ALUMINUM 3 WATT LUXEON FLASHLIGHT



Aluminum 3 Watt Luxeon LED Flashlight Light, retail $42.50 (www.amondotech.com...)
Manufactured by Nuwai
Last updated 07-27-05





The 3 watt Luxeon Tactical Light, model TM301X-3 (hereinafter, just called a "flashlight"), is an LED flashlight that uses a Luxeon III LED at the bottom of a texturised reflector. It has two brightness levels.

It comes in an almost all-aluminum body, covered with a Type II anodizing for protection, has a rubbery pushbutton on the tailcap, and has two CR123A cells in its barrel to feed that LED with.


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To use the flashlight, install the included batteries first (see the "Feeding Time" section directly below), and then you can go to town.

Press the rubbery button on the tailcap firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn it on in "low" mode.

Press and release the button the same way to turn it on in "high" mode.

Press and release the button the same way again to turn the flashlight on back off.

The flashlight comes with a nylon pouch/belt holster. The flashlight fits this holster bezel-up; a flap with velcro on it folds over the top and attaches to the body of the holster, so the flashlight doesn't just fall out. This holster fits belts up to 1" wide. I do not own or use pants that require a belt however, so I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended to be used.



To change the batteries when necessary, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it to the ground, look at it all funny, and stomp on it with old or used baseball shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used CR123A cells into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new CR123A cells in the barrel, button-end (+) positive first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Unable to measure current usage due to the way the flashlight was constructed.




Photograph of the "business-end" of this flashlight.

This flashlight appears at least fairly durable, and it is. When I performed that terrible smack test on it (ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair: 5 smacks against the side of the bezel and 5 smacks against the side of the tailcap), only the expected damage was found. There is some minor gouging on the sides of the bezel and tailcap where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

There is a black Type II anodized finish over all of the exposed aluminum; this should help keep the flashlight looking newer for longer, even if it goes up against coins, keys, or other flashlights during carriage or storage.

The flashlight appears to be weather- and water-resistant at the very least. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the barrel of its batteries, and then performed that dreadful suction test, no leakage was detected. So if it fell into shallow water, just shake it off and keep going. And you need not be concerned about using it in rain or snow. And if it fell next to the mailbox and the dog pissed on it, just take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet...good as new! Being water- and pee-resistant is fairly new for a suspected Nuwai product, and makes an already good product even better.

The light produced is a pure white, with no obvious yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten cat urine green" tints to it.



Beam photograph at 12"
Measures 1,024,000mcd (high) and 76,900mcd (low) on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam photograph (high) at 15'.
That red star thing on the left is from an American DJ Laser Widow.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit of this flashlight and 17 other products were sent by A.L. of Amondotech and were received late in the morning of 07-11-05.

Product was made in China. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



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CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Nuwai
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White 3W Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xCR123A cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Possibly; to shallow depths at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 2x Panasonic CR123A cells, belt holster
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

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