Review: Dollar Tree Flashlight (Lampe de Poche)

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I took apart poor Lampe’s head and found a problem de poche. There is a 5 ohm current limiting resistor on the very sophisticated driver board (it’s the only part on it). Unfortunately it is not connected to anything! The + battery wire should go to the resistor. The LEDs are driven directly from the battery pack. Time to break out the slobbering iron…

Sorry to hear of your loss, but in all things bad, there can be some good! Your tale of woe inspired me to push on, trying to get 1 more lumen out of this fantastic light. You had stumbled onto something and maybe you didn’t even realize it! I have tried every thing on this light to get the most out of it. First I cleaned the contacts, thinking that internal resistance was the problem. Then I dedomed those 3 awesome emitters that are afixed directly to the driver board. Talk about efficiency!, soldering the emitters directly onto the driver board eliminates any extra resistance in the wires to the triple LED array. The engineering team that designed this thing were definitely thinking outside the box. So far I had lubed the plastic threads, tried the Eneloops, even replaced the wiring with the Monster Cable “oxygen free copper wire” All this and no improvement in the brightness! I should of known, a light this good, because of the superior engineering that went into it could not be improved. Then it hit me, THAT 5 OHM RESISTOR. Could it be that this my opening, my chance to improve this light even further, to out do the R and D lab that designed it? Direct Drive is the answer, or so I thought. I took it apart and by-passed it, connecting the lead DIRECTLY to the battery pack. I hurriedly put it back together, making sure the plastic threads everywhere were screwed tight, made sure the eneloops were fully charged and turned it on. Oh the Glory of it!, for an instant, it seemed like a few seconds really, it was brighter!
Then it happened. First I noticed my finger got a little warm, then the smell. I immediately turned it off. Right then and there I knew my mistake. I should have trusted the builders of this great light, they had done the work, had done the testing and had already brought it to the ragged edge. In my vain attempts, I had pushed it over. Here is a pic of the result. I only show it because in a round about way, through no genius on my part, but blind luck really, it ended up with slightly better throw! Believe it or not, it still works, but now instead of merely being able to throw clear across the room, it now reaches out into the hallway! The only thing I can figure is that when the plastic reflector melted the 3 led’s are now slightly misaligned and actually focus together at a sweet spot a room and a hall away!
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This will now be my EDC. When I take it out, by the looks of it, EVERY one will know this guy has been through it, don’t mess with him, he’s a tough guy!

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Well, I done did it. I removed those magnficicent CREEp XPU/ke leds and replaced them with a far inferior product from some no-name wannabe company called CREE. I installed three CREE XLAMP-7090 LEDs (basically first gen XR-E’s). Direct drive. 1.25 amps tailcap current. I suspect that better wiring would improve that considerably, but the LEDs are not heat-sinked… so probably not a good idea. I could pot the whole inside of the reflector with silicon carbide epoxy. The Sphere ‘o Many Mysteries (Miseries?) awaits it’s next victim…

To install the CREE LEDs I just drilled out the holes in the reflector to match the O.D. of the metal ring on the XLAMPS, did a little fine tuning with a dremel, and press fit them in. A dab of superglue on the edges and they are there.

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texaspyro wrote:
Well, I done did it. I removed those magnficicent CREEp XPU/ke leds and replaced them with a far inferior product from some no-name wannabe company called CREE. I installed three CREE XLAMP-7090 LEDs (basically first gen XR-E’s). Direct drive. 1.25 amps tailcap current. I suspect that better wiring would improve that considerably, but the LEDs are not heat-sinked… so probably not a good idea. I could pot the whole inside of the reflector with silicon carbide epoxy. The Sphere ‘o Many Mysteries (Miseries?) awaits it’s next victim…

To install the CREE LEDs I just drilled out the holes in the reflector to match the O.D. of the metal ring on the XLAMPS, did a little fine tuning with a dremel, and press fit them in. A dab of superglue on the edges and they are there.

Vid-yo or it didna happen!


