Nuwai TM-115x 3W Luxeon Flashlight, retail $49.95 (
Manufactured by Nuwai (
Last updated 02-14-07

The TM-115x flashlight comes in an almost-all-aluminum body, and features a 3 watt Luxeon Star LED in its business-end to produce its light, and has two CR123A cells in the barrel to power that LED. The beam width is adjustable by turning the bezel (head) clockwise or counterclockwise.

The only parts of the flashlight that are visible that aren't metal are the window on the business-end, and the rubberised pushbutton on the barrel.

Speaking of the pushbutton, there are two brightness levels plus off that can be selected directly from it.


To use this flashlight, feed it the two included CR123A cells (see below), and then you'll be ready to go to town.

Press the rubberised button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on in "low" mode. Do the same thing again to switch the flashlight to "high" mode. Do the same thing yet again to turn the flashlight all the way off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off; however you can blink it while it's on (in either brightness setting) by pressing the tailcap button more gently than you would for turning it off; press it and hold it BEFORE it clicks. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the Nuwai this way if desired.

This flashlight has an adjustable beam width. Turn the bezel counterclockwise (as if unscrewing it) to widen the beam; turn the bezel clockwise (as if tightening it) to narrow the beam.
If you unscrew and remove the bezel completely, this exposes the 3 watt LS LED, allowing you to use the flashlight in "candle mode". The flashlight will stand on its tailcap because the switch is on the barrel instead of on the tailcap, so you won't need rolls of bungwipe or any other means of support.

The Nuwai comes with a nylon belt holster. The flashlight fits it bezel (head) up, and can be affixed to a belt up to 1 1/2" wide.

Since I do not use or own pants that require a belt, I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended.

To change the batteries in the Nuwai, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it to the floor, and stomp on it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

Tip the used cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new CR123A cells in the barrel, button-end (+) positive first, then screw the tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now? ;-)

Current usage measures 56mA in "low" mode & 860mA in "high" mode with disposable CR123A cells; and 95mA on "low" & 1,628mA on "high" with rechargeable R123A cells.
All four measurements were made on my DMM's 4A scale.

This flashlight appears at least *reasonably* durable, and it did well with the smack test. Ten whacks (five against the tailcap, five against the side of the bezel) against the corner of a concrete stair and no electrical or optical malfunctions were detected. Physical damage was very, very, very minor - small dings on the side of the tailcap and bezel that are hardly more than surface scuffs. Same kind of "damage" as I found on the 5W Nuwai after I did the same test on it.

With some difficulty, I scratched through the exterior finish of this flashlight with the blade of a Swiss army knife, showing the flashlight has a Type II anodizing.
Would I really try to cut up a perfectly good, brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie I would, if it's in the name of science.

Water-resistance is a big yes. When I performed that dreadful suction test, the flashlight held a vaccume. So you need not be hesitant to use it in foul weather; and shallow water landings shouldn't kill it either. If something peed on it, just take the garden hose to it - good as new!!!

The Nuwai has rectangular, raised and lowered areas along much of the length of the barrel, and some widely-spaced longitudinal ridges on the tailcap and bezel, so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, wet, or oily) should not be much of an issue.

The Nuwai comes with a wrist lanyard, already affixed to a small hole in the tailcap. The lanyard is large enough to go around any wrist, and easily goes around the flashlight itself, so you can hang the flashlight from a tree branch, horizontal pole, water pipe, or other tubular or pipe-like object you happen to spot handy that has no readily accessible "end".

The flashlight can be stood on its tailcap, even with the wrist lanyard affixed. So you can use it like an electronic candle if you have a flat, somewhat level surface handy.

The flashlight fits in the holster rather snugly, especially the bezel.

This photograph shows how the flashlight should be fitted into the holster so that the hook-and-loop closure on the flap works.

Beam photo (spot) at ~12".
Measures 1,457,000mcd (in high mode)
Measures 176,000mcd (in low mode)

Beam photo (flood) at ~12".
Measures 63,000mcd (in high mode)
Measures 11,000mcd (in low mode)

All measurements were taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

Beam photo on wall at ~10 feet, spot mode, high mode, room lights (two CFLs) on.
That red thing on the ceiling is a worries there.

Test sample of this plus two other Nuwai LED flashlights were sent by J.W. of Advancedmart and were received on the afternoon of 10-28-04.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Reasonably durable construction
Water-resistant and even somewhat waterproof
Two levels to choose from
Adjustable beam width

Has a Type II anodizing which is more prone to marring than what is possible
Some users may find the flashlight fits the holster too tightly

    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 3 watt white Luxeon Star LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Adjustable; spot to flood
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/mode change/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xCR123A cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 56mA (low) 860mA (high)
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths anyway
    ACCESSORIES: 2xCR123A cells, nylon belt holster
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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