GLOWCANDLE
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Glowcandle, retail AU$7.28 (US$6.90 )* (www.glowcandle.com or www.104.com.au...)
Manufactured by Glowstix Australia (http://glowstix.com.au)
Last updated 09-23-10


* IMPORTANT: Pricing is accurate as of 09-21-10. Please visit the Currency Calculator for the latest currency conversion rates from Australian dollars to US dollars.





The Glowcandle is a multipurpose LED candle: one that can serve as an electronic candle, as a glow stick, and as a nightlight.

From the website:
The Glowcandle is perfect for Carols by Candlelight events and is completely safe for children. No dangerous flame, no risk of fire, no hot dripping wax and no need to continually light it with matches. And it is much more than just an imitation electronic candle.

It is an all-plastic device measuring approximately 9" long (including the "flame" that features three LEDs) (one each red, green, and blue) and is powered by three LR44 button cells. You can select mutiple colors or a color-wash effect via the red pushbutton switch on the Glowcandle's side.


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To use the Glowcandle, pull out the tab that reads "REMOVE", and then you'll be ready to roll. It may come on in color wash-type diagnostic mode (see below); pressing and releasing the red rubber button turns it off, or wait approximately 12 seconds and it will turn itself off.


Here is a photograph of that tab, so you'll know where to look for it.

Just press and release the button on the side of the unit:

Press and release it once to turn the red LED on.
Press and release it again to turn it off.
Press and release it again to turn the blue LED on.
Press and release it again to turn it off.
Press and release it again to turn the green LED on.
Press and release it again to turn it off.
Press and release it again to turn the blue and red LEDs on (purple).
Press and release it again to turn them off.
Press and release it again to turn the blue and green LEDs on (cyan).
Press and release it again to turn them off.
Press and release it again green and red LEDs on (yellow).
Press and release it again to turn them off.
Press and release it again to turn all three LEDs on (white).
Press and release it again to turn them all off.
Press and release it again to have the unit produce a color wash effect, with a cycle time of approximately 0.75Hz.
Press and release it again to turn the unit off.

Just like it reads on the back of many shampoo bottles, "lather, rinse, repeat". In other words, press the button again to turn the red LED on.

You can unscrew and remove both ends and switch them to use the Glowcandle as an electronic glow stick. You can increase the utility of the Glowcandle yet some more by unscrewing and removing the bottom piece and using the Glowcandle like a nightlight.



VERY IMPORTANT!!! The Glowcandle is intended to be a disposable device; if you attempt to change the batteries yourself and end up damaging or breaking the unit, the seller or manufacturer cannot be held responsible.

If you're still willing to go forward at this point, to change the batteries in the Glowcandle, unscrew and remove both translucent ends (the "candle" and the "flame"), throw them in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and flush them away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THOSE!!! So just set them aside instead.

Remove the red rubber switch cap. Use a pair of needlenose pliers or tweezers if necessary. Set that aside too.

Using the eraser-end of a pencil, insert it into the end of the barrel farthest away from the switch (the lower end as you might use it in candle mode) and gently but firmly push the entire circuit board assembly out from the inside of the barrel.

Remove the three used LR44 cells from the battery holder, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new LR44 button cells in the battery holder, orienting the cells so the flat-end (+) positive of each cell faces the spring.

Slide the entire circuit board assembly (batteries and all) back into the barrel from the same side you inserted the pencil earlier, being sure to orient it so the black switch button faces the same direction as the switch hole in the side of the barrel. Gently push it in until the black switch button is in the center of the switch hole.

Screw both translucent end pieces back on, and press the red rubber switch button back into its hole.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away those translucent end pieces now?

Due to the way the Glowcandle is constructed, I cannot provide you with a current drain value.

Remember, this is sold as a DISPOSABLE product; changing the batteries is performed totally at your own risk of breaking the Glowcandle.



The Glowcandle is reasonably durable, but due to its all-plastic construction, I won't do the smack test on it.

