ELECTROFLARE



Electroflare, retail $(Unknown)
Manufactured by Rav-Zik
Last updated 08-17-10





The Electroflare is supposedly a replacement for incendairy (fire-using) road flares or fusees. Use it as you might normally use a standard highway flare.

A red LED inside the amber diffused top portion flashes when the flare is deployed, and is visible a full 360 around, so you need not aim the unit in a specific direction.


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To use the Electroflare, grasp the amber diffusing part with one hand and the black ring just below that with the other, and carefully pull them apart. I say "carefully", because I broke one of the units just activating it.

The flashing LED will automatically come on when the unit is extended as shown in the photograph near the top of this web page.

Deploy the Electroflare as you see fit.

When you're finished using it, fold the legs back onto the body by performing the reverse of what you did to extend them.



Unscrew and remove the amber diffused piece from the top, throw it to the ground, look at all funny, and kick it under the car so you'll run over it later and break it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the LED and board assembly, and set that aside too.

Remove the used CR2032 cell from its chamber, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Insert a new CR2032 cell in the chamber, button-end (-) negative end up. Press straight down on it until it lies flat in the chamber.

Place the LED board back over the chamber, orienting it so the downward-facing projection on it fits into the receptacle for it next to the battery. Press it straight down - do not force it.

Finally, screw the diffused amber piece back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that amber thing under the car now?

Unable to measure current draw due to how the device was constructed.



I already broke one of the Electroflares just trying to deploy it, and it was incredibly easy to do. Let me try to deploy the other one the same way and see what happens...BRB...nope, the support struts bent but they did not break.
If I broke the second one as easily as I broke the first one, I would have immediately rated it "0 Stars - Whip Out Your {vulgar slang term for male tallywhacker} or Sit on the {vulgar term for feces}bowl and Uranate On It".
These pieces of caca will rate quite low, but at least they won't get that dreadful "uranator screen" rating.

In my opinion, the flashing LED is way to dim to be useful as a highway flare.


Quicktime movie (.mov extension) showing the flare flashing.
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TEST NOTES:
Test units (2) were provided by my housemate on 08-27-05


UPDATE: 08-17-10
A very kind website viewer emailed me with information that indicated the product's actual name, the manufacturer's name, and the country of manufacture. This web page has been updated accordingly.


PROS:
Does not use fire, so it can be deployed in dangerous enviroments


CONS:
Dim, dim, dim!!! What went wrong?
Very easy to break
Uses a battery that may be difficult to locate


    MANUFACTURER: Rav-Zik
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED "road flare"
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm red LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: N/A
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide legs on/off
    BEZEL: Plastic diffusing "can" protects LED
    BATTERY: 1xCR2032 lithium coin cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: FOR CHRIST SAKES NOOOOOO!!!!!!
    ACCESSORIES: 1xCR2032 lithium coin cell
    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Israel
    WARRANTY: Unknown

    PRODUCT RATING:

    I'm torn between rating them
    Star Rating
    or
    Star Rating





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