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ROCKET "LITE"



Rocket "Lite", retail $TBA (www.favourlite.com/new/)
Manufactured by Favourlite (www.favourlite.com)
Last updated 09-16-06


IMPORTANT: As of 09-12-04, 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-380W Rocket "Lite" does not have a formal name, so I'll just call it a "Rocket 'Lite'" or a "flashlight" on the remainder of this web page.

IMPORTANT: This flashlight has the same model as the Spark Plug "Lite" that I evaluated on another web page.

The Rocket "Lite" has a single white LED in its business-end, powered by three AG3 button cells in the body.


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This flashlight comes ready to use right out of the package.

Grasp the flashlight by the tail end with one hand, and turn the bezel (head) at the other end counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to get light. Turn the bezel clockwise (as if tightening it) to not get light.

It comes equipped with a spring-loaded "lobster claw" type clasp on a swivel attachment, so you can easily affix it to your keychain without having to fumble with all those jingling keys.



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

Remove the three used AG3 button cells from the flashlight body, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Gently tap the body, open-end down, on a table or other flat surface if necessary to remove the cells.

Insert three new AG3 button cells into the flashlight, button-end (-) negative first, and screw the tailcap back on.
One way to make this a bit easier is to stack the three button cells, flat-end down, in the palm of your hand. Then lower the flashlight body over them, then invert (flip over) your hand and the flashlight body so the opening faces up. Then screw the tailcap of the flashlight back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that tailcap now? ;-)

Measures 10mA, using my DMM's 2A scale to help minimise shunt resistance error.




Photograph of the light's business-end, with the clear plastic window shown.

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

I suctioned the tail end of the flashlight, and no leakage was detected. The tailcap is also sealed by an O-ring, so the flashlight is water-resistant, and maybe even submersible to a short depth. So you should be able to use it in foul weather, and shallow water landings shouldn't kill it either.

Light has a very slight bluish tinge to it; but if you showed the beam to a group of people and then asked them what color it was, very certainly the vast majority of them would holler out "WHITE!".



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 3,040mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.


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



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 09-12-04, the server at http://www.favourlite.com is not functioning.

This flashlight is made in China.


UPDATE: 09-24-04
This flashlight used to be available at The Sharper Image stores.
It may or may not be now, but here's the information, so you'll at least know.


PROS:



CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Favourlite
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood with dimmer but usable corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LED is protected by a clear, curved plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAG3 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 10mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Unknown, but probably to at least 12"
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAG3 button cells
    WARRANTY: Not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





Rocket "Lite" * www.favourlite.com/new/







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