WriteLight LED Pen, retail $2.00
Manufactured by (unknown) for Base4 (URL not known/not stated)
Last updated 11-01-05

I found this in the sale bin at a Safeway store in north Seattle for 50.

This LED-lighted ballpoint pen, labelled "WriteLight" on the front of the package, is a ballpoint pen in a metal body, that features three LEDs in the upper half of the pen that shine through an acrylic diffuser in the barrel.

The ballpoint pen writes with dark blue ink, and works whether the LEDs are on or not.


This pen is almost ready as soon as you remove it from the package. Cut the plastic package open any way you see fit - sharp household scissors will do the job here. Feed it the included batteries first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to rock - er - uh - ready to write.

Press and release the button on the side of the barrel to activate the LEDs in the following modes: green, blue, red, cyan, purple, orange, white, and a color-cycling mode that shows all of the colors with a total cycle time of approximately 0.75Hz (full cycle time of ~1.5 seconds).

The pen turns off after every color, so you do not need to cycle through every mode in order to get it to shut off.

To write with the pen, grasp it by the barrel on the clear portion near the button with one hand, and near the writing end with the other, and give it a gentle clockwise twist. The tip will extend. It writes in dark blue ink, with the quality of a very good disposable pen.
Grasp the unit as above and give it a gentle counterclockwise twist to retract the pen tip when you're finished using it.

To change the batteries, hold the pen so the point (the ink portion) is facing downward, unscrew the top cap of the pen until it comes off, and throw it away...O WAIT YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the open end of the pen upside down over your hand; tap it if that last cell just won't fall out. Dispose of or recycle the batteries as you see fit.

Hold the barrel of the pen horizontally in one hand, and slip three new AG13 button cells in, one at a time, with the other hand. Insert the batteries button-end (-) first. Once all three cells are inside, you can turn the pen open-end-up if you wish, and screw the cap back on.

You can also stack all of the AG13 cells on top of one another on a counter, table, desk, or other flat surface; button-end (-) negative facing up. Lower the barrel of the pen over the cells, slide the whole affair to the edge of the counter, table, desk, etc. and place your finger over the open end of the barrel so those cells just don't clatter to the floor. Invert the barrel and your finger at once, so the barrel faces toward the ceiling or sky. Remove your finger, and screw the cap back on.

Aren't you glad you didn't throw away that end cap now?

This is a pen meant to be used as a pen in a dry area, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, and abused, so I won't try to drown it in the toilet, bash it against a steel rod or against the corner of a concrete stair, let my housemate's kitty cat's ghost go to the bathroom on it, run over it with a 400lb Rascal, or perform other indecencies on it that a regular flashlight might have to go through. So this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The pen/flashlight is not water resistant, so a concerted effort should be made to keep it from falling in the toilet or drowing under your lawn sprinkler. If water does get in, just open it up and dry out all the parts, and it should be fine.

The pen portion seems to be on par with any of the more expensive disposables available, and it writes with dark blue ink.

Yellow-green LED illuminated.

Blue LED illuminated.

Red LED illuminated.

Quicktime movie of the pen in color-cycle mode
The movie is 3.0MB (3,184,928 bytes) in length; dial-up users please beware.
I cannot provide it in any other formats; please do not ask.

Unit was purchased at a Safeway in north Seattle on 10-06-05.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Flashing LED ballpoint pen
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/mode change/off on barrel
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 3xAG13 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance only
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAG13 button cells, lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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