Solar-Powered LED Flashlight, retail $14.99 (Right Aid*)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 10-12-11

If I've asked this once, I've asked this 31,054,500 times:

Q: What kind of bunghole would make a solar-powered flashlight?!?
A: This isn't a solar-powered flashlight, it's a solar-RECHARGED flashlight!!!

This is a small/medium-sized LED flashlight that comes in a mainly-aluminum body, has three white LEDs in its "business-end", and uses a solar panel on its barrel to charge its internal NiCd battery.

You never have to purchase batteries for it, you never have to wind it, and you never have to shake the living tweedle out of it either; just place it in a sunny (direct or indirect sunlight) location for 6 hours and be rewarded with 10 hours (or even a little more) of light.

* This product was not found on the Right Aid website, so the URL I furnished simply leads to their front door.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To turn the flashlight on, press the rubberised tailcap button until it clicks and then release it.

To turn it off, just do the same thing again.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the flashlight while it is on by partially depressing the tailcap button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way.

To charge the Solar-Powered LED Flashlight, just lay it solar panel-up in a fairly sunny location (direct or indirect sunlight) solar panel-up (see photograph directly below) for 6 hours, and that's it.
No really, it is.

Unable to measure current use due to how the flashlight was constructed.

Photograph of the "business-end", showing the three LEDs.

The Solar-Powered LED Flashlight appears reasonably sturdy, but because it has a big glass thing (the solar cell array) in its side, "The Smack Test" is really not appropriate here. Like I just said, it does appear rather sturdy, but because of the solar cell array, I think I'll forgo "The Smack Test" this time around.
I know you like to see me try to break things, but "ain't" "gonna" happen today folks!

"The Toliet Test" would also be inappropriate because some leakage was detected when I performed "The Suction Test" on its "business-end". That is, air leakage was readily detected when I removed the ring on the bezel (which is not sealed by one or more O-rings) and suctioned the end with the LEDs in it. It wasn't a *HUGE* leak, but air leakage was easily noted when I performed this test.

So, splatter- and weather-resistant?
Waterproof & submersible?
For Pete sakes NO!!!

Beam photograph at ~12 inches on the test target.
Measures 25,200mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Those colored graphics near the center and toward the left are my "Viva Piņata" posters.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight.

Spectrographic analysis
Same as above; newer spectrometer software & settings used.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was purchased at a Right Aid store in Federal Way WA. USA on 02-19-09.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Solar-rechargeable LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/soft fall-off to corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Metal & plastic
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: Internal NiCd rechargeable; capacity not known
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Yes (splatter-resistant at minimum)
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard, batteries (internal; not replacable)
    WARRANTY: 1 year


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