28xLED Metal Flashlight (2), retail $16.99 (http://store.advancedmart.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Advancedmart (www.advancedmart.com)
Last updated 06-21-06

This is a flashlight that has twenty eight white LEDs in the business-end, powered by three AAA cells held in a carriage inside the barrel. It is turned on and off via a click-action pushbutton switch on the tailcap. It comes in a rugged looking black colored metal body.


To use this flashlight, feed it the included AAA cells first (see below), and then you can go to town.

Press the black tailcap button firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn it on. Repeat the same action to turn it off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the product 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, dash it to the ground, and stomp on it with spiked golf 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 cells if they are present in this carriage.

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

Once the carriage is full, insert it into the flashlight's barrel, aiming it so the metal post on the end goes in first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Current consumption measures 199.3mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.

This flashlight appears to be at least reasonably durable. I smacked it against a concrete patio floor ten times (five on the side of the tailcap, and five on side of the the bezel), and caused the expected damage. There is some minor gouging to the bare Metalkabuterimon - er - the bare Metalmarineangemon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalaguardramon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! Now I'm just making up names!!! ) on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected. It still produces the same predominantly circular medium spot that it did when I removed it from its package for the first time.

As for water-resistance, it is weather-resistant, but not waterproof or submersible. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its battery carriage, and performed that dreadful suction test, a *VERY SMALL* leak was detected. It isn't a HUGE leak, but it leaked nonetheless. So while I don't think you'll have any trouble using in rain, snow, or other foul weather; dropping the flashlight into water or water-like liquids probably wouldn't be very good for it.

Water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside through somewhere around the front of the bezel. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of wild boar 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.

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, fell in an unflushed urinator or john, 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 #1), lactic acid (from cow lactation), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

The beam color is a pure, very slightly cool white, with no red, pink, yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten trout urine green" tints to it.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 403,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

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

Test unit of this and two other flashlights were sent by J.W. of AdvancedMart, and were received on 05-27-06.

This flashlight 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: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS:
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAAA cells, nylon holster
    WARRANTY: 90 days


    Star Rating

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