BUY FLASHLIGHTS and POCKET TOOLS

LED Flashlights

Keychain Flashlights

Emergency Food

Pocket Flashlights

Pocket Tools

Keychain Flashlights




LEDs - Gallium Indium Nitride UV, violet, purple, blue, aqua, turquoise, green, white. Also Gallium Arsenide and others. New LED MUSEUM! GaN, InGaN, SiC, GaAs, GaP, GaAlP, ZnSe, flashlight, flashlights.

Millennium 3 Coast Guard



Millennium III Coast Guard Model, retail $30.00 (http://www.stpaulmercantile.com/deltalit.htm)
Manufactured by Delta Light 651-228-1401
Last updated: August 13, 2000


LED Light


The Millennium II Coast Guard model is a yellow & black, traditional-looking flashlight that's been outfitted with three bright white LEDs.
Made by Fulton Industries, it is the embodiment of cheap, but durable flashlights. A Coast Guard approval number is incused in its side, and rubber O-rings are present on the tailcap, head, and switch to help keep the outside where it belongs.

SIZE:


Before you can use this flashlight, insert 3 "D" cells (see below).
Use it as you would any traditional slide-switch flashlight. Moving the switch up a notch enables the signalling button (you may remember these from 1970's era Eveready and Ray-O-Vac metal flashlights). Moving the switch another notch to its fully-forward position turns the flashlight on and allows it to burn steadily. Sliding it all the way back turns it off and disables the button - so it has less chance of going off in your camping gear.
Ordinarily, there is no need to mess with the business-end, as the LED bulb won't burn out. But it does unscrew if sometime down the road you get an upgraded lamp, if it gets water inside, or if for whatever reason you wish to replace the LED cluster with a traditional PR-base incandescent.


Not for this flashlight it isn't. But you will need to load it up when you first get it.
Holding the flashlight horizontally, unscrew the tailcap, and slide in three alkaline "D" cells, button-side in first. Replace the tailcap - done with that.
This is a job you can even do at night, strictly by feel. Unless you handle the tailcap especially roughly while it is off the flashlight, nothing will fall out and become lost.
A spare incandescent lamp is fitted into a holder in the tailcap, if for whatever reason you wish to use it (maybe to get extended range for short-term use).
To get to the bulb, grasp the spring and pull & jiggle it until it comes out. The spare lamp holder with bulb will then fall right out. The spring can be a little tricky to get back in if you've never done it before; but essentially it pushes right back into the end. Even if it doesn't get all the way down, screwing the tailcap back onto the light is usually enough to finish the job - you can actually hear & feel it clicking back into place as the cap is tightened. So don't worry about it.
The batteries should last for hundreds of hours even under heavy usage, so you won't need to replace batteries very often at all.


This flashlight is quite tough and durable, and will hold up well to just about anything you can dish out.
Dropping & throwing the light did not damage it in any way; other than leaving some rather minor cuts & abrasions on the plastic. Neither did beating it against a steel pole and against a doorframe.
After a particularly rough night, I started hearing a sound like a maraca (a Mexican musical instrument) inside the casing; this was glass from the spare bulb that had broken inside the flashlight.
Dumping out the glass put an end to that. The LED lamp was not affected in any way.

Water resistance was another story. After being drowned in the sink for a short time, water was found inside the head and around the back of the reflector; it had apparently leaked in the same manner that the military version of this light had also leaked - through the lens-end. Apparently, the "O" rings present behind the lens and on the threaded portion of the head weren't 100% effective.

Aesthetically, this probably isn't the nicest-looking flashlight around. The international yellow body does make it easy to find if it is dropped in bushes though. Like its military counterpart, it has a switchguard, but it is much shorter and leaves the top of the switch exposed. As an anti-roll fin, it is ineffective because it isn't tall enough.
A hanging loop on the tailcap can be used to hang the Millennium from a hook, nail or branch; it will also stand on its tail to illuminate a room hands-free.

