Supra 9-LED Police Flashlight, retail $20.99 (www.ebay.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) (URL is unknown too)
Last updated 01-18-04
This is a 9-LED flashlight, housed in a black finish (anodized?) aluminum body. The LEDs are not Nichia brand, as they aren't as bright as they could be, and there's a greenish tint to the flashlight beam's corona that does not exist in Nichia LEDs.
The flashlight features a two-function tailcap switch so you can select momentary action, or give it a little twist and have continuous light without having to hold anything.
The flashlight is jet black in color, so it did not photograph very well here.
The light came to me in a bubble envelope, with the light and its included battery wrapped in more bubble wrap. Once you have the light and its included battery out of the plastic, install the battery (see below) and it'll be ready to go.
Press in and hold the rubber button on the tailcap to turn the LEDs on; release the button to turn the LEDs off. This is the momentary mode.
Twist the tailcap clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn the LEDs on, and twist the tailcap counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn the LEDs off. This is continuous mode. In this mode, you don't need to push or hold anything to keep the light going.
There is no LOTC (Lock Out TailCap) function; the tailcap disengages from the O-ring and you can still activate the light if you go that far.
To change the battery in your Supra 9-LED flashlight, unscrew and remove the flashlight head (bezel), and set it aside. Remove the used battery, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit. Insert a new CR123A cell in the barrel, button (+) end facing outward, and screw the head back on.
Current consumption with a new cell was measured at 280mA (0.28 amp), using my DMM's 20A setting to help minimise shunt resistance error.
Picture of the business-end, and picture of the inside portion of the head.
I don't have much information for this part of the page yet. I bought the flashlight because somebody on Candlepower Forums wanted to know if it could be modified, and needed the two above photographs. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
The body of the flashlight has knurling (texturising) on it, and the two O-rings on the outer surface of the head help to aid retention (the ability to hold the flashlight) whether you grip the flashlight in an overhand grip or an underhand grip. With an overhand grip, your pinkie finger should then go over these O-rings, reducing the chance of the flashlight slipping in your hand. If you grasp the flashlight with an underhand grip, your thumb and forefinger should "automatically" rest on these O-rings. So, no matter how you usually hold a flashlight, you should be able to hang onto this one.
This flashlight is water-resistant, but not submersible. I performed the dreaded suction test on the flashlight, and find it leaks somewhere at the head end, but the tailcap holds a vaccume even when the button is pressed. So I'd venture to guess that it's very weather resistant, but not waterproof or submersible. So if it fell in the toilet or the fishtank, water could get in somewhere around the head. Another suction test showed it will enter through the bezel, rather than at the barrel/O-ring interface. Yet another suction test confirmed this finding; it will leak through the very front of the flashlight at the lens, but not where the head screws onto the barrel.
Beam photo at ~12".
Beam photo on a wall about 5 feet away.
I bought the light on ebay on 12-29-03, and received it on 01-13-04.
Today is 01-18-04, so I didn't take that long to get it on this website. :-)
Light was shipped directly from Hong Kong, and I honestly don't know who makes it.
If the ebay item URL at the top is expired (and it will be after 04-29-04), go to this page (view seller's other items) and see if it's on there.
PRODUCT TYPE: Tactical-type handheld flashlight
LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
No. OF LAMPS: 9
BEAM TYPE: Soft spot
SWITCH TYPE: Tailcap push momentary/twist continuous
BEZEL: LEDs and "reflector" behind transparent window
BATTERY: 1x CR123A
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 280mA
WATER RESISTANT: Yes, good splash resistance
ACCESSORIES: 1 battery
SIZE: 3.5" long, 1.12" diameter
WEIGHT: 85g (without battery), 104g (with battery)
WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated
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