Xenon/LED Hybrid Flashlight, retail $TBA (www.favourlite.com/new/)
Manufactured by Favourlite (www.favourlite.com)
Last updated 10-11-04

IMPORTANT: As of 09-10-04, the server at http://www.favourlite.com is not functioning.
So I do not have pricing or warranty information about this flashlight.

The Favourlite CA-1032 does not have a formal name, so I'll just call it a "hybrid flashlight" or "flashlight" on the remainder of this web page.

The hybrid flashlight has six white LEDs and a xenon-filled incandescent bulb surrounded by a stippled (texturised) reflector. A pushbutton switch on the barrel allows you to select three LEDs, all six LEDs, or the incandescent bulb.

Three C cells in the aluminum barrel power those LEDs and that bulb.


To use the flashlight, easily cut it and its included batteries out of the package with a pair of heavy-duty household scissors, or use a knife or razor blade if you do not have scissors handy. Install the batteries (see below), and then you'll be ready to rock.

Press the rubberised pushbutton switch on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn three LEDs on. Press and release it again to turn all six LEDs on. Press and release it again to extinguish the LEDs and turn the incandescent bulb on. Finally, press and release it again to turn the flashlight all the way off.

Just like the back of the shampoop (or shampee) bottle reads: lather, rinse, repeat.
In other words, the next time you push the button, three LEDs will come on.

A small wrist lanyard is included, already affixed to the back of the flashlight.
It will fit, albiet a bit tightly, over an average sized hand and onto the wrist, to help prevent dropping or loss of the flashlight.

To change the batteries in this flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

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

Insert three new C cells into the barrel, button-end (+) positive first, and screw the tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that tailcap now? ;-)

Sooner or later, you're going to blow out the incandescent bulb, and need to change it.
To do this, unscrew and remove the lens retaining ring (at the end of the bezel), remove the reflector, and set them both aside.

Because the bulb is surrounded on all sides by the LEDs, I haven't yet figured out how to remove it. More later...

Photograph of the light's business-end, with six LEDs, one incandescent bulb, and the stippled reflector shown.

The flashlight appears durable, but after 10 whacks against a steel rod (five against the bezel, and five on the barrel near the tailcap), it failed to function.
I got it to work again by unscrewing and removing the bezel (head) and then reinstalling it, but that doesn't tell me what caused it to fail in the first place. Let me smack the bezel five more times against the same steel rod and see what happens...BRB...hmmm didn't fail that time.

The hybrid flashlight is water-resistant, but is NOT waterproof or submersible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of iguana pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. But it shouldn't give you any guff if you use it in rainy or snowy weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, remove the tailcap and batteries, dump out the water if necessary, remove the bezel, lens retaining ring, and reflector, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater or if somebody or something peed on it, douche all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your flashlight to smell like seaweed or potty when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or piss) can't be very good for the insides.

There is generous, somewhat aggressive (sharp) knurling (diamond-shaped texturising) on the tailcap, barrel, and bezel. With this amount and type of knurling, I don't think that retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, or wet) will be an issue.

Beam photo (Three LEDs) at ~12".
Measures 33,000mcd.

Beam photo (Six LEDs) at ~12".
Measures 47,400mcd.

Beam photo (Xenon incandescent lamp) at ~12".
Light has a yellower appearance than this photograph makes it appear.
Measures 1,016cd.

All measurements were taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Test units of this and a number of other China-made flashlights were provided by a website fan, and received on the morning of 09-10-04.

IMPORTANT: As of 09-10-04, the server at http://www.favourlite.com is not functioning.

This flashlight is made in China.

UPDATE: 10-11-04
I have heard that this flashlight used to be available at Brookstone, but that it has been discontinued.



    MANUFACTURER: Favourlite
    PRODUCT TYPE: Large handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED, incandescent bulb
    No. OF LAMPS: 7 (6 LEDs, 1 incandescent)
    BEAM TYPE: Varies, depending on the mode used
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; plastic window protects reflector, lamp, and LEDs
    BATTERY: 3xC cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Weather- and splash-resistant at best
    ACCESSORIES: 3 C cells, small wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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