Garrity LED Aluminum Flashlight, retail $17.99 (*)
Manufactured by Garrity (
Last updated 03-23-09

The Garrity LED Aluminum Flashlight is a small handheld LED flashlight that uses a white Nichia LED behind a convex (magnifying) lens, feeds on three AAA cells contained in a side-by-side carriage in the barrel, and comes in an almost all-aluminum body.

What makes this flashlight different though is that it has two color filters that can be stored in the belt holster, so you can easily turn the white light red or blue.

* Product was not found on the Right Aid website; this link simply leads to their front door.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use this flashlight, feed it the included batteries first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to roll.

Press the button on the tailcap until it clicks and then release it to turn the light on.
Do the same thing to turn the unit back off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when this flashlight is off, however you can blink it while it's on by partially depressing the button and holding it that way for as long as you need the flashlight off. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way if desired.

There are two color filters included if you wish to use them. If so, pick the filter you wish to use, and snap it over the "business-end" of the flashlight. Yes, it's really that easy.

There is a lidded pocket (with Velcro closure) on the side of the included holster that was put there for the purpose of storing the filters, so you won't lose them by having no where to put them.

To change the batteries in this flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, and set it aside.

Tip the black plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used cells if they are present in this carriage.

Insert three new AAA cells into the carriage, one in each compartment. Orient each cell so the flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in its compartment.

Once the carriage is full, insert it into the flashlight's barrel, aiming it so the spring on one end goes in first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.

Current usage measures 79.30mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I administered the smack test on it (I beat the the living tweedle out of it - ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair; five whacks against the side of the tailcap and five whacks against the side of the bezel), and found the expected damage. There is some gouging and denting on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

The primary purpose of this test is not necessarily to see if the exterior of the flashlight would be damaged; it's more about the internal components which would be subject to a high shock load ("G force") every time it strikes the concrete.

The flashlight appears to be weather- and water-resistant at the very least. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the barrel of its battery carriage, and then performed that dreadful suction test, no leakage was detected. So if it fell into shallow water, just shake it off and keep going. And you need not be concerned about using it in rain or snow. And if it fell next to the mailbox and the dog pissed on it, just take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet...good as new! Being water- and pee-resistant is great for a Garrity product, and makes an already good product even better.

Grip is aided by some longitudinal flutes milled into the barrel.

Light output (with no filters in place) is impressively high - though the LED's light being focused by a convex (magnifying) lens has a lot to do with that.

Beam photograph (no filter) on the test target at 12".
Measures 206,000mcd.

Beam photograph (red filter) on the test target at 12".
Measures 20,900mcd.

Beam photograph (blue filter) on the test target at 12".
Measures 48,400mcd.

Beam photograph (both filters) on the test target at 12".
Both filters are not normally used together; however they can be
attached to one another with two or three small pieces of tape.
Measures 1,050mcd.

All measurements were performed on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Those colored graphics toward the left are my "Viva Piņata" posters.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (no filter) in this flashlight.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (red filter) in this flashlight.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (blue filter) in this flashlight.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (both filters) in this flashlight.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was purchased at a Right Aid store in Federal Way WA. USA on 03-21-09.

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.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium/narrow spot w/sharp perimeter
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LED protected by convex lens
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Unknown; possibly to shallow depths
    ACCESSORIES: Nylon belt holster, two color filters, batteries
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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