352nm Portable UVA Lamp, retail $29.00 (http://secure.netsolhost.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Spy Outlet (www.spyoutlet.com)
Last updated 10-20-06

This is a fluorescent "blacklight" that is portable (operates from batteries) and can be carried anywhere. It can be used to check for security features in paper money, checks, or money orders; can be used to detect repairs or alterations in antique glass objects, revealing the writing from invisible ink pens, seeing where kitty was bad ("bad" as in seeing where kitty went pee-pee some place other than the cat box), and other stuff like that.

It comes in a black, all-plastic body, and has a compact size & shape to make it easier to take with you.


To use this lamp, feed it batteries that you furnish yourself first (see directly below), and then you can go to town.

Press and release the red button on the side of the product to turn it on; perform the exact same action to turn it back off.

Slide the battery door off the side of the unit, gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden where the praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat, and strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the three used AA cells from the battery compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AA cells into the compartment, orienting them so their flat-ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in the chamber.

Slide the battery door back on; pushing in on the edge of it until it clicks, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

Measures 389mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

This is a portable UVA source designed to be used on an occasional basis, not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't hit it against the concrete floor of a patio, try to drown it in a toilet, stomp on it, throw it against a wall, run over it with a 400lb electric wheelchair, let my housemate's cats take a leak on it, sit on it really hard, or subject it to any other potentially destructive tests that a regular flashlight might be subject to. So this section of the web page will appear significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

As a result, the remainder of this web page will be nothing more than the three photographs and the spectrographic plot below.

Photograph of the tube itself.
Color is not magenta & white as this photograph indicates.

Photograph of advertising on white paper fluorescing
under the UVA radiation output by this lamp.

The money shot.
Photograph of the security strip in a US$20 bill fluorescing under this lamp.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the fluoro tube in this lamp.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from TWO-CUBED.

Test unit was purchased on Ebay, and was received on 10-14-06. The fluorescent light bulb was defective, but Spy Outlet's excellent customer service person furnished a replacement; which was received today (10-20-06).

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: Portable UVA fluorescent lamp
    LAMP TYPE: UVA fluoro tube
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on side of unit
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; fluorescent tube protected by transparent semicylinder
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells
    ACCESSORIES: Wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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