Hyperion Digital Light CE-R, retail US$16.00 to US$34.99 (www.supertactical.com... and www.lighthound.com...)
Manufactured by Hyperion (www.hyperion.hk.cn)
Last updated 08-13-07

The Hyperion is a versatile, durable, insanely bright little LED flashlight. The LED doesn't just come on whenever you fire up the studly little vacume...er...uh...the studly little flashlight, it has three intensity levels plus two blinking modes. It is advertised to have three intensity levels: 60 lumens, 30 lumens, and 140 lumens - however, you need an expensive instrument called an "integrating sphere" to measure light in lumens, and I do not own or have access to one of these instruments.

It uses a white 3 watt Cree XLamp 7090-R high-powered LED to produce its light, the LED is at the bottom of a lightly stippled (texturised) reflector, and the LED & reflector are protected by a glass window (or "lens" if you prefer).
The texture of the reflector is commonly called "orange peel"; it gives the Hyperion a very smooth, artifact-free beam.

The body is made from a durable aluminum, protected by a Type III hard anodized finish.

The URL to the manufacturer's website www.hyperion.hk.cn is not functional as of 08-12-07; please no emails about that.


The Hyperion needs to be fed its included CR123A cell first, and then you can go paint the town red - or white in this case.

Turn the bezel clockwise to turn it on in medium mode.
Turn the bezel counterclockwise to turn it off.

Turn the bezel clockwise to turn it back on in low mode.
Turn the bezel counterclockwise to turn it off.

Turn the bezel clockwise to turn it back on in high mode.
Turn the bezel counterclockwise to turn it off.

Turn the bezel clockwise to turn it back on in strobe mode (strobes at ~15Hz).
Turn the bezel counterclockwise to turn it off.

Turn the bezel clockwise to turn it back on in "find me" mode (where the unit blinks very briefly every ten seconds).
Turn the bezel counterclockwise to turn it off.

After a couple of seconds in any mode the light will blink once, very shortly, to indicate that the setting you're currently using is now in memory, and so, the next time it is switched on, this will be the starting mode.

The Hyperion was furnished without instructions in English, so if I missed something important here, I sincerely apologise.

To change the CR123A cell when necessary, unscrew and remove the bezel, dash it to the floor, look at it all funny, cock your head like a puppy that doesn't understand what it had just been told, and kick it into the closet...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used CR123A cell out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Insert a new CR123A cell, flat-end (-) negative first into the barrel.

Screw the bezel back on, and unscrew it slightly when your Hyperion springs to life.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel into the closet with all those boxes, overstuffed plastic bags, busted "vaccuummnnes", and piles of dirty wash now?

Unable to measure current usage due to how the product was constructed.

This flashlight appears at least fairly durable, and it is!!! When I performed that terrible smack test on it (ten whacks against the concrete floor of a porch: 5 smacks against the side of the bezel and 5 smacks against the side of the tailcap), only very, very, very minor damage was found. There is some extremely minor gouging to the bare Metalmegaseadramon - er - the bare Metalagunimon - um that's not it either...the bare Metaltentomon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up) on the side of the bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical anomalies were detected.

The Hyperion has a Type III hard anodized finish; I tried to cut through it with the blade of a folding knife, and was not successful.
Would I really try to cut up 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 front window is made out of glass, not plastic. I tried to gouge it with the blade of a folding knife, and I was not successful.
Would I really try to cut up the lens of a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie (sugar-coated toilet muscle) I would, if it's in the name of science.

The Hyperion is water-resistant, and submersible to 10 meters (~30 feet) too. When I removed the bezel and performed that dreadful suction test on it, no air leakage was detected. There is a milky white O-ring between the bezel and the body; this should help seal out things like water, diet Pepsi, coffee, tea, bird poop, mud, snow, pee, and other liquids and semiliquids; keeping them outside the flashlight where they belong. If it falls into water, just shake it off and keep going. And if it fell in the cat box and the kitty pissed on it, just douche it off under the faucet - good as new.

The light output by the Hyperion is a pure 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.

The dimmer functions appear to be PWM (Pulse Width Modulated); as I can observe flickering when the unit is switched to one of the dimmer levels and then waved about rapidly.
There is a photograph of an oscilloscope screen farther down this web page that shows this.

Note that the lanyard holes appear to be unevenly spaced from the edge of the tailcap.
All Hyperions are suspect to have this same anomaly; the lanyard holes were very likely drilled this way intentionally.
That ding in the edge of the tailcap is a result of one of my tests, and may be ignored.

The body has knurling (crosshatch-shaped texturising) machined into it, and the bezel (head) has two bands of linear lines (angled, not true longitudinal) machined into it, so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, or wet) should not be an issue.

The tail is flat, so you can stand the Hyperion up on a flat surface and allow the flashlight to beam its white goodness onto a white or light-colored ceiling, illuminating the room by reflected light. The lanyard holes are on the sides of the tailcap, so you can tailstand the unit even if the lanyard is attached.

The Hyperion comes with two adhesive-backed foam "doughnuts" (or "donuts" as some people spell it); you may affix one of these to the back side of the bezel if you wish to help minimise or even eliminate (as in my case) battery rattle. I believe the second one is furnished as a spare; if something happens to the first one, you'll have another.

The Hyperion CE-R's circuit is specified as being able to handle an input voltage range of +0.8 volts to +4.2 volts, so you can use a lithium ion 16340 rechargeable cell or a RCR123A rechargeable cell in it, in leiu of a primary (disposable) CR123A cell.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
The greenish tint you see on the edge of the beam does not actually exist.
Measures 151,000mcd (low), 527,000mcd (medium), and 1,437,000mcd (high) on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.
The greenish tint you see on the edge of the beam does not actually exist.

Those rectangular graphic things in the upper left quadrant of this photograph are marquees from:
Nintendo ''R-Type''
Super Tiger...er...uh...Konami ''Super Cobra''
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

That graphic toward the right is:
A "BIG SCARY LASER" poster sent by www.megagreen.co.uk

And that clock to the right of the sign is an Infinity Optics Clock.

This is an oscilloscope screen showing the PWM on "medium".

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

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

Test unit was received as an unnanounced package on the afternoon of 08-10-07.
It was sent by A.M. in San Mateo CA. on 08-10-07, but there was no contact info with the unit, so I cannot properly thank him for it.
If this is you, please pipe up so I can thank you the right way.

Product was very likely 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: 08-12-07
I used the light to find some medication that my sister accidentally dropped; although I did not pay close attention to the setting, I believe it was on "medium", and I was successful in finding the errant drugs.



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld multimode flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Cree XLamp 7090 (3 watt) LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/wide dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/mode change/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by glass window
    BATTERY: 1xCR123A cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to 10M (~30')
    ACCESSORIES: 1xCR123A cell, wrist lanyard, small O-ring, 2 foam "doughnuts"
    SIZE: 6.9cm L, 2.0cm D
    WEIGHT: 35 grams (not including battery)
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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