Halloween Skull Keychain, retail $3.99 (Spirit Needle*...er...uh...Spirit HALLOWEEN**)
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Last updated 11-03-11

The Halloween Skull Keychain is a Halloween keychain accessory that looks like a skull; its eyes flash red and it emits a "spooky" "laughing" sound when you activate it.

* There's a Digimon episode called "Spirit Needle", from season 2.
Here, let's prove that with this screen dump:

** I was not able to find this product on the Spirit Halloween website, so this URL simply leads to their front door.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use the Halloween Skull Keychain, just press and hold the small button located on the back of the product's "head"; when this is done, the eyes light up bright red (and flash), and a "screaming laugh" sound is emitted from a small speaker inside the product, located at the lower back of the "head".

Release the button to discontinue the light & sound "serenade".

Although this appears to have been designed as a disposable product, the batteries *CAN* be changed if you're up to a minor challenge.

To change the batteries, turn the product so the back of the "head" faces you. You'll see two small holes with small phillips screws in them. Using a small phillips screwdriver (the #0 with a 1.60mm shaft diameter from my kit of jeweller's screwdrivers worked beautifully here), unscrew & remove these screws. Carry them to the nearest graveyard, and huck them into an open grave so that the yucky, rotting stinky zombies find them, become angry at them, stomp on them, and possibly even uranate on them...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THOSE!!! So just set them aside instead.

***CAREFULLY*** pull the two halves of the skull apart. I say "carefully" here because the two parts have various parts of the circuit in them, connected by what appears to be thin varnished copper wires.

In the front half of the "head", you'll see the battery compartment with three LR1130 button cells in it. Remove the used cells, and recycle or dispose of them as you see fit.

This is what you'll see when you disassemble the skull.

Insert three new LR1130 button cells into the chamber, orienting them so that their flat-ends (+) positives face the spring.

Place everything back where it's suppose to go, place the two halves of the skull back together, and insert & gently tighten those two screws.
Aren't you glad that you didn't chuck those screws into the graveyard amongst all those smelly zombies with full bladders now?

For me, this was an excersize in futility; I was not able to reassemble the product afterward.

Because the is a Halloween keychain accessory, and not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused, I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a front porch in effort to try and break it, let my mother's big dog's ghost or my sister's kitty cats spring a leak (uranate) on it, hose it down with a gun, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Does this web page look an awful lot like the one I made for this product?
Thought you'd say so.
That's because they're electrially quite similar; differing mainly in case style, LED color, and emitted sound; so I could use its web page as a template for this one.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".

Because this is a flashing product, I cannot perform intensity measurements with the instruments at my command.

Photograph of the keychain itself with the eyes lighted.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this keychain.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this keychain; newer spectrometer software & settings used.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this keychain; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 610nm and 660nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is ~630.45nm.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Video clip on YourTube allowing you to
see and hear the product being used.

This clip is approximately 1.456745 megabytes (1,612,852 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than eight minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

Test unit was purchased at a Spirit Halloween in Federal Way WA. USA on 10-06-09.

I believe that this product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    MANUFACTURER: Unknown/not stated
    PRODUCT TYPE: Novelty/seasonal keychain
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm red LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Momentary pushbutton on/off on back of product's "head"
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 3x LR1130 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries, "lobster claw" clasp, swivel
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    This is a seasonal novelty product and will not be assigned a "star" rating for that reason.

Halloween Skull Keychain *

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