"10,000 LUMENS"

"10,000 Lumens" 8-LED Flashlight, retail $7.88 ()
Manufactured by (Unknown Chinese manufacturer)
Last updated 05-16-07

This flashlight does not have a formal name, so 8-LED Metal Flashlight it is.
10,000 lumens?
Horse puckey!
Horse puckey!!!

Whoever measured the light output of this flashlight must have been smoking pot on the job.

This is a flashlight that has eight white LEDs in the business-end, powered by three AAA cells held in a carriage inside the barrel. It is turned on and off via a click-action pushbutton switch on the tailcap. It comes in a rugged looking titanium colored metal body, which I believe is made of a material known as "pot metal". It's not magnetic, but it feels a bit too heavy for aluminum, so that probably isn't it either. And I was able to cut through it with a knife, so it isn't stainless steel either.
I have since received information supporting the fact that this flashlight's body may indeed be aluminum.


To use the flashlight, feed it first (see below), and then you can go to town.

Press the black tailcap button firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on. Repeat the same action 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 tailcap 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 and remove the tailcap, dash it to the ground really hard, and stomp on it with old or used bowling shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the black plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used cells if they are present in this carriage.

Insert three new AAA cells into the carriage, one in each compartment. Orient each cell so the flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in its compartment.

Once the carriage is full, insert it into the flashlight's barrel, aiming it so the spring on the end goes in first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Measures 219mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.

This flashlight appears to be at least reasonably durable. I smacked it against the corner of a concrete stair ten times (five against the side of the tailcap, and five against the side of the bezel), and caused the expected damage: some gouging on the sides of the bezel and tailcap where it was struck. The flashlight still functions properly though; no optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

As for water-resistance, it is weather-resistant, but not waterproof or submersible. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its battery carriage, and performed that dreadful suction test, some leakage was detected. It isn't a HUGE leak, but it leaked nonetheless. A slightly larger leak was detected in the switch end. So while I don't think you'll have any trouble using in rain, snow, or other foul weather; dropping this flashlight into water or water-like liquids probably wouldn't be very good for it.

I was able to cut through the flashlight body with the blade of a Swiss army knife. This tells me that at best, this flashlight has a clear Type II anodized coating on it.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie (sugar-coated toilet muscle) I would, if it's in the name of science.

The flashlight appears to be made from a metal called "pot metal", rather than the aluminum or stainless steel that other flashlights are made from. It has a titanium-colored finish on it. So this flashlight may not stay new looking for that long if it's abused or regularly thrown into a toolbox with wrenches, pliers, saws, screwdrivers, sockets, or other metal tools.
As I stated earlier, I have since received information supporting the fact that this flashlight's body may indeed be aluminum.

From another source who I trust, comes this:

I have a suspicion that it could be die-cast zinc-aluminum alloy. Maybe die cast zinc alloy or die cast aluminum alloy. Die-castable aluminum is a little denser than other aluminum is, due to alloying with denser metals.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 100,200mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Test unit was purchased on Ebay on 10-02-05, and was received on 10-06-05. A member of Candlepower Forums posted the link to this flashlight, which I promptly purchased.

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

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Decent intensity for an 8-banger
Batteries it uses are common and relatively inexpensive
Appears to be at least *reasonably* durable

***NOT*** "10,000 lumens" as advertised!!!!
Not waterproof or submersible (weather-resistant at best)

    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 8
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood with soft corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3x AAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes; weather-resistant at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Very small lanyard; already attached
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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