Touch'N Lite, retail ~$6.00 (
Manufactured by Garrity (
Last updated 03-19-12

Wel, thuh kompeny thaat maiks thuh Touch'N Lite kant spel thuh werd "light", but they still make a decent product.

This is the Garrity "Touch'N Lite" LED flashlight.
It comes in a small (keychain-sized) plastic body, has two white LEDs in its business-end, feeds from two CR2032 lithium coin cells, has two modes (momentary and steady-on), and has a touch-sensitive switch rather than a twist bezel, tailcap pushbutton, or barrel pushbutton.

It has a slightly curved ("natural, douche-like") shape; although the degree of curve is slight, it *IS* noticeable, as you can see in the photograph above. The curved shape isn't the result of breakage caused by my testing; it came like that right out of the package. In my opinion, this makes the unit easier to hold & aim - the light naturally goes straight forward without your having to turn your hand downward.

I was not able to find this on the Wall*Mart website (it was originally purchased at a Wall*Mart store in Indianapolis IN. USA in mid-October 2007), so the URL I furnished simply leads to their front door.


Unlike most flashlights, you activate this one just by holding it normally; a touch switch on the upper surface of its body accomplishes this.

On the right side of the flashlight near the front, you'll see a small slide switch. Slide it forward halfway until it feels like it "clicks" once (to the center position) to activate it in momentary (signalling) mode. Touching the switch contacts on top turns the flashlight on; releasing the contacts turns it off.

Slide this slide switch all the way forward until it stops to set the unit to hands-free mode; in this mode, touching and then releasing the switch contacts on top turns the flashlight on; repeating this action turns the flashlight off.

Sliding this switch back (toward the keyring attachment) all the way until it stops turns the flashlight all the way off; in this condition, the flashlight will not turn on regardless of what touches the switch contacts on the upper surface of the flashlight.

Turn the flashlight upside-down. On the underside, you'll see a circular hatch that looks a lot like a tiny manhole cover.
Use a small Phillips screwdriver to unscrew & remove the screw from one edge of this cover, and set it aside.
Lift off & remove this circular cover, gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead - place it near that screw you just removed.

Tip the two used CR2032 cells from the compartment (use a small screwdriver to help pry out that first cell if necessary), and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new CR2032 cells into the compartment, button-side (negative) (-) end facing the bottom of the battery compartment.

Place the battery cover back on, and screw that screw back in.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that cover 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 flashlight is made primarily of medium-weight plastic. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (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, a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoņata is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that heavier-duty flashlights may have inflicted upon them.
So this section of the flashlight's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that is made from metal or a heavier grade of plastic.

There are no environmental seals (O-rings) visible on it, so is not water-resistant. Therefore, water, milk, diet vanilla Pepsi, cold (or hot) coffee, urine, ice cold fizzy root beer, disposable douches, disposable enemas, tranny fluid, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, brake fluid, motor oil, or other liquids could get inside. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, snowbanks, puddles of mountain goat pee, tall cold glasses (or short lukewarm glasses) of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee (hot *OR* cold), fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain urinators, leaky water heaters, busted garden hoses, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. And you'll probably want to cover it up or otherwise get rid of it (such as by putting it in a pocket or bag) if you need to carry it in rainy or snowy weather.

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, 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, if it fell in a root beer float, if somebody squirted a Massengill brand post-menstrual disposable douche or a Fleet brand disposable enema at it (and hit it with the douche or the enema), or if somebody or something peed on it, rinse it out with fresh water before setting it out to dry. You don't want your light to smell like seaweed, sour milk, flowers, fresh butts, or rotten piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater, disposable douches, disposable enemas, or urination), lactic acid (from moo juice), glycerol (from antifreeze), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

The touch switch is fairly unique in the flashlight realm; I've only encountered this technology once before.
The resistance of the touch switch is 12.27 K.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 43,100mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight; newer spectrometer software & settings used.

Spectrographic analysis Spectrographic analysis of the white LED in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 430nm and 480nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 459.894nm.

Test unit was sent to me by a member on 10-24-07, and was received on the afternoon of 11-13-07.

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: Small flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot w/soft corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Touch-sensitive switch
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs slightly recessed into hosels for them
    BATTERY: 2xCR2032 lithium coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 2xCR2032 cells, medium split ring
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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