LED-Lenser 5xLED White 1xRed LED Torch, retail $~30.00 (www.lowes.com)
Manufactured by LED-Lenser Optoelectronics (www.led-lenser.com)
Last updated 08-10-07

The LED-Lenser 5xLED White 1xRed LED Torch (hereinafter, probably just called a "flashlight") is a small, but remarkably bright flashlight that uses 5 screaming bright white LEDs (yes, they're brighter than expected; coming in at 67,400mcd each!!!) and one screaming bright red LED (yes, it too is a lot brighter than expected!), each color controlled by its own switch.

It comes in an all-metal body, and feeds from 3 AAA cells held in a side-by-side carriage in its barrel to keep its overall length down.


Press the black button on the barrel firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn the white LEDs on.

Press and release the button the same way again to turn the white LEDs on back off.

Do the same thing with the red button on the barrel to turn the red LED on & off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available in this flashlight when it's off, however you can blink the flashlight while it is on by partially depressing either of the buttons. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way if necessary.

The flashlight comes with a wrist strap, already affixed to the unit's tailcap via a hole in the side of the tailcap. This strap is plenty large enough to go around the flashlight, so you can use this strap to hang the flashlight from tree branches, water pipes, toliet pipes, thin rafters, or other long, relatively thin objects with no readily accessible "end".

The flashlight comes with a nylon pouch/belt holster. The flashlight fits this holster bezel-up or bezel-down; a flap with velcro on it folds over the top and attaches to the body of the holster, so the flashlight doesn't just fall out. This holster fits belts up to ~2.0" wide. I do not own or use pants that require a belt however, so I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended to be used.

To change the batteries in your flashlight, unscrew and remove the bezel (head), dash it to the ground, and stomp on it with old or used bowling shoes...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the black plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used cells if they are present in this carriage.

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

Once the carriage is full, insert it into the flashlight's barrel, aiming it so the brass contacts on one end of it face outward (toward the open end of the barrel). Screw the bezel back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that bezel now?

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

This is a loaner, and I'm sure its owner will want it back with no dings in the bezel or rat pellets or yukky old toliet water in ther barrel. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannonada (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout or with a handheld wand), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that non-loaner flashlights may have inflicted upon them.
So this section of the flashlight's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that is not a loaner sample.

The white LEDs do have a noticeable bluish tint to them, but if you showed the light spot to a group of people and asked them to tell you what color it was, most of them would holler out "WHITE!!!" in response to that query; though a very small handful them might holler out "LIGHT SKY BLUE!!!" instead.

Beam photograph (white LEDs) on the test target at 12".
That bluish tint you see in this photograph is not an illusion; it really does exist.
Measures 337,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph (red LED) on the test target at 12".
Measures 45,400mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
This is unusually bright for a single 5mm red LED.

Beam photograph (both white & red LEDs) on the test target at 12".
Measures 352,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph (white LEDs) on a wall at ~10'.

Beam photograph (red LED) on a wall at ~10'.

Beam photograph (both red & white LEDs) on a wall at ~10'.

Those rectangular graphic things in the upper left quadrant of these three photographs 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.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LEDs (white) in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED (red) in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LEDs (both white & red) in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis of the white LEDs in this flashlight.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis of the red LED in this flashlight.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test units of this and one other product were loaned to me by a website
fan on 08-08-07 and were received on the afternoon of 08-09-07.

Product was almost certainly 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



    MANUFACTURER: LED-Lenser Optoelectronics
    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld, multipurpose flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 6 (5 white, 1 red)
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbuttons on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal & plastic; LEDs recessed into hosels for them
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes, splatter-resistant at absolute minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Wrist lanyard, nylon holster
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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