SUNTONE FLASHLIGHT



Suntone Flashlight, retail $ ()
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 11-23-05





This is a small plastic flashlight that came free in a mailing not that long ago (late-October 2005).

It uses a small incandescent bulb, and is powered by two AA cells held in its body. The switching between on and off is accomplished by swivelling its bezel (head) 90 or 100 from the "off" position.


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To use this flashlight, feed it first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to roll.

Rotate the bezel (head) 90 or 100 from its off position in either direction to turn it on, and rotate it back so the reflector faces the flashlight body to turn it off.



To change the batteries in this flashlight, slide the battery door off, throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the two used AA cells from the body of the unit, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Place two new AA cells in the body, following the polarity markings embossed in the bottom of the battery chamber.

Place the battery door back on the flashlight, sliding it from the end until it locks into place.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush that battery door away now?

Current usage measures 298mA on my DMM's 4A scale.




Photograph showing the flashlight with its bezel rotated outward as it might be for use.

Because this flashlight is made entirely of plastic, "The Smack Test" would not be appropriate here.

Water-resistance is minimal at best, so "The Toilet Test" would also be inappropriate. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of lab rat 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 the water out of the body 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 flashlight to smell like seashells or urine when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or pee) can't be very good for the insides.

Light output is lower than expected, and the beam has a very distinct yellow tint to it. The beam is a lot wider than is usual for any flashlight, so it would lend itself well for looking for dropped items in a dark place.



Beam photograph on the test target at 16".
I used this greater distance to show the beam pattern.
Measures 5.87cd peak intensity (at 12") on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was given to me by my housemate on 10-19-05; he received it at no cost from a mailing.

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.


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    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small swivel-head flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Incandescent bulb; type unknown
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spotty flood
    SWITCH TYPE: Rotate bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Plastic; lamp & reflector protected by curved plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 298mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Light sprinkle-resistance at maximum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: None
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

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