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Garrity LED Aluminum Flashlight, retail $10.00 (*)
Manufactured by Garrity (
Last updated 06-12-09

The Garrity LED Aluminum Flashlight (for lack of a better name; because this is what it reads on the package) is an almost all-aluminum flashlight that features a 5mm Nichia brand white LED behind a convex (positive, magnifying) lens, feeds from three AAA cells held in a side-by-side carriage in the flashlight's barrel, and has red & blue filters that fit over the lens to change the color of the beam.

It comes in an aluminum body - hence its name "LED Aluminum Flashlight".

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


To use this flashlight, feed it first (see directly below), and then you can go to town.

Firmly press and release the rubberised button on the tailcap to turn the flashlight on.
Firmly press & release it again 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.

This Garrity flashlight comes with color filters for red and blue. To use one, hold it up to the flashlight's "business-end", orienting it so the larger of the two sides faces the flashlight. Press it straight on until it snaps into place.
To remove the filter when you are finished using it, just pull it straight off.

The flashlight comes with a nylon pouch/belt holster. The flashlight fits this holster bezel-up or bezel-down; 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 2" 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.

The two color filters fit in a pocket on the side of this holster; a velcro flap closes over the opening so the filters don't just fall out and become broken or lost.

To change the batteries in your flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap, dash it to the ground, look at it all funny, cock your head like a puppy that doesn't understand what it had just been told, and stomp on it with the heels of 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 AAA 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 spring on the 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 77.4mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I administered the smack test on 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), and found the expected damage. There is some minor gouging on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

I believe it has a Type II anodized finish. I was relatively easily able to put a scratch (to bare metal) in it with the blade of a folding knife. So it probably really does has a Type II anodized finish.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sugar-coated toliet muscle (sweet patootie) I would, if it's in the name of science.

The flashlight is weather- and water-resistant, and is even submersible to shallow depths at the very least. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the barrel of its battery carriage, 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!

The light it produces (with no filters in place) consists of a white circle with a blue ring right at the perimeter; this is perfectly normal for a lensed LED like this and is nothing whatsoever to be concerned about.

Beam photograph (white) on the test target at 12".
Measures 234,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
This measurement is high primarily because of the magnifying lens in front of the LED.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (unfiltered) in this flashlight.

Beam photograph (red) on the test target at 12".
Measures 26,200mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (red filter) in this flashlight.

Beam photograph (blue) on the test target at 12".
Measures 41,100mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (blue filter) in this flashlight.

Beam photograph (red + blue) on the test target at 12".
Measures 1,430mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (red + blue filters) in this flashlight.

Beam photograph (no filters) 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)

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 06-10-09.

Flashlight 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.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Uses an LED to extend battery life and eliminate bulb changing
Reasonably durable
Reasonably water-resistant
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive

Some users may dislike the "moon-shaped" beam
Uses a battery carriage - one more thing to become broken or lost

    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/very sharp perimeter; almost no corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED protected by plastic optic
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAAA cells, two color filters, nylon belt holster, wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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