BRITE BINER



Brite Biner, retail $2.99 (www.wallgreens.com)
Manufactured by (unknown) for Batz Corporation (no URL known)
Last updated 02-16-05





This unknown brand key ring LED carabiner is a small white LED flashlight that looks like a carabiner that climbers use - though you should never use it as a climbing device.

It can be attached to your keys, backpack, cellular telephone, GPS receiver, etc. with a spring-loaded "gate" built into it or with the split ring (removeable, if desired).

It is powered by four AG3 button cells, and has a twist-bezel switch to activate and deactivate its LED. And except for the LED itself, it is made out of aluminum. The sample I'm evaluating for you today is anodized a bright green; these lights are available in other colors too.

I don't know how to properly pronounce "carabiner", so I don't know with absolute, positive, 100% certainty if I should pronounce this as "brite byner" or "brite beener".

(Edit 02-16-05): I have since heard from a reliable source on Candlepower Forums that "carabiner" should be pronounced "kerra bee' ner".


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The flashlight is ready to use as soon as you remove the insulating tab from the bezel (head). You do that by unscrewing and removing the bezel, and pulling that disc-shaped plastic thing off from the contact inside the bezel.

To use the flashlight, turn the bezel (head) clockwise to switch the LED on, and turn the bezel counnterclockwise to switch the LED off.

There is no constant-on mode available; please do not look for or expect to find one.

The carabiner flashlight can be clipped to a keyring, duffle bag, backpack, etc. using the spring-loaded "gate" on the carabiner part of the flashlight's body. As I understand, this "gate" is on the opposite side of the "gate" on a real carabiner; perhaps this was done so that you could not confuse the two and get in trouble later when the flashlight becomes broken under the load. You must NOT use this as a climbing device; I cannot emphasise this enough.



Unscrew and remove the bezel, dash it to the ground, and stomp on it with spiked baseball shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the sleeve containing the four AG3 button cells out of the barrel and into your hand. Remove the used cells from this sleeve (use a ballpoint pen if necessary), and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert four new AG3 cells into the sleeve, button-side (-) negative facing the narrowed end of the sleeve. Insert the full sleeve so the flat-side (+) positive end of the cells go in first. Then screw the bezel back on. Back it off slightly when the flashlight springs to life - you don't want to waste four brand spanken new batteries ya know.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that bezel now?



As I stated before, you must NOT use the flashlight as a climbing device; I simply cannot emphasise this enough. It is meant for use as a flashlight, not as a climbing device.

Having said that (again), the flashlight *does* appear 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 fat part of the barrel and five whacks against the side of the bezel), and found the expected damage. There is some gouging on the fat part of the barrel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

The flashlight has a bright green Type II anodizing on it. I was able to scratch through the finish with the blade of a Swiss army knife. It is more than reasonably durable though. So it should stay looking new for a long time, even if it goes up against keys, tools, or other flashlights during storage or transportation.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie I would, if it's in the name of science.

There is an O-ring on the barrel that gets covered by the bezel when it's screwed down. This was broken, disintegrated, or missing altogether on several samples I examined at the Wallgreens store at 87th and Greenwood just north of downtown Seattle where I purchased this one. So I don't know the water-resistance level of the Brite Biner. It's very lightly splash-resistance at minimum, but I won't know for certain until I administer "the toilet test" on it.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 13,970mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.





TEST NOTES:
Test sample was purchased at Wallgreens on 02-15-05.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:



CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown mfg.
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Metal
    BATTERY: 4xAG3 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splash-resistance at minimum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries, medium split ring
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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