7xLED 1xLaser Flashlight, retail $4.99 ()
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 01-26-07

(In reference to the fat envelope I received from Hong Kong at 2:11pm PST on 01-25-07):
{sung like the Foreigner song "Feels Like the First Time"}

Actually, it's *BOTH*.
This product actually features *BOTH* 7 white LEDs and a red laser pointer in one handy-dandy package.

It comes in an aluminum body; it feeds from just 1 AA cell.


To use this product, feed it first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red - or white.

Firmly press & then release the button on the barrel once to turn the LEDs on.
Do the same thing to turn them off.

Do the same thing again to turn the laser on.
Do the same thing yet again to turn the laser off.

Just like it reads on the back of many shampoopoo (or shampeepee) bottles, "lather, rinse, repeat". In other words, the white LEDs will come on when the button is pressed & then released again.

To change the battery, unscrew & remove the tailcap, gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used AA cell out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Insert a new AA cell into the barrel, button-end (+) positive going in first.

Finally, screw the tailcap firmly back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that tailcap 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.

Current measures 575mA (LEDs) and 153mA (laser) on my DMM's 4A scale..

Because this product contains a laser, the thrash test will not be performed. I never perform this particular test on lasers or products which lase.
Well, ok, I lied.
I administered that dreadful smack test on it - I smacked it against the concrete floor of a patio ten times (five against the side of the bezel, and five on the side of the tailcap) and was not able to damage the flashlight in any manner, other than causing some very minor gouging to the bare Metalwargrowlmon - er - the bare Metalkoromon - um that's not it either...the bare Metaltsunomon...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. After scerewing the tailcap all the way back on, no optical, mechanical, or electrical malfunctions were detected.

Although there is an O-ring on the tailcap that seals against the barrel, the unit failed "The Suction Test" rather miserably. So water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of giraffe 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, 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 urination), lactic acid (from moo juice), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

Because this product is powered from a single AA cell, there is an inverter circuit inside to boost the voltage from the 1.5 volts furnished by the battery to the 3 volts needed by the laser and the ~3.6 volts needed by the white LEDs.

There is significant battery rattle; you do not need to shake the product vigorously in order to hear it - the rattle is evident through little more than casual handling.

Due to that stubborn switch (it is unnecessarily difficult to actuate), I don't believe this product will rate well. No, it *probably* won't receive that dreadful "0 Stars, Whip Out Your Ding-Dong or Sit on the Commode and Go Tee-Tee On It" rating (that rating is generally reserved for products which are obviously "catbeat segments of poo-poo momma farkers" (tiolet words replaced with innocous ones - the correct acronym is PWPOSMF) or products which become broken during testing when they really should not have), but it won't rate much more highly than that either.

Beam photograph (LEDs) on the test target at 12".
Measures 38,400mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph (laser) on the test target at 12".
The laser spot is considerably smaller & is not yellow and white in reality.
Power output measures 3.676mW on a laser power meter specifically designed for this purpose.

Beam photograph (laser) on a wall at ~10'.

Those rectangular graphic things near the bottom 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.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LEDs in this flashlight.

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

Test unit was purchased on Ebay on 12-17-06, and was received on 01-25-07.

UPDATE: 00-00-00


Switch is unnecessarily difficult to actuate
Laser power classification label (required by CDRH) is not present

    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight/laser pointer
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED, red laser diode
    No. OF LAMPS: 8 (7 LED, 1 laser)
    BEAM TYPE: Medium flood (LEDs), very narrow spot (laser)
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs & laser recessed into hosels for them
    BATTERY: 1xAA cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 575mA (LEDs) and 153mA (laser)
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard
    SIZE: 13.5cm L, 4.5cm D
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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