BuiltWell Medium 2xD Flashlight, retail $4.99
Manufactured by (Unknown) for DSD Merchandising (www.dsdmerchandising.com)
Last updated 02-24-08

I purchased this flashlight at Wallgreens after seeing it in the bargain barrel for $1.99. I half-expected to see the name misspelled as "BiltWel", but the company that makes this flashlight really *DOES* know how to spell.

I was not able to find this product on the Wallgreens website, which is why I did not furnish a URL for you.

This is a 2xD cell incandescent flashlight in a hard plastic case. It has what I believe is a HPR-102 halogen bulb at the bottom of a faceted reflector, and feeds from two D cells held in its barrel.


To use this flashlight, feed it first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red...or in this case, a rather urinous shade of yellowish-white.

Firmly press the button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on. Do the exact same thing again to turn the flashlight off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the flashlight while it is on by partially depressing the button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way.

To change the batteries in your flashlight, unscrew the head, dash it to the floor or ground (if outside), and stomp on it...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the two used D cells out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Drop two new D cells in the barrel, flat side (-) negative first. A large spring at the bottom of the barrel will cushion them, so you don't need to be particularly careful when you load the batteries in. Just be sure you insert them in the right direction - flat side first - and you'll be alright.

Screw the head back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that head now?

Due to the way the flashlight is constructed, I cannot take a current measurement.

Because this flashlight uses an incandescent blub, better tell you how to change it when it blows out.

Unscrew and remove the bezel, and keep it in one hand. Throw the barrel in the {vulgar term for wall-mounted porcelain urinator}, yank that silver handle on the top of the fixture down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

On the underside of the bezel, look for a black plastic thing with a silver colored platform under it. Unscrew the black thing, remove it, and set it aside. Remove the burnt out bulb, and throw it in the garbage can. Light bulbs are not recyclable; that's why I did not offer that option here.

Insert a new HPR-102 bulb into the opening in the back of the reflector for it; glass-end first. Place that black plastic cylinder back on, and screw it on firmly. Finally, screw the bezel back on the barrel.
Aren't you glad you didn't try to flush away that barrel now?

This flashlight is reasonably durable, in that it should just not fall apart by itself. Due to its all-plastic constructuon, "The Smack Test" would not be very appropriate here.
It should do well in a toolbox or in the flashlight drawer, but *try* not to drop it.

This flashlight is splash-resistant, but it's not waterproof or submersible. So you'll want to steer clear of creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docks, puddles of wharf rat pee, snowbanks, ditches, sinks, tubs, toilets, etc. If it falls into water or water-like liquids, take the head off, remove the batteries, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so to ensure it's completely dry when you reassemble it. If it fell into seawater, an unflushed urinator or john, or if something peed on it, douche the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your flashlight to smell like seaweed or urine when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or pee) can't be that good for the contacts.

The beam that comes from this flashlight is fairly tight; it also has that sickly yellow color we've all come to know and love (cough, sputter, sound of a toilet flushing).
It's not a horrible, awful beam, but there are better.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 936cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at 15'.

Those rectangular graphic things at the center-left are marquees from:
Venture Line ''Looping''
Williams ''Joust''
Williams ''Stargate''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Sega ''Space Harrier''
upright coin-op arcade video games from the early-1980s.

And that red thing is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

Beam is considerably more yellowish than these photographs depict.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bulb in this flashlight.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was purchased at Wallgreens on 02-27-06.

Flashlight has somewhat of a chemical or gasoline-like odour to it. I do not find this odour objectionable, but it can catch you a bit off guard if you were not expecting it.

My housemate also took a whiff after I told him it stunk, and he remarked that it smelled like gasoline too. Guess you'd better not use tobacco near this flashlight.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: HPR-102 incandescent blub
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; lamp & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xD cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at minimum
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


    Star Rating

BuiltWell Medium 2xD Flashlight *

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