Pivot Lantern, retail $9.99 (www2.pulsetv.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for American Builder (URL not known)
Last updated 12-13-07

This is a nice looking desk lamp that uses 20 5mm white LEDs as its light source. It casts a pure, somewhat cool white light on your work surface, not a yellow color you might expect out of an incandescent desk lamp. It has two intensity settings (10 LEDs or 20 LEDs), and a pushbutton switch on the "neck" of the lamp allows you to set the mode you want.

It also has a small fold-down hanging hook on its top so you can hang it from a small diameter cable or similar object.

This lamp is powered by three D cells, so you can use it in places where you don't have an AC outlet available.


To use this lamp, feed it first (see directly below), and THEN you can go light up the desk in front of and the keyboard of that typewriter...you do know what a "typewriter" is, right?

FIRMLY press the black button on the back of the lamp's "neck" until it clicks and then release it to turn it on in "low" mode (10 LEDs).
Press & release the button the same way again to turn it off.
Press & release the button the same way again to turn it on in "high" mode (20 LEDs).
Press & release the button the same way again to turn it off.

Just like it reads on the back of many shampoopoo (or "shampeepee") bottles, lather, rinse, repeat...in other words, pressing & releasing the button a fifth time turns the lamp on in "low" mode.

The illuminator head pivots on a ratcheting mechanism with a range of over 180°. The head stays where you set it; it does not have a loose or wobbly feeling to it at all. And a hook on the upper surface of the illuminator head folds out to allow you to hang the lantern from a nail, hook, cable, or other virtually any other horizontal object with a maximum diameter of ~0.35".

The product also sits comfortably (using four rubberlike feet on its base) on any reasonably flat, reasonably level surface like a countertop, table, desk, the lid of a cistern, large flat rock, or similar surfaces.

To change the batteries, turn the unit upside down, remove the battery door, and set it aside.

If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the three used up old D cells from the battery compartment.

Insert three new D cells, orienting them so that the flat-ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.

Finally, place the battery door back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away tha...o wait, I didn't advise throwing that battery door in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl and flushing it away now, did I?

This is a desk lamp meant to be used as a household lamp in a dry area, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused, so I won't try to drown it in the toilet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, let my housemate's citty kats go to the litterbox on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a large claw hammer in order to smash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannonada (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout, with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannonada is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a regular flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Note that I said "FIRMLY" with regards to the pushbutton switch because it is significantly more difficult to activate & deactivate than I might prefer.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Distinct bluish tint is mainly a camera artifact, and is exaggerated in this photograph.
Measures 107,700mcd (low) and 221,000mcd (high) on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this lamp.

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

Test unit was purchased on the Pulse TV website on 12-02-07, and was received on the afternoon of 12-12-07.

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


Pushbutton switch is exceptionally difficult to operate

    PRODUCT TYPE: LED desk/portable lamp
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 20
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton low/high/off on product's neck
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xD cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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