PEAK 1xN 1xLED FLASHLIGHT



Peak LED Solutions Shasta Pocket 1xN 1xLED Brass, retail $24.95 (http://peakledsolutions.net...)
Manufactured by Peak LED Solutions (http://peakledsolutions.net/)
Last updated 08-06-04





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This is the Peak LED Solutions 1xN 1xLED flashlight.
It is labelled as coming from the Shasta Collection.

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 is 1 white LED in the head, and an N cell inside the barrel powers it.


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The light came to me ready to use, with a Panasonic size N heavy-duty 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) dash 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 N cell falls out. Dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Drop a new N 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 63mA on my DMM's 2A scale.
If you wish to measure the current consumption of yours, you'll have to press down firmly on the top of the battery with your meter probe, so the (-) end of the battery will press down on the battery rattle prevention device and make contact with the small projection on the bottom of the barrel for it.




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 LED itself produces 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 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 evil.

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 bathroom basin test and see what happens...BRB...ok, after submerging it for three minutes in about a foot of water at 76.5F (24.7C) (to simulate a user dropping it into a creek), I dried the outside off with some toilet 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 pisses 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.

You can stand the Peak on its tail end; 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.

This is designed to be a pocket flashlight, as there is no keyring attachment point anywhere on it.

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 a single white LED; the beam is characteristic of most white LEDs - a central hotspot with a soft fall-off toward its perimeter.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 14,380mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter, using
the Panasonic heavy-duty battery that was included with it.



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
Flashlight can stand on-end
Uses a cell that is common and relatively inexpensive
Battery rattle problem has 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: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot, with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LED recessed into a conical "reflector"
    BATTERY: 1 N cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 63mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to at least 12"
    ACCESSORIES: 1 N cell
    WARRANTY: 1 year

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