SafetyLED-Vest, retail $39.95 (https://safetybright.com...)
Manufactured by Safety Bright (www.safetybright.com)
Last updated 07-15-13
The SafetyLED-Vest is a safety vest with flashing LEDs in it. You wear it as you would a regular safety vest; it has retroreflective stripes on each side (front and back); it also has 6 wide-angle white LEDs on each side (12 total), which you can turn on and off (two different blinking speeds plus continuous-on) with a rubbery pushbutton located on the battery box concealed in a Velcro-fastened pocket.
Speaking of the battery pocket, a pair of AA cells in a plastic holder reside in a velcro-lidded pocket on the vest's lower front, so they're easy to get to and change when needed.
To use the SafetyLED-Vest, you'll first need to put it on.
Put it on so the battery pocket faces forward. Attach the velcro pieces at the bottom so the vest fits you properly. There are no buttons or snaps to screw with, so you can easily put the vest on and take it off without f***ing with it too much.
To turn the flashing LEDs on, press the black rubber button at the top of the battery box as follows:
1: First press turns the LEDs on in fast blink mode.
2: Second press turns the LEDs on in slow blink mode.
3: Third press activates the LEDs in continuous-on mode.
4: Fourth press neutralises them.
Just like it reads on many shampoo (or shampotty) bottles: "Lather, rinse, repeat".
In other words, pressing that button a fifth time activates the LEDs in fast blink mode.
To change the batteries, check the lower part of the vest's front for a pocket with a velcro lid. Lift the velcro lid up, and remove the battery pack. Don't reef on it too hard, or you might break the wire connecting it with the rest of the vest, and you'll be S.O.L. if you did that. :o
Gently pull the two case halves apart, and set the portion not containg the batteries aside.
Remove the two dead batteries (use the point of a ballpoint pen if necessary) and dispose of them as you see fit,
Insert two new AA cells in the chambers, flat (-) side of each battery facing the spring in its chamber.
Gently push the empty half of the case over the part with the batteries.
Replace the battery holder in the vest's pocket, and close the pocket's lid.
Done with that.
Since the LEDs are flashing in unison (all together), I cannot get a current reading.
The vest seems to be well constructed, like that other vest I reviewed on this site a decade or so back.
It seems a bit flimsy at first, but like good wine, the more you use it the less flimsy it seems. So I don't have any concerns with the quality of the vest itself.
Because it uses 5mm LEDs, there is a SMALL chance that one or more of the LEDs could become broken if the user falls with the vest on. They have metal grommets around them though, so you probably don't need to worry about the LEDs becoming misaligned over time.
The vest seems to fit fine, but I haven't gone out with it on so I have no comments as to how well it actually works.
It should be fine though. Even if the LEDs somehow poop out on you, the reflective material on it would still allow you to be visible to any vehicles in the dark.
Like the other LED safety vest I reviewed, you should hang this vest up on a coat hanger when you're not using it. Don't just wad it up and stuff it in a cubbyhole, unless you want to replace it in a few months.
The battery box cum controller is affixed to the vest itself by a slender cable with a plug; unplug this and you should then be able to launder this vest on occasion. Use the gentle cycle, and DO NOT MACHINE-DRY! Place the vest on a hanger and allow it to air dry before reconnecting the battery box.
A flashlight tester with the vest on.
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this safety vest.
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this safety vest; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 445nm and455nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength (two peaks actually; one at 447.650nm and the other at 449.060nm).
The raw spectrometer data (comma-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/42/safevest.txt
USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.
This video shows the SafetyLED-Vest in operation.
O boy, blinking lights!
Actually, it kinda makes you want to "kik" "uh" "Prinsess" "telafoan" "oph" "thuh" "wal" "ahndd" "thenn" "pruseed" "tu" "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "thuh" "handel" "uv" "ann" "olde" "orr" "yuzde" ("orr" "evunn" "busstid") "toylet" "plunjor" doesn't it?
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Vest was purchased on the Seventh Avenue website on 07-09-13, and was received at 11:59am PDT on 07-12-13.
Lightweight, ventilated design to help keep you cool
Flashing LEDs to increase visibility
Some users may find parts of the vest to be too stiff
MANUFACTURER: Safety Bright
PRODUCT TYPE: LED-lighted safety vest
LAMP TYPE: Wide-angle white LEDs
No. OF LAMPS: 12
BEAM TYPE: N/A
SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/mode change/off
CASE MATERIAL: Polyester fabric
BATTERY: 2x AA cells
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
WATER- AND COW PIDDLE-RESISTANT: Light rain/sprinkle resistant
SUBMERSIBLE: ¡¡¡ORINA PATATA USANDO UN CEPILLO DE DIENTES QUE CAYÓ EN EL INODORO, NO!!!
ACCESSORIES: 2x AA cells
WEIGHT: 199.90g (6.980 oz.) incl. batteries
COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: China
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