Life+Gear Keychain Glow Light, retail $4.99
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Last updated 03-01-11

The Keychain Glow Light is a rather nifty 4-in-1 product that has a white LED and a red LED in a compact plastic body.

The Keychain Glow Light includes a white LED flashlight, red LED flashlight, and red LED flasher (surprisingly potent too, I might add!) all in one handy-dandy package.

It feeds those LEDs from a trio of LR44 button cells ("the laser pointer battery"), already included and installed.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The Keychain Glow Light comes with its batteries installed, so it's ready to use right away.

To use the white LED flashlight, press & release the black rubber button on the side of its body.

To have both the white LED flashlight and the red LED flashlight going once, press & release the button a second time.

To have just the red LED flashlight lit, press & release the button a third time.

To cause the red LED to blink, press & release the button a fourth time.

Finally, to turn the product completely off, press & release the button a fifth time.

Just like it reads on the back of many shampoo (or "shampiddle") bottles, "lather, rinse, repeat". In other words, pressing & releasing the button a sixth time turns the unit on in white LED flashlight mode.

To change the batteries in the Keychain Glow Light, unscrew the reflector assembly from the white LED-end from the body, walk over to the dustbin (garbage can), drop the reflector ass'y in, take the bin liner (garbage bag) to the outside wheelie bin (wheeled garbage can), drop it in that one, and wait for garbage day so that the dustman (garbage man) dumps the wheelie bin into his dust lorry (garbage truck) and drives off...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the "guts" out of the barrel and into your hand, and set the now-empty barrel aside as well.

Using the point of a knife or similar instrument, pry one of the cells out of the chamber; the other two should come out without tools. I attempted to use a fingernail for this task on this one, and promptly busted it (the fingernail - not the light!!!) - that's why I recommend using a knife or similar instrument. "Lesson learned" as they say.

Dispose of or recycle the used-up cells as you see fit. Do not flush them down the commode, and for Christ sakes, please do not throw them into a trout-filled stream.

Insert three new LR44 button cells into the chamber, orienting them so that their flat-ends (+) positives face the (+) legend printed in the bottom of the chamber.

Look at each LED, and note which one of them has a yellowish-white material inside. Slide the "guts" back into the barrel so that the LED with the yellowish-white material inside goes in first, and so that the side with the circuit board on it faces the black rubbery button on the barrel.

If you cannot tell which LED is which, press the white button near the center of the circuit board so that the white LED turns on - slide the "guts" into the barrel so that the white LED goes in first - you can then use the button to turn the product off at this point.

Screw the reflector assembly back on; snugly but not too tightly, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad that you didn't throw that reflector assembly in the garbage now?

Unable to measure current use due to how the product was constructed.

The Keychain Glow Light is not intended to be used as a flashlight that is needed frequently and bashed, trashed, thrashed, and abused. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it with a 450lb electric wheelchair, swing it against the concrete floor of a front porch, use a medium claw hammer to bash it open in order to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (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), a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or a pack-of-cards-sized instrument that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, shoot it into the upper atmosphere of Ventax II
*, or inflict upon it punishments that a flashlight in a metal or sturdier plastic body may have inflicted upon it.

The Keychain Glow Light is very lightly splatter- and weather-resistant, but it is not submersible. It failed "The Suction Test" a bit - not a whole lot of air was admitted, but it *DID* leak. If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded (because you didn't fish it out right away), remove the wand and the insides, take the batteries out, dump the water out of the wand and body 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 use it again.

If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a glass of milk, if it fell into a root beer float, if it got nocked 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 got kicked under a leaky car radiator, 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 Keychain Glow 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 flasher circuit or the insides of the barrel.

Beam photograph (white LED) on the test target at 12".
Measures 49,500mcd.

Beam photograph (red LED) on the test target at 12".
Measures 23,200mcd.

Both measurements were performed on an Amprobe LM631A light meter.

Photograph of the unit showing both LEDs illuminated simultaneously (at the same time).

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (white) in this light.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (red) in this light.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (white LED).

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (red LED.

Images made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Video on YourTube showing the product going through all of its operational modes.
That music that you may hear is music from the computer demo "ACT 1" by the demo group ''Psychic Link''. This product is not sound-sensitive; the audio may be ignored or even muted if it pisses you off.

This clip is approximately 6.444793458927 megabytes (6,666,794 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than thirty two minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

Test unit of this was purchased at a Safeway store in Federal Way WA. USA on the afternoon of 02-27-11 (or "27 Feb 2011" or even "Feb 27, Twenty Double Sticks" if you prefer).

* From the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Devil's Due".

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Unique product has multiple functions
Uses LEDs instead of incandescent bubs
Reasonably water-resistant
Reasonably bright for a 1-LED flashlight

Uses batteries that may be difficult to locate
Battery changing is a little darn diddly-arn "complexicated"
Battery changing requires darn diddly-arn tools
Not submersible

    PRODUCT TYPE: Multifunction safety light
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 each red and white)
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot surrounded w/dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/mode change/off on side of body
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED & reflector protected by thin plastic window
    BATTERY: 3x LR44 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: 3x LR44 button cells, medium split ring on a swivel
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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Life+Gear Keychain Glow Light *

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