Smith & Wesson 6xLED Personal LED Flashlight, retail $18.99 (
Manufactured by PowerTech (
Last updated 10-08-08

This is the 6xLED Personal LED 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 six (6) 5mm white LEDs (probably Nichia brand) 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).

The 6xLED Personal LED Flashlight feeds from two included AA cells held in its barrel.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The 6xLED Personal LED 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 included batteries (please see below) and then you're ready to go.

Press the tailcap button fairly firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn the 6xLED Personal LED Flashlight on, and do the exact same thing to turn it off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the 6xLED Personal LED Flashlight while it is on by partially depressing the tailcap button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way.

To change the batteries, unscrew & remove the tailcap and set it aside.

Dump the dead batteries out of the barrel and into the cat box - er - the garbage can or the battery reclamation box.

Slide two new AA cells, button (+) end first, into the barrel and screw the tailcap back on. Fish the dead batteries out of the litterbox and dispose of or recycle them correctly.

Current usage measures 424mA on my DMM's 4A scale.
This equates to an If (forward current) of ~70.66mA per LED.
So the LEDs *ARE* overdriven, but not as much as they are in some other flashlights...O WAIT!!! Actually, there is likely a DC-DC inverter in there (because this flashlight uses two AA cells, not three), so the LEDs might not be seeing nearly as much current as I measured!!!

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 6xLED Personal LED Flashlight passed this test quite handily - that is, no air leakage at all was evident when the tailcap & batteries were removed and the flashlight was subsequently suctioned.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 135,600mcd 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:

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.
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
    LAMP TYPE: White 5W
    Luxeon Rebel LED

    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist tailcap continuous, pushbutton momentary on tailcap
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to an unknown depth
    ACCESSORIES: 2xAA cells, spring steel clip
    SIZE: ~5.70" L, ~0.95" D
    WARRANTY: Limited Lifetime


    Star Rating

Smith & Wesson 6xLED Personal LED Flashlight *

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