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Glow Keychain Light (White/Red LEDs), retail $5.99 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Life+Gear (
Last updated 07-06-12

This is the Life+Gear Glow Keychain Light.

It comes in a rather large plastic body, and has the following operational modes (see farther down this web page for a video):
  • Flashlight.
  • Both flashlight and red taillight simultaneously (at the same time).
  • red taillight.
  • red taillight flashes.
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 LR44 button cells.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

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

On the barrel near the center 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 red taillight on at the same time. Do the same thing again to turn the flashlight part off but leave the red taillight on.
Do the same thing again to cause the red taillight 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 shampotty) 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.

The Glow Keychain Light feeds from three LR44 button cells; they are included and already installed when you purchase the product.

When they poop out, follow these instructions to change them:
  1. Unscrew the tailcap from the red LED-end from the body, walk over to the dustbin (garbage can), drop the tailcap 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.

  2. Tip the "guts" out of the barrel and into your hand (gently pry the cartridge out with a small screwdriver or the tip of a knife if necessary) and set the now-empty barrel aside.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Screw the tailcap back on; snugly but not too tightly, and be done with it.

Aren't you glad that you didn't throw that tailcap in the garbage now?

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

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 cannoñata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" 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 cannoñata is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analyses, 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.

Beam photograph (white flashlight LED) on the test target at 12".
Measures 179,000mcd.

Beam photograph (red red taillight LED) on the test target at 12".
Measures 4,420mcd.

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 470nm to show LED's native emission peak wavelength, which is 450.491nm.

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 610nm and 640nm to show peak emission wavelength of 629.387nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (flashlight mode).

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (safety flasher mode).

Images made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Video on YourTube showing all operational modes of this light.

The video shows 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.
This video is approximately 56.77753244230 megabytes (56,954,362 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
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Test unit was purchased at a nearby Safeway in Federal Way WA. on 07-02-12 (or "02 Jul 2012" or even "Jul 02, 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

Batteries it uses could be locally expen$ive or a bit difficult to locate in "brick & mortar" stores

    MANUFACTURER: Unknown for Life+Gear
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain-stylr flashlight/taillight 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 LR44 button cellss
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    SIZE: 53.50mm L x 20mm D
    WEIGHT: Not equipped to weigh
    WARRANTY: Lifetime (except batteries & bulbs)


    Star Rating

Glow Keychain Light (White/Red LEDs) *

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