28-LED Flashlight, retail $19.95 (http://store.advancedmart.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Advancedmart (www.advancedmart.com)
Last updated 03-30-05

This 28-LED flashlight, sold by Advancedmart, does not have a formal name that I know of, so I'll just call it a "flashlight" on this web page.

It comes in an aluminum body, has 28 screaming bright white LEDs (yes, the intensity is higher than I expected) in its bezel (head), uses three AAA cells in a carriage in its barrel, and has a rubbery pushbutton on/off switch on its barrel.

The batteries (three AAA cells) are not included, so you'll have to buy some or have some on hand before you can use this flashlight.


To use this flashlight, feed it first (see directly below), and then you can go to town.

Press the button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on.
Press the button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight off.
Yes, it really is as easy as that.

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 spring 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?

Current usage measures 245.4mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.

Photograph of the flashlight's business-end, showing the 28 white LEDs.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I administered the 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.

This flashlight is splash- and weather-resistant at absolute minimum, but it is not submersible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of iguana 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, unscrew and remove the bezel (head), dump the water out of the barrel and bezel 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 are some raised rectangles milled into 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 photograph at ~12".
Measures an impressive 460,000 mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph at ~15 feet.
I don't normally provide beam photographs on a wall with non-Luxeon flashlights, but this flashlight is bright enough for this type of picture. That red star thing is from an American DJ Laser Widow

Test unit was sent by J.W. of Advancedmart on 03-10-05, and was received on the morning of 03-12-05.

UPDATE: 03-20-05
I have found this flashlight to be brighter than expected. Even my housemate says "it's too bright - get that {vulgar term for having intercourse} thing off the table and find something dimmer!".
Yes, I consider this to be a good thing.

UPDATE: 03-25-05
I loaned this flashlight to the person who is renting the back yard to store his RV a couple of nights ago, and he still has not returned it. Is it really that good? Yeah, looks that way.

UPDATE: 03-30-05
The person I lent this flashlight to has lost it. So I cannot finish my evaluation of it or apply a rating to it.



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 28
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood, dim corona, slightly brighter ring at perimeter
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    WARRANTY: Not stated/TBA


    Star Rating

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