1 WATT LUXEON TACTICAL LIGHT



1 Watt Luxeon Tactical Light, retail $21.50 (www.amondotech.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown, possibly Nuwai)
Last updated 07-17-05





The 1 watt Luxeon Tactical Light, model ALX-261 1L (hereinafter, just called a "flashlight"), is an LED flashlight that uses a Luxeon I LED and an acrylic total internal reflection optic.

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


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

Press the rubbery button on the tailcap 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.

Pressing this button less firmly (before it clicks) enables you to use the flashlight in momentary or signalling mode.

The flashlight comes with a wrist strap, already affixed to the unit's tailcap via a small hole in the side of the tailcap. This strap is large enough to go around the flashlight, so you can use this strap to hang the flashlight from tree branches, water pipes, or other long 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 1.75" 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 battery when necessary, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it to the ground, look at it all funny, and stomp on it with old or used baseball shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used CR123A cell into your hand, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

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

Current measures 275.7mA 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 clear 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.



Beam photograph at 12"
Measures 341,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam photograph at 15'.
That red star thing on the left is from an American DJ Laser Widow.



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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    MANUFACTURER: Unknown - possibly Nuwai
    PRODUCT TYPE: Tactical-style flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White 1W Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and optic protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 1xCR123A cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 275.7mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: No, probably not
    ACCESSORIES: 1x Duracell CR123A cell, carrying strap, belt holster
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

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