PEAK 1xCR123A 1xLUXEON FLASHLIGHT (2)



Peak LED Solutions 1xCR123A 1xLuxeon Flashlight, retail $89.95 (http://peakledsolutions.net...)
Manufactured by Peak LED Solutions (http://peakledsolutions.net/)
Last updated 02-03-07





This is the Peak LED Solutions 1xCR123A 1xLuxeon Star LED flashlight.

This unit comes in a black aluminum body, with a Type III hard anodized finish on it, or "HA-III" as us flashaholics know it.

There is 1 white Luxeon LED in the head, and a CR123A lithium cell inside the barrel powers it.

It is labelled as being the Glacier Bay, which would consist of flashlights that use one CR123A cell, have 1 Luxeon Star LED in their business-ends, and have two body styles with which to choose from.


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The light came to me ready to use, with a Sanyo brand CR123A cell already installed.

To turn the light on, twist the bezel (head) clockwise (as if tightening it). And to turn the light off, turn the bezel counterclockwise (as if loosening it) about 1/8 of a turn from the fully tightened position.



To feed your light, unscrew the bezel (head) until it comes off (don't worry about losing parts or bulbs) throw it to the ground, look at it all funny, cock your head all wierd, and stomp on it with old or used bowling shoes...O WAIT, THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the barrel into your hand so the used CR123A cell falls out. Dispose of or recycle the used up old cell as you see fit.

Drop a new CR123A cell in the barrel, flat-side (-) negative first, so the button-end is showing. Screw the bezel back on, and you're finished. Oh, and unscrew that bezel slightly when your Peak springs to life. You don't want to waste that brand spanken new battery ya know.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that bezel now?

Unable to measure current usage due to how the flashlight is constructed.



The Peak is very durable, and ordinary flashlight accidents (dropping it, whapping it against a doorframe or car door in alarm, sitting on it, stepping on it, sucking it up the vaccume cleaner, etc.) will not damage it. I performed that terrible smack test, by hitting it against the corner of a concrete stair 10 times (5 against the tailcap, 5 against the bezel), and did not damage the flashlight in any way I can see (other than causing some very, very, VERY light scuffing on the side of the bezel where it was struck), and it still works correctly too. Very few flashlights are seriously damaged or destroyed by this test however; maybe I need to come up with something even more horrible.

The Peak has an O-ring that seals the bezel against the barrel, so it should be fully weatherproof, and maybe even submersible to at least a foot or two. Let's try the toilet test and see what happens...BRB...ok, after submerging it for one minute in the cistern (toilet tank) in about a foot of water at 69F (20.5C) (to simulate a user dropping it into a creek), I dried the outside off with some buttwipe, unscrewed the bezel, and examined the flashlight. No water was found in it.

If it falls into shallow water, just shake it off and keep going. If it falls into seawater or if the dog pisses on it, take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet - good as new!!!

There is a light knurling (texturising) present on the barrel of the Peak; this helps to aid in retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are cold, wet, or oily). This knurling is not aggressive (sharp), so it won't cut a hole in your pocket if you carry the Peak that way. The bezel (head) has what I believe is a 12-sided shape machined into it. Although this does not function very effectively as an anti-roll device, it does help a bit to aid in your grip when you turn the flashlight on and off.

The Peak is equipped with a small split ring on its tail, so you can affix it to a keychain and carry it that way if you desire. If you wish, you can choose the barrel with the flat bottom, so it will be more comfortable to carry in your pocket.

On the keyring barrel, the very tail end is removeable (by unscrewing it), to allow the flashlight to be affixed to a large and sturdy magnetic clamp assembly that you can get from Peak LED Solutions.


This clip has a large, heavy-duty clamp with very strong jaws, a large ceramic ring magnet in its base (under that shiny metal thing at the bottom), and a flexible arm that can be positioned pretty much anywhere.
Once the flashlight's very tail end is unscrewed and removed, the flashlight can then be screwed onto the end of the red arm (a Peak brass CR123A cell 7xLED flashlight is shown in this photograph), and pretty much aimed wherever you need light.

You can also stand the Peak on its tail end when this piece is unscrewed; you can stand it on a dresser, counter, table, or other flat surface and let the light reflected off the ceiling light up the entire room.

There appears to be a regulation circuit inside the bezel (head), potted in a black epoxy compound. This circuit feeds the Luxeon LED constant power until the battery can no longer provide that power, then the intensity of the LED rather quickly falls off. This is your cue to change the battery. You aren't just plunged into instant darkness, as can happen with some other regulated flashlights.

The flashlight uses a 1.2 watt white Luxeon Star LED, which produces a beam with a pure white central hotspot and a soft, white corona. This is a pretty typical beam out of a white LED flashlight that uses a Luxeon LED and a smooth reflector.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 679,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.



Beam photo at ~15'.
That red star thing is from an American DJ Laser Widow.



TEST NOTES:
Test units of this and three other flashlights were sent by Peak LED Solutions, and were received late on the morning of 07-16-05.


Here's an example of the retail packaging these flashlights come in.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:
Durable construction
Water-resistant - but not submersible
Knurled, to aid in retention
Battery rattle problem has been solved. No rattle is evident during even vigorous handling.


CONS:
Batteries used could be difficult to find in some locations or expensive (I've seen them for as much as $14.00 apiece in some retail stores!!!).


    MANUFACTURER: Peak LED Solutions
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 1.2 watt Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot, with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 1 CR123A cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: 1 CR123A cell, small split ring
    WARRANTY: 1 year

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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