I threw it to the floor a few times, and no damage was found. Two times, it came on two different color wash modes, then started this unusual blink mode, then shut itself off. All I can assume is that this is some type of resident diagnostic program that runs when power is interrupted and then restored. This does not in any way indicate a problem with the Glowcandle. This diagnostic mode rums for ~12 seconds and then turns off.

I'm guessing that when it was dropped, the batteries compressed the (+) spring and momentarily broke connection with the (-) contact, briefly interrupting the power and then starting this mode when power was restored.

The Glowcandle is sprinkle-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of dingo uranation, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in lightly to moderately bad weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a glass of milk, if it fell into a root beer float, if it got nocked into a bowl of "soft-serv" ice cream, if somebody squirted a Massengill brand post-menstrual disposable douche or a Fleet brand disposable enema at it (and hit it with the douche or the enema), if it got kicked under a leaky car radiator, or if somebody or something got "pyst off" at it and subsequently "pist" on it, rinse the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your Glowcandle to smell like seaweed, sour milk, flowers, fresh butts, or rotten piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater, disposable douches, disposable enemas, or uranation), lactic acid (from moo juice), glycerol (from antifreeze), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the circuitry.



Photograph of the "flame" on the end, as the unit is in candle mode.


With the ends reversed, photograph of the unit in glow stick mode.



Photograph of its beam (with "flame" removed) on the test target at 12"; red LED.



Photograph of its beam (with "flame" removed) on the test target at 12"; blue LED.



Photograph of its beam (with "flame" removed) on the test target at 12"; green LED.



Photograph of its beam (with "flame" removed) on the test target at 12"; all three LEDs simultaneously (at the same time).

All four "beam" photographs left deliberately uncropped to show beam details.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the red LED in the Glowcandle.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the red LED in the Glowcandle; newer spectrometer software & settings used.



Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the blue LED in the Glowcandle.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the blue LED in the Glowcandle; newer spectrometer software & settings used.



Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the green LED in the Glowcandle.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the green LED in the Glowcandle; newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of all three LEDs in the Glowcandle.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the all three LEDs in the Glowcandle; newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the red & blue LEDs (purple) in the Glowcandle.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the green & blue LEDs (cyan) in the Glowcandle.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the green & red LEDs (yellow) in the Glowcandle.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.



Movie file (.MOV format) of the Glowcandle in action.
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Video on YourTube showing the product (in "candle" mode) displaying all of the colors it produces with successive presses of its button, followed by the fully automatic "color wash" mode.

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Video on YourTube showing the product (in "wand" mode; easily accessible by unscrewing the "flame" and screwing on the "handle") displaying all of the colors it produces with successive presses of its button, followed by the fully automatic "color wash" mode.

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TEST NOTES:
Test units (two) were sent by K.W. of 104 Online ABN in Australia on 01-19-05, and after a brief detour at my former address, were received here on 01-29-05.


UPDATE: 01-31-05
I heard from the Glowcandle's seller this morning that the Glowcandle will be sold as a disposable product; that is, when the batteries expire, you throw it in the garbage and buy another one. They will not be intended for the user to change the batteries, but it will be possible, at the user's risk of product breakage. Once I have received new samples of the Glowcandle, I will re-evaluate and re-rate the product.


UPDATE: 04-06-05
I received the replacement Glowcandles from www.glowcandle.com this afternoon, and I'm re-evaluating them as a disposable product, so I can remove the horrible rating I gave them.


PROS:
Flameless - no irritating burns or messy dripping wax
Colorful "flame" effect
Can be used as a candle OR a nightlight
Reasonably durable construction
Though it's disposable, it may be possible to change batteries


CONS:
Disposable, even though it is tough enough to be reusable (there goes of the star)
Not submersible (and there goes the other )


    MANUFACTURER: Glowstix Australia
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED "candle"
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3 (one red, one green, one blue)
    BEAM TYPE: N/A
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off/mode change on side of "candle"
    BEZEL: LEDs protected by plastic "flame"
    BATTERY: 3xLR44 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light sprinkle-resistance at best
    SUBMERSIBLE: FOR CHRIST SAKES NOOOOO!!!
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: 3 months

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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