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Glow 400 Flashlight (White/Red LEDs), retail $6.99 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Life+Gear (
Last updated 06-10-12

This is the Life+Gear Glow 400 Flashlight.

It comes in a rather large plastic body, and has the following operational modes:
  • Flashlight.
  • Glow wand.
  • Both flashlight and glow wand simultaneously (at the same time).
  • Glow wand flashes.
  • Glow wand automatically flashes when dropped in the toliet or any other water.
Not only does it have those handy modes, much of the barrel can be used to store small articles, such as paper money, keys, change, jewelry, spare batteries, or other small articles.

It has two rather bright low-power LEDs, and feeds those LEDs from three AA cells.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The Glow 400 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.

If the Glow 400 Flashlight meets water (lake, stream, oceanside, falls off a dock, rolls off the boat, your sub springs a significant leak, if it falls out of an airplane and into Niagra Falls, etc.), it will automatically begin flashing its safety wand at the expected flash rate (~1.25Hz) and will keep flashing until the batteries poop out or until it is fished out of the water and the black button is pressed once. If the unit begins blinking again shortly thereafter, you may need to dry off the two small metal contacts located almost directly on the opposite side of the unit's head as the black pushbutton; then press & release the button and see if you have better luck.

It was tested successfully with fresh water (both in the cistern and directly from the faucet), so it ought to work just as well in salt water.

If the unit is already on in any mode when it goes "splash", the wand will not blink.

The Glow 400 Flashlight feeds from three AA cells; they are included and already installed when you purchase the product.

When they poop out, follow these instructions to change them:
  1. Unscrew & remove the bezel (head), and set it aside.
  2. Tip the "guts" out of the flashlight body and into your hand, and set the flashlight portion aside as well.
  3. Remove the three used AA cells from the compartments in the "guts", and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.
  4. Insert three new AA cells into the chambers for them, orienting each one so that its flat-end (-) negative faces the spring for it in each chamber. If the unit comes on at this time, don't worry about it -- that will be taken care of shortly.
  5. Place the "guts" back into the barrel, orienting them so that the white "platform" faces outward, and the end of that "platform" that almost looks as though it has been cut off faces the black arrow printed in the inside of the barrel.
  6. Place the bezel back on, and screw it snugly in place.
If your light is indeed on at this time, turn it off using the black pushbutton on the side of the barrel.

Current usage measures 34.20mA on the white LED and 69.50mA on the red LED.

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.

This product has a 1-hour (60 minute) auto-shutdown; this is presumably so that if it "goes off" during storage or transport, the batteries won't be drained until they're deader than doorknobs.
This one-hour auto-shutdown affects *ALL* modes, not just flashlight and safety wand modes -- even blink mode turns itself off after an hour.

Beam photograph (white flashlight LED) on the test target at 12".
Measures 86,100mcd.

Beam photograph (red glow wand LED) on the test target at 12".
Measures 2,770mcd.

This is a wide viewing angle LED, and if I've told you once,
I've told you 2,458,770 times:
Wider viewing angles always, always, ALWAYS equal lower mcd values!!!

Both measurements were taken on an Amprobe LM631A light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Photograph of the flashlight & red LED "glowstick" on simultaneously.

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

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (flashlight mode) in this product; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 430nm and 480nm to show LED's native emission peak wavelength, which is 455.750nm.

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

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (glowstick mode) in this product; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 620nm and 660nm to show peak emission wavelength, which is 640.627nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

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

Vidseo on YourTube showing all operational modes of this light (this video is of the white/green LED version; this light is functionally identical save for the color of LED in the safety wand).

The video starts with a rather lengthy display of "flash" mode of its safety wand; then it progresses to the following modes:
                        Flashlight-only mode.
                        Flashlight + safety wand on simultaneously (at the same time).
                        Safety wand in constant-on mode.
                        Safety wand "flash" mode.
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A video on YourTube showing how this light turns on automatically when dropped into the toliet (or any other water for that matter).

IMPORTANT!!! This video is of the white and pink (plus white
and violet) versions; however both of these units are identical
save for the color of the bezel and the LED color in the safety wand!!!

I used the cistern (toliet tank) for this test because the water here is actually potable (drinkable) if you do not use an "in-tank" bowl cleaner; so the test units did not have to be disinfected or even disposed of after this test. The toliet was used because it is the deepest water I have ready access to. Note if you will that the light floats when dropped into the water.

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Test unit was purchased at a nearby Right Aid in Federal Way WA. on 06-08-12 (or "08 Jun 2012" or even "Jun 08, Twenty Stick-Very-Twirly-Stick" if you prefer).

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Reasonably bright for a one-banger
Appears to be at least reasonably durable at minimum
Bright safety wand with a somewhat attention-getting light color
Automatically turns on if it falls into the toliet or other water
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive

The "wand" seems a bit on the large side...actually, the F-ing thing is downright huge!
This is what lopped off that last star

    MANUFACTURER: Unknown for Life+Gear
    PRODUCT TYPE: Large flashlight/safety wand combo
    LAMP TYPE: Low-powered LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 ea. white and red)
    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 AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 34.20mA (white LED) and 69.50mA (red LED)
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes; to 1.50M (~4.60 feet)
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    SIZE: 20.30cm L x 5.90cm D (incl. anti-roll fin)
    WEIGHT: Not equipped to weigh
    WARRANTY: Lifetime (except batteries & bulbs)


    Star Rating

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