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5xLED/LASER POINTER FLASHLIGHT



5xLED/Laser Pointer Flashlight, retail $3.70 (www.favourlite.com/new/)
Manufactured by Favourlite (www.favourlite.com)
Last updated 09-10-04


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




The Favourlite CA-227 does not have a formal name, so I'll just call it a "flashlight" on the remainder of this web page.

The flashlight has five white LEDs and a red diode laser pointer built right in. A pushbutton switch on the barrel allows you to select five LEDs, the laser pointer, or "off".

Two CR123A lithium camera batteries in the aluminum barrel power those LEDs and that laser.


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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 button on the barrel and then release it to turn the five LEDs on. Press and release it again to turn the LEDs off. Press and release it again to turn the laser pointer on. Press and release it a forth time to turn the unit back off.

You cannot activate the LEDs and laser pointer simultaneously; please don't look for or expect to find such a mode.

A small lanyard is included, already affixed to the back of the flashlight.
It will not fit over a hand, but it does loop all the way around the flashlight, so you can hang it from pipes, tree branches, or other small-diameter objects with no readily-accessible "end".



To change the batteries in this flashlight/laser pointer combo, 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 two 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 tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that tailcap now? ;-)

Current consumption measures 121mA for the five LEDs, and 34mA for the laser pointer.




Photograph of the light's business-end, with five LEDs and the laser aperture at the center shown.

The unit failed to operate for no apparent reason not long after I started testing; removing and reinstalling the batteries several times in quick succession seems to have corrected this.

Let's do that smack test now...BRB...ok, after ten whacks (five against the bezel, and five against the barrel near the tailcap), the light no longer functions.
Let's try removing and then reinstalling the batteries again and see if that fixes it...BRB...hmmm removing and then replacing the batteries didn't do the trick this time, but smacking it in my hand several times against the side of the bezel (head) did. So I once again have a working flashlight, but I have no idea as to what may have caused the failure in the first place.
It behaves like a bad electrical contact, but I cannot verify this.

The flashlight is very slightly splash-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. It failed the suction test rather miserably. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of polar bear 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, but it probably isn't very good for it either. This is a light you'll want to use indoors, or on camping trips where you know there'll be good weather.

If it fell in water and 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 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 urine when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or potty) can't be very good for the insides.

The laser pointer is of the red diode laser variety. It emits a wavelength of approximately 640-645nm, and has an output power of an estimated 3.5-4.0mW.
This places it well within CDRH Class IIIA for a laser product, and its output power is similar to that found in most other consumer laser pointers.

The only thing that really concerns me is that there's no laser warning sticker anywhere on the flashlight or the package it came in. The unit will lose some points in my final rating because of this.
However, you should not get in trouble for using this in public, as the laser emission is clearly within CDRH Class IIIA standards.



Beam photo (LEDs) at ~12".
Measures 23,500mcd.



Beam photo (Laser pointer) at ~12".
Beam is not white like this photograph makes it appear.



Beam photo (Laser pointer) at ~6'.
Beam is not white like this photograph makes it appear.

Overall photograph may be defocused due to movement, but flashlight and
camera were held together, so the laser spot should be in reasonably correct focus.

Measurement was taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



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

This flashlight is made in China.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:



CONS:
No laser warning sticker on flashlight or packaging
Seems to break without provocation - easily "repairable" though


    MANUFACTURER: Favourlite
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight/laser pointer combo
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED, red diode laser module
    No. OF LAMPS: 6 (5 LEDs, 1 laser)
    BEAM TYPE: (LEDs) Narrow flood with very dim corona (Laser) Very, very narrow spot
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs and laser recessed into individual cells
    BATTERY: 2x CR123A lithium cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: (LEDs) 121mA (Laser) 34mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance only
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard
    WARRANTY: Not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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