Pelican 2390 M6 HA-III Flashlight, retail $99.00 (
Manufactured by Pelican Products (
Last updated 03-13-07

The Pelican 2390 M6 HA-III (hard anodized type 3) flashlight is a small, tough, intense flashlight that has a Luxeon III LED at the bottom of a shiny but lightly stippled (texturised) reflector. The LED derives its power from two CR123A lithium cells in the barrel.

The main feature of this flashlight is that it has a HA-III finish to it; this helps to make the already tough flashlight even tougher.


The flashlight came to me ready to use; feed yours first if necessary (see directly below).

Press the rubberised button on the tailcap firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn the M6 on. Press and release it again to turn the M6 off. This is continuous or hands-free mode. This clicking is fairly faint and has a very weak tactile response, so you may wish to press the button quite firmly before releasing it.

Press the tailcap button less firmly (before it clicks) and then hold it that way for as long as you need light. Release it to turn the M6 back off. This is momentary or signalling mode.

There is a LOTC (Lock Out TailCap) function on the M6. Contrary to what is normal with most flashlights and with the silkscreening on the tailcap, turn the tailcap clockwise (as if tightening it) to engage the LOTC. Turn the tailcap counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to disengage the LOTC and use the flashlight normally.

To change the batteries in your spiffy new Pelican M6, unscrew & remove the tailcap, and throw it away...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT! So just set it aside instead.

Dump the dead batteries in your hand, and recycle or dispose of them as you see fit. Insert two new CR123A cells into the barrel, button-end facing the front of the flashlight.

Replace the tailcap (by screwing it on), and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't chuck out that tailcap now?

Measures 327.9mA from the included set of Battery Station CR123A cells on my DMM's 400mA scale.

Photograph of the bezel, showing the stippled (texturised) reflector and the LED.

The Pelican M6 HA-III appears durable, and it *IS* durable. I smacked the M6 against the corner of a concrete stair ten times (five against the side of the bezel, and five on the side of the barrel/tailcap) and was not able to physically damage the flashlight in any manner, other than causing some rather minor scuffs on the sides of the bezel and tailcap where it was struck. No mechanical, optical, or electrical malfunctions were detected.

When I smacked it against a steel rod ten times (same as above), no damage or scuffing at all was found.

It is water-resistant and even waterproof too. When the tailcap was removed, the flashlight was relieved of its batteries, and that dreadful suction test was performed, the flashlight held a vaccume (vacum, vaccuume, vaccumn, vaccuummnne, vacuum, etc.), so it is both weather- and water-resistant; and even waterproof & submersible to shallow depths. So you need not be concerned at all about using the M6 in rain or snow, and shallow-water landings should not kill it either.

The light that comes from the M6 is a pure white, with no yellow, blue, purple, pink, or "rotten elephant urine green" tint anywhere in it. Not in the hotspot; not in the corona either.

As it has been asked of me several times; I can state with very little doubt that the reflector is NOT made out of plastic, but is made of steel or aluminum. I don't know for certain exactly what kind of metal it is, but I'm reasonably certain it's some type of metal.

(Edit 05-26-05): After removing the top ring of the bezel, I was able to expose the reflector assembly to atmosphere and determine that it is in fact made out of aluminum.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 1,069,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

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

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Beam photo at ~15'.

Test unit of the Pelican M6 HA-III flashlight and two spare sets of CR123A cells for it were sent by Kevin of Battery Station on 05-21-05, and were received on the afternoon of 05-25-05.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Pelican Products
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld/tactical flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon III LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with medium-wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton momentary/on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xCR123A cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries, nylon belt holster
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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