Nuwai X-1 LED Flashlight, retail $29.99 (
Manufactured by Nuwai (
Last updated 01-25-08

The Nuwai X-1 Flashlight, or Nuwai for short, is a small flashlight that comes in an almost all-aluminum body, has a Luxeon I LED at the bottom of a smooth reflector, and has a single AA cell in the barrel to power that LED.


The Nuwai comes with everything you need to use it right out of the package. Easily cut the flashlight, its included battery, and its included holster out of the package with a pair of heavy-duty scissors. Install the battery (see below), and then you can go paint the town red. Or, paint the town white in this case. ;-)

To turn the Nuwai on in continuous or hands-free mode, press the rubberised tailcap button firmly until it clicks and then release it. Do the exact same thing again to turn it off.

To change the battery in the Nuwai, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it in the crapper, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used cell out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

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

Current consumption measures 244.4mA using a Kirkland brand alkaline AA cell.

Photograph showing the smooth reflector.

I administered The Smack Test by beating the living tweedle out of it (ten whacks against the concrete floor of a patio; 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 to the bare Metalkoromon - er - the bare Metalkabuterimon - um that's not it either...the bare a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - just this morning, they had the season 1 episode "The Crest of Friendship" on) on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected either - it still turns on & off correctly.

The flashlight appears to be weather- and water-resistant at the very least, but it is *NOT* submersible. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the barrel of its batteries, and then performed that dreadful suction test, some leakage was detected. Therefore, water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside through the bezel. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of dromedary camel pee, glasses of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls or urinators (flushed or unflushed), 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, if somebody or something peed on it, or if it fell into an unflushed urinator, 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 urination), lactic acid (from moo juice), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

There is a nobby texture to the flashlight's barrel, and some longitudinal flutes on the bezel and tailcap, so retention (the ability to hold onto the product when your hands are cold, oily, or soaked with water, potty, or Vault Zero) should not be an issue.

The included neck lanyard is heavy-duty, and is adjustable in size.

Beam photograph at ~12".
Measures 706,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Beam photograph 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.

And that red star thing on the marquees is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

Test units of this and several products were sent by G.L. of Eliteled and were received on 05-27-06.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 1-watt Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and reflector protected by clear plastic window
    BATTERY: 1xAA cell
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: One AA cell, nylon holster, lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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