LED Flashlight with Disco Light, retail $9.95 (www.myvirtualzone.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for MyVirtualZone (www.myvirtualzone.com)
Last updated 12-22-06

This looks like an ordinary white LED flashlight, but look again. In the center of the outer ring of 12 white LEDs, there is a cluster of RGB (red/green/blue) LEDs, which already come with a resident program that causes them to flash & blink in pseudo-random patterns when they're activated.

The unit comes in a mostly-aluminum body, and is powered by three AAA cells held in a side-by-side carriage in the flashlight's barrel.


To use this flashlight, firmly press & release the button on the barrel to turn the white LEDs on.

Firmly press & release the button on the barrel again to turn the white LEDs off.

Firmly press & release the button on the barrel again to turn the RGB LEDs on.

Firmly press & release the button on the barrel again to turn the RGB LEDs 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 the white LEDs back on.

To change the batteries, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it to the ground, look at it all funny, cock your head like a puppy that doesn't understand what it had just been told, and stomp on it with old or used bowling shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the black plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used AAA cells from it.

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

Slide the now-full battery carriage into the flashlight barrel, orienting it so the post on one end of the carriage goes in first. Finally, screw the tailcap firmly back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Current usage measures 163.9mA with the white LEDs on.

The flashlight looks reasonably durable...but O NOOOOOO!!! IT'S NOT!!!
When I beat 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), it quit functioning!!!

After smacking the bezel (head) of the unit in my hand several times, it resumed normal operation.

There is an O-ring on the tailcap that engages the back of the barrel when it is attached, but the flashlight has significant leakage from the front. 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 Komodo dragon 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.

The white light is a cool, slightly purplish white; and the RGB LEDs put on a heck of a light show.

The flashlight can be stood on its tailcap even with the lanyard still attached, so you can use it to beam white light to the ceiling and illuminate the entire room that way, or you can turn it on in "disco" mode and have a colorful light show on your ceiling.

Beam photograph (white LEDs) on the test target at 12".
Measures 283,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph (RGB LEDs) on the test target at 12".
The RGB LEDs flash & blink; the red & green dice were not on when this photograph was taken.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the "disco" mode.
This clip is approximately 5.6 megabytes (5,873,286 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
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The Star Trek Voyager episode "One" was playing when this clip was made.

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

Test unit was purchased from www.myvirtualzone.com on 12-08-06, and was received on the afternoon of 12-21-06.

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: White + RGB LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 19 (12 white, 7 RGB)
    BEAM TYPE: (white) Wide spot w/dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/mode change/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs protected by thin plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Splatter-resistant at best
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAAA cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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