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3mm LED KEYCHAIN LIGHT



3mm LED Keychain Light, retail (unknown) (URL not known)
Manufactured by (that's unknown too)
Last updated 07-28-03





I borrowed these flashlights along with several others before sending them along to the next person on the list. They were originally purchased at a stall in Hong Kong, and came with no packaging. So I have no idea who made them.

Styled after the popular Photon Micro Light II, these are substantially smaller than Photons, they use a 3mm LED, they have 3 screws on the back (instead of 4), and use a pair of downright dainty CR1220 lithium coin cells for power.


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I'm guessing these come ready to use as soon as you get them.

To get a shot of light any time, just grasp the light between your thumb and forefinger, and give it a squeeze. Quit squeezing and it should turn off.

To get continuous light, take your fingernail and pull the small switch toward you (toward the back of the flashlight) and it should stay on. Slide the switch back forward (toward the front of the light) to shut it back off.



Changing the batteries in one of these requires a small phillips screwdriver (a #000 or #00 should do the trick) and remove the three screws on the back of the flashlight. Since I don't know where my small phillips screwdriver is (the cleaners probably got it while I was away last winter), I have no additional details or instructions here.



This flashlight should survive being carried on your keys, but it doesn't really look that tough or durable. And it definitely doesn't appear water resistant, so you'll probably not want the dog to go to the bathroom on it or throw it in a pool for the kids to go after. For that matter, you probably don't want to use it in the rain too much either.

Because these are loaner lights, I can't wham them against walls, step on them, flush them down the commode, or run over them with my Rascal scooter.

Both have switches that are *very* easy to activate, so you probably don't want to carry these lights in your pocket unless you want a cute little dead battery holder after just a few hours or days. The samples - especially the blue one - would flash and blink just by putting them down on a desk or the top of a computer keyboard or the padded box they came in.

The white LED model has a very smooth, wide-angle beam that looks rather nice; the blue one appears brighter to the eye but has swirls and rings in its beam. It's not useless by any means, but you might need a bit of time to get used to that beam.

The tiny batteries probably mean these lights dim rather quickly, but since they need to be passed along to another person, I will not be able to do a battery test on them.



Beam photo of white model at ~12".
Measures 2,500mcd
Remember, wider viewing angles mean fewer mcds.



Beam photo of blue model at ~12".
Measures 2,000mcd. Both measured with a Meterman LM631 light meter.



TEST NOTES:
Samples were received from a CPF member on 07-28-03, and I won't have them for very long because they need to be passed along and eventually be auctioned off to help pay CPF bandwidth costs.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:
White model has a nice, smooth wide-angle beam.
Cute little things.


CONS:
A bit on the dim side.
Not very water resistant.
More fragile than real Photons.
Switches "go off" rather easily.


    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Smooth and wide (white). Blotchy & ringy (blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Squeeze body momentary, slide on/off
    BEZEL: None
    BATTERY: 2x lithium CR1220 coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light sprinkle resistance only
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries, swivel keychain attachment
    WARRANTY: Unknown

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