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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seems larger than it needs to be, beam is distorted and not as bright as would be expected.
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
ACCESSORIES: Spring loaded clasp
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