16-LED Rechargeable/Dynamo Lantern, retail $19.95 (www.sharperimage.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 01-22-09

This lantern/floodlight looks rather futuristic and high-tech, and it has a good heft to it, but don't get all excited by the light output and pee all over yourself. No really, don't.

The LEDs in it are your garden variety 5mm whites with a 20 viewing angle.
This product has 16 of them, so I don't know why it is so dim.

If it has any redeeming features, it's that it looks very nice, has a good feel to it, you never have to buy batteries or blubs for it, and it can be charged via a hand crank if you find yourself away from AC power or don't have a female cigerette lighter receptacle in your vehicle - or, like me - don't have a vehicle at all.


Like any rechargeable product, you'll want to charge it first (see directly below) for 20 hours.

Press the trigger and then release it to turn it on in 8-LED mode. Press the trigger and then release it again to turn it off.
Press the trigger again and then release it to turn it on in 16-LED mode. Press the trigger and then release it again to turn it off.

To lock it in the mode you want, press the trigger switch and then slide the "LOCK" switch on the left side of the handle upward; this prevents the trigger from activating even if something presses against it.
This also pulls double-duty as a lockout; when the unit is turned off, this ensures that the unit *STAYS* turned off.

Since this product is rechargeable, I don't have to tell you which part to remove and feed to the hungry, hungry garbage can.

To charge it from AC, plug the small end of the charging cord into the receptacle for it on the back of the unit, and plug the large end into any standard (in the US and Canada anyway) 110 to 130 volts AC 60Hz household receptacle. A red LED under the dynamo's handle will come on when the product is charging, and turn off when the charge cycle is complete.

To charge it in your vehicle, plug the small end of the "siggeret" lighter (12 volts DC) charging cord into the receptacle for it on the back of the unit, and plug the large end into the female cigerette lighter receptacle on your vehicle's dashboard. A red LED under the dynamo's handle will come on when the product is charging, and turn off when the charge cycle is complete.

If you are away from power and the floodlight goes out, unfold the charging handle from the back of the unit, and rotate it in one direction (either clockwise or counterclockwise). According to the furnished instructional material, "one minute of hand cranking can generate enough power for up to 3 minutes of light."

Recharge the battery every 4 to 6 months even if you have not used the floodlight at all.
This will help prevent a dead battery when you really *DO* need to use the product.

Horse puckey!
Horse puckey!!!

With the unit I have, you might want to recharge it every day (see below).

Because there are a number of moving mechanical parts inside this floodlight, "The Smack Test" really isn't that appropriate here. Same with "The Toilet Test".

So this section of the page will seem more bare than this section of the page on a page about a battery-operated (using disposable batteries or batteries that are externally recharged) flashlight.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 64,800mcd (high, 16 LEDs) and 41,300mcd (low, 8 LEDs) on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this floodlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

Test unit was purchased at www.sharperimage.com on 12-31-06 and was received on 01-10-07.

The charger is labelled to output 6 volts DC at 300mA.
Center of plug is (+) positive, barrel is (-) negative.

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.

I know that TSI has some gun control bull{vulgar term for feces} going on and that they should be boycotted by flashlight users, but this was just too cool to pass up.

UPDATE: 01-13-07
I found the internal battery almost dead today, despite having charged it until the red light went out just two days ago. The unit could be stared directly into without discomfort.
To wit:

UPDATE: 01-17-07
After once again charging it until the red LED went off two days ago, it is once again quite dim. I'm afraid this is a "tabby-thrashed segment of a sewer pickle maternal parent humper" (toylet words replaced with innocous ones - the correct acronym is PWPOSMF), even though its appearance and feel in the hand say otherwise.
The 16-LED Rechargeable/Dynamo Lantern is, unfortunately, well on its way to receiving a "Zero Stars - Whip Out Your Ding Dong or Sit on the Commode and Uranate On It!" rating.



    PRODUCT TYPE: Rechargeable/dynamo LED floodlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 16
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood
    SWITCH TYPE: Trigger switch on/mode change/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Metal & plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: Unknown
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light sprinkle-resistance at maximum
    SIZE: 8 1/2" x 3" x 8 1/2"
    WEIGHT: 2 lbs. 5 oz
    ACCESSORIES: AC charger, cigerette lighter charger, wrist strap
    WARRANTY: 90 days


    Star Rating

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