Voyager, retail $7.99 (*)
Manufactured by Duracell (
Last updated 03-28-09

The Voyager is a durable, "rough & tumble" flashlight; it has a size and shape that fits the hand well, feels hefty (not super heavy but it does not feel cheap either), and comes in a plastic body that's been coated in rubber or a rubber-like substance.

It has a xenon-filled incandescent ampoule (bulb) near the bottom of a mirror-smooth reflector, and feeds from two included AA cells.

* I was not able to find this product on the Right Aid website, so the link simply leads to their front door.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use your brand spanking new Voyager, feed it the two included AA cells first (see directly below), and THEN you can go set fire to the side of the Kohler or American Standard factory. (these factories make - among other things - toliet bowls and wall-mounted porcelain urinators)

Press the silvery button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on.

Perform the same action to turn the flashlight back off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the Voyager while it is on by partially depressing the button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way.

To change the batteries in the Voyager when they poop out, unscrew the bezel (head) until it comes off, gently place it on the ground, use your foot to push it to the doorway leading to the basement stairs, and kick it down those stairs so that the hungry, hungry piss ants will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies, find it unpalatable, and take it to the queen -- who just sniffs at it, goes potty on it, and instructs the worker ants to do the same...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the barrel into your hand, and dispose of or recycle the two used AA cells that come out.

Slide two new AA cells into the barrel, orienting them so that their flat-ends (-) negatives go in first.

Screw the bezel back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel down the stairs with all of those ants with full bladders now?

Because this is an incandescent flashlight, sooner or later the ampoule (bulb) will blow and require changing. Here's how to do it:

1: Unscrew & remove the bezel; set the barrel aside.
2: Unscrew & remove the black thing on the underside of the reflector, and set that aside as well.
3: Tip the burned out ampoule (bulb) out of the reflector, gently place it on the floor, and {spoken like Butt-Head} STHOMMMMP ON IT!!! Or just throw it in the garbage can if you're averse to breaking things.
4: Insert a new KPR104 incandescent ampoule (bulb) into the underside of the reflector assembly; glass-end first.
5: Screw that black thing back on, and screw the bezel back onto the barrel.

Light bulbs are not yet recyclable; that's why I did not offer that option.

The Voyager appears to be made from some pretty "tuff" "stuph", so I gave it "The Smack Test" - (I beat the living tweedle out of it - 10 whacks against the edge of a stair on the concrete floor of a porch {5 whacks each against the sides of the tailcap and bezel}) and found no damage whatsoever!!! No electrical or significant optical malfunctions were detected.

At very minimum, I expected the Voyager to produce a ring-shaped beam after the ampoule (bulb) in the poor injured thing got nocked out of whack, but that did ***NOT*** occur. There *IS* a very slight deformation of the beam, but it's still essentially a fairly narrow spot - this tells me that the ampoule (bulb) suffered very little in the way of filament misalignment.

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 the poor helpless (or hapless) flashlight strikes the concrete.

The Voyager is weather-resistant and is even submersible to shallow depths and for short periods at maximum; when I performed "The Suction Test", only minor air leakage was detected where the pushbutton switch is. So if it falls into a mud puddle or if it falls next to the mailbox and the dog piddles on it, just take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet - good as new.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 1,214cd on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.
The higher-than-expected reading stems largely from the narrower-than-usual beam.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Those colored graphics toward the left are my "Viva Piņata" posters, and that clock on the right that looks like a gigantic wristwatch is my Infinity Optics Clock.
You may also be able to see two of my SpongeBob SquarePants plush (Squidward Tentacles & Patrick Star) and a Digimon plush (Greymon)

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bub 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 03-26-09.

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



    MANUFACTURER: Duracell
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: KPR104 incandescent ampoule (bulb)
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Fairly narrow spot w/dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic with rubber covering
    BEZEL: Rubberised plastic; ampoule (bulb) & reflector protected by transparent plastic window
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes - to shallow depths and for short periods at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 2x AA cells, wrist lanyard
    SIZE: 43mm x 44.5mm x 157mm
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


    Star Rating

Voyager *

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