Alternate title: Matches? We Don't Need No Vulcan Matches!
I seem to have discovered a gaping hole in all the Trek tech geekery currently available online. But, to be honest, I'd forgotten this existed, too.
For many moons now, my memory was in error . . . for some reason I thought that when Kirk and the gang were skulking about in the US Air Force base in "Tomorrow is Yesterday", that Kirk had merely grabbed a local flashlight. In my mind I can almost see the corrugated metal of an old incandescent Ray-o-Vac Sportsman or EverReady Captain in his hand . . . about three D-cells for the size of it. I'm guessing this came from watching some low-res version ages ago and interpolating the pixels as best I could, or maybe it was his brief stop by some random display case and a chuckle, but in any case I queued up the episode the other day amidst a flashlight kick, hoping to identify the now-antique, and blammo, my mind was blown.
Even on super prop sites that can track when a communicator prop got damaged when Takei grabbed it without its consent, there's zip-zilch-zero about what Kirk was actually carrying.
Brand/Model Starfleet Hand Torch-2210/45Emitter 1x laser-initiated microfusion arc light (CRI 100)Beam Intensity Up to 130 million candela (8.7 kilometer range @ 1 lux)Power Source 1x Sarium Krellide power cell, deuterium tank(field rechargeable with water source), tritium slugMaterial DuraniumModes 12 Onboard Programmable, plus external control tie-inBlinkies Programmable strobe/beaconOptics Fusion confinement, aspheric forcefield,quantum electrochromic "bottlecap"Waterproof UFP1589 (vacuum-rated, but deep submersionin gas giants not recommended)