Rhino Flashlight, retail $TBA (www.rhinoflashlight.com)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 03-29-07

This 14-LED flashlight is called the Rhino.

It comes in an aluminum body, has 14 screaming bright white LEDs (yes, the intensity is higher than I expected) in its bezel (head), uses three AAA cells in a side-by-side carriage in its barrel to keep the length down, and has a rubbery pushbutton on/off switch on its tailcap.


Press the button on the tailcap until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on. Press the button on the tailcap until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight off. Yes, it really is as easy as that.

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 button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way.

The flashlight comes with a canvas belt holster. The flashlight fits this holster bezel-up; a flap with hook & loop fasteners (possibly Velcro brand) folds over the top, so the flashlight doesn't just fall out. This holster fits belts up to 1.25" wide. I do not own or use pants that require a belt however, so I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended to be used.

To change the batteries, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it to the ground, and stomp on it with old or used bowling shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the black plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used AAA cells from it.

Insert three new AAA cells into the carriage, orienting each cell so its flat end (-) negative faces the spring for it in each chamber.

Slide the now-full battery carriage into the flashlight barrel, orienting it so the (+) sign embossed on one of the end plates goes in first. Finally, screw the tailcap firmly back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Current usage measures 338mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I administered the smack test on it (ten whacks against the concrete floor of a patio; five whacks against the side of the tailcap and five whacks against the side of the bezel), and found the expected damage. There is some gouging on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

This flashlight is splash-, pee-, and weather-resistant at absolute minimum, but it is not submersible. It failed "The Suction Test" I administered. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of black laborador urine, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, 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, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, unscrew and remove the bezel (head), dump the water out of the barrel and bezel if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater or if somebody or something peed on it, douche all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your flashlight to smell like seaweed or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or urination) can't be very good for the insides.

The Rhino has knurling (crosshatch-shaped texturising) on its bezel and tailcap, and a textured, rubberised grip over much of the length of its barrel, so retention (the ability to hold on to the product when your hands are cold, oily, or soaked with Diet Pepsi, Coke, coffee, chocolate milk, pee, Fanta, strawberry milkshake, bird poop, Mug old-fashioned root beer, or water) should not be an issue.

The light output by this product is a cool white, with a noticeable bluish tinge. This tint should not offend many users, but it *IS* noticeable.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 113,500mcd 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 product was sent by www.rhinoflashlight.com on 03-09-07, and was received on the afternoon of 03-19-07.

Test sample emits a rather strong odour not unlike a tire (or "tyre") or a plastic spoon burning in a Little Chief® upright electric salmon smoker that had previously been used for its intended purpose and then not cleaned afterward. This odour is not unpleasant by any means, but it is noticeable. I noted a similar odour coming from an LED headlamp I received in 2001. It had a rubber battery door, and only emitted the odour when the rubber was abused or flexed. I also found this odour in a Thor spotlight; it emitted the smell constantly, and in an Illuminator flashlight; it also emitted the odour constatly but it faded & disappeared after several weeks.

UPDATE: 03-29-07
The unit now emits a slight rubbery odour; the slightly "fishy" component that was originally there is now gone.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 14
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes; splash-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard, 3xAAA cells, canvas belt holster
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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