3W LUXEON 3xAA FLASHLIGHT



3W Luxeon 3xAA Flashlight, retail $29.99 (No web URL known)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 11-18-06





The 3 watt Luxeon flashlight (name and manufacturer unknown) is a very sleek and shiny flashlight. It has a 3 watt Luxeon LED at the bottom of a smooth reflector, and uses 3 AA cells held in its barrel to power that LED.

It comes in a smooth and shiny (possibly chrome plated) aluminum body, and has a rubberised pushbutton near the front of the barrel to turn the LED on and off.


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To use the flashlight, install the included batteries first (see directly below), and then you can go to town.

Press the rubberised pushbutton 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 gently to the ground, and kick it into the bushes so it will rot away...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used AA cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AA cells into the barrel, orienting them so the button-end (+) positive goes in first.

Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that tailcap in the weeds now?

Current usage measures 681mA on my DMM's 4A scale.




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

The flashlight appears to be at least reasonably durable. I smacked it against the corner of a concrete stair ten times (five on the side of the tailcap, and five on the side of the bezel), and caused the expected amount of damage. There is some gouging on the sides of the bezel and tailcap where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

There is significant battery rattle; you don't even need to shake the flashlight vigorously to hear and feel it.

As for water-resistance, it is weather-resistant, but not waterproof or submersible. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its batteries, and performed that dreadful suction test, some leakage was detected. It isn't a HUGE leak, but it leaked nonetheless. So while I don't think you'll have any trouble using in rain, snow, or other foul weather; dropping this flashlight into water or water-like liquids probably wouldn't be very good for it. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of tiger 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 lightly to 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 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 piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or urination) can't be very good for the insides.

The light produced by this flashlight is white, with a very, very, VERY slight pinkish or purplish-pink tinge to it. But if you showed a large group of people the beam and asked them to tell you what color it was, every single one of them would holler out "WHITE!!!" in response to that query.
I can guarantee you that much.

This LED flashlight looks a little bit like a male urinator / inseminator (penis); please keep that in mind when whipping this flashlight out in public.
Just don't hold it by the bezel (head) with the tailcap pointed outward, and I think you'll be alright.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 880,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.


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



Beam photo at ~15'.
That red star thing on the wall is from an American DJ Laser Widow.
As you can see, it was 20 seconds short of 1:57 when I took this photograph.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was purchased on Ebay and was received early in the afternoon of 08-01-05.


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    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 3 watt white Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with bright, ringy corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; plastic window protects LED and reflector
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 681mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Some light splash-resistance at best
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAA cells
    SIZE: Size :230mm L, 30mm D
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

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