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9xLED "BOWLING PIN" FLASHLIGHT



9xLED "Bowling Pin" Flashlight, retail $3.50 (www.favourlite.com/new/)
Manufactured by Favourlite (www.favourlite.com)
Last updated 02-15-07


IMPORTANT: As of 09-11-04, the server at http://www.favourlite.com is not functioning.
So I do not have warranty information about this flashlight.




The Favourlite CA-210 "Bowling Pin" 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 nine white LEDs protected by a transparent plastic window.

One CR123A lithium camera battery in the metal barrel powers those LEDs.
It vaguely resembles a bowling pin, which is why it is nicknamed "the bowling pin flashlight".


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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.



To change the battery 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 cell out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Insert a new CR123A cell 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 367mA, or approximately 40.8mA per LED.
So the LEDs are overdriven, but not horribly so.




Photograph of the light's business-end, with the nine LEDs and reflector shown.

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

The flashlight is slightly splash-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. It failed the suction test. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of mountain goat 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 and battery, 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 beam has a noticeable bluish tinge to it; but it's not really that bad overall.

The flashlight is made predominantly out of a metal which I cannot identify. It's not lightweight like aluminum, but it's not magnetic like iron, mild steel, cobalt, or nickel. And I was able to cut through it with the blade of a Swiss army knife.



Beam photo at ~12".
The light has a noticeable bluish cast, not purplish like this photograph makes it appear.
Measures 80,400mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LEDs in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.



TEST NOTES:
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 09-11-04, the server at http://www.favourlite.com is not functioning.

This flashlight is made in China.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:



CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Favourlite
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 9
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood with dimmer but usable corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Turn tailcap continuous, press tailcap momentary
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 1x CR123A lithium cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 367mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Light weather- and splash-resistance only
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: None that I'm aware of
    WARRANTY: Not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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