1xAA FLASHLIGHT W/
WOOD BARREL



Luma-Fiying 1xAA Flashlight w/ Wood Barrel , retail $58.00 (www.lumapower.com...)
Manufactured by Lumapower (www.lumapower.com)
Last updated 03-13-07





The Luma-Fiying is a 1xAA cell flashlight that features an R-bin Luxeon I LED at the bottom of an almost-mirror smooth reflector. These are protected by a glass window (or "lens" if you are more comfortable with that term, even though it does not modify the light in any way).

What sets this flashlight apart from others is that it has a dark brown wood cover with a shiny finish on the barrel and bezel!!! This feature is not found on any other commercially-made flashlight - none that I'm aware of anyway.


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To use this lovely looking instrument (subjective analysis here), feed it first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red...or in this case, WHITE.

Grasp the lower portion of this flashlight, and give the bezel (head) a clockwise twist to turn the flashlight on. Turn the bezel counterclockwise to turn it off. Yes, it really is that easy.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available in this flashlight; please do not look for or expect to find one.



To get your Luma-Fiying powered up and ready to face the world, unscrew the head until it comes off (don't worry about losing parts or bulbs), and drop an AA cell in so the button end faces up. Screw the head back on, and you're finished.

Current usage measures 1,084mA (1.084 amps) on my DMM's 4A scale.




Photograph of the front of this flashlight, showing the LED and reflector.

We all know what would happen if I administered my usual "Smack Test" on it (the wood around the bezel would become damaged), so I performed a modified version of that test: I smacked the side of the metal tailcap ten times against the concrete floor of a patio, and found only some rather minor gouging where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

The end window ("lens") is made of glass, not plastic. I tried to scratch it with the end of the blade of a Gerber knife, and was not successful.
Would I really try to scratch up the window of 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 Luma-Fiying is waterproof and submersible. So if it falls into 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.
There's an O-ring on the barrel that engages when the bezel is screwed on, so I don't think this flashlight will leak there either.

Somebody asked me if this flashlight floated...I knew it was too heavy with the AA cell installed, so I tried it without the cell in the sink...it still sank, but no water was found inside when I retrieved it and dried the outside off with some bungwipe.

But since the outer covering is wood, I'd recommend at least TRYING to keep it dry...water and wood seldom play well together (the wood can swell and split!), so if it does get wet, try your best to dry it off as quickly as you can.

The beam is an almost-pure white color, with a very slight purplish tint.

The Luma-Fiying can be stood up on its tailcap to bounce its light off the ceiling if you need to use it that way.

The Hong Kong writing/inscription on the barrel translates in English to:

"BLACKTAIL ROW"

Grass has run wild now by the Bridge of Red-Birds;
And swallows' wings, at sunset, in Blacktail Row
Where once they visited great homes,
Dip among doorways of the poor.


If I wanted to keep this flashlight in absolutely pristine condition, I would set it down bezel (head) first between uses, as there is a small ring of unfinished wood in there. This will help keep dirt, tobacco fragments, hair, and "dust rabbits" outside the flashlight where they belong, not sticking to the small ring of unfinished wood on the inner edge of the bezel.



Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 484,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Photograph of the spot on a wall at ~10'.

Those rectangular graphic things near the upper left 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''

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 NOTES:
Test unit was sent by R.T. of Lumapower and was received late on the afternoon of 09-28-06.

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


UPDATE: 12-16-06
I've decided to rate this product a full five stars and place it in The Trophy Case on this website!!!


UPDATE: 02-10-07
O NOOO!!!
I saw this horrible split in the wood of my Luma-Fiying flashlight yesterday evening; see the photograph directly below.



I have not tried to drown the flashlight in the toilet, smack it against anything hard, drop it on the floor, sit on it, run over it, or otherwise abuse it, so I honestly don't know how the split occurred.
The humidity level here is generally fairly low (under 30%), so moist air isn't the culprit.
Because this split has apparently happened spontaneously, I have no choise but to derate it by star.


PROS:
Very beautiful to look at
Water-resistant and even waterproof to shallow depths
Uses a glass window (lens), not a plastic one
Decent intensity
Offers a good compromise between throw & flood
Uses battery that is inexpensive and easy to find



CONS:
The wood barrel has a chance of splitting, warping, or deforming if exposed to moisture for too long


    MANUFACTURER: Lumapower
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon I LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum covered with wood
    BEZEL: Wood; LED & reflector protected by glass window
    BATTERY: 1xAA cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 1,084mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Small wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star RatingStar Rating





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