Voyager LED Flashlight, retail $7.99 (*)
Manufactured by Duracell (
Last updated 08-09-13

The Voyager is a durable, "rough & tumble" flashlight; it has a size and shape that fits the hand well, feels hefty (not super heavy but it does not feel cheap either), and comes in a plastic body that's been coated in rubber or a rubber-like substance.

It has a medium-power phosphor white LED in a PR-base bulb near the bottom of a faceted reflector, and feeds from two included AA cells.

* I was not able to find this product on the Right Aid website, so the link simply leads to their front door.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use your brand spanking new Voyager, feed it the two included AA cells first (see directly below), and THEN you can go set fire to the side of the Kohler or American Standard factory. (these factories make - among other things - toliet bowls and wall-mounted porcelain uranators)

Press the shiny black button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on.

Perform the same action to turn the flashlight back off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the Voyager while it is on by partially depressing the button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way.

To change the batteries in the Voyager when they poop out, unscrew the bezel (head) until it comes off, gently place it on the ground, use your foot to push it to the doorway leading to the basement stairs, and kick it down those stairs so that the hungry, hungry piss ants will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies, find it unpalatable, and take it to the queen -- who just sniffs at it, goes potty on it, and instructs the worker ants to do the same...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the barrel into your hand, and dispose of or recycle the two used AA cells that come out.

Slide two new AA cells into the barrel, orienting them so that their flat-ends (-) negatives go in first.

Screw the bezel back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel down the stairs with all of those ants with full bladders now?

The Voyager appears to be made from some pretty "tuff" "stuph", so I gave it "The Smack Test" - (I beat the living tweedle out of it - 10 whacks against the edge of a stair on the concrete floor of a porch {5 whacks each against the sides of the tailcap and bezel}) and found no damage whatsoever!!! No electrical or significant optical malfunctions were detected.

The primary purpose of this test is not necessarily to see if the exterior of the flashlight would be damaged; it's more about the internal components which would be subject to a high shock load ("G force") every time the poor helpless (or hapless) flashlight strikes the concrete.

The Voyager is weather-resistant and is even submersible to shallow depths and for short periods at maximum; when I performed "The Suction Test", only minor air leakage was detected where the pushbutton switch is. So if it falls into a mud puddle or if it falls next to the mailbox and the dog piddles on it, just take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet - good as new.

Photo of the bulb itself -- this is the heart of the Voyager LED flaashlight.

Beam terminus photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 501,000mcd on an Amprobe LM631A light meter.

Beam terminus photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 440nm and 450nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 445.170nm.

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

The computer that hosts my beam cross-sectional analyser is on the rag again, so no beam cross-sectional analysis will appear here for the foreseeable future.

Test unit was purchased at a Right Aid store in Federal Way WA. USA on 08-01-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Decent intensity
Looks nice when on OR off
Uses an LED instead of a fragile, breakage-prone incandescent bulb
Uses batteries that are common and relaitivey inepen$ive

Color is a hair on the cool (bluish) side, but nothing to pee your pants over
Not quite as water-resistant as it could be

    MANUFACTURER: Duracell
    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Medium-power phosphor white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with wider, dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED & reflector protected by transparent acrylic window
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths for very short periods anyway
    ACCESSORIES: 2x Duracell AA cells, wrist lanyard
    SIZE: 154mm L x 47mm Dia. (head) 29mm Dia. (barrel)
    WEIGHT: 131.70g (4.650 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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