AURORA (2) 1.5W LED FLASHLIGHT



Aurora (2) 1.5W LED Flashlight, retail $29.95 (No web URL known)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 05-07-05





I was directed to this flashlight on Ebay by a post on Candlepower Forums (CPF), and I purchased this flashlight mainly for CPF sakes. But since I now have it, I'll add it to this website for The LED Museum sakes too.

The Aurora is a small handheld flashlight that comes in an almost all-aluminum body, and features a 1.5 watt Nichia Jupiter LED to produce its light. The LED light is focused by a positive (magnifying, convex) lens, and it projects an almost perfectly circular beam with a much dimmer, ringy corona (spill light).

It is powered by two AA cells in the flashlight's barrel.


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This flashlight came to me ready to use, already outfitted with Duracell alkaline AA cells.

Press the button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn tbe Aurora on.
Do the same thing again to turn the Aurora 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 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 used AA cells out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new AA cells in the barrel, button-end (+) positive first.

Finally, screw the tailcap firmly back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Current consumption is 292.3mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.




Photograph of the Aurora's business-end, showing the convex lens and part of the LED behind it.

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 minor gouging on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. The flashlight quit working after this test, but when the tailcap was loosened and then tightened again, it started to work properly once more.

The Aurora is weather-resistant, water-resistant, and probably even submersible to at least a shallow depth. So you need not be concerned about using it in foul weather. Shallow water landings should not kill it either, and if the dog pisses on it, just take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet...good as new.

A wrist lanyard is affixed to the Aurora via a small opening in the tailcap. This lanyard is long enough to go all the way around the flashlight, so it may be hung from a horizontal pole, small diameter pipe, small diameter tree branch with no readily accessible "end", etc.

There is knurling (cross-hatch texturising) on the barrel and on the bezel, so retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are cold, wet, or oily) should not be much of an issue.

The light source is a 1.5 watt Nichia Jupiter LED. I am not familiar with this LED in its feral state, so I cannot answer any questions you may have about it, sorry about that. The light is focused into an almost perfect circle, and reminds me of a searchlight - speaking of searchlights, I used to run a BBS using Searchlight BBS software. I was reminded of Searchlight BBS software when I shined this flashlight around also because my housemate runs a BBS using this software.

The beam consists of a cool white, circular, moon-shaped spot with bluish-white edges. There is a dimmer, ringy corona (spill light) outside the main spot.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 454,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
This value is high primarily because the LED has a positive lens in front of it.



Beam photograph at ~15 feet.
Light is considerably less bluish than what is depicted in this photograph.
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.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was purchased on Ebay on 05-03-05, and was received on the afternoon of 05-07-05.
Unit is available at AdvancedMart.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



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    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 1.5W Nichia Jupiter white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with sharp perimeter; ringy corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LED protected by a convex lens
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 292.3mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, at least to a shallow depth
    ACCESSORIES: 2xAA cells, wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

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