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3xLED 1xAAA FLASHLIGHT



3xLED 1xAAA Flashlight, retail $TBA (www.favourlite.com/new/)
Manufactured by GBC (www.gbconline.it)
Last updated 09-14-04


IMPORTANT: As of 09-14-04, the server at http://www.favourlite.com is not functioning.
So I do not have pricing or warranty information about this flashlight.




This flashlight does not have a formal name, so I'll just call it a "flashlight" on the remainder of this web page.

The flashlight has three white LEDs in the business-end. A pushbutton switch on the tailcap turns these LEDs on and off.

One AAA cell in the aluminum barrel power those LEDs.


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To use the flashlight, easily cut it out of the package with a pair of heavy-duty household scissors, or use a knife or razor blade if you do not have scissors handy. Install a battery (see below), and then you'll be ready to rock.

Press the rubberised pushbutton switch on the tailcap until it clicks and then release it to turn the LEDs on. Press and release it again to turn the flashlight off. This is continuous mode.

Press the button less firmly (before it clicks) and hold it that way to turn the flashlight on. Release the button to turn the flashlight off. This is momentary or signalling mode.

A small wrist lanyard is included, already affixed to the back of the flashlight, on the side of the tailcap.
It will fit, albiet a bit tightly, over an average sized hand and onto the wrist, to help prevent dropping or loss of the flashlight. The lanyard easily loops all the way around the flashlight, so you can hang it from a pipe, tree branch, or other object with no easily accessible "end".



To change the battery in this flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

Tip the used AAA cell out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Insert a new AAA cell into the barrel, button-end (+) positive first, and screw the tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that tailcap now? ;-)

Measures 257mA on my DMM's 2A scale.
Using this scale helps to minimise shunt resistance error and provides a resolution of +-1mA.




Photograph of the light's business-end, with the three LEDs and reflector shown.

The flashlight appears durable. After 11 whacks against a steel rod (six against the bezel, and five on the barrel near the tailcap), it did not malfunction, and no visible damage was detected.

The flashlight is lightly weather-resistant, but is NOT waterproof or submersible. When I performed that dreadful suction test, it failed rather badly. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of skunk (polecat) pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. But it shouldn't give you too much guff if you use it in rainy or snowy weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, remove the tailcap and battery, dump out the water if necessary, remove the bezel (it unscrews just like the tailcap), 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 out all the parts with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your flashlight to smell like seaweed or potty when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or piss) can't be very good for the insides.

There is no knurling or other texturising on the barrel of this flashlight, and two bands of longitudinal ridges on the bezel (head).

Light has a very slight bluish tinge to it; but if you showed the beam to a group of people and then asked them what color it was, very certainly the vast majority of them would holler out "WHITE!".



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 17,600mcd.
Measurement was taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



TEST NOTES:
Test units of this and a number of other China-made flashlights were provided by a website fan, and received on the morning of 09-10-04.

IMPORTANT: As of 09-14-04, the server at http://www.favourlite.com is not functioning.

This flashlight is made in China.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



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CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: GBC
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood with soft corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/off/momentary on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; plastic window protects reflector and LEDs
    BATTERY: 1xAAA cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 257mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Weather- and splash-resistant at best
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Small wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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