The V1 Moon is another entry in the white LED flashlight racket by LED-LENSER, a German company that produces very futuristic (and artistic) looking flashlight products.
This light features a white LED and a lens on the end which causes it to project a round, sharply-defined white circle of light at whatever you aim it at. The beam looks remarkably like a smooth version of Earth's only natural satellite; hence the name.
Like all LED-LENSER products, the V1 Moon comes ready to use straight from the box. Pressing the barrel-mounted pushbutton partially in gives momentary operation; pressing more until it clicks allows the light to burn continuously. Pressing again until it clicks turns it off.
To change the batteries, unscrew & remove the tailcap, and discard the deadwood. The light takes 4 common LR44 button cells. The easiest way to get them in is to stack them on a table with the button end facing up; and lower the barrel of the Moon directly over them. Then you can either pinch your thumb & forefinger around the bottom as you lift and flip it over (so the batteries don't fall right out), or slide a business card underneath, and then lift the barrel & card at the same time and flip it over. Then just screw the end cap back on firmly.
The Moon is reasonably well-built for a keychain light. The housing is all aluminum, and the PCX lens is real glass - not plastic. It is easily removeable without tools in case it becomes fouled & needs cleaning. The lens is held in place by a plastic standoff or chimmney; with the LED held in its socket by this same chimmney from the other end.
The LED can be changed if you wish, but unlike some other lights with changeable LEDs, this one was meant for use with LEDs that have stoppers on the leads. If you decide to change the LED, cut its leads just below the stoppers (so the stoppers look like the LED's "feet") and that will give you an LED ready to plug into the Moon.
Although there is an O ring on the tailcap, the Moon is *not* water resistant at all, and will fill up fairly quickly (through the bezel area) if it falls in the toilet or goes down the storm drain.
Like its big brother the V2 Triplex, the V1 Moon is equipped with a spare rubber switch cap, located in a compartment in the tailcap just behind the spring. I have also found this to be the case with the popular Eddie Baeur "V8 Photonpumpe", so if you end up losing the rubber switch cap, just look behind the battery spring for a new one.
Beam photo. Measured 33,500mcd on new batteries.
Note the distinct, sharply defined beam with no bond wire lines. The beam profile is roughly comparable to that produced by the Brinkmann Long Life and the Brinkmann Rebel; two other common flashlights that use a lens to alter the LED's natural beam characteristics.
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