Emerge'N'See LED Flashlight, retail $12.99 ()
Manufactured by NTE Electronics (www.nteinc.com)
Last updated 09-26-06

This is a large LED flashlight that you never have to buy batteries for or find an outlet to plug a charger into. You just flip out the handy dandy handle, and wind it.
It has three white LEDs; you can run just one or all three with the use of a single pushbutton switch on the top of the product.

The wind-up rechargeable flashlight comes in an attractive plastic body, with rubber grips on the sides and a rubber piece on the top to help aid in retention when you're using or recharging the flashlight.


This flashlight came to me ready to use. When you receive yours, remove it from the package the best way you see fit, unfold the crank, and wind it at two revolutions per second (120RPM) for ten minutes. This is to ensure the internal battery or batteries are fully charged and ready to go.

Press the button on the top of the flashlight until it clicks and then release it to turn all three LEDs on. Press & release it again to turn them all off. Press & release it a third time to turn the center LED on, press & release the button a fourth time to turn the flashlight off.
Just like it reads on the back of many shampoo (or shampee) bottles, "lather, rinse, repeat". In other words, pressing & releasing the button again turns all three LEDs on again.

This product does not use disposable batteries, so this section really isn't needed.

To charge the built-in rechargeable cell when necessary, unfold the crank and wind it (in either direction) at 120RPM (two revolutions per second) for one minute, then fold the crank back onto the bottom of the flashlight body.

Although the instructional material states that the product should be charged by cranking clockwise and there is a clockwise arrow embossed on the crank, it can be cranked counterclockwise (or "anticlockwise") with no apparent harm - and the product will still charge.

Because there are a number of moving mechanical parts inside this flashlight, "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.

Since this a loaner, I would not subject this flashlight to any potentially damaging or destructive tests anyway - even if asked to do so by somebody other than the person who loaned it to me.

The flashlight has grippy rubber pieces on each side, so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, or wet) should not be an issue.

The handle on the end of the charging crank is rubber, and it's on a swivel, so it is easy to hang onto while charging the flashlight.

While charging (cranking), if you feel the crank slip, slow your cranking speed down a bit. This slipping is going to result in unwanted extra wear on the charging mechanism; very likely causing a significant reduction in its usable life.

Beam photograph (1 LED) on the test target at 12".
Measures 7,480mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph (3 LEDs) on the test target at 12".
Measures 18,250mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of an LED in this flashlight (battery discharged).

In this state, the LEDs have this queer greenish color to
them; a color I have not seen in any white LED prior to this.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of an LED in this flashlight (battery charged).
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from TWO-CUBED.

Test unit was sent as a loaner by a website fan, and was received on 09-22-06.

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



    MANUFACTURER: NTE Electronics
    PRODUCT TYPE: Dynamo-charged LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on top of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs & reflector protected by curved plastic window
    BATTERY: Cell number, type, chemistry, and capacity unknown
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: None that I'm aware of
    WARRANTY: Unknown


    Star Rating

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