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IQ Switch, retail $9.99 (
Manufactured by Azoteq (Pty) Ltd. (
Last updated 04-20-09

Wel, thuh kompanie thaat maiks thuh IQ Switch kant spel thuh werdz "night" or "eyes"; but they still make an excellent product.

The IQ Switch converts your tired old (but still trusted and functional) Mini-Mag into a light with three intensity settings, two flashing modes, and a "find me" mode - where a red LED in the tailcap blinks so that you can find the IQ Switch-equipped Mini-Mag in the dark.

The modes are: 100% intensity, 50% intensity, 25% intensity, fast blink, slow blink, and "find me".

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To install the IQ Switch in your Mini-Mag, just unscrew & remove the Mini-Mag's tailcap, and get rid of it somewhere where you won't lose it (in case you ever want to use it again or when your Mini-Mag requires relamping)

Screw the IQ Switch onto the Mini-Mag's barrel where the original tailcap lived.

Turn the bezel (head) counterclockwise approximately 1/4 of a turn.

Now, you can access all of the modes by pressing & releasing the tailcap button one or more times. The sequence is as follows:

1: 100% intensity (much as the Mini-Mag originally produced).
2: 50% intensity.
3: 25% intensity.
4: Slow blink.
5: Fast blink.
6: Off ("find me").

The beam can be adjusted from a tight spot to a wide flood by turning the bezel (head) one way or the other.

In the "off/find me" mode, the Mini-Mag's bulb will be off, but a red LED on the IQ Switch will blink approximately once every five seconds, allowing you to find the IQ Switch-equipped Mini-Mag in the dark.

To change the batteries, unscrew the IQ Switch until it comes off. Throw it into an open-pit zinc or gadolinium mine so that a piece of heavy machinery (like a front-end loader or a Caterpillar) runs over and flattens it...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE PART YOU PAID FOR!!! So just set it aside instead!!!

Tip the old batteries out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Slip two new AA cells into the barrel, button-end (+) positive first.
Don't hold the light vertically and drop them in because that can damage the lamp & lampholder. Rather, hold the light horizontally and slide them in. This way, they won't smack into the lampholder with any real force.

With both of the batteries in place, screw the IQ Switch back on.
Aren't you glad that you didn't huck the IQ Switch into the mine now?

Current consumption (of the Mini-Mag bulb) measures 404mA on my DMM's 4A scale.
Unable to measure current with the five modes the IQ Switch offers due to how it is used.

Because the Mini-Mag is an incandescent flashlight, sooner or later the bulb will pop. But fear not, because a spare bulb is located in the Mini-Mag's original tailcap underneath the spring; enclosed in a protective foam sleeve. Pull the spring off the tailcap and pull the foam thingie out. Carefully remove the spare bulb. Put the foam back in place, press the spring back on, and place the tailcap back where you found it. Don't forget to pick up another spare bulb the next time you go to the store so you won't be caught with your pants down sometime later.

But now you just want that bulb replaced. With the bulb lying nearby, unscrew & remove the flashlight head. Pull the old lamp straight out, gently place it on the floor, and stomp on it. (love to hear them pop!)
Reverse the steps to reassemble your light. That is, place the new bulb straight in the two little holes, then screw the head back on until it stops. Now you can turn your Mini Mag on, adjust the beam to your desired focus, and use it to sweep up the old bulb. (You didn't think I was just going to let you leave broken glass everywhere, did you?)

The IQ Switch is designed to be used as a tailcap for an existing product, not as a flashlight designed to be 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 porch, 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 large claw hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata 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 cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, send it to the Selcundi Drema system to get in a volcano
*, 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 stand-alone flashlight.

The IQ Switch with red LED illuminated.

Same as above, but with LED off.

Photograph of the beam (narrow) on the test target at 12".
Measures 1,040cd (high), 178cd (medium), and 15cd (low).

Photograph of the beam (wide) on the test target at 12".
Measures 18.22cd (high), 9.59cd (medium), and 2.04cd (low).
All measurements were taken on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in the IQ Switch.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the bulb in the Mini-Mag, 100%.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the bulb in the Mini-Mag, 50%.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the bulb in the Mini-Mag, 25%.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the bulb in the Mini-Mag, 100%.
Different spectrometer used to show NIR emission.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (narrow beam).

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (wide beam).
Images made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the IQ Switch in action.
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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: The Next Generation episode "Pen Pals".

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Azoteq (Pty) Ltd.
    PRODUCT TYPE: Multifunction switch for Mini-Mag flashlight
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/mode change/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Metal & plastic
    BEZEL: None
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: For Christ sakes NOOOOO!!!!!
    WARRANTY: 2 years


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