MODIFIED BRINKMANN REBEL
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Modified Brinkmann Rebel, retail (NFS)
Modified by E.B. ("Hemingray" on Candlepower Forums) (www.candlepowerforums.com)
Last updated 12-17-12
These flashlights used to be Brinkmann Rebels; until E.B. of the eastern United States got his hands on them and modified them to what they are now. Instead of a 5mm white LED and focusing lens, they now have Luxeon Star LEDs in them. The white-emitting one uses a Micropuck driver circuit, and the orange-red-emitting one is direct-drive.
The optics in both appear to be NX-01 acrylic optics, usually associated with low-dome (batwing) Luxeon Star LEDs.
Both units are powered by a pair of AA cells in their barrels.
I used these the same way I did the original Brinkmann Rebel - that was, push the button on the tailcap until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on, and do the same thing again to turn the flashlight off. This is continuous or hands-free mode.
Pressing the tailcap button less firmly (before it clicks) and holding it that way turns the flashlight on in momentary or signalling mode; releasing the button turns the flashlight back off.
The modified Rebel uses a pair of "AA" cells, which were included (already installed) with the flashlights I received.
To change them, unscrew & remove the tailcap and set it aside. Tip the two used AA cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.
Load the two new cells into the flashlight with the button-end (+) positive facing the front of the light, then screw the tailcap back on.
The orange-red version measures 543mA, and the white version measures 455mA.
Both measurements were taken on my DMM's 2A scale to help minimise shunt resistance error.
The modified Rebel appears to be reasonably sturdy. It is made from ABS plastic with a thick perforated rubber grip covering almost the entire barrel. A band of this material is also around the flashlight head; this is where the triangular attachment ring is affixed as well. The ring pulls double duty as an anti-roll fin, and it appears to be effective in that regard.
The unusually textured rubber grip gives the modified Rebel a secure feel in the hand; whether you hold it with your thumb up on the flashlight head like a regular flashlight or if you hold it with your thumb over the tailcap like you would a tactical light.
The switch is covered by a rubber button. It has a very stiff action to it, and many people may not be able to fully depress it using their thumb - if this is the case, you can slightly alter your grip to place your forefinger over this button and activate / deactivate it that way.
Because of this stiff action, and because it is recessed into a conical depression in the tailcap, the chance of accidental activation is minimised.
The modified Rebel is water- and weather-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. When the tailcap was removed, and that dreadful suction test was performed, some air leakage was detected. This was not a BIG leak, but it was a leak nonetheless. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of wild boar 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, remove the tailcap and the batteries, dump out the water 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 piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or potty) can't be very good for the insides - especially the white version since it uses a driver circuit.
Beam photograph (orange-red) at ~12".
This is EXTREMELY bright for a red LED.
Beam photograph (white) at ~12".
Both measurements were taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Beam photograph (orange-red) at ~5'.
Beam photograph (white) at ~5'.
Beam photograph (orange-red) on a hallway wall between two closets at ~7'.
Spectrographic analysis of the red Luxeon LED in this flashlight.
Same as above; newer spectrometer software & settings used.
Spectrographic analysis of the red Luxeon LED in this flashlight; newest (03-25-12) spectrometer software settings used.
Spectrographic analysis of the red Luxeon LED in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 620nm and 630nm to pinpoint emission peak wavelength, which is 626.409nm.
Spectrographic analysis of the white Luxeon LED in the other flashlight.
Spectrographic analysis of the white Luxeon LED in the other flashlight; newer spectrometer software & settings used.
Spectrographic analysis of the white Luxeon LED in this flashlight; newest (03-25-12) spectrometer software settings used.
Spectrographic analysis of the white Luxeon LED in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 440nm and 470nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 451.937nm.
Spectrographic analysis of the white Luxeon LED in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 600nm and 620nm to pinpoint that queer phosphor emission spike (present in all early 1- and 5-watt Luxeon LEDs) in the orange part of the spectrum, which is 610.444nm.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.
Beam cross-sectional analysis (white LED).
Beam cross-sectional analysis (red LED).
Images made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.
Test units of these and two other flashlights were sent by a website fan and were received on the morning of 09-23-04.
Because this is a very limited modification, these modified Rebels are probably not very available.
Products are homemade/modified and will not be rated like commercial flashlights.
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