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TipSee Tilt-Activated LED Light, retail $9.99 (
Manufactured by TipSee Light Co. LLC (
Last updated 11-20-09

The TipSee Tilt-Activated LED Light is a unique little light designed to be clipped or fastened with the included hook & loop fastener (functionally identical to VelcroŽ) to things like wine bottle necks, spatulas or other barbeque tools, kitchen funnels, cookbooks, etc. to help put light where it was difficult or even impossible to do so before. You can even clip it to your fishing pole to light up the reel so that tangled line can be untangled when the boat lights are off. There are literally a thousand uses for the TipSee.

It has a very wide-angle, bright white SMD LED in it's "business-end", runs off a single 12 volt A23 battery (this battery is often used in cigerette lighters and car door remotes), is light in weight, and comes in a food grade soft plastic body (well, the "food & wine" model does anyway).

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use the TipSee, disassemble as you would for a battery change (see directly below), insert the battery so that its flat-end (-) negative faces the spring, reassemble it, and THEN you can go get hammered on that wine in the dark.

You only need to do this once, when you first remove your brand spanken new TipSee out of the package.

Firmly press & release the protruding piece on the back of the unit to activate it in "tilt-sensitive" mode.

Clip it to the neck of a bottle of wine, the handle of a spatula, the back cover of a cookbook, etc. Use the included hook & loop strap to fasten the TipSee to the surface if it will not clip there on its own.

When the light is tipped down from vertical approximately 75° (I do not have an incline meter or even a protractor at my disposal, so I have to kind of "eyeball" it here), the unit will automatically come on. Please see the two photographs directly below to see the angles at which the TipSee turns on and off.

These photographs were taken by placing the camera on a flat dresser top; the TipSee was then angled as you see to obtain the "on" and "off" photographs.

Firmly press & release the protruding piece on the back of the unit to deactivate the unit when you are finished using it.

To change the battery in your TipSee, hold the unit firmly with one hand, and use your other to press the protruding "master switch" very firmly. You may need to press quite hard, but the LED/battery carriage assembly should "pop out" of the other end insofar as to allow you to grasp it and pull it the rest of the way out.

This is what you should see at this point:

Take the outer casing to a bridge over deep water (the Oakland Bay Bridge would be ideal; however, the Juneau-Douglas Bridge would also do in a pinch here), and throw it over the side so that it goes "blub blub blub" all the way to the bottom of Gastineau Channel with all of the bowling balls that were lobbed over that bridge in the 1950s and 1960s...0 W4!+!!! Y0U'11 N33D +H4+!!! So just set it aside instead.

In the smaller carriage assembly, unscrew the end of the casing with the protruding switch approximately 1/12th of a turn, pull it straight off, and set it aside.

Pull the entire carriage/light assembly straight out of the tube.

Remove the used A23 battery, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Insert a new A23 cigerette lighter battery into this carriage so that its flat-end (-) negative faces the spring, slide the carriage assembly back into the tube (thus making a larger "carriage assembly"), place the end of the casing back on, turn it approximately 1/12th of a turn clockwise until it no longer turns, press the now-full carriage assembly back into the outer casing, and finally be done with it.
Aren't you glad that you didn't throw that outer casing of the light over the side of the Juneau-Douglas Bridge now?

This is what the Juneau-Douglas Bridge looks like...or what it lookED like anyway before it was replaced in 1976.

And this is what the bridge looks like now.

The TipSee Tilt-Activated LED Light is water-resistant, but is definitely ***NOT*** submersible. When I had it apart to do the battery change, I did not see an O-ring between the light "cartridge" and the outer casing. So water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside around the LED. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of laboratory rat pee, glasses of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toliet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee, spilled wine, fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain uranators, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in moderately bad weather (drinking wine in the rain at midnight?).

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a glass of milk, if it fell in a root beer float, if it fell into a bowl of "soft-serv" ice cream, if somebody squirted a Massengill brand post-menstrual disposable douche or a Fleet brand disposable enema at it (and hit it with the douche or the enema), if it fell into your car's radiator while the radiator cap was off, or if somebody or something got "pist off" at it and subsequently "pyst" on it, rinse the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your TipSee Tilt-Activated LED Light to smell like seaweed, sour milk, flowers, fresh butts, or rotten pee when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater, disposable douches, disposable enemas, or uranation), lactic acid (from moo juice), glycerol (from antifreeze), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

I do not have any wine bottles, spatulas, or other cooking accessories to show how the TipSee would be used with them, so please do not ask.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 4,731mcd on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.
Remember, this is a very wide-angle light emitter; and if I've told you once, I've told you 31,054,500 times:
Wider viewing angles always, always, ALWAYS equal lower mcd values!!!

Unit lighting up a book about used up old insulaters (17"W by 11"H when open).

Unit clipped to the bill of a baseball hat.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this light.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Produict was ordered on the ThinkGeek website on 11-12-09 and was received at 2:59pm PST on 11-18-09.

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

Higher-than-expected intensity for a wide-angle LED
Novel, unique idea that I hope catches on
Light weight means it won't seriously impede the use of bottles, spatulas, etc. when attached to them
"Master" switch disengages tilt switch so that the TipSee doesn't waste its own battery during transport or storage

Not all that water-resistant - I think that would be rather important for a light you may wish to wash occasionally
Battery it uses may be a bit difficult to locate

    MANUFACTURER: TipSee Light Co. LLC.
    PRODUCT TYPE: Tilt-activated LED light
    LAMP TYPE: SMD white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Wide flood
    SWITCH TYPE: Automatic "tilt" switch, pushbutton "master" switch to disengage tilt switch
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED protected by transparent plastic dome
    BATTERY: 1x 12 volt A23 cigerette lighter battery
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: Battery, strip of hook & loop fastener
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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