Electric Torch, retail $4.42 (www.dealextreme.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 04-30-07

The "Electric Torch" is a fairly large handheld flashlight that has three wide-angle 5mm LEDs at the bottoms of three mirror-smooth reflectors.

It comes in a plastic body, uses three AA cells in a carriage in its barrel, and has a black plastic pushbutton switch on its barrel.

The batteries (three AA cells) are not included, so you'll have to buy some or have some on hand before you can use this flashlight.


Feed the unit three AA cells first, and then you can go to town.

Press and release the black plastic button on the barrel once to turn it on.
Do the same thing again to turn it off.

To change the batteries in your Electric Torch, unscrew and remove the tailcap, and set it aside.

Tip the black plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used cells if they are present in this carriage.

Insert three new AA cells into the carriage, one in each compartment. Orient each cell so the flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in its compartment.

Once the carriage is full, insert it into the flashlight's barrel, aiming it so the small metal button at the center on one end goes in first. The battery carriage may not go all the way in the barrel; rotate (spin) it a little at a time until it does. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.

Due to the way the flashlight was constructed, I am not able to obtain a current usage reading for you.

Because this flashlight is in an all-plastic body and because it *FEELS* a bit fragile, you can forget about me doing "The Smack Test" on this product. I know you like to see me try to destroy things, but "ain't" "gonna" happen today folks.

This flashlight is splatter- and weather-resistant at absolute minimum, but it is not submersible. It failed "The Suction Test" quite noticeably. It leaks around the switch and very probably around the LEDs too; I removed the tailcap and suctioned the barrel to confirm that. There are no O-rings or any other form of environmental protection visible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of panda bear pee, glasses of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls, toilet cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee, fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain urinators, 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 lightly to at most moderately bad weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, dump out the water 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, got thrown into a glass of milk, fell in a root beer float, fell in the toilet, 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, sour milk, or urine when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or urination), lactic acid (from moo juice), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

There are some ribs moulded into the barrel, and very fine ribs moulded into the tailcap & bezel, so retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, or soaked with water, milk, coffee, beer, pop, or pee) shouldn't be much of an issue.

The package reads "2 IN 1", but I have yet to figure out what this refers to. The bezel does not turn or otherwise move, and the switch is on/off only.

As you can see in the photograph directly above, the LEDs in this product are wide-angle; reflectors do the job of collecting their light and projecting it forward.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 240,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
This value is higher than expected because the central hotspot of the beam is narrower than usual.

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 was purchased on the DealExtreme website on 04-19-07, and was received on the afternoon of 04-30-07.

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 LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Unknown-type 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow spot w/wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; plastic window protects LEDs & reflector
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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