Smith & Wesson Galaxy 4 in 1 Flashlight, retail $36.99 (
Manufactured by PowerTech (
Last updated 10-07-08

This is the Galaxy 4 in 1 Flashlight, made by PowerTech and sold by well-known gun maker Smith & Wesson.

It comes in an aluminum body, protected by a handsome jet-black Type II anodized finish.

It has a white 3 watt Cree LED & what I believe is a Fraen TIR (total internal reflection) optic in its "business-end", protected by a robust plastic window (or "lens" if you prefer that term, even though it does not modify the light in any manner).

It is called "4 in 1" because it has four functions:
  1. Flashlight (well, duh!!!)
  2. Lantern
  3. Emergency flasher
  4. Work light
The Galaxy 4 in 1 Flashlight feeds from three included AAA cells held in a "side-by-side" carriage its barrel.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The Galaxy 4 in 1 Flashlight comes in a package that you don't need knives, scissors, or other sharp instruments to open.

Once the light & batteries are out, install the batteries (please see below) and you're ready to go.

Press and release the rubberised button on the barrel to turn the Galaxy 4 in 1 Flashlight on.
Do the same thing to turn it off.

If you press & release the button (so that the flashlight is on) and then press & hold it in for ~3 seconds before releasing it again, the LED will blink with a pulse repetition rate of approximately 1.50Hz (~three flashes every two seconds).

At any time, while in any mode, you can screw the diffused covers over the "business end" of the product; this flashlight is designed to allow you to screw the diffused covers on each end so that you do not lose or destroy them (such as by accidentally stepping on one or running over one) when the flashlight is in storage or transport.

The milky translucent cover is designed to provide a soft, 360° spread of light for use as a lantern or work light, and the milky red-tinted cover is designed to attract attention as an emergency light.

The Galaxy 4 in 1 also has a fairly strong magnet in its tailpiece; this is there to allow you to stand the flashlight on-end even when the surface is not level - such as under automobile hoods, engine blocks, and other ferrous (magnetic) (such as iron, mild steel, cobalt, nickel, or gadolinium) surfaces.

To change the batteries, unscrew and remove the tailcap, dash it to the ground, and stomp on it with old or used bowling shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the black plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used cells if they are present in this carriage.

Insert three new AAA cells into the carriage, one in each compartment. Orient each cell so the flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in its compartment.

Once the carriage is full, insert it into the flashlight's barrel, aiming it so the metal post on the end goes in first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Due to the way the flashlight was constructed, I am not able to obtain a current usage reading for you.

Because this is a "loaner" (technically, a "passaround"), the punishments I normally bestow upon flashlights will not be inflicted upon this flashlight.

So this portion of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that isn't a loaner or passaround.

I did however, administer "The Suction Test" on it - this test is totally nondestructive.
The Galaxy 4 in 1 Flashlight passed this test quite handily - that is, no air leakage at all was evident when the tailcap & battery carriage were removed and the flashlight was subsequently suctioned.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 1,820,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Those rectangular graphic things in the upper right quadrant of this photograph are marquees from:

Venture Line ''Looping''
Jaleco ''Exerion''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

And those colored graphics toward the left are my "Viva Piņata" posters.

Photograph of a bathtub illuminated by this product in "lantern" mode.

Photograph of the product's red diffuser head - screwed on and illuminated of course.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight, filtered with the red diffuser.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit of this plus two other Smith & Wesson flashlights was sent as a "passaround" and was received late on the morning of 10-04-08. Once I have passed this flashlight along to the next person on the list, the dreadful "" icon will appear next to its listings on this website, indicating that I no longer have the product available for further testing and analyses.

Product was made in China. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight w/multiple uses
    LAMP TYPE: White 3W Cree LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off/mode change on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & optic protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to an unknown depth
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAAA cells, two screw-on filters, carabiner-style clip
    WARRANTY: Limited Lifetime


    Star Rating

Smith & Wesson Galaxy 4 in 1 Flashlight *

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