WHITE/RED/UV LED
RECHARGEABLE TORCH



White/Red/UV LED Rechargeable Torch, retail 61.76 ($83.59*)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Tokyotoys (http://tokyotoys.biz)
Last updated 04-22-08




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This is a torch (flashlight) that has three modes of operation: a white Luxeon III main lamp, a ring of six red LEDs for night vision preservation, and a ring of six NUV (near-ultraviolet) LEDs for things you need NUV radiation for - such as hunting scorpions, checking for the security strip in US currency, checking for anticounterfeiting measures in checks or money orders, checking thrift store garments for "the hidden enemy" (armpit puddles, urination, insemination, etc.).

It comes in an aluminum body, and has a 18650 Li:ION (lithium ion) rechargeable cell in its barrel to power those LEDs with.


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As with any rechargeable product, charge it first, and then you can go paint the town red. No really, you can if you use the red LED function of this torch.

At the base of the bezel (head), you'll see three low-profile rubberised pushbuttons.

Press & release the yellow one (the leftmost button) to turn the UV LEDs on. Do the same thing again to turn them back off.

Press & release the black one (the center button) to turn the white Luxeon III LED on. Do the same thing again to turn it back off.

Press & release the red one (the rightmost button) to turn the red LEDs on. Do the same thing again to turn them back off.

If any of the modes are on and you want to change, just press the button that corresponds with the LED color you want, and the previous mode will turn off and the new mode will come on.

Although I do not know the usefullness of the following, it *IS* possible to have two or even all three of the LED modes operating at once. To do this, press and hold down one or two of the buttons, while simultaneously pressing one or two of any of the others, then release all of the buttons you pressed.



There are no disposable batteries to fuss with, so I do not have to tell you which part to remove and throw in the can so it can be flushed away.

To charge the 18650 Li:ION cell when necessary, just lift up on the small rubber cover on the tailcap of the flashlight, plug the small end of the charger's cord into the receptacle you just exposed, and plug the large end of the charger into any 100 to 240 volts AC 50-60Hz AC receptacle. The charging unit I have is equipped with a 220 volt two-prong plug; this fits the AC receptacle in the 110-220 volts AC power converter I have.

An LED on the charger will glow red or orange while charging, and green when the charge cycle is complete.

Current usage measures 76.3mA (UV), 133.4mA (red), and 177.3mA (white).
All measurements were taken on my DMM's 400mA scale.




Photograph of the front, showing the Lux III LED + reflector and the ring of 5mm LEDs surrounding that.

This flashlight (torch) appears to be reasonably durable at absolute minimum, and it is. I smacked this flashlight 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 rather minor gouging to the bare Metalwargreymon er the bare Metalpaildramon um that's not it either...the bare Metalgarurumon...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. No optical, mechanical, or electrical malfunctions were detected.

It appears to have a Type II anodizing on all of its exterior surfaces. I tried to cut through the finish with the blade of a folding knife, and I was successful.
Would I really cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie (sugar-coated toilet muscle) I would, if it's in the name of science.

It is water- and splatter-resistant at minimum, but not submersible. When I performed that terrible "Suction Test" on it, it failed. 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 Asian elephant 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 wee-wee), lactic acid (from moo juice), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

This product comes with a small lanyard on a detachable clip. Although this lanyard won't go around the average user's wrist, it does go all the way around the flashlight, so it can be used to hang the flashlight from tree branches, small-diameter pipes, or other objects with no readily accessible "end".

This flashlight also stands on its tailcap unaided, so you can shine it at the ceiling and light the room with the reflection from the ceiling.



Beam photograph (white) on the test target at 12".
Measures 1,222,200mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam photograph (red) on the test target at 12".
Measures 12,560mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam photograph (UV) on the test target at 12".
Wavelength is too short to be measured with the instruments at my disposal.



Beam photograph (red + UV) on the test target at 12".



Beam photograph (white + UV) on the test target at 12".



Beam photograph (white + red) on the test target at 12".



Beam photograph (red + white + UV) on the test target at 12".



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

Those rectangular graphic things on the wall 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
Spectrographic analysis of the white Luxeon III LED in this flashlight.



Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the red LEDs in this flashlight.



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


ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (white LED).


ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (red LEDs).
Images made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.






TEST NOTES:
Test unit was sent by H.V. of TokyoToys and was received on the afternoon of 01-08-07.

Product was almost certainly made in Japan. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

The AC charger is rated for an input of 100 to 240 volts AC at 50 to 60Hz, and has an output of 4.5 volts DC at 1,000mA (1.0A).
Center of plug is (+) positive, outer barrel is (-) negative.


UPDATE: 01-15-07
I used this torch in red LED mode at ~6:55am PDT today to get from my room to the front porch in place of the LRI Proton that I use every day in red LED mode, and it functioned beautifully.


UPDATE: 01-30-07
I found one reason why this torch is not waterproof...there's no O-ring between the bezel and barrel.
***DO NOT*** attempt to install one yourself !!!
The barrel is connected to the bezel by wires, and you would have to snip off those wires in order to get an O-ring in there. And if you snipped those wires off, the torch would no longer function.


UPDATE: 01-31-07
There is an LED on the tailcap next to the charger input receptacle, but I have not yet figured out what it's there for. It does not come on at any time during the charge cycle, and I have not yet seen it come on when the torch is in use.


There. See it now?
It's the circular object above the black rubber flap - the charger receptacle is covered by a rubber bung on that flap, secured with the phillips screw you can see near the center, at the 2:00 position.


UPDATE: 01-31-07
No, you're not seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.
This LED appears to be a "low battery" warning device; I believe it will light steadily when the battery is nearing its State of Euphoria - er - uh - state of discharge (there I go thinking about the heavy metal band Anthrax again!!!); it glows a yellow-green color.


UPDATE: 02-03-07
I have indeed confirmed that the LED on the tailcap is a low battery indicator. I purposefully left the flashlight on to discharge the battery, and this LED came on when the battery was in a state of near-total discharge. See the photograph directly below.





UPDATE: 10-15-07
If this torch (flashlight) is struck somewhat sharply on its tailcap when it is on (in any mode), it will probably turn off.
I found this out while putting groceries away this morning using the red LEDs; I confirmed it a short time later with the white and UV LEDs too, by turning it on and gently striking it on its tailcap against the arm of my chair.


UPDATE: 04-22-08
I used this light frequently between 04-14-08 and 04-17-08 after our electric power service was disconnected because my sister forgot about the bill.


PROS:
Appears at least reasonably durable
Never have to buy batteries or bulbs for it
Comes with universal charger


CONS:
Not all that water-resistant


    MANUFACTURER: TokyoToys
    PRODUCT TYPE: Multicolor rechargeable LED hand torch
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon III LED, 5mm LEDs
    No. OF LAMPS: 13 (1 Luxeon, 6 red, 6 UV)
    BEAM TYPE: Varies, depending on LED color
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbuttons on/off on bezel
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; plastic window protects LEDs & reflector
    BATTERY: 1x18650 cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 76.3mA (UV), 133.4mA (red), and 177.3mA (white)
    WATER RESISTANT: Light water-resistance at minimum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: 1x18650 cell, 100-240VAC charger, belt holster, small lanyard, padded storage case
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

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