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Lightmate is a flashlight, but also can be a lantern, power charger and glass smasher in emergencies

Remember when a flashlight was just a flashlight? How quaint. Satechi's new LightMate LED flashlight is a multitasking workhorse providing light and power.

A built-in power bank at the tail end of the aluminum alloy body has a micro-USB port (cable included) for juicing up the removable rechargeable lithium ion battery, as well as a USB port for charging mobile devices.

As for the light part of the flashlight, the push of a button cycles through three brightness levels and three lighting modes — a solid directional light, a quick-flashing strobe light to draw attention and a blinking SOS signal.

Screw the included hollow plastic “lamp” attachment over the flashlight end and, voilà, it’s a lantern. Screw the steel alloy pointed tip over the charging port end and you have an emergency window breaker/defense weapon.

The 7-by-1 1/4 -inch-diameter LightMate weighs about 1 1/2 pounds, is water resistant and comes with a detachable carrying strap.

Info: LightMate Flashlight with rechargeable battery and power bank costs about $30.

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