Coleman Rechargeable 2-LED FLashlight, retail $14 (
Manufactured by Coleman (
Last updated 04-10-04

The Coleman Rechargeable 2-LED Flashlight, hereinafter called the Rechargeable, is a compact plastic 2-LED flashlight with a rechargeable battery built in.

It features two white LEDs behind focusing lenses moulded into the bezel, and comes with a rechargeable battery, recharging cradle, and "wall wart" type AC charger.


To use your new Coleman Rechargeable, get the flashlight, its recharging cradle, and the wall wart out of the package first. The package seams appear to have been thermally welded, so I slit down the left side of the package with a knife so I could remove the goodies in there.

Charge the flashlight (see below) for 24 hours before you use it for the first time.

Once the Rechargeable is charged up and ready to go, press the button on the barrel firmly until it clicks to turn it on, and press it the same way again to turn it off.

There is no momentary or signalling function available when the flashlight is off, however you can blink it while it's on if you don't mind the "backward" feeling of it.

Since this is a rechargeable product, this section will be of little use, other than to tell you how to charge it.

To charge this flashlight, turn it over and be sure the rubber cover on the charging jack is off the jack and inserted into the compartment for it right next to the jack. Insert the flashlight tail-first into its charging cradle, oriented so the charger cord exits the back of the cradle and the switch on the flashlight faces the front of the cradle. Plug the "wall wart" into any standard US 110-120VAC wall receptacle. A red LED just above the flashlight's switch should now come on; this indicates the product is charging.

For its very first charge, leave it on the charger for a full 24 hours. Subsequent recharges should take 16 hours. I don't believe this has a "smart" charger; so you'll want to look at your watch or a clock when you plug it in each time, so you'll know when it's appropriate to remove it from the charging cradle or unplug it. When charging is done and you have removed the flashlight from its charging cradle, turn it over and insert the rubber cover into the charging jack.

It is advertised to have a 10 hour runtime per charge.

Due to the way the flashlight is constructed, I can not obtain current usage readings.

The battery is rated at 2.4 volts 800mAh (yes, I looked).

This product uses a nickel cadmium (NiCd) battery pack; which is rated to have up to 1,000 charge/recharge cycles before it really starts to poop out, and the flashlight holds its charge for 1 month. An instructional leaflet is included with the Rechargeable, telling you how to disassemble the flashlight, recycle the battery pack, and install a new battery pack. On the other side of this leaflet is the warranty information, so you won't want to throw the leaflet out.

If you get rid of this leaflet though, unscrew and remove the bezel (head) of the flashlight, remove the silvery plastic piece, slide the battery and LED board out, and unplug the battery from its connector. Reverse these steps to reassemble the flashlight with a new battery pack.

The above picture shows the business-end of the Rechargeable. As you can see, there are two lenses moulded into the bezel to provide a clean, focused circle of white light.

The Rechargeable is not waterproof or submersible, but I believe it is weather resistant. That is, you should be able to use it in the rain or snow and not have to worry too much about it - assuming you plugged the rubber cover into the charger jack on the tail first. But if it falls into water, you're probably SOL. Best advice I can offer here is for you to take the Rechargeable apart (see the battery section above this section for that information), and set the parts in a warm, dry place for a day or so. There is not an O-ring between the bezel (head) and the barrel. Like I said, a little rainfall or snowfall shouldn't hurt it, but a fall directly into water probably wouldn't be very good for it. Turn it off at once, take it apart when you get home, and dry the pieces for a day or so and you ought to be alright though.

There is a circuit board inside the Rechargeable's head; this probably functions as a boost circuit for the LEDs, as the battery is rated at 2.4 volts, while the LEDs need at least 3.6 volts to light up properly.

The Rechargeable has a textured, grippy rubber piece covering much of the barrel, so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, wet, or oily) should not be too much of an issue.

While the Rechargeable boasts a long runtime of 10 hours, this might not be enough if you're on a week-long camping trip; bring along another flashlight in case this one poops out on you halfway through the trip and you don't have ready access to an AC outlet for 16 straight hours to recharge it.
NOTE: This applies to any rechargeable device, not just this flashlight.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 26,400mcd.
While this is not a bad value for a 2-banger, I think it could be brighter.
This measurement was taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Test units of this flashlight and three others were sent by A.W. of Coleman, and were received on 04-09-04.

She also had the following to say:

Coleman offers a full line of flashlights in various types and styles. Some are more suitable for camping, while others - such as the rechargeable styles - are more suitable for household use.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Rechargeable handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2
    BEAM TYPE: Circular, focused hotspot with no corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: LEDs & reflectors protected by a lensed plastic window
    BATTERY: NiCd rechargeable, 2.4 volts 800mAh
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash resistant I believe
    ACCESSORIES: NiCd battery pack, charging cradle, AC charger
    WARRANTY: 5 years


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