Coleman 3xAAA LED Aluminum Flashlight, retail $12.00 (*)
Manufactured by Coleman (
Last updated 08-27-09

The Coleman 3xAAA LED Aluminum Flashlight is well... an LED flashlight.

It comes in an aluminum body, has a single 5mm white LED focused by a positive (magnifying) lens, and feeds that LED from a trio of AAA cells - which are included so that you do not have to go back out and purchase some before you can use the product.

* Product was not found on the Coleman website, so this URL simply leads to their front door.


To use your shiny new (or corroded old) Coleman 3xAAA LED Aluminum Flashlight, feed it the included set of AAA cells first (see directly below), and THEN you can go see what's making that squeaky noise under the lavatory.

Press the black rubberised button on the tailcap fairly firmly to turn it on.

Repeat the same action to turn the flashlight off.

There is no momentary or "signalling" function 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 feel of this, you can blink the Coleman 3xAAA LED Aluminum Flashlight this way.

To change the batteries in your 3xAAA LED Aluminum Flashlight, unscrew and remove the tailcap - the battery carriage is attached and will automatically come out with it.

Dash the barrel to the ground, and stomp on it with spiked golf shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used AAA cells if they are present in the battery 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 tailcap goes in last.
Screw the tailcap/battery carriage assembly back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that barrel now?

Due to the way the flashlight was constructed, I am not able to obtain a current usage reading for you.

The Coleman 3xAAA LED Aluminum Flashlight comes in a metal body that won't mind you abusing it; but this flashlight is a loaner and I'm sure its owner would appreciate receiving it back with no dings in the bezel or yukky old toliet water or desiccated (dried-up) rat pellets in the barrel. 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 with a 450 pound electric wheelchair, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a front porch in effort to try and expose the bare Metalterriermon - er - the bare Metalgargomon - um that's not it either...the bare a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for poo-poo} up!!!), use a medium ball peen hammer to bash it open in order to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (O NOOOO!!! Now 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 to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, shoot it into a cosmic string fragment
*, or inflict upon it punishments that a flashlight that is not a "loaner"may have inflicted upon it.

When I administered "The Suction Test" (a totally nondestructive test!) to the barrel, it held a good partial vacuum. I was not able to test the tailcap in this manner due to how it was constructed, but there is a beefy O-ring on there that should help keep nasties like water, mud, bird poop, diet Dr. Pepper, pee, snow, etc. out of the flashlight where they really belong (instead of leaking inside the flashlight).

Beam photograph at ~12".
Measures 51,600mcd on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Those colored graphics toward the left (which you may or may not see) are my "Viva Piņata" posters, and that clock on the right (which you also may or may not see) 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.
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 sent by a website fan on 08-17-09 and was received at 4:44pm PDT on 08-21-09.

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.

Sample is a loaner; therefore, the dreadful "" icon will be appended next to its listings on this website when it is returned; denoting the fact that I no longer have the sample for comparisons or additional analyses.

* From the Star Trek: TNG episode "The Loss".

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Reasonably durable construction
Appears to be weather-resistant at minimum
Uses an LED instead of a fragile, hot incandescent light bub
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive

Some users may dislike the "moon-shaped" beam
Doesn't appear as bright as I think it could be
One-piece battery carriage/tailcap assembly could be prone to breakage; if the carriage does become broken, you might as well stomp on the rest of the flashlight with heavy work boots to put it out of its misery. This is what nocked so much off its rating.

    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/ sharp fall-off at perimeter ("moon-shaped")
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED protected by a plastic window w/built-in lens
    BATTERY: 3x AAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: To very shallow depths for a brief period at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 3x Duracell AAA cells, nylon holster, wrist lanyard
    WARRANTY: 3 years


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