2xAA Incandescent Flashlight, retail $1
Manufactured by (Unknown) (URL is unknown too)
Last updated 08-29-04

This is a 2xAA incandescent flashlight in an almost all-aluminum body. The beam is adjustable from spot to flood; exactly like the popular Mini-Mag's beam is.

It has an incandescent light bulb and a smooth reflector in the bezel (head); two AA cells in the barrel power that bulb.


To use this flashlight, feed it first (see below), and then you'll be ready to rock.

Turn the bezel counterclockwise (as if unscrewing it) to turn the light on. The light will come on in flood mode. Continue turning the bezel counterclockwise to adjust the beam; it will achieve its tightest spot approximately 1 full turn after the bulb comes on.
Turn the bezel clockwise (as if screwing it in) to turn the flashlight off.

There is no momentary or "signalling" mode available in this flashlight; please do not look for or expect to find one.

To change the batteries, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it in the john, and flush it away...no, dash it to the floor and grind it into the carpet with bowling shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

Tip the two used AA cells out of the flashlight's barrel and into your hand, and throw them in the fireplace...O WAIT!!! YOU AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BURN BATTERIES!!! So please, just dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Or pop them in the charger if they're NiCd or NiMH rechargeables.

Slide two new AA cells into the flashlight barrel, button-end (+) positive first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away or grind that tailcap into the carpet now? ;-)

Current draw measures 399mA on my DMM's 2A scale, using Toshiba brand alkaline cells.

Photograph of the business-end, showing the bulb and reflector.

This flashlight appears to be at very minum reasonably durable. After smacking it 11 times against a steel rod (six against the tailcap, five against the bezel), no visible damage was found, and the flashlight works almost as well as it did when I took it out of the package and fed it. I say "almost", because the bulb filament appears to have been slightly deflected to one side, resulting in a slightly spade-shaped (the spade on a playing card, not the shovel) beam when the beam is adjusted between medium width and spot.

The flashlight is weather-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its batteries, and then performed that dreadful suction test, some air was admitted. This leak isn't HUGE, but it is there.
I don't think you'll have any problems using the flashlight in the rain or snow, but try not to drop it in water or water-like liquids.

The majority of the barrel is knurled (texturised) and the bezel has two bands of longitudinal ribbing on it, so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, or wet) should not be an issue.

Another well-known brand of adjustable focus, 2xAA flashlight comes with a spare light bulb in the tailcap, but this flashlight does not.
I'd imagine the other flashlight's bulb will fit and work in this flashlight, but I'll have to hunt down one of these bulbs to be absolutely, positively, 100% certain here.
(Edit next day): The other flashlight's blub does fit in and work in this flashlight. So if you need to replace the bulb, you can rob one from the tailcap of one of those other aluminum, adjustable, 2 AA cell flashlights.

The lanyard is on the small side, but it *does* fit all the way around the flashlight without breaking and turning into the functional equivalent of a tampon string, like the lanyard on the Flushlight did. So yes, that's a good thing. ;-)

Beam photo (narrowest focus) at ~12".
Measures 507cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Remember, this reading is at the light's narrowest focus.

Beam photo (widest focus) at ~12".

Sample was sent by a website fan along with three other flashlights, and was received late on the afternoon of 08-20-04.

The product's packaging has a sticker on it which reads "Made in China".
For some users, it really does matter where a flashlight was made, that's why I put that on this web page.

This flashlight was found at a dollar store in the eastern United States for - you guessed it - $1.00.

The package was labelled as an LED flashlight, yet it has a standard bi-pin incandescent bulb. If this was somebody's idea of a joke, I am not laughing.

Here's the text on the back of the package:

Note that it makes references to an LED, yet the flashlight is *clearly* incandescent.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Adjustable-beam incandescent flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Incandescent bi-pin lamp
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Varies, depending on how the bezel is turned
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; lamp and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard, already attached
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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