Mini LED Pocket Light, retail $1 ()
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Base4
Last updated 08-25-09

I found this flashlight being sold for 25 in the bargain or closeout bin of my local Safeway grocery store the other day, so I purchased one.

This is a small, keychain-style LED flashlight that has a red 5mm LED and a CR2032 lithium coin cell inside to power that LED with.

It has a momentary-only (squeeze on, release off) switch


To use this flashlight, just firmly squeeze the upper and lower halves of the case together and hold that way to turn it on, and release it to turn it off.
Yes, it really is as easy as that.

To change the battery, take the blade of a knife and insert it into the seam at the edges of the flashlight. Gently pry it up all the way around until the two halves of the flashlight come apart.

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

Insert a new CR2032 cell, orienting it so its button-side (-) negative faces the shorter of the two LED leads (the one with the transparent insulating sleeve covering part of it). Gently press the LED and cell into the cutouts for them.

Place the other half of the flashlight back on, and press it down firmly until the seam at the edge of the flashlight has no visible gap in it.

Unable to furnish you with a current usage measurement due to how the product was constructed.

I was not able to fully close the front portion of the flashlight; though the unit itself still functions.

This flashlight appears at least reasonably durable. Dropping it doesn't seem to phase it, and stepping on it (on low-pile carpeting with no pad) simply turns it on and off. However, I wouldn't want to throw this one in the street and practise running over it with your motorcycle. The poor thing wouldn't be very happy with that, and would sit there looking up at you with its beady little LED and wonder why you're murdering it.

There are no environmental seals (O-rings) visible on it, so water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside through the seam that runs all around the outside. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of giraffe pee, glasses of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee, 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, got thrown into a glass of milk, 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 flashlight to smell like seaweed, sour milk, or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or pee-pee) or sugar (from root beer) can't be very good for the insides.

The red beam is remarkably smooth and even for a non-phosphor LED.

The only thing that really pisses me off about this flashlight is the high amount of force needed to turn and keep it on.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 3,320mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

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

Test unit was purchased from Safeway for 25 in the discount/closeout bin on 10-06-05

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



    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Red 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot with dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Squeeze body momentary on/off
    BEZEL: None
    BATTERY: 1xCR2032 lithium coin cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Battery, medium split ring, small split ring
    WARRANTY: Unknown


    Star Rating

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