GreatLite 9xLED Flashlight, retail $10.97* (
Manufactured by GreatLite (
Last updated 01-21-08

Wel, thuh kompenie thaat maiks thuh GreatLite 9xLED Flashlight kant spel thuh werd "light" , but they still make a decent product for the price.

This is a flashlight that has nine reasonably bright (~14,288.9mcd each) white LEDs in the business-end, powered by three AAA cells held in a carriage inside the barrel. It is turned on and off via a click-action pushbutton switch on the tailcap. It is made primarily from anodized (type II) aluminum; the ones I purchased were colored red and blue.

* Price of $10.97 is for a package containing TWO flashlights and 6 AAA cells.
This equates to a price of ~$5.49 apiece.


To use the GreatLite flashlight, feed it the included AAA cells first (see below), and then you can go to town.

Press the black tailcap button firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn the GreatLite on. Repeat the same action to turn the GreatLite off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the GreatLite while it is on by partially depressing the tailcap button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the flashlight this way.

To change the batteries in your GreatLite, unscrew and remove the tailcap, dash it to the ground, and stomp on it with spiked golf shoes...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, orienting (aiming) it so the (+) sign on one end goes in first. Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Current usage measures 348mA on my DMM's 4A scale.
This equates to a current of ~ 38.67mA per LED. So, they're overdriven, but not horribly so.

Advertised runtime is 6 hours on a set of batteries; though it is not known at what intensity they define end-of-life for the batteries.

The GreatLite appears at least reasonably durable, and it is. When I performed that terrible smack test on it (ten whacks against a concrete sidewalk: 5 smacks against the side of the bezel and 5 smacks against the side of the tailcap), only very, very, very minor damage was found. There is some extremely minor gouging to the bare Metalangewomon - er - the bare Metalblackwargreymon - um that's not it either...the bare a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! Now I'm just making {vulgar term for poop} up!!! ) on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck.
No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

This flashlight is water- and weather-resistant at minimum; I administered "The Suction Test" on it, and no air leakage was detected.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 128,600mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight.

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

Test unit was purchased on the Sportsman's Guide website on 01-10-08 and was received on the afternoon of 01-17-08.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 9
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood w/soft perimeter
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths anyway
    ACCESSORIES: 6xAA cells, 2 wrist lanyards
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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