Garrity 1-Watt LED Flashlight, retail $24.99 ()
Manufactured by Garrity (
Last updated 07-18-06

The Garrity Super Bright 1-Watt LED Flashlight (for lack of a better name; because this is what it reads on the package) is an almost all-aluminum flashlight that features a 1 watt Luxeon white LED at the bottom of a smooth reflector, feeds from three AAA cells held in a side-by-side carriage in the flashlight's barrel, and has red & blue filters that fit over the lens to change the color of the beam.


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

Firmly press and release the rubberised button on the barrel to turn the light on at 100% intensity.
Firmly press & release it again to turn the to 50% intensity.
Firmly press & release it again to turn the flashlight off.

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

This Garrity flashlight comes with color filters for red and blue. To use one, hold it up to the flashlight's "business-end", orienting it so the larger of the two sides faces the flashlight. Press it straight on until it snaps into place.
To remove the filter when you are finished using it, just pull it straight off.

The flashlight comes with a nylon pouch/belt holster. The flashlight fits this holster bezel-up or bezel-down; a flap with velcro on it folds over the top and attaches to the body of the holster, so the flashlight doesn't just fall out. This holster fits belts up to 2" wide. I do not own or use pants that require a belt however, so I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended to be used.

The two color filters fit in a pocket on the side of this holster; a velcro flap closes over the opening so the filters don't just fall out and become broken or lost.

To change the batteries in your flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, dash it to the ground, look at it all funny, cock your head like a puppy that doesn't understand what it had just been told, and stomp on it with the heels of 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 AAA 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?

Current usage measures 316mA (high) and 177mA (low) 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 administered the smack test on it (ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair; five whacks against the side of the tailcap and five whacks against the side of the bezel), and found the expected damage. There is some minor gouging on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

I believe it has a Type II anodized finish. I was relatively easily able to put a scratch (to bare metal) in it with the blade of a Swiss army knife. So it probably really does has a Type II anodized finish.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sugar-coated toilet muscle (sweet patootie) I would, if it's in the name of science.

The flashlight is weather-, water-, and pee-resistant, and is even submersible to shallow depths at the very least. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the barrel of its battery carriage, and then performed that dreadful suction test, no leakage was detected. So if it fell into shallow water, just shake it off and keep going. And you need not be concerned about using it in rain or snow. And if it fell in the litterbox and the cat pissed on it, just douche it off under the faucet...good as new!

The light it produces (with no filters in place) consists of a narrow white circle with a dimmer corona surrounding it. The light output by this flashlight is a pure white in color, with no pink, yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten porpoise urine" green tint to it. Not in the hotspot, not in the corona either.

Beam photograph (white) on the test target at 12".
Measures 415,000mcd (high) and 253,000mcd (low).

Beam photograph (red) on the test target at 12".
Measures 38,400mcd (high) and 21,900mcd (low).

Beam photograph (blue) on the test target at 12".
Measures 99,800mcd (high) and 55,000mcd (low).
All measurements were taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED (no filter on) in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED (red filter on) in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED (blue filter on) in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from TWO-CUBED.

Beam photograph (white) on the wall at ~15'.

Beam photograph (red) on the wall at ~15'.

Beam photograph (blue) on the wall at ~15'.

That red thing on the wall in the three lower photographs is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

Test unit was sent by S.C. of Garrity along with three other products, and was received on 09-29-05

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

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon I LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAAA cells, two color filters, nylon belt holster, wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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