LED Flex Light, retail $3.95 (www.thecollectorsedge.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Collector's Edge (www.tcedge.com)
Last updated 06-04-07

This look a lot like the Aviation Part Inspection LED Flashlight + Class 2 Laser?
Thought you'd say that...they do appear quite similar, but I purchased them at different locations, and I was not aware this product even included a laser until I opened it and started to play with it.

The LED Flex Light is a nifty little product which contains a white LED on a flexible gooseneck, a red laser pointer, and a magnetic base to allow you to affix the product to any iron, mild steel, nickel, or cobalt surface.

It comes in a stainless steel body, and feeds from three LR44 button cells - the ubitiquous "laser pointer battery".


Feed the product its included LR44 cells first (see directly below), and then you can go fix that leaking toilet bowl.

Press & hold in the topmost button on the barrel to activate the red laser pointer; release the button to turn it off.

Press & release the bottommost button to turn the white LED on; repeat to turn it off.

The product has a magnetic base, so you can stand it up on its tailcap on any magnetic (iron, mild steel, nickel, or cobalt) surface, and direct (aim) the light on its flexible gooseneck wherever you need it. This allows you to use the product totally hands-free; leaving both hands free to hold wrenches, screwdrivers, or any other handheld tools you might be using at the time. Yes, you can even stick it on a magnetic surface upside-down if necessary. The magnet has plenty of holding power to cope with this position (yes, I tested it myself).

Here is a photograph showing it magnetically stuck to the underside of a desk with mild steel sides.
This photograph was not inverted; yes, it really hangs upside-down.

To change the batteries in your LED Flex Light, unscrew the tailcap until it comes off, then dump out the dead batteries. Dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Drop three new LR44 button cells into the barrel, button-end (-) negative first, and then screw the tailpiece back on.

Alternately, stack the cells on a table flat-end (+) positive down, and lower the barrel of the light over them, then pinch it off with your finger while picking the light up so the batteries don't fall out. Then screw the tailcap back on. Many button cell lights are prone to having cells go in cockeyed; this is one way to avoid that.

The white LED will come on while you're screwing the tailcap on; this is normal - just turn it off with the lower pushbutton.

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

Because this product contains a laser, the thrash test will not be performed. I never perform this particular test on lasers or products which lase.

The LED Flex Light is lightly splatter-resistant at maximum, but it is not water resistant or submersible. There is no O-ring present on the tailcap. So water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of raccoon 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. 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, got dropped into a gas tank, 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 urination), lactic acid (from moo juice), sugar (from root beer & ice cream), or gasoline can't be very good for the insides.

The light has a slight but distinct bluish color to it, but if you shined the light on a white wall in a room full of people and asked them to tell you what color it was, I'm pretty certain that almost everybody would holler out "WHITE!!!" in response to that query.

The gooseneck made an odd crackling sound when it was first bent; this sound did not recur during subsequent bendings, so it is nothing to be concerned about.

The hosel (end piece) for the LED can be unscrewed & removed if desired; however, I can see no logical reason for anybody wanting to do so. Removing this piece does add to the spill light, but also introduces an unpleasasant, fairly bright ring; and exposes the LED itself to any misfortune (becoming scratched, marred, etc.) that may be bestowed upon that part of the product.

Photograph of the LED on the test target at 12".
Measures 16,650mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Photograph of the laser on the test target at 12".
Measures 2.751mW on a laser power meter.

Photograph of the laser beam spot on a wall at ~10'.

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.

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

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED in this flashlight.

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

Product was purchased at the Collector's Edge website on 05-20-07, and was received on the afternoon of 05-31-07.

Product 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 flashlight/laser pointer combo
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED, directly-injected red laser diode
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 LED, 1 laser)
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/soft corona (LED), very narrow spot (laser)
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbuttons on barrel of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and laser diode inset into hosels for them
    BATTERY: 3xLR44 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 3xLR44 button cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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