Patriotic Light-Up Spinner, retail $7.99 (*
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Safeway (
Last updated 06-18-13

The Patriotic Light-Up Spinner is a novelty product that contains five LEDs (two red, one white, and two blue) on a motorised spinning thing inside a protective plastic globe shaped like a patriotic tophat. The LEDs come on and the motor spins when you press & hold down (or slide up) the button on the handle.

The LEDs don't just all come on steadily; they rapidly flash independent of one another to give numerous different patterns.

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


The unit came to me ready to use; however batteries may or may not be included with yours.
If your unit came without batteries, obtain & install them first (see directly below), and THEN you'll be ready to add some excitement to that 4th of July parade you've been wanting so badly to go to.

Press & hold down the red button near the top of the barrel once to turn the light show on.
Release it to neutralise the wand. This is momentary mode.

Slide the red button up toward the "hat" to energise the unit and then place it on any flat level surface to enjoy the pretty lights hands-free.
Slide the switch downward to neutralise the wand. This is continuous (hands-free) mode.

To change the batteries, turn the product upside-down so that the globe faces the floor.

On the bottom of the handle/barrel, you'll see a battery door with a very small screw in it. Use a #0 phillips screwdriver (the smallest one with a 1.4mm shaft diameter from my set of jeweller's screwdrivers worked well here) to unscrew the screw; set it aside so that it does't fall into the rug and later fall prey to the hungry, hungry vaccum cleaner. The door should now swing away from the side of the handle. Lift it off, gently place it on the ground, place a cherry bomb over it, light the fuse, and run like H-E-Double-Bendy-Straws...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used AA cells out of the handle and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AA cells into the barrel, orienting them so that their flat-ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.

Finally, place the battery door back on, swing it shut, and screw in that screw you removed earlier.
Aren't you glad you didn't try to blow up that battery door now?

Because this is a novelty item and not a flashlight, the punishments I bestow upon flashlights will not be bestowed upon the Patriotic Light-Up Spinner. 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 who's sole purpose in life is to be a flashlight.

The product appears to be at least *reasonably* durable, and to worry about handling it like an egg would be illogical...o wait!!! Now I'm starting to sound like a Vulcan.
What I meant to say is that this unit is somewhat fragile, but it should not just fall apart through casual use or handling, or very minor accidents like short falls to carpeted floors (yes, I actually did this).

Photograph of the unit in operation.

Patriotic Light-Up Spinner in use.

So thrilling!!
So pulse-pounding!!!
Actually, it kinda "makes" "ewe" "wahnt" "tu" "kik" "uh" "shaworhedd "oph" "thuh" "wal" "uv" "thuh" "bathhtube" "ahnd" "thenn" "pruseed" "tu" "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "thuh" "handel" "uv" "uh" "uzed" "orr" "broakin" "shuvle" doesn't it?

This video is 106.2783472228 megabytes (106,873,180 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware. It will take no less than five hundred thirty two(!?!) minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
This video is definitely ***NOT*** dial-up friendly!!!

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

Test unit was purchased at a Safeway store in Federal Way WA. USA on 06-07-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: Novelty-type light-up device (seasonal - has body & LED colors red, white, & blue)
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 5 (2 red, 1 white, 2 blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Momentary pushbutton on/off (slide continuous) on handle
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Tinted transparent pastic "hat-shaped" globe protects LEDs
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 2x AA cells
    SIZE: 193mm T x 78mm W (at widest point) 41mm Dia. (handle)
    WEIGHT: 156.0g (5.50 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated (presumably guaranteeed against DOA)


    This is a seasonal, novelty item and will not be furnished with a "star" rating for that reason.

Patriotic Light-Up Spinner *

Do you manufacture or sell an LED flashlight, task light, utility light, or module of some kind? Want to see it tested by a real person, under real working conditions? Do you then want to see how your light did? If you have a sample available for this type of real-world, real-time testing, please contact me at

Please visit this web page for contact information.

Unsolicited flashlights appearing in the mail are welcome, and it will automatically be assumed that you sent it in order to have it tested and evaluated for this site.
Be sure to include contact info or your company website's URL so visitors here will know where to purchase your product.

This page is a frame from a website.
If you arrived on this page through an outside link,you can get the "full meal deal" by clicking here.