Ultimate Strobe Light, retail $3.99 ()
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Pumpkin MastersŪ (www.pumpkinmasters.com)
Last updated 10-12-08

The Ultimate Strobe Light really isn't a "STROBE light" in the truest sense of the word, but it is a nifty light designed to be used instead of candles in a Jack-O-Lantern (carved pumpkin) that causes the insides to flash in a spooky manner.

It comes in a shiny, chrome-like plastic case, and has five self-flashing incandescent light bulbs that are responsible for the spooky lighting effects.

The whole rig feeds from two C cells that you supply yourself.

Unlike candles, there is no smoke, soot, melted wax, or fire hazard to worry about.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use the Ultimate Strobe Light, feed it first (see directly below), and THEN you can go and relax the embouchure
* - er - uh - I mean - make a Jack-O-Lantern all spooky and scary and frightening and stuff .

On the underside of the unit, you'll see a small slide switch.
Slide it to the "ON" position, and place it inside a Jack-O-Lantern where you might otherwise place a candle.

Within several seconds, the bulbs will start blinking in a more-or-less random sequence.

Slide the same switch to the "OFF" position when finished using the product.

To change the batteries in the Ultimate Strobe Light, unclip & remove the battery door from the underside of the unit, and throw it in the graveyard so the zombies find it, drop it into an open grave, and take a leak on it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove the used C cells from the compartment, and recycle or dispose of them as you see fit.

Install two new C cells into the compartment, orienting each one so its flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in each chamber.

Place the battery door back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't throw that battery door into the graveyard with all those smelly, rotting, yucky zombies now?

Current usage measures 1,051mA (1.051A) maximum (with all five lamps in their "on" state) on my DMM's 4A scal e.

This is a Halloween light for use inside a Jack O Lantern, not a flashlight designed to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toliet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of an outdoor patio, use a small ball peen hammer 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 flashlights (that were born to be flashlights and nothing but flashlights) may have inflicted upon them.

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 couple of days or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a glass of milk, if it fell in a root beer float, if somebody squirted a Massengill brand post-menstrual disposable douche or a Fleet brand disposable enema at it (and hit it with the douche or the enema), or if somebody or something peed on it, rinse all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your Ultimate Strobe Light to smell like seaweed, sour milk, flowers, fresh butts, or rotten piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater, disposable douches, disposable enemas, or uranation), lactic acid (from moo juice), glycerol (from antifreeze), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

So this section of the Ultimate Strobe Light's evaluation will appear SIGNIFICANTLY more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The bulbs in the Ultimate Strobe Light are self-flashing "bimetal" types; not too unlike those blinking bulbs found in miniature Christmas light sets, except that when these bulbs go to their "off" state, they present themselves as an open circuit instead of a short circuit like the other bulbs will.

There is a warning on the packaging materials that the Ultimate Strobe Light is not a toy, and that it is recommended that only children 6 years old and older should use the product.

Photograph of the product, illuminated, of course.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bulbs in this product.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the product flashing.
This clip is approximately 2.697 megabytes (2,853,876 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
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I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

Test unit was purchased at a Raleys in Sacramento CA. USA on 10-07-08.

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.

* From the Star Trek: TNG episode "Future Imperfect".

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    MANUFACTURER: Unknown for Pumpkin MastersŪ
    PRODUCT TYPE: Flashing light for inside Jack-O-Lantern
    LAMP TYPE: Self-flashing incandescent bulb
    No. OF LAMPS: 5
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off on bottom
    CASE MATERIAL: Chrome-finish (specular {reflective}) plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; bulbs partially recessed into reflective hosels for them
    BATTERY: 2xC cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 1,051mA (1.051A) maximum
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    This is a seasonal novelty product (it is intended to replace the candle in a Jack O'Lantern) and will not be assigned a "star" rating for that reason.

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