Cord Lock Light

Black Crater LLC of Portland, Ore., touts itself as “dedicated to bringing unique products to market.” Indeed, the to-be-released Cord Lock Light is like nothing I have ever seen. This is a plain jane cord lock. An average spring-loaded cincher as found on the cords that cascade off backpacks, stuff sacks and sleeping bags.

But this one has a tiny built-in LED light.

As per the company, “the light combines the familiar function of a cord lock with a hyper bright white LED.”

There are three lighting modes—low, high and flash—and the cinch weighs less than the average matchbook (about 8 grams).

Add the Cord Lock Light to your jacket, backpack, stuff sack, sleeping bag, etc., and you’ll never be without a light source in a time of need. Never.

Price: $10

Company contact: Black Crater LLC,

Available: TBA

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.