PEAK 1xCR123A 3xLED FLASHLIGHT



Peak LED Solutions 1xCR123A 3xLED Flashlight, retail $34.95 (http://peakledsolutions.net...)
Manufactured by Peak LED Solutions (http://peakledsolutions.net/)
Last updated 08-11-04





(IMPORTANT: The Peak LED Solutions website is currently under construction)

This is the Peak LED Solutions 1xCR123A 3xLED flashlight.
It is labelled as coming from the McKinley Collection. This includes flashlights that use a CR123A cell and 1, 3, or 7 LEDs.

Ths unit comes in a brass body, with no surface treatment that I'm aware of.
Because the unit comes in a brass body, it will feel heavier than a flashlight in an aluminum body. I do not at all consider this to be a problem though; the unit actually feels rather stout and substantial in the hand.

There are 3 white LEDs in the head, and a CR123A lithium camera battery inside the barrel powers them.


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The light came to me ready to use, with a GE/Sanyo brand CR123A lithium cell already installed.

To turn the light on, twist the bezel (head) clockwise (as if tightening it). And to turn the light off, turn the bezel counterclockwise (as if loosening it) about 1/4 of a turn from the fully tightened position.



To feed your light, unscrew the bezel (head) until it comes off (don't worry about losing parts or bulbs) throw it to the ground, and stomp on it with spiked golf shoes...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

Tip the barrel into your hand so the used CR123A cell falls out. Dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Drop a new CR123A cell in the barrel, flat-side (-) negative first, so the button-end is showing. Screw the bezel back on, and you're finished. Oh, and unscrew that bezel slightly when your Peak springs to life. You don't want to waste a brand spanken new battery ya know.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that bezel now? ;-)

Measures 242mA on my DMM's 2A scale. Because there is a driver circuit in there, the LEDs really aren't seeing 80.7mA apiece.

As of 6:06pm PDT on 08-10-04, I'm running a battery discharge analysis of this flashlight.
The flashlight has a Streamlight brand CR123A cell in it.


Runs for approximately 5 hours 20 minutes to 50% intensity, and 12 hours 30 minutes overall.
The test was stopped when the intensity was at about 4% of its starting intensity.




Photograph showing the business-end of the flashlight.

The brass Peak will develop a patina over time; this should have no to very, very, very little impact on the beam produced by this flashlight, because the LEDs themselves produce the vast majority of this flashlight's beam. So if the Peak's business-end becomes dirty or develops a patina, you do not have to worry about it.
If you wish to shine the flashlight back up, a common brass polish like Brasso may be used.

The Peak is very durable, and ordinary flashlight accidents (dropping it, whapping it against a doorframe or car door in alarm, sitting on it, stepping on it, sucking it up the vaccume cleaner, etc.) will not damage it. I hit it against a steel rod 12 times (5 against the tailcap, 7 on the bezel), and did not damage the flashlight in any way I can see, and it still works correctly too. Very few flashlights are damaged or destroyed by this test however; maybe I need to come up with something even more deadly.

I ran over the Peak with a 400 pound electric wheelchair, and much as I expected, no damage was found after four back-and-forth trips over the flashlight with the rear drive wheels.

The Peak has an O-ring that seals the bezel against the barrel, so it should be fully weatherproof, and maybe even submersible to at least a foot or two. Let's try the sink test and see what happens...after submerging it for three minutes in about a foot of water at 71F (21.6C) (to simulate a user dropping it into a creek), I dried the outside off with some bungwipe, unscrewed the bezel, and there was some water on the threads, but none on the flashlight itself. The water on the threads *may* have gotten there when I unscrewed the bezel. So I'll still say yes, weatherproof and submersible to at least 1 foot.
I also tried suctioning the bezel by itself to be sure no leakage occurred around the LEDs, and no leakage was detected.
If it falls into water, just shake it off and keep going. If it falls into seawater or if something pees on it, douche it off with fresh water, shake it off (or dry it off) and it ought to be good as new.

There is a light knurling (texturising) present on the barrel of the Peak; this helps to aid in retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are cold, wet, or oily). This knurling is not aggressive (sharp), so it won't cut a hole in your pocket if you carry the Peak that way. The bezel (head) has what I believe is a 12-sided shape machined into it. Although this does not function as an anti-roll device, it does help a bit to aid in your grip when you turn the flashlight on and off.

The Peak is equipped with a small split ring on its tail, so you can affix it to a keychain and carry it that way if you desire.

The very tail end is removeable (by unscrewing it), to allow the flashlight to be affixed to a large and sturdy magnetic clamp assembly that you can get from Peak LED Solutions.


This clip has a large, heavy-duty clamp with very strong jaws, a large ceramic ring magnet in its base (under that shiny metal thing at the bottom), and a flexible arm that can be positioned pretty much anywhere.
Once the flashlight's very tail end is unscrewed and removed, the flashlight can then be screwed onto the end of the red arm (a Peak brass flashlight is shown in this photograph), and pretty much aimed wherever you need light.

You can also stand the Peak on its tail end when this piece is unscrewed; you can stand it on a dresser, counter, table, or other flat surface and let the light reflected off the ceiling light up the entire room.

There appears to be a regulation circuit inside the bezel (head), potted in a black epoxy compound. This circuit feeds the LEDs constant power until the battery can no longer provide that power, then the intensity of the LEDs rather quickly falls off. This is your cue to change the battery. You aren't just plunged into instant darkness, as can happen with some other regulated flashlights.

The flashlight has three white LEDs in the head, producing a round beam consisting of a bluish central hotspot, surrounded by a dimmer white corona. This is typical of white LEDs.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 45,500mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was sent by MJ of Peak LED Solutions along with twelve of their other flashlights, and was received on 08-04-04.


Here's an example of the retail packaging these flashlights come in.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:
Durable construction
Waterproof, submersible to at least 12"
Knurled, to aid in retention
Tailcap can be removed to allow flashlight to stand on-end
Battery rattle problem has now been solved - no battery rattle is present


CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Peak LED Solutions
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot, with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs recessed into individual cells to help prevent damage
    BATTERY: 1 CR123A cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 242mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to at least 12"
    ACCESSORIES: 1 CR123A cell
    WARRANTY: 1 year

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