INITIAL LIGHTS 1W
LUXEON TORCH (3)



Initial Lights 1W Luxeon Torch (3), retail 9.99 ($18.20)* (www.initiallights.co.uk...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 04-30-06


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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 trio of AAA cells to power it. It has a high-dome ("Lambertian") LED.

The flashlight has a finely-grooved aluminum finish on it and three bands of knurling on its barrel, so it's pretty to look at whether it's on or off.


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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 to the ground, and stomp on it with old or used bowling shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the transparent clear plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used AAA cells from it.

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

Slide the now-full battery carriage into the flashlight barrel, orienting it so the spring on one end of the carriage goes in first. Finally, screw the tailcap firmly back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Current consumption measures 221mA on the DMM's 2A scale.




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

This is a very nice, somewhat futuristic looking flashlight; with a finely grooved aluminum finish and three bands of knurling (cross-hatch shaped texturising) on its barrel. 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 science...so 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 battery carriage and then suctioned it, there was no leakage. I even suctioned the tailcap, and obtained the same results. 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 light emitted by this flashlight is a very pure, slightly cool white, with no red, pink, yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten squid urine green" tint to it. Not in the hotspot, not in the corona either.

Does this web page look an awful lot like the pages for the other two Initial Lights products?
Thought you'd say so.
All three passed "The Smack Test" and had the same type and amount of damage.
And all three passed "The Suction Test" with identical results.
So I used those web pages as templates for this web page.



Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 430,000mcd 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 NOTES:
Test units of this torch plus four others were sent by www.initiallights.co.uk and were received on 04-26-06.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:



CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight (torch)
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon III LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/ wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 221mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAAA cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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