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Foxfury launches Rook MD1 and Checkmate compact LED flashlights

Published on 26 August 2011
The MD1 and CheckMate are extremely bright and feature a rounded square anti-roll head with a strike bezel
The MD1 and CheckMate are designed for first responders and for emergency preparedness

FoxFury Lighting Solutions has officially released its Rook MD1 and Checkmate compact LED flashlights.

These are the first commercially available flashlights to intentionally resemble a chess piece. The MD1 and CheckMate are extremely bright (up to 600 torch lumen) and feature a rounded square anti-roll head with a strike bezel. These may look like pieces from a game but these are serious lights designed for first responders (including law enforcement) and for emergency preparedness or general use.

The combination of a powerful CREE LED and deep reflector create a tight beam. The MD1 is 220 torch lumen with an 8 degree beam while the CheckMate punches out a blistering 600 torch lumen with a 10 degree beam. Each light has a tactical switch and 3 modes: low power, turbo-strobe (varying frequency for disorientation) and maximum power. 

"Customers from all over the world had been asking us for years to create bright and affordable LED flashlights that have a unique look and function. These look like rook chess pieces but we sought to create the king of all-white LED compact flashlights," said Tim Ellwood, Law Enforcement / Military Sales Manager for FoxFury.

The MD1 and CheckMate have the ability to be powered by either standard lithium (two CR123) batteries or a rechargeable Li-ion (one 18650) battery. These lights feature a strike bezel for protection and/or to break glass if needed. Both Rooks are made of aircraft-grade aluminum, are black hard anodised, and are waterproof, impact resistant, and fire resistant.

"I've been a professional flashlight user for the past 30 years and I'm not easily impressed by new lights. I literally said 'holy s&#t that's bright' the first time I turned the CheckMate on. I was truly amazed how much light could come out of such a small package," said Ellwood.

Rook MD1  

  •     220 torch lumen
  •     4.8 oz (130 g)
  •     Length: 4.9" (125 mm)

Rook CheckMate:  

  •     600 torch lumen
  •     6.4 oz (181 g)
  • Length: 5.8" (147 mm)

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