Belt Light, retail $19.95 (http://www.ledcorp.com)
Manufactured by LEDCORP (1-888-394-2001)
Last updated: 02-20-08
The Belt Light is a unique flat lantern using a white LED and is powered by 3 "AA" batteries. The fairly thin light comes equipped with a belt hook
and a 360° rotating bail or stand which serves several purposes.
The Belt Light is ready to use right out of the box. A small but sturdy pushbutton switch on the back turns it on and off. The switch is rubber coated and has a stiff action,
this should help prevent unwanted activation in your camping gear.
The light has a 360° rotating bail, which can be used as a handle, a hanging hook, or to allow you to set the light in any desired position on the ground, tent floor, or table.
The bail has numerous "stops" or detents which gently lock it into the various positions, so it won't just collapse when you set it down.
A clip is built onto the back to carry it where else - but on your belt! :)
The Belt Light uses 3 "AA" cells for its power.
When it comes time to change them, grasp the light in one hand (you may find it easier if you unfold the stand) and give the front face 1/4 of a twist counterclockwise, and lift it away.
As you can see in the picture, the cells are snapped into their holders in this portion of the light.
Don't be confused by the springs. The battery on the left goes in button-side facing the spring; exactly opposite of everything you've learned about flashlights,
while the other two go in "normally" with the negative (flat) side facing the springs.
On one side of the lower half, you will see an arrow. Another arrow is embossed into a corner in the top half - just line the two arrows up, lower the top onto the bottom,
then twist 1/4 turn clockwise to secure and seal the halves back together.
If you have to change batteries in the dark, the hardest part will be putting the two halves back together - with this light you can turn it on before you have the reflector
in place, allowing you to see what you are doing, especially finding that elusive arrow on the reflector half of the light.
You'll need to know which corner this arrow is in order to reassemble it, because it only fits on one way. This handy little hidden feature is also useful to know if you drop or misplace the reflector
portion during that nighttime refueling. A nice, albiet hidden ability that might actually be useful some day.
A rubber ring is present in the battery part of the light - this should never fall out but if it does wiggle loose somehow, just push it back down before affixing the halves of the Belt Light together.
Battery life is expected to be close to 100 hours.
The Belt Light is a bright and sturdy instrument that should give you years of reliable service. The case is thick enough to withstand drops and other impacts.
Several test drops confirmed this. The worst fall caused the top to turn just a few degrees off alignment from the bottom - a quick flick of the wrist set things right.
The light appears to be water resistant if not downright waterproof; and it floats when dropped in water. Depending on how it hits the water, it may float face up or face down - but
at least it doesn't go "glub glub glub" all the way to the bottom of the bowl. :)
A very brief test in the bathroom sink showed the area inside the O-ring seal stayed dry; and only a small amount of water was found on the edges and on the corners but none seeped over
or under the seal itself and got into the light. So the O-ring does seem to do its job. More thorough water testing will be performed and those results posted when available.
For a single LED light, this one is very bright. From more than a foot or so out, it is substantially brighter than the popular Photon II, and has a slightly narrower, more well-defined beam that has virtually no
blue tint to it at all.
Once dark adapted, you will also see a very usable "spill" light off to the sides that enables one to use this as a general "find the campsite toilet at 3am" flashlight as well
as using it for general campsite and tent illumination. The light's beam also "throws" farther than most other LED lights, but it has a softer edge that some may find
easier on the eyes than the beams from lights like the AccuLux or the Brinkmann.
A triple whammy combination of the patented LEDCORP custom-ground LED, a large reflector, and a Fresnel lens gives this light an extra kick in the pants when it
comes to giving a smooth, white beam devoid of ugly blue rings or blue centers.
The light has a large plastic bail which functions as both a handle and a stand. To use this feature, just turn it to any desired angle; a series of detents will keep it in the position
you choose, allowing you to set the light down and aim it somewhere useful. This is very nice to have for hands-free operation, even when using the light at home
for various tasks where a regular flashlight might be cumbersome to use and difficult to balance & aim.
The bail can also be used as a handle to carry the flashlight around with (lunchpail-style) and even to use & aim it with; it has a thick grip to make it comfortable to carry for longer periods.
Children will probably go ga-ga when Dad lets them carry the flashlight.
Tight but soft-edged beam of the Belt Light
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this light.
Beam cross-sectional analysis. Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.
Test unit was received in early-2001. As usual, drop tests are on crappy no-pile carpet and bare linoleum; water tests are in a sink.
Initial tests showed this light to be one tough cookie.
Any updates related to this review will be posted as they happen.
Bright, useful light. Good battery life on cheap, common batteries. Tool-free battery change. Sturdy case, and useful bail.
Despite bulky shape, light is thin enough to pack just about anywhere.
Possibility of scratching, scuffing or cracking of the plastic lens. Some people may dislike the bulky shape.
PRODUCT TYPE: Portable/Handheld Flashlight
LAMP TYPE: LED, White, 5mm, specially ground
No. OF LAMPS: 1
BEAM TYPE: Narrow spot with soft perimeter
SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off
BEZEL: Internal reflector, large fresnel lens
BATTERY: 3 AA cells
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 41 milliamps typical
WATER RESISTANT: Yes
SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, positive buoyancy
ACCESSORIES: Dorcy batteries
WARRANTY: Lifetime on flashlight, 10 years on bulb
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