Sapphire non-Luxeon 1W Flashlight, retail $19.95 (
Manufactured by (Unknown - possibly Nuwai) for Advancedmart (
Last updated 01-08-05

The Sapphire (part number GNF-008) flashlight is a high-output LED flashlight that comes in an almost all-aluminum body, and uses three AAA cells to power the non-Luxeon high-powered LED that produces its light.

The high-powered LED inside is made by Hewlett-Packard; and it was originally designed to be used in street signs. The flashlight uses an acrylic optic to produce its beam; not a reflector.


Feed the flashlight its included batteries first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to roll.

Press the rubberised button on the tailcap firmly until it clicks and then release it to get light. Press and release the button the same way again to not get light. This is continuous mode.

Press the button less firmly (before it clicks) and hold it that way for as long as you need light. Release it to not get light. This is momentary or signalling mode.

To change the batteries in the Sapphire, unscrew and remove the tailcap, dash it to the ground, and stomp on it with spiked golf shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the open end of the barrel into your hand, and remove the black battery carriage. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used AAA cells from this carriage.

Insert three new AAA cells in the carriage, orienting the flat-end (-) negative of each cell with the spring for it in each chamber.

When the carriage is full, insert it into the flashlight barrel, orienting it so the three screws on one end of the carriage go in first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Measures 467mA on the included batteries on my DMM's 4A scale.

The Sapphire is reasonably durable. It survived my smack test (ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair; five against the side of the bezel and five against the side of the tailcap), and I found the expected minor gouging on the side of the bezel and tailcap where it was struck - no surprises there. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

The flashlight has a black Type II anodizing on it. I was able to scratch through the finish with the blade of a Swiss army knife. It is more than reasonably durable though. So it should stay looking new for a long time, even if it goes up against keys or flashlights during storage or transportation.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie I would, if it's in the name of science.

The Sapphire is weather-resistant and splash-resistant at best, but it not water-resistant or submersible. When the tailcap was removed, the flashlight relieved of its battery carriage, and that dreadful suction test was performed, some air leakage occurred at the front of the flashlight.
So although a little rain or snow shouldn't hurt it, please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of wolf pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. If you know or suspect it got flooded, take it apart (as you would for a battery change) and set the parts in a warm, dry place for a day or so to be sure it's dry before you reassemble it. If it fell into seawater or if something peed on it, douche the parts off with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your Sapphire to smell like seashells or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or potty) can't be very good for the insides, so you'll want that stuff washed out.

Beam color is overall a very slightly bluish white, with a more pure white corona. It is not objectionable in any way, shape, or form.
If you entered a large room full of people, turned this flashlight on, and then asked them to tell you what color it was, 100% of them would shout out "WHITE!!!" for sure.

The high-powered LED inside is made by Hewlett-Packard; and it was originally designed to be used in street signs.
According to the person who provided the flashlight, HP designed the chip; they sold the license and/or patent to a company in China to manufacture and sell it.

Here is a closeup of the LED itself. The light-emitting region is that yellow circle near the center with those twelve whisker-thin gold colored wires going into it.

You can remove the bezel (head) to use the flashlight in candle mode, however it will not stand on its tailcap. Balance it in the center of a toilet roll if you wish to use your Sapphire in this fashion.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 295,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photo at ~15'.
That red circular thing is from an American DJ Laser Widow

Test unit was sent by J.W. of Advancedmart, and was received on the afternoon of 01-07-05.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown (possibly Nuwai)
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 1 watt non-Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood with bright corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/momentary/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; acrylic optic does not appear to be protected
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAAA cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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