LUXEON V LED TORCH



Luxeon V LED Torch, retail $59.95 (www.amondotech.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown, possibly Nuwai)
Last updated 07-12-05





The Luxeon V Torch, model ALX-253L (hereinafter, just called a "flashlight"), is an LED flashlight that uses a Luxeon V LED at the bottom of a half-smooth half-stippled (texturised) reflector.

It comes in an almost all-aluminum body, covered with a Type II anodizing for protection, has a rubbery pushbutton on the barrel, and has three CR123A cells in its barrel to feed that LED with.


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

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

Press and release the button the same way again to turn the flashlight on back 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 the button. 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 central post with a hole in it. This strap is large enough to go around the flashlight, but not by a great deal; you can use this strap to hang the flashlight from thin tree branches, thin water pipes, or other long thin objects with no readily accessible "end".

The flashlight comes with a nylon pouch/belt holster. The flashlight fits this holster bezel-up; 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 1" 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 when necessary, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it in the garbage can, and empty the garbage can outside where the garbage man will see it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the three used CR123A cells into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new CR123A cells in the barrel, button-end (+) positive first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't throw away that tailcap now?

Current measures 761mA on my DMM's 4A scale.




Photograph of the "business-end" of this flashlight.

This flashlight appears at least fairly durable, and it is. When I performed that terrible smack test on it (ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair: 5 smacks against the side of the bezel and 5 smacks against the side of the tailcap), only the expected damage was found. There is some minor gouging on the sides of the bezel and tailcap where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

There is a black Type II anodized finish over all of the exposed aluminum; this should help keep the flashlight looking newer for longer, even if it goes up against coins, keys, or other flashlights.

The flashlight appears to be weather- and water-resistant at the very least. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the barrel of its batteries, and then performed that dreadful suction test, no leakage was detected. So if it fell into shallow water, just shake it off and keep going. And you need not be concerned about using it in rain or snow. And if it fell next to the mailbox and the dog pissed on it, just take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet...good as new! Being water- and pee-resistant is fairly new for a suspected Nuwai product, and makes an already good product even better.

The light produced is a pure white, with no obvious yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten cat urine green" tints to it. The beam does have a very, very, VERY slight "doughnut" configuration to it, in that the center of the hotspot is very, very, VERY slightly dimmer than the edges. This is perfectly normal with a 5 watt Luxeon and reflector combination though, and is nothing whatsoever to be concerned about.



Beam photograph at 12"
Measures 1,160,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam photograph at 15'



TEST NOTES:
Test unit of this flashlight and 17 other products were sent by A.L. of Amondotech and were received late in the morning of 07-11-05.

Product was 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



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CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown - possibly Nuwai
    PRODUCT TYPE: Large handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White 5W Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xCR123A cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 761mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: No, probably not
    ACCESSORIES: 3x Duracell CR123A cells, carrying strap, belt holster
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

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