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12 LED FLASHLIGHT



12 LED Flashlight, retail $13.50 (URL not known)
Manufactured by (That's unknown too)
Last updated 08-13-04





This is a mostly aluminum flashlight that has 12 white LEDs in the head, and uses three AAA cells, held in a carriage in the barrel to power them.

The only readily visible non-metal components are the rubbery pushbutton switch on the barrel, and the thin plastic window on the end of the flashlight that protects the LEDs.

It comes with case colors of black and titanium. The model I'm testing for you today is the titanium finished version.


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To use this flashlight, feed it if necessary (see below), then you can go to town.

Press the button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on, press and release the button the same way again to turn it off.

There is no momentary mode available when the flashlight is off, but you can blink it when it's on by partially depressing the button.

The flashlight comes with a nylon belt holster. The flashlight fits in it, tightly, bezel-up (head-up).
This holster has a snap fitting on the back, which will fit belts up to approximately 1.25" wide. Since I do not use or own pants that require a belt, I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended.



To feed this flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it in the commode, yank down that silver handle on the front of the cistern, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

Remove the black plastic battery carriage from the barrel. Remove and dispose of or recycle the used AAA cells from this carriage if necessary.

Install three new AAA cells in the carriage, aligning them so the flat-end (-) negative of each cell faces a spring for it in its chamber.

Look at the ends of the carriage, and insert the carriage with a (+) sign embossed into it into the flashlight barrel first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that tailcap now? ;-)

Measures 255mA on Polaroid alkaline cells that I borrowed from another flashlight. This is 21.25 milliamps per LED.

I'm currently out of and do not have the money to buy more AAA cells. When I can, I'll get new AAA cells and remeasure with them.




Photograph of the business-end of the flashlight, showing the 12 LEDs and the "reflector".

This flashlight appears to be at least reasonably durable. Let's try that smack test and see what happens...BRB...ok, after 10 smacks against a steel rod (five against the tailcap, and five against the bezel), the flashlight still works properly and does not appear to have been damaged.

To test the finish, I tried to cut through it with the blade of a Swiss army knife, and was successful in penetrating it - and quite easily too I might add.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie I would, if it's in the name of science.
This test proves the finish is not anodizing, but some kind of paint or other surface dye.

The flashlight is weather-resistant, but it is NOT waterproof or submersible. I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its battery carriage, and performed that dreadful suction test on it. It leaked air. Some air came around the switch, and some air came in around the bezel area. I also tried the suction test around the switch and placed my hand firmly against the bezel, and the tailcap leaks. There's an O-ring on there, but it leaks anyway. So please keep it away from streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, beaches, docks, puddles of wolf pee, snowbanks, pet water dishes, sinks, toilets, tubs, or anywhere else where water or water-like liquids might be found.
If water gets inside or if you suspect it flooded, take the tailcap off, remove the battery carriage and batteries, and set the parts in a warm, dry place for a day or so to be sure it's dry before you reassemble it. If it fell into seawater or if something or someone peed on it, douche the parts off with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your flashlight to smell like seaweed or urine when you go to use it next.
Besides, salt (from seawater or potty) can't be very good for it.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 107,800mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was purchased from a Candlepower Forums member on 08-11-04, and received late on the afternoon of 08-13-04.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



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CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 12
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs and reflector protected by thin plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 255mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splash-resistance only
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Nylon belt holster, 3xAAA cells
    SIZE: 4.75" L by 1.25" W
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

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