HuntLight FT-01XSE, retail $68.00 (
Manufactured by HuntLight (
Last updated 03-16-07

The HuntLight FT-01XSE is a small LED flashlight that powers a white U-bin Luxeon III LED with a pair of lithium CR123A camera cells housed in its barrel. It comes in an almost all-aluminum body, protected by a natural Type III hard-anodized finish.

The LED is at the bottom of a stippled (texturised) reflector, and the LED & reflector are protected by a glass window (or "lens" if you prefer, even though it does not modify the focus of the light in any manner).


To use the HuntLight FT-01XSE, feed it two CR123A cells first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red or in this case, white.

Press the rubberised button on the tailcap firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn it on. Do the exact same thing to turn it off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the HuntLight while it is on by partially depressing the tailcap button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way.

To change the batteries, unscrew and 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 CR123A cells out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Slide two new CR123A cells in the flashlight barrel, orienting them so the button-end (+) positive goes in first. Finally, screw the tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that tailcap into the garden with all those 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 usage measures 522mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy, and it is. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I administered the smack test on 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), and found the expected damage. There is some *VERY* minor gouging to the bare Metaltamomon er the bare Metalguilmon um that's not it either...the bare 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 side of the bezel where it was struck; gouging but not to the bare netal was found on the side of the tailcap. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

The exterior finish is a natural-color Type III hard anodize ("HA-III" as us flashlight nuts know it), so it should stay new looking for a long time, even if it goes up against keys, coins, or other metal flashlights during storage or transport. I tried to cut through the HuntLight with the blade of a Gerber folding knife, and was not successful.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sugar-coated toilet muscle (sweet patootie) I would, if it's in the name of science.

The front window ("lens") is made of glass, not plastic. It is AR (antireflective) coated; so more light gets out.
I tried to scratch through it with a knife, but failed.
Would I really try to cut up the lens a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie (sugar-coated toilet muscle) I would, if it's in the name of science.

The FT-01XSE is waterproof but not submersible to any depths beyond several inches. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its batteries, and performed that dreadful suction test on the barrel, only very minor air leakage was detected. So if it falls into *SHALLOW* water, just shake it off and keep going. If it falls in the kitty litter box and the kitty pisses on it, just douche it off under the faucet good as new. Just try not to dredge it in deeper water.
When I removed and then reattached the bezel and then repeated the test, no leakage at all was detected.

One of the first things I noticed was that the bezel is lightly scalloped; so if you set the HuntLight down face-first while it's on, some light leaks out of the scalloping so you can tell it's still turned on, and get that puppy shut down. Yes, I wasted a set of batteries in a SureFire KL2 by setting it on a dresser bezel-down without realising it was still switched on.

The neck lanyard has a small clear transparent sphere with some GITD (Glow In The Dark) specks inside. This was unnoticed until I accidentally irradiated the sphere with ultraviolet radiation from one of the UV LED flashlights I recently received from AdvancedMart.

Here's a photograph of the sphere taken shortly after irradiating it with a 390nm UV source.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 1,190,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
The greenish color you see in this photograph does not exist in real life.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

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 LED in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from TWO-CUBED.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was sent by J.S.B. of J.S. Burly's on 10-26-06 and was received on the afternoon of 10-30-06.

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: 11-13-06
We found a squeaky little mouse in the house last night, which we caught and then I set free outside approximately 100 feet from the house. About an hour later, one of her cats (well, they're "our" cats, but technically they are hers) was playing with a dead mouse (it appeared to be the same one - but it could have just been from the same litter) on the outdoor patio; the cat then took it outside the cat door and started playing with it some more. My sister said that the cat would just dig it up if she buried it, and fish it out of the dipsty-dumpster if she threw it in the garbage, so she had the idea to flush it down the toilet. This is where the HuntLight came into play. I turned it on and handed it to her, so she could find the dead mouse and scoop it into a box for me to dispose of by flushing. Needless to say, the HuntLight performed this task quite adequately, and I flushed the dead mouse away.

UPDATE: 11-13-06
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.
When the maintenance men were here today to sweep up mouse {vulgar term for feces; rhymes with pit} and to put mousetraps with bate under the stove, I let them use the HuntLight so they could see under the stove so they could do their job.



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon III LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/ broad corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Tailcap button on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by window
    BATTERY: 2xCR123A cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths *ONLY*
    ACCESSORIES: Neck lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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