Baseball Hat w/Light-Up US Flag, retail $7.95 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Oriental Trading Co. (
Last updated 07-07-08

This is a cotton baseball hat with a rather patriotic US flag on the front.

But not just *ANY* flag - this one flashes by means of red & blue LEDs and some optical fibers inside - the flashing is accomplished by means of a blinker circuit.


The hat comes *almost* ready to use.

On the inside of the hat, pull the Velcro flap down to expose the circuit board, and remove the plastic insulater from between one of the batteries and the PCB.

Place the flap back the way you found it; a Velcro fastener will make it stay that way. You only need to do this one time, which is when you first receive the hat.

Find the button on the back of the hat, near the lower edge. It is concealed inside the hatband.
Press & release it once to turn the LEDs on.
Press & release it to turn the LEDs off.

Photograph of a Phoam Head Phred with this hat on.

A strap on the back of the hat is adjustable in size with a Velcro fastener, so it can be easily adjusted to fit your head properly.

To change the batteries when necessary, on the inside of the hat, pull the Velcro-treated flap down to expose the circuit board & batteries.

Using a ballpoint pen or similar instrument, push the three used LR41 button cells out of their compartments, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Slide three new LR41 button cells into their holders, orienting them so they face button-end (-) negative down - push them all the way in using a pen if you can't push them all the way in with your fingers.

Place the flap back over the circuit board; a Velcro fastener will make it stay that way.

Unable to measure current consumption due to how the product was constructed and how it operates.

This hat is meant to be used as a light-up baseball hat with a high degree of seasonal intent, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused, so I won't try to drown it in the toilet, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor, let my housemate's kitty cats go to the bathroom on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, or perform other indecencies on it that a regular flashlight might have to go through. 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.

Here is a photograph of the circuit board, showing the batteries, and the fiber optic connections.

Because it is a hat, it should be washable, but I do not see any means of unplugging the LEDs or switch.
Best suggestion I can offer is to remove the batteries & set them aside, and place the hat in a hoisery bag before laundering.
I don't know how well the switch will hold up, but the LEDs and circuit board should be fine.

Photograph of the front of the hat, illuminated of course.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the LEDs flashing.
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Test unit was purchased at the Oriental Trading website on 04-30-07, and arrived on the afternoon of 05-09-07.

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: 07-05-08
The product has been boxed up for a move that was to have taken place on several previous dates; therefore, I was not able to use it yesterday.

UPDATE: 07-07-08
I found the silly thing late yesterday afternoon while briefly examining the contents of boxes so that the boxes could be labelled.



    PRODUCT TYPE: Baseball hat w/light-up US flag
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (one red, one blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on rear of hatband
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 3x LR41 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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Baseball Hat w/Light-Up US Flag *

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