Dorcy L.E.D., retail $4.50 (*)
Manufactured by Dorcy (
Last updated Gay Pride Day Seattle (06-28-09)

The Dorcy L.E.D. is a small handheld flashlight that produces light from 9 screaming bright white LEDs. It comes in a plastic body, and has a transparent plastic window (or "lens" if you prefer, even though it does not alter the light in any manner) to protect the LEDs from dirt, dust, splashes, etc.

It feeds from three AAA cells held in a side-by-side carriage in the flashlight's body to help keep the length down; the batteries are included so you need not run out and purchase any before the flashlight can be used.

* Not found on the Big Lots website; so this URL simply leads to their front door.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

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

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the flashlight 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 flashlight, 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, aiming it so the raised button on one end goes in first. Screw the taiilcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Current usage measures 159.1mA on the heavy-duty AAA cells that came with the flashlight.

The Dorcy L.E.D. appears durable, and it is. I normally don't smack-test flashlights in plastic bodies, but this flashlight has an exceptionally thick body, and appears to be made out of a relatively flexible plastic. So I performed "The Smack Test" on it...after beating the living tweedle out of it (ten whacks against the concrete floor of a porch; five whacks against the side of the tailcap and five whacks against the side of the bezel), only some minor denting was found on the sides of the bezel and tailcap where it was struck. No optical or electrical damage was detected.

The primary purpose of "The Smack Test" is not necessarily to see if the exterior of the flashlight would be damaged; it's more about the internal components which would be subject to a high shock load ("G force") every time the poor, innocent, defenseless flashlight strikes the concrete.

The flashlight did fail "The Suction Test" - not horribly though. So it should be splash- and weather-resistant; and falls into shallow water should not kill it either if you fish it out right away, but falls into deeper water will cause it to slowly flood.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
That "rotten gazelle urine green" tint does not actually exist.
Measures 190,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.
Once again, that "rotten harbour seal urine green" tint does not actually exist.

Those colored graphics toward the left are my "Viva Piņata" posters, and that clock on the right that looks like a gigantic wristwatch is my Infinity Optics Clock.
You may also be able to see two of my SpongeBob SquarePants plush (Squidward Tentacles & Patrick Star) and a Digimon plush (Greymon)

I'm not sure why there is such a pronounced green tint in these photographs; this tint does *NOT* exist in reality.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

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

Test unit was purchased at a Big Lots store in Federal Way WA. USA on 06-25-09.

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

Decent brightness
Durable construction
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive

Not waterproof or submersible
Uses a battery carriage - one more thing to lose or become busted

    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 9
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Tailcap pushbutton on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3x AAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes; splash- and weather-resistant at minimum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No (would survive brief exposure to shallow water)
    ACCESSORIES: 3 AAA cells, small wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: 1 year


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Dorcy L.E.D. *

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