Garrity Keychain Flashlight, retail $6.99 ( (source
Manufactured by Garrity (
Last updated 09-03-10

This is a handsome, sleek & modern looking version of the white coin cell flashlight that's all the rage these days. The case is held together by six screws, and is the size and shape of those "flat" laser pointers that Sharper Image was promoting five or six years back and of the Stick of Gum laser pointer you can get now.

Inside you'll find a 5mm white LED and a pair of CR2016 lithium coin cells, and the light is activated by pressing the silver button near the front.


The Garrity keychain flashlight is ready to use right out of the package. Pressing on the silver button turns it on; letting go turns it off.

I do not have the necessary tool to perform a battery change; so this section will be a bit bare for the time being.

Well yeah, it's cheap plastic. But it sure looks cool.
It's thin and small, and will fit unobtrusively in a shirt or pants pocket if you remove the flat-sided split ring. You can also hang it from your keychain, or dangle it around your neck on a lanyard. It has a swivel attachment, so it won't get tangled up when you grab it and find you need to turn it around to push the button. I like swivels on things like this.

The LED is recessed in a special hosel (think of the LED sitting inside the screw-in part of a golf club head), and is therefore a bit less likely to become damaged, especially if the unit falls on the floor face-first.

The unit is *not* waterproof, but should be alright if you get caught in a rain shower and have to make a run for it. Do not drop this in a river, sink, pool, toilet, pet water bowl, or bathtub or you will end up having to take it apart and dry all those little pieces out.

Beam photograph at ~12".
Measures 25,500mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

But remember, this is a direct-drive coin cell flashlight, and its
intensity will fall off rather rapidly when used for an extended period.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was purchased at Wallgreens on 01-04-05

Flashlight was made in China.
A flashlight's country of origin does matter to some people, which is why I mentioned it on this page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with moderately wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton momentary on/off on top of unit
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED slightly inset in cell for it
    BATTERY: 2xCR2016 lithium coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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