PEAK 1xAA 5xLED FLASHLIGHT



Peak LED Solutions 1xAA 5x LED Flashlight, retail $29.95 (http://peakledsolutions.net...)
Manufactured by Peak LED Solutions (http://peakledsolutions.net/)
Last updated 08-08-04





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

This is the Peak LED Solutions 1xAA 5xLED flashlight.
It is labelled as coming from the Kilimanjaro Collection, flashlights that use one AA cell and have 1, 3, or 5 LEDs in their business-ends.

This unit comes in an aluminum body, with a Type III hard anodized finish on it, or "HA-III" as us flashaholics know it.

There are 5 white LEDs in the head, and an AA cell inside the barrel powers them.


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The light came to me ready to use, with a Panasonic Industrial AA alkaline 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 1/8 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 tennis shoes...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

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

Drop a new AA 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? ;-)

Unable to measure current usage due to how the flashlight is constructed.




Photograph showing the business-end of the flashlight.

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 11 times (6 against the tailcap, 5 against 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 horrible.

I ran over the Peak several times with the rear drive wheels of a 400 pound electric wheelchair, and no damage was expected or found.

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 full sink test and see what happens...BRB...ok, after submerging it for three minutes in about a foot of water at 64F (17.7C) (to simulate a user dropping it into a creek), I dried the outside off with some bunghole paper, unscrewed the bezel, and there was no water inside. So 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 the dog lifts his leg on it, douche it off with fresh water, shake it off (or dry it off) and it ought to be good as new. You don't want your Peak to smell like seashells or old dog pee when you go to use it next. ;-)

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 CR123A cell 7xLED 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. That might not be so useful with a NUV light like this, but it's a good feature to have in any case.

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 uses five white LEDs, which produce a beam with a bluish central hotspot and a soft, white corona. This is a pretty typical beam out of a white LED flashlight.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 32,300mcd 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
Uses a cell that is common and relatively inexpensive
Battery rattle problem has largely been solved. No rattle is evident during normal handling or moderate shaking; you have to shake the unit fairly vigorously to hear any rattle at all.


CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Peak LED Solutions
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 5
    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 AA cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to at least 12"
    ACCESSORIES: 1 AAA cell
    WARRANTY: 1 year

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