"CONGRATS GRAD" Flashing Button, retail $1.99 (http://www.partycity.com*)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Party City (www.partycity.com)
Last updated 06-23-13

The "CONGRATS GRAD" Flashing Button is a flashing LED button designed to be used at graduation parties and other graduation celebrations (but probably not at the graduation ceremony itself; it might appear a bit tacky for that).

It features two 3mm (T1) LEDs that flash alternately and feeds those LEDs with unknown type button cells.

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


To use this button, first pull out and dispose of the little plastic tab on the back of the button (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 like you'd pin any other button on.

To turn it on, push the grey button on the back and then release it.

To neutralise it (deactivate it), push & release the same button again.

This product appears to be designed as a disposable unit, so this portion of the web page will not be necessary.

Due to how the product was constructed and how it operates, I am not able to furnish you with a current usage value.

Because this is a novelty item and not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused, I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toylet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannonada (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a scanner-type device on a platform with a large readout or with a handheld wand), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them.

The "CONGRATS GRAD" Flashing Button is not water-resistant or submersible, therefore, water, milk, diet vanilla Pepsi, cold (or hot) coffee, urine, ice cold fizzy root beer, disposable douches, disposable enemas, tranny fluid, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, brake fluid, motor oil, or other liquids could get inside. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, snowbanks, puddles of blue whale pee, tall cold glasses (or short lukewarm glasses) of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee (hot *OR* cold), fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain uranators, leaky water heaters, toliet bowls, busted garden hoses, puddles of antifreeze, brake fluid, tranny fluid, gasoline, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. And you'll probably want to cover it up or otherwise get rid of it (such as by putting it in a very large pocket or in a bag) if you need to carry it in rainy or snowy weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, shake the living tweedle out of it, and set it in a warm dry place for a few hours just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you use it again.

If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a glass of milk, if it fell into a punchbowl, if it fell into a bowl of "soft-serv" ice cream, if somebody squirted a Summer's Eve brand post-menstrual disposable douche or a Fleet brand disposable enema at it (and hit it with the douche or the enema), if it fell into an unflushed uranator, or if somebody or something peed on it, douche it off with fresh water before setting it out to dry. You don't want your button to smell like seaweed, sour milk, flowers, fresh butts, or rotten piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater, disposable douches, disposable enemas, or uranation), lactic acid (from moo juice), glycerol (from antifreeze), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

Photograph of the unit in operation.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the red LEDs in this button.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the red LEDs in this button; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 625nm and 635nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is exactly 629.00nm.

The raw spectrometer data (comma-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/42/gradpin.txt

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video shows nothing more than the "CONGRATS GRAD" Flashing Button blinking happly away.

So thrilling!!
So pulse-racing!!!
Actually, it kinda "makes" "ewe" "wahnt" "tu" "kik" "uh" "waul"-"mowntid" "porselin" "uranator" "oph" "thuh" "wal" "ahnd" "thenn" "pruseed" "tu" "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "thuh" "handel" "uv" "uh" "uzed" "orr" "broakin" "ho" (the gardening tool, not the other kind, ha ha ha!!!) doesn't it?

This video is 54.4442266389 megabytes (54,628,714 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware. It will take no less than two hundred seventy two minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

Test units were purchased at a Party City store in Federal Way WA. USA on the morning of 06-04-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Bright, cheery accessory for graduation parties
Uses LEDs to help minimise power consumption


Intended to be disposable -- that's two perfectly good LEDs whirling down the head

    PRODUCT TYPE: Flashing LED novelty button
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm (T1) red LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off switch 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: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Unknown number/type button cells
    SIZE: 87mm Dia. x 10mm D (not incl. pin)
    WEIGHT: 19.10g (0.670 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated (presumably guaranteed against DOA)

    This is a novelty item (for graduation parties), so it will not receive the usual "star" rating for that reason.

"CONGRATS GRAD" Flashing Button *

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