128xLED 6xAA Flashlight, retail $29.00 ()
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Last updated 12-11-06

This flashlight has an amazing 128 5mm white LEDs in its head, and is powered by six AA cells held in a pair of plastic carriages in its aluminum barrel.

The LEDs are protected by a transparent plastic window (or "lens" if you prefer that term, even though it does not modify the light in any manner).

I have not tested or seen a flashlight with this many LEDs until now.


Press the button on the barrel rather firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on.

Do the same thing again to turn the flashlight off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available in this flashlight when it's off, however you can blink the flashlight while it is on by partially depressing the button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way if necessary.

To change the batteries in this flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, carry it outside, and throw it as hard as you can into the nearest open-pit cobalt mine so the excavators will run over & flatten it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the open end of the barrel in your hand, so that the black plastic battery carriages slide out of the barrel and into your palm. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the six AA cells from these carriages.

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

Orient the carriages so the end with the two (+) signs and one (-) sign on them go in first.

Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't huck that tailcap into the mine now?

Current usage measures 1,631mA (1.631A) on my DMM's 4A scale.
This equates to ~12.74mA per LED, so they are NOT AT ALL overdriven.

Photograph of the front, showing the 128 white LEDs in there.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I administered the smack test on it (I beat the urine out of it {or "the living tweedle"out of it} - ten whacks against the concrete floor of a patio; five whacks against the side of the tailcap and five whacks against the side of the bezel), and found the expected damage There is some minor gouging to the bare Metalwargrowlmon - er - the bare Metalraidramon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalimperialdramon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! Now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!! ) on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected. I also scraped a spot on the barrel to the bare metal with the blade of a Gerber folding knife; this tells me that the finish is a Type II anodizing - not the HA-III found on some of the high-end flashlights.

Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight I paid perfectly good money for?
You bet your sugar-coated toilet muscle (sweet patootie) I would, if it's in the name of science.

When I unscrewed the tailcap, relieved the barrel of its battery carriages, and then performed that dreadful suction test on it, minor air leakage was detected. There is an O-ring on the tailcap, but not on the bezel (head). So water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside through the outside of the bezel (head). So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of gila monster 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 urinators, 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 moderately bad weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, unscrew & remove the bezel (head), 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, fell in a root beer float, 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 wee-wee), lactic acid (from moo juice), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

There is knurling (cross-hatch-shaped texturising) over most of the barrel; this helps to aid in retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are oily, cold, or wet). This knurling isn't very aggressive, but it does help in aiding retention.

The beam is smooth - but with 128 LEDs, it better damn well be.

Photograph of the front, showing the 128 LEDs illuminated.

The LEDs all appear to be well-matched for brightness and tint.
Lack of waterproofness will knock some points off its final rating , but the even, consistent tint of the LEDs will add a few points back on!!!

When I examined the LED board, there are five 5.6 ohm 1/4 watt resistors on its underside. So the 9 volts from the batteries won't just burn up the LEDs.

The flashlight can be stood on its tail to use as an electronic "candle", beaming its white goodness on the ceiling and allowing the reflected light to illuminate the entire room hands-free.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 778,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Because the beam is so large, an integrating sphere would be necessary to get the
true amount of light, but I do not own or have access to one of these instruments.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10'.

Those rectangular graphic things near the top are marquees from:
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

I don't normally provide beam photographs on a wall with non-Luxeon
flashlights, but this flashlight is bright enough for this type of photograph.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LEDs in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from TWO-CUBED.

Test unit was purchased on Ebay on 11-13-06, and was received on 11-17-06.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 128 (!)
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot w/wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 6xAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes, splatter-resistant at minimum
    SIZE: 3.4"D (head), 9.5" L
    WARRANTY: Not stated/TBA


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