SAFE-LIGHT PAL



Safe-Light Pal, retail $12.99 (www.safe-light.com...)
Manufactured by Safe-Light Industries (www.palights.com)
Last updated 11-19-05





The Safe-Light Pal is a small, single LED, single battery LED flashlight. Packaged in a plastic body, this light is about the size of a large, heavy cigarette lighter case. It fits easily into a pocket or purse, and uses a common 9v transistor radio battery for power.
Unlike most regular flashlights, this one has two operating modes, and can stay continuously lit to help you find it in the dark. And even that mode can be deactivated if you wish.


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To turn this light on, press the rubberized button near the front of the light. The first time you press it, the light comes on in a very dim "find me" mode. Push it again, and it comes on full-strength. Push it again, and the light strobes or flashes brightly at approximately 2Hz (~2 flashes per second). Pushing the button again turns the light off



To change the battery in your Safe-Light, unscrew and loosen the two screws on the bottom of the unit with a small or medium standard screwdriver. You need not unscrew them far enough to remove them - three or four turns ought to do the job here.

Pull the body straight off the front end. Remove the battery (if necessary, shake the body slightly to help remove it).
Dispose of or recycle the dead 9 volt battery as you see fit.

Place a new 9 volt battery in the translucent top of the Safe-Light, orienting it so the small (+) terminal of the battery mates with the larger of the two terminals in the Safe-Light, and vice versa. Press the battery gently but firmly until it snaps in place.

Place the light's body over the battery, hold it in place against the top of the flashlight, and tighten those two screws.
This process is easier to do in person than it is to describe on a web page.

A clip is available as an optional accessory.
To affix it to your Safe-Light Pal, remove the body as you would for a battery change, slide out the grey plastic panel on one side of the body, slide the clip in this slot, and reassemble your flashlight.


Photograph of one clip affixed to the Safe-Light Pal and another clip in its feral state.

This clip features a magnet, so it can hold the flashlight onto a refrigerator door, auto body, or any other flat magnetic metal (iron, mild steel, nickel, or cobalt) object. It also swivels, with detents every 30, so there are 12 positions it can swivel to.




Photograph of the light's business-end while it is in "find me" mode.
Light is significantly dimmer than it appears in this photograph.

The Safe-Lite is weather- and splash-resistant, but I do not believe it is not waterproof or submersible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of seal pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, 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 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 or if somebody or something peed on it, douche all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your Safe-Light to smell like seaweed or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or pee) can't be very good for the circuitry or the metal contacts inside.

The main part of the beam is rather narrow; you can see two dimmer spots in the beam where the wirebonds attach to the surface of the LED's die (light-emitting region). The tint of the beam itself is a predominantly bluish-white with a "rotten porpoise urine green" ring at the perimeter.



Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 34,400mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.


Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Deliberately underexposed by two stops to show the discoloration at the perimeter.
The discoloration is a greenish-brown, not brown as shown in this photograph.

Quicktime movie (.mov extension) showing the strobe mode of the Safe-Light Pal.
This clip is ~2.7 megabytes (2,998,920 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than ten minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.



TEST NOTES:
Test units were being sold in a special group buy at Candlepower Forums, and was received on the morning of 11-07-05.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



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CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Safe-Light Industries
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Nichia white SMD
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow spot with very dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton dim/bright/strobe/off near top of bezel
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED protected by plastic lens set in hosel
    BATTERY: 1x9 volt transistor radio battery
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splash-resistance at minimum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No, probably not
    ACCESSORIES: 9 volt battery
    WARRANTY: Lifetime

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