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3-LED FLASHLIGHT



Unknown brand 3-LED Flashlight, retail $5
Manufactured by (Unknown) (URL is unknown too)
Last updated 05-08-04





I bought this light on Ebay, and it was shipped, new in its package, out of Hong Kong.

This is a 3-LED light that can either be carried around like a regular flashlight, or clipped to a hat or other clothing via the clip already attached to its tailpiece. It uses three AAA cells for power, which you must supply yourself.

No manufacturer's name is shown on the package, and not on the flashlight itself either. Yes, I checked. Very carefully too, I might add.


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To use this flashlight, feed it first (see below). To turn the light on, rotate the bezel (head) counterclockwise (as if loosening it) approximately 1/30th of a turn. An arrow silkscreened on the bezel should now point to "ON" silkscreened near the top edge of the body.
To turn the light back off, rotate the bezel clockwise (as if tightening it) approximately 1/30th of a turn. The arrow on the bezel should now point to "OFF" silkscreened near the top edge of the body.

You can fasten the light to any fabric edge with the clip on the tailpiece of the light. This clip rotates 360 degrees in its "ball and socket" joint, and pivots on its axis so the flashlight can be aimed up, down, or sideways when it's clipped onto something.



To change the batteries, grasp the body of the light in one hand, and turn the tailpiece counterclockwise (as if loosening it) approximately 1/30th of a turn. It will open at this point. Remove the tailpiece and throw it away...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the three used batteries out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AAA cells in the barrel, so that the two on the sides go in button-end (+) positive first, and the one in the center goes in flat-end (-) negative first. See the photograph directly below to see how the batteries go in.



There are battery polarity legends (pictures of batteries with their (+) and (-) terminals labelled) silkscreened on the inside surface of the barrel, so you really can't screw this up if you're paying even a modicum of attention here. ;-)

Place the tailpiece on the end of the barrel, oriented so the rounded and flat sides match up. Press down, and while still pressing, turn it clockwise (as if tightening it) approximately 1/30th of a turn until it locks into place.

Due to the way this light is constructed, I cannot take a current measurement.
It is advertised to have a current draw of 45mA maximum, but I cannot verify this.



The 3-LED flashlight appears at least reasonably durable. I smacked the flashlight against a steel rod 10 times (5 times on the barrel, 5 times on the head), and the light was not damaged. It also survived a couple of falls onto flooring covered by a thin (0.10") carpet with no backing.

I don't believe this light is very water-resistant. There are no O-rings sealing the tailcap, and air easily enters the bezel end as well. It should be splash-resistant and maybe even weather-resistant too, but if you drop it in water or if the dog goes to the bathroom on it, it'll definitely leak.

The beam has a bluish-white icy cool color to it which is pleasant in my opinion. If you prefer a warmer color, then you definitely will not like the color of this light's beam.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 16,700mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Although this is not as bright as it could be, it's not horribly dim either.
Not like the "Flushlight" I evaluated a couple of years ago.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was purchased on Ebay from this page, and was received on 05-08-04. When the link expires on 07-26-04, use the View seller's other items link to see if they're still selling this light.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



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CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight/clip light
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot with a dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist-action switch built into bezel
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3x AAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure (advertised as 45mA)
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at minimum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: None
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

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