FlashFlight™ DropLit™, retail $6.99 (www.niteize.com...)
Manufactured by Nite Ize (www.niteize.com)
Last updated 04-18-09

Wel, thuh kompanie thaat maiks thuh DropLit™ kant spel thuh werdz "night", "eyes", orr "light"; but they still make an excellent product.

The DropLight...er...uh...DropLit™ is a unique little "beacon" that is designed to be affixed to objects like keychains, purses, zipper pulls, and the like. Give it a squeeze and it rewards you with a surprisingly potent red glow; give it another squeeze and it blinks to attract even more attention.

It comes in a soft plastic body, has a bright red LED in it, and feeds from a pair of CR2016 lithium coin cells.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use the DropLit™, you'll first want to take it out of "retail packaging test mode"...to do this, squeeze the product fairly firmly and hold it like that until fast flashing occurs - approximately to just over ten (10) seconds - then release. This mode is designed to automatically turn the DropLit™ off after 30 seconds so that the unit you purchase will not have batteries that are deader than doorknobs.

Once this has been taken care of (it only needs to be done just this once), give the DropLit™ a squeeze and then release it to turn it on in "steady-on" mode. To turn it on in flashing mode, give it a second squeeze within five (5) seconds.

To turn the DropLit™ off, just squeeze and release it again. If you turned it on by mistake, give it two "squeeze & releases" - one puts it in flashing mode; the second turns it off.

Although there is a pictoral diagram that shows how the batteries should be changed, I have not yet been able to do it for myself - perhaps I'm not strong enough because of my MS...I dunno.

The DropLit™ is intended to be used as a small beacon, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused - so I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, let my mother's big dog's ghost or my sister's kitty cat spring a leak (uranate) on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a small claw hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, send it to Ventax II for Ardra to mess with
*, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. 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.

Photograph of the product in it's "ON" state.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in the DropLit™.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the product flashing.
This clip is approximately 2.234 megabytes (2,454,448 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
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Test unit was purchased at a Right Aid store in Federal Way WA. USA on 04-16-09.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

* From the Star Trek: TNG episode "Devil's Due".

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain-style "beacon"
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Squeeze product on/mode change/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 2xCR2016 lithium coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: For Christ sakes NOOOOO!!!!!
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

DropLit™ * www.niteize.com...

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