Because the head is black, there is no unwanted backspill of light to interfere with your night missions. It is brighter than expected for a 3-LED light; and should work fine for most purposes. The beam is not narrow, nor is it particularly wide either. This makes it ideal for a walking light; but one that can also illuminate objects 20 or 30 feet away in total darkenss. The color has a bluish tint to it that some may find objectionable; however most people should have no problems getting used to the color.
The flashlight doesn't feel that good in the hand - the body is heavily ribbed and is probably more suitable for somebody wearing gloves.
The hanging loop is very difficult to use; and would be impossible if your hands were cold, wet and weak. I can't get the damn thing open even indoors with relatively strong fingers. You will probably need a knife or screwdriver to pry the loop up, at least until it wears through the base enough to loosen it a little.
LED Light
Beam photo.





TEST NOTES:

After awhile, the light began to flicker, and eventually quit working. The problem was localized to the bulb & reflector contact; parts of the solder on the bulb flange had oxidized (probably from the water test), creating an intermittent - then an open. The manufacturer suggested using WD-40 on the bulb flange; which I will try as soon as I can remember where I put the can.

UPDATE August 13, 2000:
The suggested fix - WD-40 - was tried, and appears to be working so far. Do not spray the lamp or the receptacle directly; instead spray a q-tip and use that to apply the WD-40 to the surface of the bulb's flange and to the lip down inside the socket where the two make contact. I also applied some to the bulb's nipple - that's the shiny blob on the very bottom of the bulb.

Any updates related to this review will be posted as they happen.


PROS:
Brighter than expected, durable & tough, easy to find if dropped outdoors, has signalling mode.

CONS:
Feels a little awkward in the hand, sprang a leak in 6" of water, possible corrosion problem (see above), very heavy.


          MANUFACTURER: Fulton Industries
          PRODUCT TYPE: Large Handheld Flashlight
          LAMP TYPE: LED, White, 5mm
          No. OF LAMPS: 3
          BEAM TYPE: Central hot area with soft fall off
          SWITCH TYPE: Slide action with seperate momentary button
          BEZEL: Ribbed bezel with clear lens
          BATTERY: 3 D cells
          CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown
          WATER RESISTANT: Yes
          SUBMERSIBLE: No, but will survive accidental dunkings and stay dry
          ACCESSORIES: None
          WARRANTY: Unknown
          SPECIAL: LED lamp can be replaced with incandescent lamp if desired



                PRODUCT RATING:

                DURABILITY: 10
                BRIGHTNESS: 10
                USEABILITY: 7
                BATTERY LIFE: 10
                BATTERY AVAILABILITY: 10

                OVERALL SCORE: 47


Millennium III Coast Guard * WWW.STPAULMERCANTILE.COM/DELTALIT.HTM



Back to Review Listings






Do you manufacture or sell an LED flashlight, task light, utility light, or module of some kind? Want to see it tested by a real person, under real working conditions? Do you then want to see how your light did? If you have a sample available for this type of real-world, real-time testing, please contact me at ledmuseum@gmail.com.

Please visit this web page for contact information.

Unsolicited flashlights appearing in the mail are welcome, and it will automatically be assumed that you sent it in order to have it tested and evaluated for this site.
Be sure to include contact info or your company website's URL so visitors here will know where to purchase your product.



WHITE 5500-6500K InGaN+phosphor 
ULTRAVIOLET 370-390nm GaN 
BLUE 430nm GaN+SiC
BLUE 450 and 473nm InGaN
BLUE Silicon Carbide
TURQUOISE 495-505nm InGaN
GREEN 525nm InGaN 
YELLOW-GREEN 555-575mn GaAsP & related
YELLOW 585-595nm
AMBER 595-605nm
ORANGE 605-620nm
ORANGISH-RED 620-635nm
RED 640-700nm
INFRARED 700-1300nm
True RGB Full Color LED
Spider (Pirrahna) LEDs
SMD LEDs
True violet (400-418nm) LEDs
Agilent Barracuda & Prometheus LEDs
Oddball & Miscellaneous LEDs
Programmable RGB LED modules / fixtures
Where to buy these LEDs 
Links to other LED-related websites
The World's First Virtual LED Museum
The Punishment Zone - Where Flashlights Go to Die
Legal horse puckey, etc.
RETURN TO OPENING/MAIN PAGE
LEDSaurus (on-site LED Mini Mart)



This page is a frame from a website.
If you arrived on this page through an outside link,you can get the "full meal deal" by clicking here.