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1x LED Keychain Light, retail (unknown) (URL is unknown)
Manufactured by (that's unknown too)
Last updated 06-23-04





I know one of the first things you'll wonder about is who makes this flashlight, and who sells it.
I don't know who makes or sells this flashlight, so please don't ask.
It was sent to me by a Candlepower Forums member in June 2004, that's all I know for absolute, positive, 100% certainty.

This is a small LED flashlight that's designed to live on your keychain, and it provides a bluish-white light from its white LED at the press of a button. Three LR44 button cells power that LED, and the flashlight comes in a shiny, chrome-plated metal case. I don't know what kind of metal the case is made from. It's too heavy to be aluminum, and it's not magnetic, so it isn't iron, mild steel, or nickel. It isn't brass or bronze either; I cut into it with the blade of a Swiss army knife, and did not expose that characteristic gold-like color that brass or bronze has. So I don't know what metal it's made of.


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This flashlight came to me ready to use; there are three compartments for batteries in the packaging (they were empty and the batteries were installed in the flashlight), so you may have to feed yours first.

Once it's fed, press the black button on the side of the barrel very firmly and then release it to turn the light on in continuous mode. Press and release the button the same way again to turn the light off. The button has a rather faint "click" sound to it that you can hear if your surroundings aren't too loud.

Press the button more lightly and hold it that way for as long as you need light, and release it to turn the flashlight back off. This is intermittent or "signalling" mode.



Unscrew and remove the tailcap, and throw it in the john...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

Tip the three used LR44 button cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Stack three new LR44 button cells on top of one another on a flat surface like a table or a counter. Stack them button-end (-) negative up. Lower the flashlight barrel over the stack of cells, and slide it to the edge of the table or counter. Place a thumb or finger next to the flashlight barrel, so it will cover the open end when you slide the barrel off the table or counter. You don't want those batteries to just fall out and clatter all over the floor now, do you?
When you have the flashlight barrel over the table's or counter's edge, invert (flip over) the unit so the open end is now facing up. Remove your finger or thumb from the open end of the flashlight's barrel, and screw the tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't chuck that tailcap in the commode now? ;-)

Measures 43mA on my DMM's 2A setting.
So the LED is overdriven, but not horribly so.




Photograph of the flashlight's business-end, showing the LED recessed deeply into the bezel.

The flashlight did fine with my whack test; 10 whacks against a steel rod (five on the head, five on the tailcap). Very few flashlights are damaged or destroyed by this test however; maybe I ought to come up with something else.

The flashlight also did well with my drop test, so at very minimum it's durable to the point of where it should not just fall apart on your keychain or quit working for no apparent reason.

It is not water-resistant or submersible though. When the tailcap was removed, the unit was relieved of its batteries (ehh, doodlebugs!!! I lost one of the cells!!!), and that dreadful suction test was performed, air had no problems whatsoever getting into the flashlight. Please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of rat pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. If you know or suspect it got flooded, take it apart (as you would for a battery change) and set the parts in a warm, dry place for a day or so to be sure it's dry before you reassemble it. If it fell into seawater or if something peed on it, douche the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your flashlight to smell like seashells or piss when you go to use it next. Salt (from seawater or potty) can't be very good for the flashlight, so you'll want that stuff washed out.

The beam has a bluish white central area, surrounded by a white corona. There are some perforations (holes) along the outside of the bezel; the light emitted from these perforations is pretty small, and should not be bothersome to most users. If it pisses you off though, you can wrap a layer of black electrical tape over the outside of the bezel to eliminate this.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 10,820mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
This is a peak value, and will drop fairly quickly as the batteries become used up.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was mailed to me by a Candlepower Forums member on 06-09-04, and arrived on 06-12-04.
Unit was tested for this website on 06-23-04.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



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    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton momentary/on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LED recessed inside it
    BATTERY: 3x LR44 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 43mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splash-resistance only
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: 3x LR44 cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

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