UFO L.E.D. Keychain, retail $4.99 (www.wallgreens.com...)
Manufactured by Faucet Queen (www.faucetqueen.com)
Last updated 01-26-05

The UFO L.E.D. Keychain is a small, heavy, metal (not to be confused with "heavy metal" music that bands like Anthrax, Raven, and Metallica play) flashlight with a single 5mm white LED in it, powered by a pair of CR1620 lithim coin cells housed inside.


The flashlight is ready to use as soon as you remove it from its retail package. Cutting down one side and either the top or the bottom of the package with a pair of household scissors will be sufficient to remove the flashlight.

To use the flashlight, firmly press and hold down the small metal pushbutton in the center of the flashlight's round body, and it will come on for as long as you hold the button down. Release the button to turn the flashlight off.

There is no constant-on mode available; please do not look for or expect to find one.

This flashlight also comes equipped with a medium sized split ring on a swivel; you can affix it to your existing keychain with this, or affix keys to the flashlight's keyring.

This flashlight uses two CR1620 lithium coin cells for power; a set are already installed when you buy this flashlight.

I do not yet have the necessary tool to do a battery change, so this section of this web page will stay empty for the time being.

The UFO flashlight looks and is durable. When I beat the living tweedle out of it (ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair; five against the bottom and five against the top) only the expected amount of very minor damage was found where it was struck. There are five minor dings on the bottom where it was struck, and some dings and scrapes on the top where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

This flashlight is not waterproof or submersible though. When I administered that dreadful suction test, significant air leakage was detected. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of cat 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 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 or if somebody or something peed on it, douche all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your flashlight to smell like seaweed or pee when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or potty) can't be very good for the insides.

The light output is fairly characteristic of white LEDs, consisting of a slightly bluish-white central area surrounded by a white penumbra and corona.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 22,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
This is a peak reading; intensity will fall off rather rapidly due to the small cell size.

Test unit was purchased at a local Wallgreens on 01-25-05.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Faucet Queen
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton momentary on/off on top of flashlight body
    BEZEL: None
    BATTERY: 2xCR1620 lithium coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light sprinkle-resistance at best
    ACCESSORIES: 2xCR1620 cells
    WARRANTY: Lifetime, as far as I can determine


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