QuiqLite, retail $19.95 (www.quiqlite.com)
Manufactured by QuiqLite Inc. (www.quiqlite.com)
Last updated 11-08-12
One of the QuiqLites was lost in a move between 10-10-04 and 10-20-04; but I still have the other.

Wel, thei kant spel "quick" orr "light" , but the makers of the QuiqLite DO produce a nice light that can be clipped into a shirt pocket, and which uses a wide-angle white LED to illuminate citations, ticket books, and other material which allows you to read and write in the dark. As you can probably tell by my writing, the QuiqLite is marketed to police officers, ticket cops, military soldiers, pilots, and other personnel where having a hands-free light to read or write with in the dark would be advantageous.

I don't have a shirt with a pocket on the front, so I cannot test it in that fashion. Best I can do here is clip it on a collar. It isn't dark here (as of this writing it's around 8:20am PDT), so I'll have to wait until after 9:00pm PDT to try the QuiqLite out for reading/writing. O wait, I have a bathroom without a window...let me go try it in there...BRB...ok, I was easily able to read a newspaper with the QuiqLite.


The QuiqLite is ready to use as soon as you remove it from the package. The package isn't thermally welded, so you don't need razors, knives, or other sharp objects to open it. Just pop the two plastic tits on the top of the package by pulling the package apart at its top, and it will then swing open and you can get to your QuiqLite.

Press and release the button on the front of the QuiqLite to turn it on, and press & release it the same way again to turn it off. This button has a tactile sensation you can feel, and a clicking sound you can hear.
The QuiqLite has an automatic 5-minute auto shutoff feature built in. Five minutes after you turn the QuiqLite on, it shuts itself off with no intervention required on your part.

The LED head is on an arm that can pivot up and down about 90 degrees when the product is clipped into your pocket.

Speaking of clips, the QuiqLite is equipped with a generous clip that allows you to clip into a pocket, or in my case, a collar. The pushbutton switch can be used right through your shirt fabric, so you need not remove the QuiqLite from your pocket in order to use it.

To feed your QuiqLite, turn it upside-down. Use a #0 phillips screwdriver and unscrew & remove the three screws holding the battery door on. Remove the battery door, and set it aside. Remove the two used CR2032 cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Place two new CR2032 cells in the chamber, flat-side (+) positive facing up. Replace the battery door, and screw in the three screws you took out earlier. There, done.

Battery life is advertised at "over 40 hours".

The QuiqLite seems reasonably durable, and should not become broken during normal use; and typical flashlight accidents should not be enough to damage or break it. After 10 whacks against a steel rod (five on the back, and five on the LED end), there was no damage found and the QuiqLite still works properly.

The only OBVIOUS damage mechanism that I can see is that the pivoting arm the LED is mounted on could become broken if it is forced beyond the 90 degrees of its natural range.

This picture shows the QuiqLite's LED arm extended a full 90 degrees.
You can also see the clip, where the QuiqLite is affixed to a pocket.

The QuiqLite does not appear to be that water-resistant, but you should not have any problems if you use it in the rain or snow. If it fell into water or you suspect it got douched, take it apart (as you would for a battery change) and set the parts in a warm, dry place for a day or so. If it fell into seawater or if something peed on it, rinse the parts in fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your QuiqLite to smell like seashells or piss when you go to use it next. Salt (from seawater or pee) can't be very good for the insides anyway.

Since I don't have a shirt with a pocket, I clipped it to my collar, and snapped the photograph directly below:

As you can see, the QuiqLite fits on there and stays put until you need to use it.
In this picture, the QuiqLite was turned on and aimed downwards about 65 degrees.

As I said earlier, I took it into a windowless bathroom, unplugged the nightlights (one is a test subject for a page I'll update a bit later), plopped down on the can, and had no problems reading ordinary newsprint with the QuiqLite. I held the newspaper roughly at arm's length for this test. It also illuminated objects 8 or so feet away (from the commode to the far wall of the bathtub) with no problem. I'll have to wait until after dark before I can test the QuiqLite at greater distance.

