ADVANCEDMART 0.5W (CR123A) FLASHLIGHT



Advancedmart 0.5W (CR123A) Flashlight, retail $19.99 (http://store.advancedmart.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Advancedmart (www.advancedmart.com)
Last updated 06-12-05





The Advancemart 0.5 watt LED flashlight is a small LED flashlight that comes in a chromed brass body, features a 0.5 watt white LED at the bottom of a mirror-smooth reflector, and feeds from a single 3 volt CR123A lithium cell.


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The flashlight is ready to use right away as soon as you remove it from the package and holster.

Firmly press the button on the tailcap until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on.
Do the same thing to turn the flashlight off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off; however, you can blink the flashlight when it is on by depressing the tailcap less firmly (before it clicks) and holding it that way for as long as you need the flashlight off.
If you don't mind the backward or reverse action, you can blink the flashlight this way if desired.

This flashlight comes with a nylon belt holster that has a loop that will fit belts up to 1.5" wide. The flashlight fits in the holster bezel (head)-down, and has a hook and loop fastener on the flap that allows the flap to be closed over the flashlight. I do not own or use pants that require a belt though, so I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended to be used.



To change the battery, unscrew and remove the tailcap, and set it aside.

Slide the used CR123A cell out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Insert a new CR123A cell in the barrel, button-end (+) positive first, and screw the tailcap back on.

Current consumption measures 143.1mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.




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

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 the damage was very minor and cosmetic only. There is some very minot denting on the side of the bezel and the side of the tailcap where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

I won't do "The Toilet Test" on this flashlight, because some leakage was detected when I performed "The Suction Test" on it, just like some leakage was found with the flashlight I evaluated earlier today. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of white rat 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 piss) can't be very good for the insides.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 26,300mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Beam is a bit wider than usual for a reflectored LED; hence the lower-than-expected reading.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit of this and one other flashlight were sent by J.W. of AdvancedMart, and were received late on the morning of 06-10-05.


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    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small LED flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 0.5 watt white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 1xCR123A lithium cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 143.1mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at best
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: CR123A cell, nylon belt holster
    WARRANTY: 90 days

    PRODUCT RATING:

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