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Flip Light, retail $TBA (www.ezred.com...)
Manufactured by E-Z Red (www.ezred.com)
Last updated 07-20-13
The Flip Light, model FL1701, is from E-Z Red. It is is a rechargeable, portable LED "trouble light". There are no cords to fuss with, and no hot, dangerous, and fragile incandescent light bulbs to deal with. It has a swivel hook on it to allow you to hang it anywhere you might hang a traditional incandescent trouble light.
It has a rechargeable NiMH battery inside, and there are no cords to fuss with or trip over...o wait, I just said that. . And it's compact too; about the size of a pack of playing cards and maybe twice as thick. The body is made from a durable polycarbonate plastic.
Its light source is 18 5mm wide-angle white LEDs.
To use your spiffy new Flip Light, charge it for five hours first (see directly below), and then you can go fix that leaking toilet bowl.
Just open the product to turn it on, and close it to turn it off.
Yes, it's that easy.
NOTE: The light will *NOT* operate when the charger is plugged in.
The Flip Light comes with a plastic hook on a swivel (already affixed to the product); you may hang the light from any surface this hook can "grab" having a maximum diameter of ~0.8" (assuming it is a cylindrical horizontal "pole" or pipe) or with a hole with an opening of no less than ~0.10" in diameter.
So you can hang it from the "catch" on automobile hoods if you're working on the motor, hang it from the side of the cistern, hang it from a nail in your workshop wall, etc.
Photograph showing the Flip Light hanging from the front of a dresser drawer.
The hook easily stows away by folding onto the back of the Flip Lite.
The Flip Light has a ratcheting hinge, so it will lock to any of five "open" positions. This ratcheting mechanism ***DOES NOT*** have a loud, obnoxious "click", "clack", or "snap" sound to it, so you need not plug your ears while adjusting the light.
The Flip Light comes with a nylon belt pouch that the light fits into; however, since I do not use or own pants that require a belt, I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended to be used.
There are no disposable batteries to change in the Flip Light; so I don't have to tell you which part to dash to the floor or ground and stomp on with old or used spiked golf shoes or which part to kick in the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and subsequently strike at.
Simply plug the small end of the supplied transformer's cord into the charging receptacle on the bottom of the product, and plug the large end into any standard (in north America anyway) 110 to 130 volts AC 60Hz receptacle.
An LED on the charger changes from red to green when the charge cycle is complete. Charge time (from fully discharged batteries) is 3 to 4 hours, according to the instructional material furnished with the Flip Light.
A rather bold card included with the Flip Light advises you to charge it for five full hours before first use.
I'm going to run a battery discharge analysis of the Flip Light.
Assuming I don't bump something and queer the test, the machine should poop out a chart on the day (late-afternoon or early-evening) of 03-01-07.
(Update 03-01-07): As of 5:05pm PST, the battery is still charging; the test will not be run until tomorrow morning.
(Update 03-02-07 6:43am PST): O no!!! I bumped something and queered the test. So I'll recharge the Flip Light until the green light on the charger comes on and then start it again.
(Update 03-02-07 7:19am PST): The test has been restarted.
As you can see, it operates for ~3 hours 10 minutes to 10% intensity per charge.
This is a work light, not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused; so I won't try to drown it in the toilet, let my sister's kitty cats go to the bathroom on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity (motorised wheelchair), or perform other indecencies on it that a regular flashlight might have to go through. So this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that was born to be a flashlight.
Because I was provided with three units, I will however, be performing "The Smack Test" on it.
So I did just that (smacked it twenty times against the concrete floor of a patio; five times against the front, five times against the back, five times on its left side, and five times against its right side), and found only some minor scuffing on the front and sides where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.
The Flip Light appears to be splatter-resistant at minimum, but it is *NOT* submersible.
Water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside. So please try not to drop it into creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of gazelle pee, glasses of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee, fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain uranators, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in moderately bad weather.
If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, shake as much water out of it as you can, and set it in a warm dry place for at least several days just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you use it again.
If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a cup of coffee, fell in a root beer float, or if somebody or something peed on it, douche it off with fresh water before setting it out to dry. You don't want your Flip Light to smell like seaweed, old coffee, or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or uranation), hot water (from coffee), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.
Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 111,500mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
These are wide-angle LEDs, and if I've told you once, I've told you 100 times:
Wider viewing angles always, always, ALWAYS equal lower mcd values!!!!!!!!!
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this light (sample 1).
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this light (sample 2).
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this light (sample 3).
Same as above; newer spectrometer software & settings used.
Same as above; yet a newer spectrometer software setting used.
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this light; newest (01-13-13) spectrometer software settings used.
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this light; newest (01-13-13) spectrometer software settings used. Sspectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 445nm and 455nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength (two peaks actually), one at 448.350nm and the other at 451.530nm.
The raw spectrometer data (comma-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/42/fliplite.txt
Spectrographic analysis of the bicolor LED (red die) in the charger.
Spectrographic analysis of the bicolor LED (yellow-green die) in the charger.
Spectrographic analysis of the bicolor LED (both dice) in the charger.
USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.
Test units (three) were sent by www.ezred.com along with three of their Extreme Lights on 02-15-07, and were received on the afternoon of 02-19-07.
The charger is labelled to output 4.2 volts DC at 1,000mA (1 amp).
I noticed that the Flip Light I used for the photograph of it hanging from a dresser drawer this morning was warm to the touch; this is because it failed to turn off when closed after that photograph. Additional experimentation showed that it does not always turn off unless it's ***REALLY CLOSED***. That is, when you think it's closed, give it a little squeeze to be sure it really is closed - it will be turned off with absolute, positive, 100% certainty if you do this.
Never have to buy batteries or bulbs for it
Appears to be at least reasonably durable
Includes AC charger
Not submersible - but it wasn't meant to be used as a diving light
Product may not turn off when closed in a careless manner
Advertised runtime is a bit high
MANUFACTURER: E-Z Red
PRODUCT TYPE: Rechargeable folding LED work light
LAMP TYPE: 5mm wide-angle white LED
No. OF LAMPS: 18
BEAM TYPE: Medium flood w/soft fall-off to extinction
SWITCH TYPE: Open/close cover on/off
CASE MATERIAL: ABS plastic
BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs protected by plastic window
BATTERY: NiMH battery; voltage & capacity unknown
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
WATER- AND MICTURITION-RESISTANT: Splatter-resistant at minimum
SUBMERSIBLE: NO WAY HOZAY!!!
ACCESSORIES: AC charger, nylon carrying holster
SIZE: 83mm H (stowed) x 56mm W x 35mm D
WEIGHT: 156.90g (5.540 oz.)
COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: United States (most likely anyway)
WARRANTY: 1 year
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