UPDATE August 14, 2000:
A major multiple disaster was handled well by the Turtlelite.
I use this flashlight every night to light my way to the bathroom, and early this morning, it fell in the toliet.
An ordinary flashlight would have to be thrown out (since you can't easily wash out the insides), and may have possibly even
cracked the toliet bowl; but the Turtlelite just bounced around inside the bowl and came to rest floating in the water (thank gosh it didn't sink!)
The Turtlelite's rubber bumpers protected the fragile porcelain bowl, and the flashlight itself was easily washed afterwards.
UPDATE September 10, 2000:
After a couple of months of constant usage, I have made the decision to upgrade this product's rating by 1/4 point.
The chances of one being stuck in darkness with dead batteries is so remote, it's barely worth mentioning. Plus,
over the last couple of months, this flashlight has fallen or been knocked off tables so many times I've lost count, yet it still looks & works like new.
I have finally performed a spectrographic analysis of the bulb from the Turtlelite.
Brighter than expected
Extremely narrow, confined beam goes for distance yet still produces wide secondary beam good for walking at night
Durable & well-made
Floats in the toliet or other water
Stands on its tail unassisted
Has hanging ring
Uses cheap and readily available batteries
Has very good battery life.
Some people may find the main beam is too narrow to be useful in some circumstances (see above)
Changing batteries in the dark can be mildly difficult.
PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
LAMP TYPE: LED, 5mm, white
No. OF LAMPS: 1
BEAM TYPE: Narrow spot with abrupt transition to corona
SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off
BEZEL: Rubberized with clear lens, smooth reflector
BATTERY: 4 AA cells
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 70 milliamps
WATER RESISTANT: Yes
SUBMERSIBLE: Yes. Depth rating unknown, positive buoyancy
ACCESSORIES: Dorcy batteries
WARRANTY: 10 years on body, lifetime on bulb
BATTERY LIFE: 10
BATTERY AVAILABILITY: 10
OVERALL SCORE: 48
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