PEAK 1xCR123A 1xLED FLASHLIGHT



Peak LED Solutions 1xCR123A 1x LED Flashlight, retail $29.95 (http://peakledsolutions.net...)
Manufactured by Peak LED Solutions (http://peakledsolutions.net/)
Last updated 08-12-04





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

This is the Peak LED Solutions 1xCR123A 1xLED flashlight.
It is labelled as coming from the McKinley Collection, flashlights that use one CR123A cell and have 1, 3, or 7 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 is 1 white LED in the head, and a CR123A lithium cell inside the barrel powers it.


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The light came to me ready to use, with a GE/Sanyo CR123A 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 steel-toed hiking boots...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 the used up old cell 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? ;-)

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

As of 8:08am PDT on 08-11-04, I'm running a battery discharge analysis of this flashlight. When the machine poops out the chart, I'll post it here.

After a full 24 hours (8:10am PDT on 08-12-04), the battery discharge curve looks like this:




And here's the battery discharge analysis chart.
Runs for 2 hours 20 minutes to 50% intensity, and 32 hours 5 minutes overall.




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 10 times (5 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 terrible.

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 69F (20.5C) (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.

There appears to be a regulation circuit inside the bezel (head), potted in a black epoxy compound. This circuit feeds the LED constant power until the battery can no longer provide that power, then the intensity of the LED 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 one white LED, which produces 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 10,340mcd 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 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: Large keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot, with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LED recessed into a conical "reflector"
    BATTERY: 1 CR123A cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to at least 12"
    ACCESSORIES: 1 CR123A cell
    WARRANTY: 1 year

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