Mini Glow Flashlight (White/Violet LEDs), retail $5.99 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Life+Gear (
Last updated 04-04-11

This is the Life+Gear Mini Glow Flashlight.

It comes in a rather large (considering the unit uses button cells) plastic body, and has the following operational modes:
  • Flashlight.
  • Glow wand.
  • Both flashlight and glow wand simultaneously (at the same time).
  • Glow wand flashes.
It has two rather bright 5mm LEDs, and feeds those LEDs from three LR44 (aka. AG-13) button cells.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The Glow Flashlight comes ready to use as soon as you purchase it -- the batteries are included and already installed.

On the barrel near the front of the light, there is a rubbery black button.

Press it until it clicks and then release it to turn the unit on in "flashlight" mode.
Do the same thing to have both the flashlight and the glow wand on at the same time. Do the same thing again to turn the flashlight part off but leave the glow wand on.
Do the same thing again to cause the glow wand to blink at a rate of approx. 1.25Hz (approx. 5 flashes every 4 seconds).
Finally, do the same thing one last time to turn the unit completely off.

Just like it reads on the backs of many shampoo (or shampiddle) bottles, "lather, rinse, repeat".
In other words, pressing & releasing the black button starts the cycle anew with the white LED flashlight portion of this product coming on.

To change the batteries in the Mini Glow Flashlight, 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 violet LED turns on - slide the "guts" into the barrel so that the violet 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?

This is a flashlight/safety wand in a rather hollow plastic body, not a flashlight in a metal body that's meant to be bashed, thrashed, trashed, and abused, so I won't bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a porch, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a large claw hammer in order to smash it open 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, with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoņata is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight in a metal or sturdier plastic body might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight meeting the above criteria.

It *IS* waterproof and it floats when dropped in water, so you need not be too concerned about using it in inclement (bad) weather.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 257,000mcd on an Amprobe LM631A light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Those colored graphics toward the left are my "Viva Piņata" posters, and that clock on the right that looks like a gigantic wristwatch is my Infinity Optics Clock.
You may also be able to see two of my SpongeBob SquarePants plush (Squidward Tentacles & Patrick Star) and a Digimon plush (Greymon)

Photograph of the violet LED "glowstick".

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (flashlight mode) in this product.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (glowstick mode) in this product.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (flashlight mode).
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

This is an attempted battery discharge analysis, but as you can see, the light shuts itself
off after just short of one hour (52 minutes) -- this renders it simply not possible to perform
any long-term automated studies re: battery discharge.


This is an attempted battery discharge analysis of the violet ("safety wand") LED.

A video showing all of the modes of this light.

The kitty cat that appears in most of this video is Patches; she is not very camera-shy as you can tell. ;-)

This video is approximately 5.87634563430 megabytes (6,006,216 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than twenty nine minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

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

Reasonably bright for a one-banger
Appears to be at least reasonably durable at minimum
Waterproof -- even submersible to shallow depths at minimum

Uses batteries that may be expen$ive and/or diffult to locate in an emergency
The safety wand is a bit large in diameter -- but some users may find this preferable, so it will not be derated because of this

    MANUFACTURER: Unknown for Life+Gear
    PRODUCT TYPE: Large flashlight/safety wand combo
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 ea. white and violet)
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow/medium spot
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/mode change/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3x LR44 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes; depth not stated
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    SIZE: 15.20cm L x 4.20cm D (incl. anti-roll fin)
    WEIGHT: Not equipped to weigh
    WARRANTY: Lifetime (except batteries & bulbs)


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