RCA Flashlight Keychain, retail $1.50 (www.biglots.com*)
Manufactured by (Uknown) for Power Devices, LLC. (URL not known)
Last updated 05-27-09

The RCA Flashlight Keychain is a keychain-sized light that uses a 5mm white LED partially recessed in a hosel for it.

* 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

To turn the LED on, slide the black switch on the upper surface of the flashlight forward (toward the LED).

To turn the LED off, slide the black switch on the upper surface of the flashlight backward (toward the tail end).

To change the batteries when necessary, get a small phillips screwdriver (the #0 with a 1.6mm shaft diameter from my set of jeweller's screwdrivers did the trick here), unscrew & remove the six small screws fromn the upper surface of the product. If some of the screws stay in that thin blue piece, ***LEAVE THEM THERE!!!* Doing so may help ensure that they do not fall into the carpet and later fall prey to the hungry, hungry vacuum cleaner.

Stow away aboard a space shuttle (the Enterprise would be preferable because it might have transporter technology; but the Atlantis will do in a pinch), wait until its orbit brings it somewhat in line with Tau Alpha C
*, do an EVA (you *DID* remember to kype a space suit, didn't you?), and use a slingshot to shoot the screws toward Tau Alpha C...if you're extremely lucky, one of the screws will enter the atmosphere of the planet in a few trillion years {this presumes that the universe still even exists at the time!!!} and subsequently burn up - but they'll very likely miss the Tau Alpha system entirely because it's so distant...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THOSE!!! So just set them aside instead.

While holding the unit together, flip it upside-down and lay it on a table. Remove the lower half of the light, and set that aside too. If the split ring assembly falls off, don't worry about it - just set that aside for the moment as well.

If necessary, remove the two used CR2016 cells from the light, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new CR2016 into the light, orienting them so that their flat-ends (+) positives face upward. Be certain that the "loose" wire from the LED goes over the top of that upper cell.

If necessary, place the small end of the split ring assembly back on the flashlight, placing that small loop over the post for it at the tail end of the light.

Place the two halves of the flashlight back together, hold the two halves together, flip the whole affair back over, and insert & gently tighten the six little screws.
Aren't you glad you didn't sneak aboard a space shuttle and shoot those screws into interstellar space now?

Unable to measure current use due to how the flashlight was constructed.

The RCA Flashlight Keychain is a tiny little thing that comes in an all-plastic body that may not withstand serious abuse, not in a metal or thicker plastic body. 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 a front porch, use a medium ball peen claw hammer to bash it open in order to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (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), a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or a pack-of-cards-sized instrument that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it into the upper atmosphere of Tau Alpha C
*, send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that a larger, barrel-style flashlight in a metal or sturdier plastic body may have inflicted upon it.

This flashlight is not too water-resistant. When I had it apart to do the battery change, I did not see an O-ring between the case halves. When the LED-end was suctioned on, rather extreme leakage was detected. So water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside through the seam that runs all around the outside. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of laboratory rat pee, glasses of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, tiolet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee, fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain urinators, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in moderately bad weather.

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 day 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 it fell into a bowl of "soft-serv" ice cream, 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 got "pist off" at it and subsequently "pyst" on it, rinse the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your RCA Flashlight Keychain to smell like seaweed, sour milk, flowers, fresh butts, or rotten "pyss" 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.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 22,500mcd on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED 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 05-21-09.

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.

* From the Star Trek: TNG episode "Where No One Has Gone Before".

UPDATE: 00-00-00

The price is right (O WAIT!!! Isn't that a TV game show?)

Battery changing procedure is unnecessarily difficult & complicated
Not water-resistant or submersible

    PRODUCT TYPE: Small keychain flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with soft corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off on upper surface of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED slightly inset into hosel for it
    BATTERY: 2x CR2016 lithium coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: For God sakes NOOOOO!!!!!
    ACCESSORIES: 2x CR2106 cells, split ring
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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