1 Watt LED Torch, retail $14.90 (www.hebeiltd.com.cn...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 07-26-05

This flashlight arrived in the latest shipment of LEDs from Hebei I.T. Shanghai Co. Ltd.
It comes in an almost all-aluminum body, has a 1 watt LED at the bottom of a smooth reflector, and uses three AAA cells held in a side-by-side carriage in its barrel to power that LED with.

The switch for the LED is a rubberised button on the barrel, just behind the flared out portion of the flashlight's bezel (head).


To use the 1W LED Torch, feed it the included batteries first.

Press the button on the barrel firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on.

Press and release the button 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 flashlight while it is on by partially depressing the button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight 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 black 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 metal post 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?

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

Photograph of the light's "business-end", showing the LED and reflector.

The flashlight appears to be at least reasonably sturdy, and it is. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I administered that terrible smack test on it (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 gouging on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

There appears to be a Type II clear anodized finish on all of the exposed metal; so it should stay looking relatively new-looking, even if it goes up against keys, coins, or other flashlights in storage or transportation.

This flashlight is splash- and weather-resistant at minimum, but it is not submersible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of gila monster pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, 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 the water out of the barrel 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 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 seashells or urine when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or pee) can't be very good for the insides.

There is a band of knurling (crosshatch-shaped texturising) on the barrel, and some longitudinal fluting on both the bezel and tailcap, so retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are cold, wet, or oily) shouldn't be much of an issue.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 140,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photo at ~15'.

That red star thing is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

Test sample arrived in the latest shipment of LEDs from Hebei I.T. Shanghai Co. Ltd.; which were received on 07-25-05.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow spot with wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Wrist lanyard, three AAA cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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