8xLED Laser Flashlight (2), retail $5.99 (www2.pulsetv.com...
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 11-12-08

This is a nifty little flashlight that I found on the PulseTV website not long ago. I bought it because the price was right, and it has both white LEDs and a red laser module in it. Both functions are easily accessible with a single pushbutton.

It comes in a handsome pewter-tone aluminum body, it has 8 white LEDs and a red diode laser in its business-end, and feeds from three AAA cells that are held in a side-by-side carriage in the barrel.

This one is a bit different in that it shows the FDA accession number (for the laser) on the packaging materials and on the laser warning sticker on the product itself: 0310974-02.


To use this neat multipurpose flashlight, feed it the included AAA cells first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red. Or white.

Press the button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the white LEDs on.
Press the button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight all the way off.
Press the button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the diode laser on.
Press the button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight all the way off.

Just like it reads on the back of many shampoo (or shampee) bottles, "lather, rinse, repeat". In other words, the cycle starts over with the next press of the button.

The light comes with a nylon belt holster.
I am not equipped to test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended to be used, as I do not own or use pants that require a belt.

To change the batteries, unscrew and remove the tailcap,gently place it on the ground, and kick it in the garden so the praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and subsequently strike at it...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 AAA cells from it.

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

Slide the now-full battery carriage into the flashlight barrel, orienting it so the (+) sign embossed into the plastic on on one end of the carriage goes in first.

Finally, screw the tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that tailcap into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

Current usage measures 131.9mA (LEDs), and 25.6mA (laser diode) on my DMM's 400mA scale.
This equates to 16.4875mA per LED.

Because this product contains a laser, "The Thrash Test" (functionally identical to "The Smack Test"; it just has a more dramatic sounding name) will not be performed. I almost never perform this particular test on lasers or products which lase.

Although there is an O-ring on the tailcap where it fastens to the barrel, it failed "The Suction Test" slightly but noticeably; so "The Toliet Test" is also a no-no in this instance. Water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside through the bezel and probably around the switch as well. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of Norway rat pee, glasses of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee, fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain uranators, 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 most 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, got thrown into a glass of milk, got nocked into a cup of yogurt, 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, sour milk, or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or pee-pee), lactic acid (from milk or yogurt), or sugar (from root beer and vanilla ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

The laser in this flashlight measures 5.88mW, making it a CDRH Class IIIb instrument.

Beam photograph (LEDs) on the test target at 12".
Measures 87,200mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph (laser) on the test target at 12".
Measures 5.88mW on a laser power meter.

Beam photograph (LEDs) on a wall at ~10'.

Beam photograph (laser) on a wall at ~10'.

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.

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

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the laser 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.

Unit was purchased on the PulseTV website on 11-05-08, and was received on the morning of 11-10-08.

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



    PRODUCT TYPE: Multipurpose flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED, diode laser
    No. OF LAMPS: 9 (8 white LEDs, 1 diode laser)
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/soft corona (LEDs), very narrow spot (laser)
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/mode change/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs and laser protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 131.9mA (LEDs), and 25.6mA (laser diode)
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard, batteries, nylon belt holster
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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