Orange LED Arc-AAA, retail $(No longer available)
Manufactured by Arc Flashlight, LLC (
Last updated 04-27-10

I've had this for quite a few years now, that's why it does not look brand spanken new in the above photograph!!!

The orange LED Arc-AAA is a very tiny, single "AAA" cell LED flashlight, very similar to the original Arc AAA but with a different color LED (not white as is most common to find in an LED flashlight). Smaller than a Mag Solitaire, this was easily one of the smallest and brightest single cell LED flashlights in existence in 2003. A miniature step-up power converter inside the tiny head makes it possible to run a 2.6 to 2.8 volt orange LED with only a single 1.5 volt AAA cell.

The easy-grip body is composed entirely of Type III hard-anodized (aka. "HA-III") aircraft aluminum, and is, for all intents and purposes, indestructible.


To use this miniature marvel, you will first want to feed it with a single "AAA" cell if it was not already installed in the flashlight when you received it (it should not be; though one *IS* included!).

Getting light is as easy as turning the head clockwise (as if tightening it) until it lights up; turn it the other way to plunge yourself back in darkness. The turning action is fairly stiff; this should go very far in helping to prevent this little powerhouse from "going off" in storage or transport, regardless of how roughly the flashlight gets nocked around here.

The orange LED Arc AAA comes with a small split ring attached to the tail. This is meant to be attached to larger keyrings, like what your house & car keys are probably already on; and for attachment to a lanyard to hang the CPF Arc AAA around your neck or around a nail or tree branch.

The knurled surface makes the light easy to grip and use.

To change the battery when necessary, unscrew the bezel (head) until it comes off (don't worry about losing parts or bulbs), gently place it on the ground, use your foot to push it to the doorway leading to the basement stairs, and kick it down those stairs so that the hungry, hungry piss ants will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies, find it unpalatable, and take it to the queen -- who just sniffs at it, goes potty on it, and instructs the worker ants to do the same...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Place the included Duracell AAA battery into the barrel so the button-end (+) positive faces up.

Screw the bezel back on, back it off just a bit when your Arc AAA springs to life, and there, you're finished.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel down the stairs with all those hungry, hungry ants now?

A foam gasket affixed to the bottom of the inside of the bezel prevents that annoying rattling sound from the battery moving around inside when the unit is turned off.

Advertised runtime is no less than five hours on a Duracell brand alkaline cell.
The company that makes this flashlight tends not to lie or exaggerate, so this runtime value should be reasonably accurate at absolute minimum.

Due to the way the product was constructed, I am not able to furnish a current usage measurement for you.

The flashlight appears to be very durable and sturdy, and it is. I administered the smack test on it (I literally beat the living tweedle out of it - ten whacks against the concrete floor of a porch; five whacks against the side of the tailcap and five whacks against the side of the bezel), and found the expected damage. There is some minor gouging to the bare Metalshinegreymon - er - the bare Metalmegaseadramon - um that's not it either...the bare a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!) on the sides of the bezel and tailcap where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

The primary purpose of this test is not necessarily to see if the exterior of the flashlight would be damaged; it's more about the internal components which would be subject to a high shock load ("G force") every time it strikes the concrete.

There is knurling (diamond-shaped cross-hatched texturising) on the barrel and on the bezel, so retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are cold, wet, or oily) shouldn't be much of an issue.

Water-resistance is excellent; it is rated waterproof and even submersible to 100 feet - much, much deeper than I can test. So my alcohol-fueled attempts to drown it in the toliet wouldn't be very successful.

A foam gasket is affixed to the underside of the bezel (head); this helps to prevent battery rattle when the unit is shaken, struck against something else, or dropped.
No battery rattle was detected at all; not even when the unit was shaken rather vigorously.

Beam photograph on the test target at ~12".

Measures 31,050mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Remember though, that this is an LED made in 2003.
The slightly higher-than-expected value stems largely from the narrow beam.

Photograph of its beam on a wall at ~10 feet.

Those colored graphics toward the left are my "Viva Piņata" posters, that clock on the right that looks like a gigantic wristwatch is my Infinity Optics Clock, and that star-shaped red thing on the rightmost wall is from a Red Hot Laser Light Show. You may also be able to see two of my SpongeBob SquarePants plush (Squidward Tentacles & Patrick Star) and a Digimon plush (Greymon)

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in the Orange LED Arc-AAA flashlight.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.

Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test sample was furnished to me by an unknown fan of this website on 08-23-03.
If this was you, please pipe up so I can properly thank you for it.

Product was made in the United States of America.
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

Bright for its size
Durable case
Water-resistant - even waterproof to 100 feet
Uses a cell (battery) that's common and relatively inexpen$ive

None that I have yet found

    MANUFACTURER: Arc Flashlight, LLC
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small, custom-engraved LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm orange LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium/narrow spot with ring
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Hard-anodized aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LED inset in conical depression
    BATTERY: 1xAAA cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to 100'
    ACCESSORIES: Battery, small split ring, pocket clip
    SIZE: 2.7"L, 0.5"D
    WEIGHT: 0.75oz
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


    Product is no longer available, so the conventional "star" rating will not be used.

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