Paddy Mc'Funnigan's Flashing Pin, retail $3.99 (*
Manufactured by (Unknown) for DM Merchandising (
Last updated 03-11-13

The Paddy Mc'Funnigan's Flashing Pin is a nifty novelty pin that you pin to clothing that not only looks nice, but it catches the eye with flashing LEDs (five brilliant green LEDs that have somewwhat of a very fast 'chase' pattern) as well.

This product appears to be designed as a disposable unit, but you CAN get in there if you have a bit of patience.

* Product was not found on the Party City website, so the URL leads to their "front door".

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use the Paddy Mc'Funnigan's Flashing Pin, first pull out and dispose of the little plastic tab on the back of the pin (this tab acts like an insulator so that the batteries don't become discharged during shipping or in store display). Pin it to your shirt using the included pin (already installed) -- please be careful; this pin is sharp and can cause minor injury if it is misused!!!).

To turn it on, rock the little black lever on the back of the pin upward (toward the top of the pin).

To neutralise it (deactivate it), rock the little black lever on the back of the pin downward (toward the bottom of the pin).

This product appears to be designed as a disposable unit, but you CAN get in there if you have a bit of patience.

Therefore, I don't have to tell you which part to remove, discreetly drop into any handy punchbowl at a St. Patrick's Day party, and then rather emphatically tell you not to.
However, since there does appear to be a way in, let's get right down to brass tacks, ok?

On the back of the product, you'll see a small Phillips screw. Unscrew & remove it, and set it aside.
Lift the back cover away, and throw it into any convenient punchbowl at a St. Patrick's Day party...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside along with that screw!!!

You should now see three button cells with a little black thing at one end. Using the point of a sharp knife, carefully (but somewhat rapidly) pry the stack of button cells by putting the knife point on the button-end of the cells (not the end with the little black thing!) and gently but quickly prying them up.

Dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Do not push them under the Lazy Boy where the cat can find them and eat them, and for Christ sakes don't throw them over the side of a bridge where they might hit a salmon on the way down to the sea bottom!

Place three new AG3 button cells into the compartment, orienting them so that their flat-ends (+) positives face that little black thing.

Place the cover back on, and screw in that small screw.
Aren't you glad that you didn't huck that back piece into a punchbowl at that big St. Patrick's Day shindig now?

If you love shiny, blinky things, you'll love the Paddy Mc'Funnigan's Flashing Pin.

The Paddy Mc'Funnigan's Flashing Pin is meant to be used as a blinking novelty item, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused, so I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, let any of our "citty" "kats" go to the litterbox or let my mother's big dog's ghost piddle (uranate) on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a small carpenter's hammer (claw hammer) in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again (yes, I have a number of episodes of this program on DVD!!!) - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Photograph of the product lighted.

Photograph of the product pinned to my shirt as it might normally be used.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the green LEDs in this pin.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the green LEDs in this pin; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 515nm and 525nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 520.260nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video shows the Paddy Mc'Funnigan's Flashing Pin in action.

O boy, a blinking light!
So thrilling!!
So pulse-racing!!!
Actually, it kinda makes you want to kick one of those Penal-Ware® suicide-resistant prison combys out of the floor & onto its side and then proceed to "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "ahn" "olld" "orr" "uzdd" "toliet" "brusch" doesn't it?

This video is approximately 55.7753456726 megabytes (56,086,270 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than two hundred seventy eight minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Test unit was purchased at the Party City store in Federal Way WA. USA on 03-09-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: Holiday-themed (St. Patrick's Day) flashing LED pin
    LAMP TYPE: Chip-type green LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 5
    SWITCH TYPE: Rock-type "slide" switch on/off on back of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 3x AG3 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Button cells (already installed)
    SIZE: 50.50mm H x 51mm W x 23.50mm D (incl. switch)
    WEIGHT: 7.80g (0.280 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated (presumably guaranteed against DOA)


    This is a seasonal novelty item (St. Patrick's Day), so it will not receive the usual "star" rating for that reason.

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