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ENERGIZER POCKET LED


Energizer Pocket LED, retail $7.95 (http://www.energizer.com)
Manufactured by Energizer Battery Co.
Last updated: July 18 2001


LED Light


The Pocket LED is the latest entry in the LED flashlight market by a well-known consumer brand name. It comes in an attractive retail pack. The flashlight itself is a decent looking, small, egg-shaped thing with a bright white LED on the end, a slide switch on the top of the body, and a "manhole cover" style battery lid that allows the user to change batteries with no tools.


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The Pocket LED comes ready to use right out of the package.
To turn it on, slide the black switch forward; slide it back to turn it back off.

A small, spring loaded "dog leash" style clip on a swivel hook is attached to the rear, this allows you to clip the light to keyrings, etc. with no fuss.



The light is powered by a pair of CR2032 lithium batteries, which are rated (by the light's maker) to last approximately 20 hours. This figure is probably within reason if the light is used on an intermittent basis.

To change them, turn the light over. You will see a manhole-style cover with a slot in it. Use a coin to turn the cover approximately 1/8 of a turn conterclockwise, and it should pop right off. I have found that pressing in and turning with the thumb also works, so you may not even need the coin.

When the cover is off, empty out the two dead batteries, and install two new ones, positive (flat) side facing you. Take the lid in your hand, and line up the "C" in the word "close" to the dot on the flashlight body, press the cover straight down, and turn it 1/8 turn clockwise until it locks in place.
This is not a difficult procedure by any means.

The light draws approximately 80mA when first turned on; this decreases quickly to around 60mA within the first thirty seconds, so the LED isn't in any real danger for long.




The Pocket LED has a cheap, hollow feel to it, and the switch has a slightly loose feel to it as well, but what do you expect for $8?

Although initially it seems awfully large for a single LED light, once you put it in your hand and start flashing it around, you should find it feels good in the hand and fits it nicely. Your thumb falls right on the switch, so it is ergonomically designed and not just something that was thrown together to get an LED light on the market. Somebody thought this one through at least to some degree.

Dropping the light on thin carpet (1/10" pile, no backing or padding) several times resulted in no damage, even thought it hits the ground with a hollow, rattling "smack!" sound. So it's a bit tougher than it might appear at first.
However, stepping on it will almost certainly destroy it, so if you do drop it, watch where you step. :-O

The slide switch has a slightly cheap or loose feel to it, but so far, it is working reliably.

The keychain attachment appears more durable than that of some other LED lights, but the "dog leash" clip is a bit small and can be awkward to use at times.

Energizer provides a lifetime warranty on this light, with the usual exceptions - accident, gross abuse, or modification.
Simply put, installing a Luxeon Star in this thing will sh*tcan your warranty, as will stomping on it or lobbing it off the roof of a building. But why would you want to do that? It's really not a bad light, and would make an excellent choice for a first-time LED flashlight user, or somebody on a budget who wants to try this "amazing new LED technology" out for themselves.



Here's a look at the top & business end of the Pocket LED.



LED Light
Bright, but somewhat distorted beam.
Initially measures approximately 20,500mcd in the brightest central portion.

The beam doesn't appear as bright as some other single LED lights, but because of the reflector and lens, there is more light radiated off axis of the main spot, making this a good candidate for a "walking around the house at night" kind of flashlight.
There are a couple of spots in the beam with a distinct bluish tint, though this shouldn't be of any bother especially if you have already used a white LED flashlight - as this occurs to some degree or other in most others as well.




TEST NOTES:

Light uses two CR2032 cells and no visible resistor, which is unique for an LED flashlight.
Tested sample comes in a blue case - these *may* come in other colors but that isn't known for sure.

Any updates related to this review will be posted as they happen.




PROS:
Light weight, possibility of longer battery life than a light using CR2016 cells, batteries can be changed without tools, light looks stylish and feels fine in the hand.

CONS:
Seems larger than it needs to be, beam is distorted and not as bright as would be expected.


          MANUFACTURER: Energizer
          PRODUCT TYPE: Mini Handheld Flashlight
          LAMP TYPE: LED, White, 5mm
          No. OF LAMPS: 1
          BEAM TYPE: Slightly irregular; hotspot with outer corona
          SWITCH TYPE: Slide type on/off
          BEZEL: Integral reflector & formed lens
          BATTERY: 2 CR2032 lithium cells
          CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
          WATER RESISTANT: Light weather resistance only
          SUBMERSIBLE: No
          ACCESSORIES: Spring loaded clasp
          WARRANTY: Lifetime



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