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INFINITER 2xAA
1xLED FLASHLIGHT



Infiniter 2xAA 1xLED Flashlight, retail $15.26 (8.00)* (http://www.blueskymarketing.co.uk...)
Manufactured by Infiniter (http://www.infiniter.com)
Last updated 09-20-04


* IMPORTANT: Pricing is accurate as of 11-30-04. Please visit the Currency Calculator for the latest currency conversion rates from British pounds to US dollars.




This Infiniter brand LED flashlight (torch) does not have a formal name - none that I know of anyway - so I'll just call it a "flashlight" on the remainder of this web page. Infiniter is known mostly for making laser pointers; this is the first flashlight I've seen from them.

The flashlight comes in a predominantly aluminum body (the black plastic tailcap switch and the clear acrylic lens are the only two non-metal components that are obvious), has a 5mm white LED focused by a lens in its business-end, and uses two AA cells to power that LED. Because it uses two AA cells, there is probably a circuit in there somewhere to boost this voltage a bit so the LED is provided with what it needs.


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To use this flashlight, feed it first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to rock.

Push in the tailcap button until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on. Press and release it the same way again to turn the flashlight off. This is continuous mode.

Press in on the tailcap button more gently (before it clicks) and hold it that way to turn the flashlight on; release it to turn the flashlight off. This is momentary or signalling mode.



To change the batteries in this flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, dash it to the floor, and stomp on it with baseball shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Empty the two used cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new AA cells into the barrel, button-end (+) positive first, and screw the tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Don't just drop the batteries straight down into the barrel, because you might damage the circuit board if you do. Hold the barrel almost horizontally, with the open end pointed up about 15 degrees from horizontal, and slide the batteries in that way. Tilt the barrel sort of like what's shown in the photograph directly below.



Current consumption measures 122mA on my DMM's 2A scale.
Because there is almost certainly a boost circuit inside, the LED really isn't seeing that much current.




Photograph of the flashlight's business-end, showing the focusing lens.

The flashlight is at least reasonably durable. I whacked it ten times (five against the barrel near the tailcap, five against the side of the bezel) against a 30" steel rod, and caused no visible damage and did not note any optical or electrical malfunctions.
Very few flashlights are damaged or destroyed by this test though; maybe I need to come up with something even more wicked.

The flashlight is weather- and water-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. Although the barrel held a vaccume when the suction test was performed, the tailcap did not. Water could get into the flashlight through the tailcap. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of rat pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found.

If it fell into water or you suspect it got flooded, remove the tailcap and batteries, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm, dry place for at least a day before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater or if something or someone peed on it, douche out the parts with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your flashlight to smell like seaweed or urine when you go to use it next.
Besides, salt (from seawater or potty) can't be very good for it.
Well, if somebody or something peed on it, I think the main concern here will be the tailcap, not the barrel or bezel. Check the inside of the barrel - if that's dry you only need to wash out the tailcap and set it aside to dry.

The beam consists of a bright central spot, surrounded by a dark zone, surrounded by a somewhat ringy corona. The LED light is focused by a positive (magnifying) lens built into the window at the end of the flashlight.
This lens is exposed and can become scratched, so please be careful with it.

A wrist lanyard is included, already affixed to the tailcap of the flashlight. This lanyard easily fits over the hand and onto the wrist, and also goes all the way around the flashlight, allowing you to hang the flashlight from a pipe, tree branch, or other narrow object with no readily accessible "end".



Photograph of the beam on the test target at ~12".
Measures 79,100mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

This high reading stems from the lens on the flashlight,
and does not in any way indicate the LED is being overdriven.





TEST NOTES:
Sample of this flashlight was provided by Paul of Bluesky Marketing, and was received on 09-16-04.


VERY, VERY IMPORTANT: Paul was given explicit written permission to use in any manner he sees fit any of the photographs on this and other web pages on this website that contain his products. So please do not be alarmed if you see any of my photographs on any of his websites.


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    MANUFACTURER: Infiniter
    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight (torch)
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with sharp perimeter; dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off/momentary on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED protected by plastic lens
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 122mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Wrist lanyard
    SIZE: 6.75" L, 1.2" D
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

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