Magnetic ''2008'' Flashing Pin, retail $9.95/doz.* (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Oriental Trading Co. (
Last updated 12-05-07

The Magnetic ''2008'' Flashing Pin is exactly that: a "pin" that attaches to clothing with a magnet, looks like the digits "2008", and has red & amber chip-type LEDs that rapidly flash.

It is equipped with a tiny but very powerful magnet that allows you to affix the tiny light to various places, including clothing, or to ferrous surfaces like bicycles and metal components of automobiles.

* Price of $9.95 a dozen equates to approximately 83 each.


To use the pin, just give it a gentle but firm clockwise twist. Careful, not TOO hard. Turning it off is just as easy; twist the other way until it goes off.

It comes equipped with a small, thin disk magnet; you can use this to affix the light to clothing or other thin surfaces. The magnet will "suck" the body of the light through a surprisingly thick material; they're quite powerful. A second magnet is built into the bottom of the light; this gives it that extra grab.

Because this light use powerful magnets, you should not use or carry one in the same pocket as your bank card or other card with a black or brown magnetic stripe on the back, and you should not bring it within a foot of computer diskettes, computer hard drives, music cassettes, cassette players or walkmans; or video tapes & players. These lights will also cause discoloration of the picture on TV screens and computer monitors if brought to within 2" or so of the screen or placed on top of the set, so you should not store or leave these things on top of the TV between uses. When not being used, sticking them to a larger piece of ferrous metal, such as the refrigerator or a metal doorframe, greatly reduces the emitted magnetic field so your bank card won't become scrambled if you happen to walk by the light with your wallet in your hands. :)

I haven't figured out how to nondestructively change the batteries in this product, so for the time being anyway, I'll deem it "disposable".

If you love shiny, blinky things, you'll love the Magnetic ''2008'' Flashing Pin.

Using the magnetic disk, clip it to clothes, or stick it to bicycle or car frames (any iron or steel surfaces) with the same magnet, and turn it on when you really want to light up that next party or rave you go to. It is specifically designed to be used at New Years Eve parties; as it is shaped like the digits "2008".

The Magnetic ''2008'' Flashing Pin produces a wide, 180 degree swath of light. Although it isn't meant to be used as a flashlight, you could use it as a very dim flashlight (such as for finding a keyhole) if the need comes up.

I don't think the Magnetic ''2008'' Flashing Pin is waterproof, so be careful at the urinator or toilet so that it doesn't fall in when nature calls.

Most of the units out of the 12 purchased were nonoperational; but this was somewhat expected of a very inexpensive (~83 apiece) product of non-US origin - sometimes known as the "Hoo Phlung Pu" brand.

Two of the pins; both red & amber LEDs illuminated in each.

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That music you might hear is from a demo I wrote for the Commodore 64 computer in 1992.
The demo's actual filename is a toliet word, so I cannot say it here. It starts with "PU" and ends with "ED".
Think of a kitty cat being flogged with a long flexible instrument used for administering a beating and you can probably figure it out.

Test units (they're only sold in lots of 12) were purchased on the Oriental Trading website on 11-28-07 and were received on the afternoon of 12-03-07.

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: Novelty flashing "pin"
    LAMP TYPE: Chip-type LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 red, 1 amber)
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist back on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Fiberglass, transparent acrylic, opaque white plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type & number of button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Disc magnet, batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Product will not be assigned a star rating () because it is a novelty item.

Magnetic ''2008'' Flashing Pin *

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