MUYAN 9-LED FLASHLIGHT



Muyan 9-LED Flashlight, retail $13.99 (www.muyan.com...)
Manufactured by (www.muyan.com)
Last updated 04-09-05





The Muyan 9-LED flashlight is...well...a 9-LED flashlight. I realise I said the same thing about the Muyan 14-LED, 19-LED, and 21-LED flashlights too, but it is an accurate assessment.
It comes in an almost all-aluminum body, and has three AAA cells in a side-by-side carriage inside the barrel.

It produces a smooth beam, which consists of a narrow flood with a dim corona or sidespill covering approximately 165 in front of the flashlight.


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The flashlight will arrive to you needing a feeding, so feed it first (see directly below), and then you can go to town.

Press the rubberised tailcap button until it clicks and then release it to turn the flashlight on; press and release it again to turn the flashlight off. This is hands-free or continuous mode.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however you can blink it by first turning the flashlight on and then pressing and holding the button (press it more gently) for as long as you want it off; releasing it turns the flashlight back on.

There is no LOTC (Lock Out TailCap) function available on this flashlight; please do not look for or expect to find one.



To change the batteries in the Muyan 9-LED flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the black plastic battery carriage out of the barrel and into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used cells if they are present in this carriage.

Insert three new AAA cells into the carriage, one in each compartment. Orient each cell so the flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in its compartment.

Once the carriage is full, insert it into the flashlight's barrel with the spring on one end going in the barrel first, screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that tailcap now?

Current consumption was measured at 209.2mA using Duracell brand alkaline batteries.
This equates to 23.2mA per LED, so they're not being seriously overdriven.



This flashlight is reasonably durable, but I don't believe it is indestructible or "bomb-proof". I struck this flashlight 10 times against the corner of a concrete stair (five against the side of the bezel and five against the side of the tailcap), and the expected damage was found - some scuffing and minor gouging to bare metal on the bezel and tailcap where it was struck. No electrical or optical malfunctions were detected.

It has a black Type II anodized finish. Even though I already exposed the bare metal during "The Smack Test" directly above, I took a knife to it and was rather easily able to cut through to bare metal on the barrel just below the bezel.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sugar-coated toilet muscle (sweet patootie) I would, if it's in the name of science.

It is splash-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. When I performed "The Suction Test" on it, some air leakage was detected. It isn't a real bad leak, but it's there. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of African elephant pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, cat or dog water dishes, full washing machines, 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 lightly to moderately bad weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, dump out the water 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 piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or wee-wee) can't be very good for the insides or the metal contacts in the battery carriage.

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

The beam that comes out of this flashlight is smooth, and has a nice, slightly cool white color to it.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 232,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.





TEST NOTES:
Test sample of this and three other flashlights were sent by H.L. of www.muyan.com and were received on 04-01-05.


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    MANUFACTURER: Muyan
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 9
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood with dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Press tailcap button continuous on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xaaa cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 209.2mA
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at maximum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: None
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA

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