Nuwai TM-306x 1W Luxeon Flashlight, retail $29.95 (
Manufactured by Nuwai (
Last updated 10-29-04

The TM-116x flashlight comes in an almost-all-aluminum body, and features a 1 watt Luxeon Star LED in its business-end to produce its light, and has one CR123A cell in the barrel to ppower that LED.

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 end of the tailcap.


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

Press the rubberised button on the tailcap until it clicks and then release it to get light. Do the same thing again to not get light.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off; however you can blink it while it's on 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.

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 battery in the Nuwai, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it in the crapper, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

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

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

Current usage measures 417wmA 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.

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 sugar-coated toilet muscle 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 or douche it off under the faucet - good as new!!!

The Nuwai has square, raised areas along much of the length of the center of the barrel, some widely-spaced longitudinal ridges on the tailcap and bezel, and some knurling (diamond-shaped texturising) on the 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 bezel is scalloped, so you can tell if you left the flashlight on when you set it on a flat surface.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 349,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

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

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



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 1 watt white Luxeon Star LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot with dimmer penumbra and even dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 1xCR123A cell
    ACCESSORIES: 1xCR123A cell, nylon belt holster
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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