PEAK PACIFIC FLASHLIGHT



Peak Pacific Flashlight, retail $49.95 (http://peakledsolutions.net...)
Manufactured by Peak LED Solutions (http://peakledsolutions.net/)
Last updated 02-14-08







The Peak LED Solutions Pacific is a 3W (driven at 1W) Luxeon LED flashlight that can either use one or two AAA cells.

It comes in an aluminum body, protected by a Type III hard anodized finish, and its LED and reflector are protected by a plastic window (or "lens" if you prefer, even though it does not alter the light in any manner).


 SIZE (1 AAA cell body)

 SIZE (2 AAA cell body)



The light came to me ready to use.

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.

This flashlight came to me with both 1xAAA and 2xAAA barrels; just unscrew and remove the bezel (head), and screw the other barrel on in its place.



To feed your light, unscrew the bezel (head) until it comes off (don't worry about losing parts or bulbs) throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, look at it all funny, cock your head like a puppy that doesn't understand what it had just been told, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and flush it away...O WAIT, THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the barrel into your hand so the used AAA cell(s) cell fall out, and dispose of it(them) or recycle it(them) as you see fit.

Insert one or two new AAA cells in the barrel, button-end (+) facing up.

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 that(those) new battery(ies) now ya know.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that bezel now?

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




Photograph showing the "business-end" of this flashlight.
Dust and other particles shown here are not included with the Pacific.

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 performed that terrible smack test, by hitting it against the corner of a concrete stair 10 times (5 against the tailcap, 5 against the bezel), and did not damage the flashlight in any way I can see (other than causing some very, very, VERY light scuffing on the sides of the bezel and barrel where it was struck), and it still works correctly too. Very few flashlights are seriously damaged or destroyed by this test however; maybe I need to come up with something even more awful. It has a Type III hard anodized finish on it ("HA-III" as us flashlight nuts know it); this is the toughest finish that can be given to an aluminum flashlight body, and it will stay new-looking for longer, even if it goes up against keys, coins, or other metal flashlights during storage or transport.

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 Toilet Test" and see what happens...BRB...ok, after submerging it for one minute in the cistern (toilet tank) in about a foot of water at 47F (9.4C) (to simulate a user dropping it into a creek), I dried the outside off with some bunghole wipe, unscrewed the bezel, and examined the flashlight. No water was found in it.

If it falls into shallow water, just shake it off and keep going. If it falls into seawater or if the cat pisses on it, take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet - good as new!!!

There is a gold colored material lining the inner surface of the barrel; this is probably a product called Chemcoat, which is designed to help protect the metal from water and bad battery juice. Please do not attempt to scrub away or otherwise try to remove this substance; it was placed there for a reason and is there for your own good.

There is a light knurling (texturising) present on the barrel of the Peak Pacific; 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 Pacific that way. The bezel (head) has what I believe is a 6-sided shape machined into it. Although this does not function very effectively as an anti-roll device, it does help a bit to aid in your grip when you turn the flashlight on and off.

The Pacific 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 Pacific 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 Luxeon constant power until the battery can no longer provide that power, then the intensity of the Luxeon 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 battery rattle issue has largely been solved; you must shake the Pacific rather vigorously (with the two-cell barrel on) in order to hear any rattle at all. No rattle at all was evident with the single-cell barrel installed. A foam washer and a brass thing are visible at the bottom of the barrel; I believe these were added to help prevent battery rattle.



Beam photograph at ~12" (one cell).
Measures 249,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.


Beam photograph at ~12" (two cells).
Measures 301,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrum of the white Luxeon III LED in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from TWO-CUBED.


Beam photograph (two cells) at ~15'.

Those rectangular graphic things near the center are marquees from:
Cinematronics ''Star Castle''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Sega ''Hang-On''
Williams ''Stargate''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Nintendo ''R-Type''
upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

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


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





TEST NOTES:
Test unit was sent by Peak LED Solutions, and was received on the afternoon of 04-03-06.

The two-cell barrel is an optional accessory; and is available for $15.00 if you want one.

Product was made in the United States. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.


Here's an example of the retail packaging these flashlights come in.


UPDATE: 04-27-06
I received four new battery barrels & batteries for the Pacific today at 2:17pm PDT.
Here are photographs of the barrels affixed to "the good part" of the Pacific:


1xCR2 barrel without keychain lug.


1xCR2 barrel with keychain lug.


1xAA barrel without keychain lug.


1xAA cell barrel with keychain lug.


PROS:



CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Peak LED Solutions
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon III LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot, with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Hard-anodized aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 1 or 2 AAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: 1 AAA cell
    WEIGHT: 1xAAA: 1.6 oz.; 2xAAA: 2.2 oz. (both with batteries)
    WARRANTY: 1 year

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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