The 5-minute auto shutoff feature was tested using a clock with a second hand on it. The QuiqLite ran for approximately 7 minutes 22 seconds, then started dimming until it went completely out at 7 minutes 42 seconds. A bit later, pushing the button twice turned the QuiqLite back on at full power. So the QuiqLite doesn't just suddenly turn off; it dims gradually to give you plenty of opportunity to turn it off and back on, resetting the timer if you need the light for more than about 7 minutes.
Individual auto shutoff times may vary; the 7:22 figure was for my sample.

When you're not using your QuiqLite and have it out of your pocket, the LED arm fits down onto the body of the QuiqLite, and has a latch of sorts. This latch emits an audible clicking sound and has a firm tactile sensation when the LED arm is pressed against the QuiqLite's body. This helps to prevent the LED arm from swinging up and maybe even breaking when the QuiqLite is transported or stored. The pushbutton switch is still exposed, so you'll want to watch that. Remember though, the QuiqLite has a 5-7 minute automatic shutoff, so even if the switch does become accidentally activated, you won't end up wasting the batteries because the QuiqLite turns itself off.

When the QuiqLite turns itself off automatically, you have to press the button two times in order to turn it back on. So please don't be alarmed about this; it's perfectly normal and does not in any way indicate a problem with the QuiqLite.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 1,450mcd.

Remember, this is a wide-angle LED, and the low reading you see is
perfectly normal and is nothing whatsoever to be concerned about.

Beam photo of the new QuiqLite (mid-2004) at ~12".
Measures 3,100mcd.

As with the original QuiqLite, this is a wide-angle LED, and the low reading
you see is perfectly normal and is nothing whatsoever to be concerned about.

Both QuiqLites were measured on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight (the mid-2004 version).

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight (the mid-2004 version); spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 440nm and 480nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 460.084nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Sample was sent to me by a website fan (R.T.) in Ontario Canada, and was received on 05-21-04.
It was NIP (New In Package), so I did not have to worry about receiving a used or malfunctioning unit, or one missing parts. According to the website, the QuiqLite LED is available in LED colors of white, blue, green, and red. But the advertising pamphlet I received with a second QuiqLite in early June 2004 (see directly below) does not include the green LED version.

UPDATE: 06-03-04
I received another QuiqLite this morning (approximately 10:50am PDT) directly from the manufacturer, and a letter that stated my original QuiqLite may have been as many as two years old and therefore not as bright as a modern unit, and that this version has some improvements over the original QuiqLite.

UPDATE: 10-28-04
I have decided to place this product in The Trophy Case on this website, identifying it as one of the best products money can buy. The 4 1/2 star rating I gave it on this web page pretty much says it all.

UPDATE: 12-15-05
I received a new QuiqLite Classic from B.Q. of QuiqLite 12-14-05.

Beam photograph at ~18".
Measures 5,210mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Battery changing is now different:
To feed your QuiqLite Classic, turn it upside-down, slide the battery door off in the direction of the arrow, and set it aside.

Remove the two used CR2032 cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Place two new CR2032 cells in the chamber, flat-side (+) positive facing up. Replace the battery door, and there, you're done.

Small and discreet - hides in your pocket or stores away nicely until needed
Appears to be secure when clipped in a shirt pocket
Wide-angle LED makes reading and writing easy
Automatic shutoff extends battery life
Reasonably durable construction

Tools needed for battery change (earlier version only)
Batteries could be expensive or difficult to find

    MANUFACTURER: QuiqLite Inc.
    PRODUCT TYPE: Pocket-clipped reading/writing light
    LAMP TYPE: Wide-angle 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Semi-flood, with dimmer spill light
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on front of battery compartment
    BEZEL: None to speak of
    BATTERY: 2x CR2032 lithium coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Splash/weather-resistance at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 2 batteries
    SIZE: 80mm L x 22.50mm W x 17.50mm D (w/ illuminator folded down)
    WEIGHT: 20.40g (0.720 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: Package reads "1 year", website reads "lifetime"


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