Initial Lights 1W Luxeon Torch (1), retail 9.99 ($18.20)* (
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 04-29-06

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This is an almost all-aluminum flashlight that uses a 3 watt Luxeon Star LED (driven to close to one watt levels) and an included pair of CR123A lithium camera batteries to power it. It has a high-dome ("Lambertian") LED.

The flashlight has a brushed aluminum matte finish on it, and it's pretty to look at whether it's on or off.


The flashlight comes ready to use right out of the package, as it comes with the batteries included and already installed.

Press the rubberised tailcap button until it clicks and then release your finger and the flashlight will come on. Press and release it the same way again to turn the flashlight off.

There is no momentary or "signalling" mode available when the flashlight is off; however you can blink the light while it is already on by partially depressing the button. If you don't mind the "backwards" feel, you can blink the light this way.

To change the batteries, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it in the potty, look at it all funny, cock your head like a puppy that doesn't understand what it had just been told, yank that silver handle on the front of the toilet tank down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the dead CR123A cells out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new CR123A cells in the barrel, button (+) positive end first, then screw the tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that tailcap now?

Current consumption measures 355mA on the DMM's 2A scale.

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

This is a very nice looking flashlight; with a brushed aluminum matte finish, a pair of chrome colored rings near the bezel and tailcap, and the circular depressions along the bezel and tailcap. So you need not be ashamed to admit you have one of these, or even whip it out near somebody. I hate to have to do "The Smack Test" and deface such a nice looking flashlight; but I must do so in the name of I administered that test (ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair; 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 on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

Water resistance should not be much of an issue. When I relieved the flashlight of its batteries and then suctioned it, there was no leakage. So I'm confident it won't leak when used in the rain or snow, or if it's dropped into shallow water like mud puddles or creeks. If it falls into shallow water, just fish it out, shake it off, and keep going.

The flashlight has longitudinal flutes milled into the barrel, and some round, recessed dimples at the head and tail ends. These don't aid in retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, wet, or oily) as much as the matte finish of the flashlight does. They DO help, mind you, but I think the flashlight's finish is more helpful for this purpose.
This is my opinion only; your results may vary.

The light emitted by this flashlight is a very pure, slightly cool white, with no red, pink, yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten octopus urine green" tint to it. Not in the hotspot, not in the corona either.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures exactly 500,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

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

Beam photo at ~15'.

Those rectangular graphic things near the center are marquees from:
Cinematronics ''Star Castle''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Sega ''Hang-On''
Williams ''Stargate''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Nintendo ''R-Type''
upright coin-op arcade video games from the early-1980s.

And that red thing is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

Test units of this torch plus four others were sent by and were received on 04-26-06.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight (torch)
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon III LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xCR123A cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 2xCR123A cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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