Incandescent "Police" Flashlight, retail $2.70 (
Manufactured by Favourlite (
Last updated 09-15-04

IMPORTANT: As of 09-15-04, the server at is not functioning.
So I do not have warranty information about this flashlight.

The Favourlite CA-208 "Police" flashlight does not have a formal name, so I'll just call it a "flashlight" on the remainder of this web page.

The flashlight has a xenon incandescent bulb, protected by a transparent plastic window. The beam is adjustable from spot to flood, by turning the bezel (head) one way or the other.

Two CR123A lithium camera cells in the metal barrel power the bulb.


To use this flashlight, feed it first (see below), and then you can go paint the town red - or white.

Press the tailcap button and hold it in to get momentary light; release it to turn the flashlight off.

Turn the tailcap itself clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn the light on in continuous mode. Turn it counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to extinguish the flashlight.

There is no LOTC (Lock Out TailCap), so please don't look for or expect to find such a mode.

While the flashlight is on, you can turn the bezel (head) one way or the other to change the beam configuration. You can change it from spot to flood by turning the bezel. The beam is ringy in any configuration; this is normal with most incandescent flashlights with smooth reflectors, and does not indicate a problem with this specific flashlight.

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

Tip the used CR123A cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new CR123A cells into the barrel, button-end (+) positive first, and screw the flashlight's tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now? ;-)

Current consumption measures 962mA on my DMM's 2A scale.

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

Let's do that smack test now...BRB...ok, after ten whacks (five against the bezel, and five against the barrel at the tailcap) against a 30" steel rod, there was no visible damage, and the flashlight did not malfunction.

The flashlight is weather- and splash-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. It failed the suction test. It didn't fail it BADLY, but it did fail it. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of dog pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in nasty weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, remove the tailcap, battery, and bezel, dump out the water if necessary, 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 seashells or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or pee-pee) can't be very good for the insides.

The flashlight is made predominantly out of aluminum. It has a handsome brushed finish to it. This finish appears to have been painted on. I was able to cut through it to expose bare metal with the blade of a Swiss army knife.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie I would, if it's in the name of science.

Beam photo (narrow angle) at ~12".
Measures 821cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photo (wide angle) at ~12".

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 09-15-04, the server at is not functioning.

This flashlight is made in China.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Favourlite
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Xenon incandescent bulb
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Depends on the beam configuration selected
    SWITCH TYPE: Turn tailcap continuous, press tailcap momentary
    BEZEL: Metal; bulb and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2x CR123A lithium cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Weather- and splash-resistance only
    ACCESSORIES: None that I'm aware of
    WARRANTY: Not stated


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