QUIQLITE PRO ''ID CHECK''
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QuiqLite Pro ''ID Check'', retail $TBA (www.quiqlite.com...)
Manufactured by QuiqLite Inc. (www.quiqlite.com)
Last updated 11-06-12







Wel, thuh kompeny thatt maiks thuh QuiqLite Pro kant spel thuh werdz "quick" orr "light" , but they DO produce a nice light that can be clipped into a shirt pocket, and which uses a wide-angle white LED to illuminate citations, ticket books, and other material which allows you to read and write in the dark; and also features a UV LED that causes otherwise invisible security features on ID cards, drivers licenses, passports, etc. to fluoresce (glow). As you can probably tell by my writing, the QuiqLite Pro "ID Check" is marketed to police officers, ticket cops, military soldiers, pilots, doormen/bouncers, and other personnel where having a hands-free light to read or write with in the dark and check the validity of drivers licenses and ID cards would be advantageous.

With the UVA radiation output by the QuiqLite Pro, you can tell if the driver's license you're examining is genuine or is as queer as an $8 bill.

I don't have a shirt with a pocket on the front
* , so I cannot test it in that fashion. Best I can do here is clip it to a coat pocket.


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The QuiqLite Pro is ready to use as soon as you remove it from the package. The package isn't thermally welded, so you don't need razors, knives, or other sharp objects to open it. Just pop the two plastic tits on the top of the package by pulling the package apart at its top, and it will then swing open and you can get to your QuiqLite.

Press and release the button on the front of the QuiqLite to turn the UVA LED on, press & release it the same way again to turn the white LED on, and press & release it again to turn it off. This button has a tactile sensation you can feel, and a clicking sound you can hear.

To activate the safety strobe (where the white LED brightly flashes at ~3.5Hz (seven blinks every two seconds), press & hold down the button for three seconds, then release it when your QuiqLite Pro begins flashing. This works from any mode; no need to put your QuiqLite Pro in a specific state first.

The QuiqLite Pro has an automatic 10-minute auto shutoff feature built in. Ten minutes after you turn the QuiqLite Pro on, it shuts itself off with no intervention required on your part.
The auto-shutoff in this sample engages at exactly 10:07 (ten minutes seven seconds); I timed it on a clock with a second hand on it to arrive at this value.

The LED head is on an arm that can pivot up and down about 190 degrees when the product is clipped into your pocket.
The LEDs themselves can also be aimed over a range of ~190 by grasping the transparent, water-clear cylindrical lens assembly they're enclosed in and moving them to point upward or downward to suit your requirements.

Speaking of clips, the QuiqLite Pro is equipped with a generous clip that allows you to clip into a pocket, or in my case, a collar. The pushbutton switch can be used right through your shirt fabric, so you do not need to remove the QuiqLite Pro from your pocket in order to use it.

The QuiqLite Pro also comes with a removeable clip called a "QuiqClip", which allows you to attach the QuiqLite to objects up to 1" thick - far thicker than objects it can be clipped to with the built-in clip.



To feed your QuiqLite Pro, slide it out of the QuiqClip if necessary, turn it upside-down, press down on the battery door, and (while still pressing), slide it off in the direction of the arrow, and set it aside.

Remove the two used CR2032 cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Place two new CR2032 cells in the chambers, orienting the cell closest to the back of the light so that its flat-side (+) positive is facing up; and install the other one so that its button-side (-) negative is facing up. Replace the battery door (just slide it on from the rear of the unit until it snaps into place), and there, you're done.



The QuiqLite Pro seems reasonably durable, and should not become broken during normal use; and typical flashlight accidents should not be enough to damage or break it. After 10 whacks against the concrete floor of the front porch (five on the back, and five on the upper surface of the LED head), there was no damage found and the QuiqLite Pro still works properly. The batteries did pop out during this test, but after reinstalling them, no damage or malfunctions were noted.

The primary purpose of "The Smack Test" is not necessarily to see if the exterior of the flashlight would be damaged; it's more about the internal components which would be subject to a high shock load ("G force") every time the poor, defenseless, innocent, helpless (or "hapless") flashlight strikes the concrete.

The only OBVIOUS damage mechanism that I can see is that the pivoting arm the LED is mounted on could become broken if it is forced beyond the ~190 degrees of its natural range. This is a wider range of motion than the original QuiqLite had (90); so damaging the unit in this fashion would be considerably less likely than it would be with the original QuiqLite.

