MXDL 3 Watt LED Flashlight, retail $6.26 (www.dealextreme.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown/not stated)
Last updated 04-13-08

The MXDL 3 Watt LED Flashlight (hereinafter, probably just called a "flashlight" or an "MXDL") is a small, handheld LED flashlight that uses a single CR123A lithium camera cell for power, and features a white 3 watt LED near the bottom of a mirror-smooth reflector. The LED & reflector are protected by a transparent, colorless plastic window (or "lens" if you are more comfortable with that term, even though it does not modify the light in any way).

It comes in a durable aluminum body, with what I believe is a clear Type II anodized finish.


To use this flashlight, feed it a CR123A cell first (see directly below), and THEN you can go paint the town red...or white, in this case.

Twist the flashlight (the seam is near the center) clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn it on.

Turn it counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn it off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available in this flashlight; please do not look for or expect to find one.

To change the battery in your MXDL, unscrew the two halves of the flashlight until they come apart, gently place the bezel (head) on the ground, and kick it into a building that is seconds away from being imploded with medium- and high-explosives (the Kingdome in Seattle would have made a good candidate here)...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the used CR123A cell from the lower half of the flashlight, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Insert a new CR123A cell into the barrel, orienting it so that it's button-end (+) positive faces outward.

Screw the bezel back on, and back it off a bit so that you don't kill that brand spanken new battery you just installed.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel into the condemned building or sports stadium now?

This used to be the Kingdome in Seattle WA. USA before they imploded it.

This is the Kingdome being blown up.

And this is what was left of the Kingdome.
Probably wouldn't find that bezel in this mess.

Current usage measures 670mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I smacked the MXDL against the concrete floor of a patio ten times (five against the side of the bezel, and five on the side of the tailcap) and was not able to damage the flashlight in any manner, other than causing some rather minor gouging to the bare Metaltogemon - er - the bare Metalstingmon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalguilmon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!) on the sides of the tailcap & bezel where it was struck. No optical, mechanical, or electrical malfunctions were detected.

This flashlight is splatter- and mildly bad weather-resistant at absolute maximum, but it is not submersible. Therefore, liquids like water, milk, diet vanilla Pepsi, cold (or hot) coffee, urine, ice cold fizzy root beer, disposable douches, disposable enemas, tranny fluid, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, brake fluid, motor oil, or other liquids could get inside. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, snowbanks, puddles of Kodiak bear pee, tall cold glasses (or short lukewarm glasses) of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee (hot *OR* cold), fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain urinators, puddles from leaky water heaters, near busted garden hoses, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found.

A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in lightly to at most moderately bad weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a glass of milk, if it fell in a root beer float, if somebody squirted a Massengill brand post-menstrual disposable douche or a Fleet brand disposable enema at it (and hit it with the douche or the enema), or if somebody or something peed on it, rinse all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your light to smell like seaweed, sour milk, flowers, fresh butts, or rotten piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater, disposable douches, disposable enemas, or urination), lactic acid (from moo juice), glycerol (from antifreeze), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

The lanyard is short and somewhat whimpy; it will not fit around the wrist of the average person (it *MAY* fit around the wrist of a newborn baby), but it does fit all the way around the flashlight itself, so you may hang the flashlight from a tree branch, water pipe, or other relatively skinny horizontal pole with no readily-accessible "end".

The lanyard is also attached to the flashlight by a thin string, so you can stand the flashlight on its tail to bounce its light off the ceiling for use as a kind of electronic "candle" even with the lanyard in place.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 305,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Those rectangular graphic things in the upper left quadrant of this photograph are marquees from:

Atari ''Tempest''
Nintendo ''R-Type''
Super Tiger...er...uh...Konami ''Super Cobra''
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

That graphic toward the right is:
A "BIG SCARY LASER" poster sent by www.megagreen.co.uk

Below the "Big Scary Laser" poster is a calendar my sister gave me.

And that clock to the right of the "Big Scary Laser" poster is an Infinity Optics Clock.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Normally, a beam cross-sectional analysis would appear here, but the equipment has been packed away for a move in the near-future.

Test unit was purchased on the DealExtreme website on 04-02-08, and was received on the afternoon of 04-11-08.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown/not stated
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 3W white high-powered LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist flashlight halves on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; plastic window protects LED & reflector
    BATTERY: 1xCR123A cell
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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