3xLED Flashlight (4), retail $1.00
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Circuit Electronics. (URL not known)
Last updated 05-07-12

This is a metal 3-LED flashlight that was purchased at a dollar store in the eastern United States (the state of Pennsylvania to be specific) in early-2011.

It features 3 wide-angle white LEDs, feeds from three AAA cells held in a "side-by-side" carriage in the flashlight's barrel to keep the length down, and has a rubber covered pushbutton on the tailcap to turn its LEDs on and off.


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

There is no momentary or "signalling" mode available when the flashlight is off; however you can blink the flashlight when it is on by partially depressing this button. If you don't mind the "backward" feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way.

To change the batteries in your flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, dash it to the ground, and stomp on it with spiked golf shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the black plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used cells if they are present in this carriage.

Insert three new AAA cells into the carriage, one in each compartment. Orient each cell so the flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in its compartment.

Once the carriage is full, insert it into the flashlight's barrel, aiming it so the (+) embossed into one end goes in first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

This does not appear to be an excceptionally sturdy or durable flashlight, but I believe the price is right. Can't go wrong there. You need not be ashamed to admit you own or use one, or even let other people see it when you whip it out.

However, despite its apparent fragility, since it comes in a metal body, I administered "The Smack Test" on it (I beat the living tweedle out of it by smacking it ten times against a concrete driveway: 5 smacks on the side of the bezel and 5 smacks on the side of the tailcap). After this test, I found some denting at the side of the bezel, and gouging to the bare Metalpiedmon - er - the bare Metalmetalgreymon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalmalomyotismon... er...uh...wait 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.

The flashlight appears to be surprisingly water resistant. There is an O-ring between the tailcap and body, but I am not able to test the tailcap for watertightness due to the way it was constructed -- though the front of the flashlight is waterproof and even submersible to shallow depths at minimum -- it passed "The Suction Test" quite handily by holding a good partial vacuum when the open tail-end of the barrel was suctioned.

The LEDs are wider in viewing angle than most other LEDs used in LED flashlights; this makes it an exceptional flashlight for walking around in the dark in close quarters -- everything is illuminated very well at distances of ~15 feet or less.

Does this evaluation look an awful lot like the one I made for this product?
Thought you'd say so.
That's because they're quite similar both electrically and optically; physical similarity is also quite high with the primary difference being the body color.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Photograph deliberately left uncropped to show the wider-than-usual beam.
That "rotten starfish urine green" tint does not actually exist.

Measures 92,200mcd on an Amprobe LM631A light meter.
This value appears low because if I've told you once, I've told you 31,054,500 times:
Wider viewing angles always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS!!! equal lower mcd values!!!

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight.

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

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 430nm and 480nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 447.595nm.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.

Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit of this (plus a bunch of other products) was sent by a website fan on the US east coast, and was received at 4:09pm PST on 02-28-11 (or "28 Feb 2011" or even "Feb 28, Twenty Double Sticks" if you prefer).

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Decent intensity for an "el cheapo" LED flashlight
The price is right
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive
Water-resistant -- not expected for such an inexpensive flashlight

Has a cheap feel to it
Uses a battery carriage -- one more thing to become broken or lost

    PRODUCT TYPE: Small LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Wide-angle white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Medium directional flood with pronounced central hotspot
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs protected by thin plastic window
    BATTERY: 3x AAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths for short periods at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard
    SIZE: 85.00mm L x 22.50mm D
    WEIGHT: Unknown/not equipped to weigh
    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Unknown; but probably China
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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