The QuiqLite Pro does not appear to be that water-resistant, but you should not have any problems if you use it in the rain or snow. If it fell into water or you suspect it got douched, take it apart (as you would for a battery change) and set the parts in a warm, dry place for a day or so just to be certain it's dry inside before you reassemble & use it again. If it fell into seawater or if somebody or something peed on it, rinse the parts in fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your QuiqLite Pro to smell like seaweed or piss when you go to use it next. Salt (from seawater or pee) can't be very good for the insides anyway.

Since I don't have a shirt with a pocket, I clipped it into the pocket of my heavy winter coat, and snapped the photograph directly below:



As you can see, the QuiqLite Pro fits on there and stays put until you need to use it.
In this photograph, the QuiqLite Pro was installed in the included QuiqClip, and the illuminator head was aimed upward about 90 degrees.

When you're not using your QuiqLite Pro and have it out of your pocket, the LED arm fits down onto the body of the QuiqLite Pro. The pushbutton switch is still exposed, so you'll want to watch that. Remember though, the QuiqLite Pro has a 10 minute automatic shutoff, so even if the switch does become accidentally activated, you won't end up wasting the batteries because the QuiqLite Pro turns itself off.

The radiation from the UV LED appears (measured spectroscopically) to be approximately 370.8nm.

This page look an awful lot like the one I made for the QuiqLite XP440 ''ID Check''?
Thought you'd say so.
That's because the products are somewhat similar, and I could use its web page as a template for this one.



The UVA LED beam on the test target at ~12".
Light is considerably dimmer and less blue than what is seen in this photograph.
The target itself has some fluorescence, and digital cameras have a tough time at these wavelengths.



Beam photograph (white LED) at 12".
Measures 13,900mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

As with the original QuiqLite, this is a wide-angle LED (a little narrower, but still what I'd call "wide-angle"), and the low reading you see is perfectly normal and is nothing whatsoever to be concerned about.



Photograph showing the green seals of Washington State fluorescing on an ID in the UV LED's light. The ID number was blacked out to prevent a thief from doing something dishonourable with it. My former Seattle address is already plastered all over the net, so I do not mind showing it on this web page.



Photograph showing the security thing (the whitish-blue "V" over the "VISA" graphic) in my bank card fluorescing in the UV LED's light.
The card number was blacked out for obvious reasons.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the UV LED in the QuiqLite Pro.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the UV LED in the QuiqLite Pro.
Spectrometer's response narrowed to a range of 350nm to 390nm.
As you can see, the peak wavelength is ~370.8nm - right where it should be.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the white LED in the QuiqLite Pro.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the white LED in the in the QuiqLite Pro; newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the white LED in the in the QuiqLite Pro; newer spectrometer software & settings used. Spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 430nm and 470nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 450.080nm.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the UVA LED in the in the QuiqLite Pro; newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the UVA LED in the in the QuiqLite Pro; newer spectrometer software & settings used. Spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 350nm and 400nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 369.801nm.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the fluorescence of a uranated* glass marble when irradiated with the UVA LED in this product.

*"Uranated" - infused with an oxide of uranium, *NOT* piddled on.
Commonly referred to as "Vaseline glass" because it has
a distinct pale yellow-green color when not being irradiated.


Note spelling: "urAnated", not "urEnated","urInated",
"urOnated", "urUnated", or sometimes "urYnated".
USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.


WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the safety strobe in action.
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TEST NOTES:
Sample was sent to me by B.Q. of QuiqLite, and was received on 10-16-08.

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: 11-04-08
* I found a shirt with a front pocket, so I was able to take a photograph of this product being used in the manner in which it was intended!!!


This shows the product itself clipped to the edge of a pocket; the QuiqClip was not used here.





PROS:



CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: QuiqLite Inc.
    PRODUCT TYPE: Pocket-clipped reading/writing light
    LAMP TYPE: Wide-angle 5mm white LED, UV 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2
    BEAM TYPE: Semi-flood, with dimmer spill light
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/mode change/off on front of battery compartment
    BEZEL: None to speak of
    BATTERY: 2x CR2032 lithium coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Splash/weather-resistance at minimum
    SUBMERSIBLE: NO WAY HOZAY!!!
    ACCESSORIES: 2 batteries, QuiqClip
    WARRANTY: Lifetime

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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