LED Tuff Lite, retail $4.00 (www.biglots.com*)
Manufactured by Garrity (www.garritylites.com)
Last updated 10-28-10

Wel, thuh kompanie thaat maiks thuh LED Tuff Lite kant spel thuh werdz "tough" orr "light"; but they still make an excellent product.

The LED Tuff Lite is a fairly small light that uses a 5mm white Nichia LED (probably an NSPW500CS) behind a positive (magnifying) lens, comes in a heavily texturised plastic body colored predominantly orange and black (Halloween, anybody?), and feeds from three AAA cells held in a "side-by-side" carriage in the flashlight's body to help keep the length down.

* 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

Feed the LED Tuff Lite its included AAA cells first (see directly below), and THEN you can go find out what's making that squeaky noise behind the toliet.

To turn the LED on, firmly press the black rubberised button on the tailcap until it clicks and then release it to turn it on. Repeat the same action to turn it off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the LED Tuff Lite 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 feed the LED Tuff Lite, unscrew & remove the bezel (head) until it comes off, 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.

Tip the black battery carriage into your hand.

If necessary, remove & dispose of or recycle the used AAA cells from this carriage.

Insert three new AAA cells into the chambers, orienting them so that their flat-ends (-) negatives face the spring in each chamber.

Insert the now-full battery carriage into the barrel, orienting it so that the flat end goes in first and the end with the spring on it shows near the top of the barrel when you're finished here.

Screw the bezel back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad that you didn't throw that bezel 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.

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

The LED Tuff Lite 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 {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a front porch, use a medium 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 crashing into a cosmic string fragment
*, send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that a flashlight in a metal or sturdier plastic body may have inflicted upon it.

Actually, the LED Tuff Lite *DOES* have a variant of the word "tough" in its name, so I think I'll perform "The Smack Test" on it after all...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 scuffing was found. No optical or electrical damage was detected.

The LED Tuff Lite also passed "The Suction Test", meaning it is water-resistant and even very likely submersible to shallow depths at minimum.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 136,700mcd on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.

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 LED in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of fluorescence of the orange part of the body of this flashlight when irradiated with the Wicked Lasers Spyder 3 Arctic 445nm 1W Blue Diode Laser.

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 "The Loss".

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Bright for its size
"Tuff" - just like its name indicates
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive
Good warranty coverage

Uses a battery carriage - one more thing to lose or break
Some users may dislike the "moon-style" beam

    MANUFACTURER: Garrity Industries
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm Nichia white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with relatively sharp fall-off to extinction
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Rubberised plastic; LED protected by plastic positive lens
    BATTERY: 3x AAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 3x AAA cells, wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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