Solar Rechargeable Flashlight, retail $3.00 (
Manufactured by Chronar for Surplus Shed (
Last updated 09-25-04

The Solar Rechargeable Keychain Flashlight, SKU # M2036P from Surplus Shed, is a small, keychain-sized flashlight that uses a low powered incandescent light bulb, and features a solar panel on top to charge the internal battery or batteries. So you'll never have to purchase disposable cells for it.

It attaches to your keychain with a wide, flexible metal strap and a caribiner-type clasp that has a screw-on closure instead of a spring-loaded gate.


To use this flashlight, be sure it is charged first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red - or pee-yellow if your paint matches the color of this flashlight's beam.

Press and hold the button on the side of the flashlight to turn it on; release the button to turn it off.
Things just don't get much easier than this...well, not flashlights, anyway.

This product uses a rechargeable battery or batteries, so I don't need to provide changing instructions here.

To charge this flashlight, leave it in a sunny window or other sunny location, solar panel side up, for at least one full day (eight to ten hours of sunlight). The photograph near the top of this page shows you how to properly orient this product.
I do not remember receiving any instructional materials with it, so this charge time is just a guess.

Before using it for the very first time, charge it for two days.

This flashlight seems *reasonably* durable, but it's not indestructible. It only costs $3 though, so if you break it, you can easily buy another and not have to get too worried about it.

That said, it did withstand ten whacks against a 30" steel rod (five against the back, and five against the front where the solar panel is). No damage was detected, and no malfunctions occurred either.

It is lightly weather- and splatter-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. When suctioned, air had no problems getting through, and I don't see any signs of environmental protection (such as O-rings) either. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of wolf pee, 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 a light sprinkle.

The light output consists of a whitish-yellow, round spot with very little side spill.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 1.93cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Photograph makes the beam spot appear whiter than it really is.

Yes, this is dimmer than other incandescent flashlights on this website, but it's still
bright enough to light a keyhole or look for that deodorent cap that rolled behind the toilet.

Test unit was ordered on 11-02-03, and was received a week or so after that. It's been in the window all this time, so I *know* it has a full charge on it.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain-sized solar rechargeable flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Prefocused incandescent bulb
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot with sharp cutoff at perimeter
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton momentary on side of flashlight
    BEZEL: None
    BATTERY: Unknown rechargeable cell(s), probably NiCd
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at best
    SIZE: 2.25" L, 1.25" W
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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