Energizer ''Easy to Find'' Flashlight, retail $9.29 (www.raleys.com)
Manufactured by Energizer Battery Company (www.energizer.com)
Last updated 08-31-08

The Energizer "Easy to Find" Flashlight is a good looking household incandescent flashlight in an opaque red plastic case with silver-colored trim on its underside.

It comes with the batteries installed, so the red "find me" LED is already blinking, presumably so the customer will be attracted to it in the store rack.

The case may be blue or some other color; the one I purchased came in a red case.

I was not able to find this on the Raleys website, so the link above simply leads to their front door.


The flashlight comes ready to use as soon as you remove it from the package (use scissors or a sharp knife to do so if the flap on the back of the package does not completely come apart).

Slide the large silvery slider on the barrel forward (toward the refector) to turn the flashlight on. Slide the slider on the barrel backward (toward the tail) to turn the flashlight off.

A red LED in the barrel approximately 1" in front of the switch blinks approximately once every four seconds (~0.25Hz) when the flashlight is off. This allows you to find it in the dark.

To feed baby, unscrew and remove the bezel, throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, yank that silvery colored handle in the front of the cistern down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

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

Insert two new D cells into the barrel, flat-end (-) negative first. Screw the bezel back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that bezel now?

Because this flashlight uses an incandescent bulb, better tell you how to change it when it blows out.

Unscrew and remove the bezel, and set it aside. Throw the barrel in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, yank that silver handle in the front of the cistern down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

On the underside of the bezel, look for a black plastic thing with a silver colored platform on it. Pull it straight out of the reflector; it may be on there pretty good, so don't be afraid to reef on it if necessary. Once you have it off, set it aside. Remove the burnt out bulb, and throw it in the garbage can. Light bulbs are not recyclable; that's why I did not offer that option here.

Insert a new KPR-102 bulb into the opening in the back of the reflector for it; glass-end first. Place that black plastic cylinder back on, and press down on it until it snaps into place. Finally, screw the bezel back on the barrel.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that barrel now?

The "Easy to Find" LED circuitry is connected in series with the bulb, so if the bulb is burned out, the "Find Me" LED will not blink.

I'm unable to measure current usage during use or quiescence (when the flashlight is off but the red "Find Me" LED is blinking) due to how the flashlight was constructed. But expect in-use current to be close to 600mA and quiescent current to be no less than a couple of hundred ĩA (microamps).

The "Find Me" flashlight seems reasonably durable at very minimum, but because of its all-plastic construction, I won't do the smack test on it. It would almost certainly become broken if I did.
And I don't just want to throw away a perfectly good nine bucks & change.
So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toylet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, use a small sledgehammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island {In the episode "Les Saves the Day...Again", Paulie Preztail says "Hey, ever wonder why this park's called 'Mount Erupto' anyway?", then Franklin Fizzlybear says "I think its an old native term. Means 'very safe.'"}), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that a sturdier (more robust) flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight with a metal or sturdier plastic body.
Unless Energizer or some retailer wants to send one specifically for this test, it won't be done.

Water-resistance appears negligible at best. There is no O-ring sealing the bezel and the barrel; and the bezel does not fit on the barrel really tightly. The switch area leaks rather readily too, as proven by that dreadful suction test. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of Simese 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 lightly to at worst 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 tinkle) can't be very good for the insides.

The light produced by this flashlight is unexpectedly yellowish, but it's not useless by any means. Not by any means.

This flashlight's main feature is that blinking red "find me" LED on the barrel in front of the switch. It blinks approximately once every four seconds (~0.25Hz) whenever the flashlight is off. It also serves to let you know the bulb is still good; it will not blink with a blown-out lamp or no lamp installed.

The package indicates this LED will blink for five years on the same set of batteries. I believe this is to battery depletion, so the actual flashlight may not function well after that long on the same set of batteries.

Beam photograph at ~12".
Measures 351cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Remeasured at 740cd with known-new D cells.
This tells me that the "Find Me" LED had been active for a long time before I purchased the flashlight.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

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

Sega ''Star Trek''
Atari ''Tempest''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Jaleco ''Exerion''

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

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

And those faint green spots are from a Laser Stars unit.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bub in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the "Find Me" LED in this flashlight.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

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

Test unit was purchased from a Raleys store in Sacramento CA. USA on the morning of 08-26-08.

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



    MANUFACTURER: Energizer Battery Co.
    PRODUCT TYPE: Medium sized handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Incandescent
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow spot, surrounded by a dark penumbra and brighter corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Plastic; plastic window protects bulb and reflector
    BATTERY: 2xD cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure (est. ~600mA on, 200ĩA quiescent)
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at best
    ACCESSORIES: Two batteries
    WARRANTY: Lifetime (except the bulb)


    Star Rating

Energizer ''Find Me'' Flashlight * www.energizer.com

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