WideBeam Flashlight, retail $7.49 (www.coleman.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Coleman (www.coleman.com)
Last updated 04-03-07

The Coleman Widebeam Flashlight is a medium-sized plastic flashlight with a special "blue-tipped" xenon-filled incandescent light bulb at the bottom of a somewhat egg-shaped, specially designed reflector.

It comes in a plastic & rubber body, and feed from two AA cells - which are included.

It produces a central hotspot with a 140 beam of dimmer peripheral light to allow you to see objects off to the sides that ordinary flashlights might miss.


To use the Widebeam Flashlight, feed it the two included AA cells first (see directly below), and then you can go to town.

Firmly press the rubberised button on the top of the product near the front and then release it to get light.
Do the same thing to not get light.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the Widebeam 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 Widebeam Flashlight this way.

To change the batteries, unscrew & remove the tailcap, gently place it on the ground, and gently but firmly kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, tip the two used AA cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them asd you see fit.

Drop two new AA cells in the barrel, button-side (+) positive first.

Screw the tailcap back on, and you're finished.

Aren't you glad you didn't kick that tailcap into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

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.

This is an incandescent flashlight, so sooner or later you'll have to change the bulb.

To do this, firmly pull the bezel off the body, holding the rubber shroud at the flashlight's "business end". You may need to pull fairly firmly, but it should just pop off.

Remove the used bulb, throw it to the floor, and STOMP ON IT!!! Or just throw it in the garbage can, if you're averse to breaking things.

Place a new bulb in the hole for it in the flashlight body, lower the bezel onto the body, and firmly press it into place until it snaps.

Photograph showing the bulb itself.

Current usage measures 635mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

Photograph showing the "blue-tipped" bulb and the special reflector.

This product is made primarily of plastic, so "The Smack Test" would be inappropriate.

Here's proof I really performed "The Toilet Test" on it.
As you can see, it floats, even with batteries installed.

The Widebeam Flashlight is waterproof, and even submersible to shallow depths too; but as you can see in the above photograph, it floats in the cistern (toilet tank) or other water. So if it falls overboard while you're fishing on a lake, just scoop it out of the water with a fishing net. Please do not attempt to get it with the gaff hook; you don't want to punch a hole in it because it will then leak and probably sink.

The reflector isn't standard; it has two segments that are shiny; most of the remainder is a matte finish (not mirror-smooth) texture designed to allow the light from the bulb to diffuse into a wide, dim corona off to the sides.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 100.2cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10'.

Those rectangular graphic things near the center are marquees from:
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the "blue-tipped" light bub in this flashlight.
Note the strong emission peaking near 515-530nm in the green part of the spectrum.
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 was purchased at a Right Aid store in Sacramento CA. USA on 04-03-07.

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



    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Incandescent "blue-tipped" xenon blub
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow spot w/wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on top of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic & rubber
    BEZEL: Rubber; lamp & reflector protected by curved plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 2xAA cells
    WARRANTY: 3 years


    Star Rating

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