HuntLight FT-A2, retail $30.00 (
Manufactured by HuntLight (
Last updated 04-01-07

The HuntLight FT-A2 is a small LED flashlight that powers a white Luxeon I LED with a single AA cell housed in its barrel. It comes in an almost all-aluminum body, protected by a jet-black Type II anodized finish.

The LED is at the bottom of a mirror-smooth 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-A2, feed it a single AA cell 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 battery, 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 AA cell out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Slide a new AA cell in the flashlight barrel, orienting it 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 436mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy. 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 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 sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

The exterior finish is a black Type II anodize, so it should stay new looking for a fairly 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 successful. That's how I determined it has a Type II anodize, besides what is stated on the HuntLight web site.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your 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.

The FT-A2 is waterproof but not submersible to any depths beyond several inches. When I removed the bezel, relieved the flashlight of its battery, 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.

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 flashlight can be stood up on its tail on a dresser, counter, table, or other flat surface and beam onto the ceiling, acting like an electronic candle.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 428,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

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.

And that red star thing on the wall is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

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 09-30-06 and was received on the afternoon of 10-21-06.

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: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon I 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: 1xAA cell
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths *ONLY*
    ACCESSORIES: 1xAA cell, wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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