Field & Stream Magnet Flashing Light, retail $5.00 (*)
Manufactured by Anex USA Products, Inc. (URL not known)
Last updated 06-19-09

This is supposed to be a multifunction flasher/flashlight, but since the unit I purchased was defective (it was actually totally, completely, 100% DOA!), I was not able to test it.

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


You'll need to procure and feed the unit 4 AA cells before it can be used.

Slide the switch on the barrel all the way forward (toward the red lens) to activate the flashlight. The bulb is mechanically pushed into position near the bottom of the reflector.

Slide the switch back one "click" to turn it off.

Slide the switch back one more click to turn the amber light on in "steady-on" mode.

Slide the same switch all the way toward the amber lens (yet one more click) to activate the unit where the red and amber lights alternately blink.

This photograph shows the unit hanging from the underside of the keyboard drawer of a desk, supported only by its magnet.

To change the batteries in your light, unscrew and remove the end of the unit with the amber lens, take it to a bridge over deep water (the Golden Gate Bridge would be ideal; however, the Juneau-Douglas Bridge would also suffice here), and throw it over the side so that it goes "blub blub blub" all the way to the bottom of Gastineau Channel with all of the bowling balls that were lobbed over that bridge in the 1950s and 1960s...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used AA cells if they are present in the chamber.

Insert four new AA cells into the chamber. They do *NOT* go in with the flat-ends facing the springs - that won't work here. See the photograph directly below to see how they go in.

Place the amber-lensed end back on, and gently press inward on it while rotating it. Sometime within one rotation, you should feel it "drop" over the barrel significantly. When this occurs, turn it approximately 1/10th of a turn clockwise until it no longer turns.
Aren't you glad that you didn't throw that amber-lensed end over the side of the Juneau-Douglas Bridge now?

This is what the Jueau-Douglas Bridge looks like...or what it lookED like anyway before it was replaced in 1976.

And this is what the bridge looks like now.

The Field & Stream Magnet Flashing Light comes in an all-plastioc body, not a metal one. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toliet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of an outdoor patio, use a small ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island {In the episode "Les Saves the Day...Again", Paulie Preztail says "Hey, ever wonder why this park's called 'Mount Erupto' anyway?", then Franklin Fizzlybear says "I think its an old native term. Means 'very safe.'"}), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights (that were born to be flashlights and nothing but flashlights) may have inflicted upon them.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a couple of days or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a glass of milk, if it fell in a root beer float, if somebody squirted a Massengill brand post-menstrual disposable douche or a Fleet brand disposable enema at it (and hit it with the douche or the enema), or if somebody or something peed on it, rinse all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your Ultimate Strobe Light to smell like seaweed, sour milk, flowers, fresh butts, or rotten piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater, disposable douches, disposable enemas, or uranation), lactic acid (from moo juice), glycerol (from antifreeze), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

So this section of the Field & Stream Magnet Flashing Light's evaluation will appear SIGNIFICANTLY more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that was born to be a flashlight and nothing but a flashlight.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 378cd on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.

Photograph of the amber flasher.

Photograph of the red flasher.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

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)

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bulb in this product (flashlight mode).

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bulb in this product (amber flasher mode).

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bulb in this product (red flasher mode).
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bulb in this product (flashlight mode).
Different spectrometer used to show the NIR emission to 1,000nm.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (flashlight mode).
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the product flashing.
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Test unit was purchased at a Big Lots store in Federal Way WA. USA on 06-10-09.

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

Product was defective right out of the box. It should have at least been partially functional, so I guess when this particular unit rolled by the QC station at Anex USA Products, Inc., the worker manning that station must have been an egg roll short of a poo-poo platter that day.

Because of this, I will be "awarding" the Field & Stream Magnet Flashing Light the much coveted (cough, sputter, sound of a toliet flushing) "Zero Stars - Whip Out Your {vulgar slang term for male ding-a-ling; rhymes with 'wrecker'} or Sit on the Commode and Piddle On It" rating; plus, that dreadful "" icon will be displayed next to its listings on this website.

Although I will attempt to return this product to the Big Lots store for replacement in the near future (because it has a two year warranty), I cannot guarantee my success with this venture.

UPDATE: 06-19-09
I have returned this product to Big Lots! for a replacement; after trying three additional units and noting that they all malfunctioned in some manner, I finally got one that worked - the fourth unit tested in-store.

Because of the exceptionally high defect rate, I'll be rating this product rather low - it's going to receive just 1 star.

Alternating red & amber flashers are sure to attract attention
Built-in flashlight
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive

Test unit was defective right from the get-go and could not be tested
Much higher-than-desired defect rate - that's what lopped so many stars off its rating.
Not very water-resistant and *DEFINITELY* not submersible
Batteries cannot be changed in the dark

    MANUFACTURER: Anex USA Products, Inc.
    PRODUCT TYPE: Red & amber flasher; flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Screw base incandescent bulb (flasher); PR-base incandescent flashlight bulb (flashlight)
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 each screw base bulb and PR-base bulb)
    BEAM TYPE: Unknown (product is defective )
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/mode change/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Plastic; bulbs protected by prismatic diffusers
    BATTERY: 4x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No way Hozay!!!
    ACCESSORIES: Small lanyard
    WARRANTY: 2 years


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Field & Stream Magnet Flashing Light *

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