WorkStar® 320 Pocket Floodlight™, retail $36.95 (
Manufactured by Maxxeon (
Last updated 11-21-13

The WorkStar® 320 Pocket Floodlight™ is an insanely bright floodlight in a penlight-style body; its light output is a good 20X of similar-looking penlights!

This is designed to be an EDC (EveryDay Carry) inspection light; though it is plenty bright enough to get you out of just about any pickle you might have gotten yourself into. That is, it isn't just for inspection.

It produces its light with a 3 watt Cree XP-3 phosphor cool white LED, feeds the little guy with 3x AAA cells, and comes in a smart-looking Type II anodized aluminum body.

And the light output is clean and smooth, with no artifacts (rings, blotches, dead areas, hotspots, or other little evil things) in it.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use your shiny new (or corroded old) WorkStar® 320 Pocket Floodlight™, feed it first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red...or in this case,

Press the button on the tailcap fairly firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn it on. This is continuous mode.

Repeat the same process to neutralise it (turn it off).

For momentary mode, press the tailcap button less firmly (before it clicks) and hold it in that way for as long as you need light. Release pressure on the button to neutralise it.

It's a simple procedure to change the AAA cells in this light.
Unscrew the tailcap until it comes off, and set it aside.

Dump the old batteries into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Pour three new AAA cells into the barrel, nipple-end (+) positive first.

Screw the tailcap back on, and you're in business!

Current usage measures 210.05mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.

The WorkStar® 320 Pocket Floodlight™ is equipped with O-rings, so that should offer sufficient protection to keep things like dirt, mud, dust, grit, bird s**t, water, Gatorade, antifreeze, motor oil, diet Berries & Cream Dr. Pepper, and other nasties outside of the unit where they belong.

It also passed, "The Suction Test" at both ends with flying colors, so using it in foul weather should not pose much of an issue at all. I don't believe that it is rated as submersible, but shallow water landings should not kill it.

The unit has bands of knurling (crosshatch-shaped texturising) on the barrel near its tailcap and near its bezel; this not only looks smart, it helps to aid in retention (the ability to hold onto the unit when your hands are cold, oily, or wet).

Beam terminus photograph on the test target at 12".
Photograph was left deliberately uncropped to show beam details -- or lack thereof in this case (yes, this is a good thing! )
Measures 90,130mcd on an Amprobe LM631A light meter.
As always, wider viewing angles always, always, ALWAYS equal lower mcd values!!!

Photograph of a living room at ~15 feet using this product as the sole source of illumination.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 450nm and 460nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 452.590nm.

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

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

A beam cross-sectional analysis would normally appear here, but the computer that hosted the ProMetric 8 Beam Cross-Sectional Analyser was destroyed by a lightning strike in July 2013 (the monitor had this big-ass hole blown right through its viewscreen); although a replacement computer is already en route (it just came a short time ago actually), there's a fairly significant chance that the beam cross-sectional analyser itself was also taken out because both the computer & test instrument shared the AC power at the same outlet on the same power strip.

Test unit of this (plus two other products) was sent by my contact at Maxxeon on 11-15-13, and was received on 11-18-13

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Much brighter than penlights of comparable size
Beam is smooth and free of artifacts
Very wide-angle beam
Dirt-, grit-, water- and foreign liquid-resistant


None that I have yet to discover

    PRODUCT TYPE: Pocket-sized floodlight
    LAMP TYPE: High-powered (3 watt) Cree XP-3 phosphor cool white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium flood w/soft corona
    REFLECTOR TYPE: Stippled ("orange peel" texturised)
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/momentary/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by AR-coated glass window
    BATTERY: 3x AAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 3x batteries
    SIZE: 171mm L x 14mm Dia. (at widest point)
    WEIGHT: 60.40g (2.120 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: 1 year


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