This is a nice looking metal flashlight, as such things go. The Dorcy 4-LED flashlight has a brushed aluminum body with ribbed rubber inserts on the body and on the head to help you keep a grip on things.
It features 4 white LEDs in the head and runs on just two AA cells, which are included with the flashlight when you buy it. So you don't have to run out and get batteries for it before you can see it light up.
To use the Dorcy 4-LED flashlight, first you have to get it out of the plastic hell it comes in. To do that, just slit the package along the length of one side with a sharp knife or razor blade - then get the flashlight and two alkaline AA cells it comes with out of the package. Install the batteries (see below) and it's ready to go.
To get the flashlight to turn on, turn the tailcap clockwise (tighten) until it lights. Turn it counterclockwise (loosen) around half a turn and it ought to shut off.
To get a shot of light anytime, push the black plastic end of the tailcap, and light should pour out of the other end. Release the button and it should shut off.
Although the instructions say that you should have the tailcap unscrewed 1/2 turn from "on" to get this momentary operation, I had better results with the tailcap unscrewed about 1/8 of a turn from "on". Your mileage may and probably will vary. Just experiment to find out how you like it best.
There's a small loop on the tailcap, so you can hang the light from nails in the wall, or attach it to a lanyard of your choise to hang it around your neck, or hang it from tree branches or tent ceiling apexes.
To change the batteries in the Dorcy 4-LED flashlight, just unscrew & remove the tailcap, and dump the dead batteries in the nearest garbage can. Insert two new ones in the barrel, positive (+) button-end first. Replace the tailcap, and back it off a bit after the flashlight turns on. The flashlight is designed so you can't accidentally overtighten the tailcap; the light will come on when you tighten it all the way, but no harm will be done.
The tested sample draws 370mA from its 2 alkaline AA cells. Because there's probably a DC-DC inverter in there, the LEDs aren't really seeing 92.5mA apiece, so this flashlight isn't driving them as hard as you might think with that current usage.
The Dorcy 4-LED flashlight is a bit heavy for its size, but it feels nice in the hand both because of its small size and the ribbed rubber cover over the barrel. The tailcap switch can be rotated with just one hand (the same one holding the flashlight), so you don't need to use them both to turn this flashlight on and off. It's actually quite comfortable and fits the hand nicely.
The momentary tailcap button did raise a teeny weeny little red flag for me though. Like its big brother, the instructions say you should have the tailcap unscrewed 1/2 a turn from the constant on position in order to use the momentary tailcap button, I found it better for me to unscrew the tailcap around 1/8 of a turn (or even a bit less) from constant on, then I could use the momentary tailcap button with no loose or wobbly feeling from the tailcap.
As usual, your mileage may and probably will vary. Just play with it until it feels right for you.
If you unscrew the tailcap 1 to 1 1/4 turn from full-on, the momentary button becomes locked out (does not turn the light on when pressed), so there's your LOTC (Lock Out Tail Cap) function. This means you can pack it in a duffel bag, suitcase, or box and it won't turn itself on and waste the batteries.
Water resistance is not stated on the packaging, but a suction test against the tailcap showed the light did admit a bit of air, so try to keep this one away from toilets, sinks, tubs, wall urinators, mud puddles, rivers, lakes, ponds, snowbanks, piles of slush, and other places where water might be found.
There are O-rings sealing both the head and tailcap, and they should at least be good enough to allow you to use the flashlight in rain or snow and not have to worry too much about it.
If it does fall in the water and it looks like water got inside, just remove the head, tailcap, and batteries; and let the pieces dry. Then reassemble your flashlight, and it should be as good as new.
Beam photo at ~12".
Measured 44,100mcd at 12" using a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Four new Dorcy LED flashlights - including this one - were received from Dorcy around June 25 2003.
As of June 30, this flashlight is just in its beginning stages of being tested.
One user of this flashlight reports that the tailcap screws itself in, turning the flashlight on, in his pocket.
I cannot verify this, but it's something to look out for.
I also discovered, to my dismay, that one or more of the LEDs can go out unless the flashlight head is on all the way.
So if not all four LEDs come on in your light, try tightening the head (screw it on clockwise as the flashlight's business end is facing you) and all four LEDs should come on.
I've read that all the Dorcy LED lights are to become available in Target stores by 03-12-04.
I've read that this Dorcy LED model is available in Ochard Supply & Hardware.
I received the following information today, from a fan of the website:
Just wanted to let you know that today at a Big KMart in Southern Illinois I found the
(1) LED/ (1) AAA cell
(3) LED / (1) AA cell and the
(4) LED / (2) AA cell
Dorcy flashlights priced at about 8, 17 and 20 dollars.
PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
No. OF LAMPS: 4
BEAM TYPE: Central hotspot with more abrubt fall-off toward edge
SWITCH TYPE: Twist tailcap on/off, momentary tailcap button
BEZEL: Plastic lens protects LEDs which are in a reflector
BATTERY: 2x AA cells
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 370mA
WATER RESISTANT: Not stated, but weather-resistant at least
SUBMERSIBLE: Probably not
ACCESSORIES: 2 alkaline AA cells
WARRANTY: Not explicitly stated, but presumed lifetime
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