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FLT-3101-1LW LUXEON LED
FLASHLEDŽ FLASHLIGHT



FLT-3101-1LW Luxeon LED FlashLEDŽ Flashlight, retail $39.95 (www.ledtronics.com...)
Manufactured by LEDTronics (www.ledtronics.com)
Last updated 09-05-04





This is another one of the newest incarnations of the FlashLEDŽ, made and sold by LEDTronics. It comes in an almost all-aluminum body, has a 1.2 watt Luxeon LED to produce its light, and uses three AA cells in the barrel to power that LED.

I don't know what kind of Luxeon LED is in there, because the bezel (head) comes off the body as a complete module, without exposing the bare LED.


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The FlashLEDŽ came to me ready to use, with three AA cells already installed.

To use the FlashLEDŽ, press the rubberised button on the tailcap until it clicks, then release it. This turns the flashlight on.
Press and release the button the same way again to turn the flashlight off.

For momentary or signalling mode, press the button less firmly (before it clicks) and hold it in for as long as you need the light. Release it to turn the flashlight back off.

The FlashLEDŽ comes with a nylon belt holster. The flashlight fits in this holster bezel-up, and a Velcro flap closure prevents loss of the flashlight when carried this way.
The holster has a Velcro closure for the belt loop; it appears to be designed to be used on belts up to one inch wide. Since I do not own or use pants that require a belt, I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended.



The FlashLEDŽ operates on three AA cells. These were included with the sample I'm evaluating for you today.

To change them, unscrew the tailcap until it comes off, and set it aside.

Tip the three used AA cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AA cells in the barrel, button-end (+) positive first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.

Current usage measures mA on the three alkaline AA cells that were included with it.
Reading was taken on my DMM's 2A scale.




Photograph of the business-end of the FlashLEDŽ, showing the collimator.

The FlashLEDŽ appears to be at very minimum reasonably durable. One of the first tests I did after measuring the light output was the smack test. I smacked it against a steel rod ten times (five on the tailcap, and five on the bezel), and caused no damage to the flashlight, and the electrical & optical functionality of the FlashLEDŽ was only slightly changed - the beam configuration has slightly improved from what it was when it was new. Electrically, there was no change or degredation detected.

I was able to scratch through the finish of the FlashLEDŽ with the blade of a Swiss army knife; showing that the finish is a type II anodizing.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie I would, if it's in the name of science.
The body is made from CNC machined aluminum, so even if the finish does become scratched, the rest of the flashlight will not become damaged.

The FlashLEDŽ is weather-resistant, and possibly waterproof and submersible to at least a shallow depth. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its batteries, and performed that dreadful suction test, no leakage was found. I also suctioned the tailcap, and it held a vaccume even when the switch was activated and deactivated several times.
Let's do the sink immersion test, and see what happens...BRB...ok, after spending 4 minutes in about a foot of water at 68°F (20°C) (to simulate a user dropping it into a creek), one large drop of water was found in the barrel, right near the tailcap. So, weatherproof, yes. Submersible, no.

The beam that comes out of the FlashLEDŽ is a good white, with just a tinge of a pinkish or purplish tint. If you showed this flashlight's beam to a group of people and asked them to tell you what color it was, I guarantee you that everybody would holler out "WHITE!".



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 346,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter,
using the Eveready alkaline cells that were provided with it.



Beam photo against an off-white wall at ~5'.

The beam configuration kinda pisses me off; I don't
know if this is just a fluke or if they're all like this.
It's not awful and horrible mind you, but I've seen better.





TEST NOTES:
Test unit was sent by my contact at LEDTronics via UPS Code Red on 09-02-04, and was received late in the afternoon of 09-03-04.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:



CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: LEDTronics
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 1.2 watt white Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Irregular wide spot; dimmer circular corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off/momentary switch on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and optic protected by thin plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Three alkaline AA cells, nylon holster
    SIZE: 8.23" L, 1.13" D
    WEIGHT: 5.5oz with batteries
    WARRANTY: Limited lifetime

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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