PSYCHO-STICKS



Psycho-Sticks, retail $3.75 (www.psycholights.com)
Manufactured by Psycho Lights (www.psycholights.com)
Last updated 07-27-03





Psycho-Sticks aren't flashlights, but they do use LEDs to produce their light, so here they are on The LED Museum.

When you pick up a Psycho-Stick, it feels quite light in weight. And it is. Weighing about 18 grams fully loaded (around 3/4 of an ounce) on a diet scale, you can carry quite a few of these on you without feeling weighed down. They're meant to be swung around at raves and other dance parties, but you can use them in place of chemical lightsticks if you want.

When used, the whole wand will glow with a soft, relatively even light. You can also take the wand part off and use it like a regular flashlight if needed.


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Psycho-Sticks come to you ready to use right from Psycholights. To turn one on, grasp the body of the light by the clip in one hand, and with the other hand, turn the tailcap switch clockwise about 180 until it clicks. Do the same thing again to turn the Psycho-Stick off (turn the tailcap switch clockwise until it clicks again).

Your Psycho-Stick can also be used like a regular flashlight by removing the wand. To do this, hold the Psycho-Stick right side up so the end of the wand portion is facing up in the air. While holding the light body near its clip with one hand, turn the wand approximately 1/4 of a turn clockwise, and lift it straight off. To put the wand back on, just reverse the procedure. The wand fits on the flashlight body via a couple of posts or pins in it, so you may need to spin it a little until it goes down.



To change the batteries in a Psycho-Stick, hold it in one hand near the clip. Unscrew the switch portion until it comes off, and set it aside. Remove the dead batteries by either tipping them out over a garbage can or (if they don't come right out) gently tapping the open end of the Psycho-Light onto a table or other flat surface.

Place two (for red) or three (for all other color) LR44 batteries in the light's body, button-end (-) first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.

A set of batteries should last 10-12 hours at decent brilliance, and as much as 75 more hours at greatly reduced intensity.



Psycho-Sticks aren't super sturdy, so you probably shouldn't depend on them for your life, but they do appear sturdy enough to withstand most common flashlight accidents like being knocked off tables & chairs, or being thrown across a room if you get all pissed off at something. So you don't need to carry them around like eggs. But if you're going camping or something, throw a Krill or some other light in your bag along with your Psycho-Stick - just to be sure.

I should have brought a few of these to the Seattle Seafair Torchlight Parade last night (07-26-03) but I forgot... shame on me!!! The next chance I'll really have to take them out is on my birthday (09-15) so I guess that's when I'll do it. And if I forget then too, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Westlake Center the day after Thanksgiving will probably be it. I lasered that ceremony a couple of years back, but I never Psycho-Sticked one.

Psycho-Sticks have an LED at one end, and a translucent tube that slips over it. The idea is to get the whole tube to light up, and for the most part, it really does work. As can be seen in the pictures below, some of the Psycho-Sticks have a glittery thing inside the tube. All three of the glitter models use a blue LED. The red glitter stick glows a pinkish color with a bunch of little blue flecks or sparkles. The green one glows a bright green with a few less blue flecks or sparkles. And the blue one glows bright blue with a lot of little blue flecks or sparkles. It's rather nice to look at, actually.

The ones without sparkles still look good too - they simply don't have flecks or sparkles in the tubes. So don't shy away from them just because they don't have those glittery things inside the tubes. :)
The Psycho-Sticks, without sparkles, have LED colors that match tube colors except the green one - it uses a blue LED. The white one has a white LED, the red one has a red LED, and the blue one has - you guessed it - a blue LED.





Some Psycho-Sticks lit up for you.




TEST NOTES:
Samples (with some spare batteries) were received in early 2003. I apologise for the tardiness in getting them on my website. I know it's mid 2003 now (07-27-03 to be exact), so please stop rubbing it in. :-)


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    MANUFACTURER: Psycho Lights
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED Lightstick
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: N/A
    SWITCH TYPE: Rotary on/off at tailcap
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 2 or 3 (depending on LED color) LR44 cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light sprinkle resistant
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Set of batteries, already installed
    WARRANTY: TBA

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