Smith & Wesson 5W Rebel LED Flashlight, retail $54.99 (
Manufactured by PowerTech (
Last updated 10-08-08

This is the 5W Rebel 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 a Luxeon Rebel LED & a stippled (texturised) reflector 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 5W Rebel LED Flashlight feeds from two included AA cells held in its barrel.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The 5W Rebel 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 batteries (below) and you're ready to go.

Press and hold the rubberised button on the tailcap to turn the 5W Rebel LED Flashlight on, and release it to turn it off. This is momentary or "signalling" mode. Turn the tailcap clockwise (as though tightening it) and the LED will come on & stay on. This is continuous or hands-free mode.
Turn the tailcap counterclockwise (as though loosening it) and the flashlight will turn off.

Turning the tailcap counterclockwise some more (two full turns from the point where the light turns on) will engage the LOTC (lock out tailcap); this prevents the light from "going off" during storage or transport.

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 tailpiece back on. Fish the dead batteries out of the litterbox and dispose of or recycle them correctly.

Current usage measures 563mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

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 5W Rebel LED Flashlight passed this test quite handily.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 1,109,000mcd 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 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 of this plus two other Smith & Wesson flashlights was sent as a "passaround" and was received just after noon on 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: 10-08-08
Repeated spectroscopy because I very strongly suspect that external light queered the original test - that is, light from a nearby CFL bulb contaminated the spectrum of this product.



    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, belt holster, spring steel clip, wrist lanyard
    SIZE: 5.70"L, ~1.08"D
    WARRANTY: Limited Lifetime


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Smith & Wesson 5W Rebel LED Flashlight *

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