Microclip LED Flashlight, retail $TBA
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 04-28-07

The Microclip LED Flashlight is a black plastic flashlight with a spring-loaded clip built into it; it has a brilliant white LED in the end, and that LED is powered by two CR2016 lithium coin cells.

This light is switched with a large on/off slide switch on the upper surface of the flashlight not too far from the LED.

It comes in a black plastic case, to which a spring-loaded metal & plastic clip is affixed. This clip opens up to a maximum of 1.00" wide, so you can clip it to many different surfaces: clothes, shoes, purses, backpacks, hats, keychains, watches, gloves, eyeglasses, notepads, belts, pet collars, tools, bicycles, etc.


The Microclip LED Flashlight is remarkably easy to use: just slide the oversized slide switch on the top of the unit forward (toward the LED) to turn it on, and slide it backward (away from the LED) to turn it off.

You can clip it to surfaces up to 1.00" thick; the light swivels on the clip, so you can direct (aim) it wherever you need the light.

To change the batteries, use a small phillips screwdriver (the #0 with the 2.0mm shaft diameter from my set of jeweller's screwdrivers works well here) to unscrew & remove the four screws from the underside of the unit, gently place them on the ground, and kick them into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think they're something yummy to eat and subsequently strike at them...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THOSE THINGS!!! So just set them aside instead.

The clip will come off at this point, so flush it awa...er...throw it as hard as yo....uh...SET IT ASIDE!!!

Lift the bottom half of the light off, and set that aside too.

Remove the two used CR2016 cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. If the LED comes out, don't throw it away or recycle that...see directly below for what you need to do with it.

Lay two new CR2016 cells in the tray, orienting them so their button-ends (+) positives face up.

Place the LED back in, orienting it so that its long straight lead lays directly over the button-end of the topmost cell.

Lay the bottom half of the light back over the top half, jiggling them slightly if necessary until they mate.

At this point, look at the screws...two of them are slightly longer than the other two. These longer screws go in the upper right and lower left as you're holding the light so the LED faces forward. They are a bit longer to accomodate the metal plate the clip is built on.

Screw the two shorter ones in first: the upper left and lower right ones as the LED faces forward.

Lay the clip on the back of the flashlight, and screw the other two screws back in.

There, you're done...this battery change procedure seems unnecessarily difficult.

Aren't you glad you didn't kick those screws into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?
And aren't you glad you didn't throw or flush away that clip too?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

Unable to measure current due to how the product was constructed.

The unit as a whole appears to be reasonably durable, although I wouldn't want to overtighten those screws when changing batteries because the plastic screw posts may come off or strip if excessive force is used. The Microclip LED Flashlight was stepped on by a 250 pound person with street shoes on carpeting, and was unaffected. Throwing the light on the floor has no apparent effect on it either. It just kind of bounces around like a deflated football, and comes back for more.

The unit comes equipped with a swivel connector and a spring-loaded clip, so there's nothing to assemble once you take it out of the package. This swivel connector ensures the keyring won't twist or refuse to turn when you go to turn the light on or off.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 29,300mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

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

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

Test unit of this plus one other product was sent by C.B. on 04-19-07 and was received on the afternoon of 04-27-07.

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


Battery change requires tools and is unnecessarily difficult

    PRODUCT TYPE: Tiny LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/soft corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off on top of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED very slightly recessed into hosel for it
    BATTERY: 2xCR2016 cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistant at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 2xCR2016 cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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