every penny. Get your own nighttime flying disc today and see how many units of summer joy your money can deliver. For a great homemade video of the FlashFlight all aglow, click here.
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If you find you don’t like flying discs, you don’t have to proceed immediately to the nearest Bentley dealership. Instead, consider the MeteorLight®, a multi-colored LED ball made by the same manufacturer that makes the FlashFlight. The MeteorLight is about the size of a tennis ball, but much heavier (baseball gloves might come in handy). It sells on Amazon for under $12. To view, click here.
Important DISClosures: All product reviews, “glowing” or otherwise, are uncompensated and based exclusively upon the opinions of A. Noonan Moose. This website serves as no one’s affiliate. FlashFlight® and MeteorLight® are trademarks of Playhard, Inc.
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