 

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BTW, I almost put a Nanjg 105C driver in the beast. But that would be a little gauche…

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Well, El Nuevo y Mejorado Grande Lampe de Poche now puts out 80 lumens (dropping quickly to 70 lumens) on the AAA alkaline cells. Color temp is 5600K with a 0 Corpse Rendering Index. About an 80 color rendering index. I hate so say it, but it’s actually a not to shabby of a Lampe de Poche.

Here is the modified light engine. I’ll probably fill it with silicon carbide epoxy:

And the new money shot:

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In order to call attention to the important work that **texaspyro**has done on this light. I tried to make improvements myself and have failed. He apparently is more talented than I and seems to be on the right track. The BLF community needs to be aware of his efforts and fully support him with our Time, Talent and perhaps even Treasure. Any help or encouragement that can be provided, I am sure will be greatly appreciated.

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I potted up the head (reflector/LEDs) in silicon carbide epoxy. Luckily nothing came loose and it still works. There is plenty of room behind the reflector/switch for a driver…

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I was in my Dollar Tree today and spotted a NEW Lampe de Poche! First thing I noticed was that it is made of some sort of Translucent material. Really sharp looking, unique, I mean how many items do you see that are translucent. I gotta say, the industrial design team that created this light knew what they were doing.

There were only a couple of these new lights on the rack, but there were a number of the triple emitter LED style available. When I picked up a red colored light to inspect it more closely, I was stunned to see no LED’s in the reflector area of the light. Instead I noticed a clear glass sphere of some sort.

Just then the stock boy, who had been working in the same isle came over and said “I see you found the new lights”. I looked up at him, as I was kneeling down at the time taking the photos. I noticed that he had this great look of excitement in his eyes. I told him I was interested in LED flashlights and that I had bought an LED Lampe de Poche a couple of weeks ago, and I was in the store to see if they had any other shades of purple. But he didn’t even hear a word I said, he immediately started explaining how this latest light used a light source other than LED. That in fact it did not emit light like an LED does but rather it radiated light through “Black Body” radiation. By now he noticed that I was looking at him kind of funny, so he explained that the job at DT was just temporary, he really was waiting for a position to open up at Pratt & Whitney (UTC) and that he was a recent grad, majoring in Solid State Physics. He went on to explain that although LED’s are effiicient energy wise, they have 2 problems. One is that they have to run cool and secondly that the color spectrum of light that they produce tends to be rather narrow. He pointed out that the light source in this new Lampe de Pouche was actually running at much higher temperatures than typical LED’s. And because they radiated light through black body radiation, the color spectrum of the light produced was much broader. So much broader in fact that the excess heat generated was actually radiated away in the infrared! I stood there in awe, thinking, how ingenious these designers of this light are, no heat sinks required! The stock boy noticed my eureka moment and went on. He talked about the Wien displacement law, the Stephan Boltzman law and some other stuff that I can’t remember. After he finished, I asked him the obvious question, are you a flashaholic, and do you belong to any internet groups? He replied yes he was, and yes he used to be on CPF but got kicked for talking too much theory and buying cheap lights. I told him about BLF and he thanked me and walked off. I then turned to select my new Lampe de Pouche but hey were all gone. I looked up the isle and there went a young mother with her 2 children with the last 3 lights.

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Damn you! Now I have to go back and get me some Lampe de Poche en Choutchoucs… I wonder if a Bridgelux C9000 will fit in them?

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I was in my Dollar Tree today and spotted a NEW Lampe de Poche! First thing I noticed was that it is made of some sort of Translucent material. Really sharp looking, unique, I mean how many items do you see that are translucent. I gotta say, the industrial design team that created this light knew what they were doing.

There were only a couple of these new lights on the rack, but there were a number of the triple emitter LED style available. When I picked up a red colored light to inspect it more closely, I was stunned to see no LED’s in the reflector area of the light. Instead I noticed a clear glass sphere of some sort.

Just then the stock boy, who had been working in the same isle came over and said “I see you found the new lights”. I looked up at him, as I was kneeling down at the time taking the photos. I noticed that he had this great look of excitement in his eyes. I told him I was interested in LED flashlights and that I had bought an LED Lampe de Poche a couple of weeks ago, and I was in the store to see if they had any other shades of purple. But he didn’t even hear a word I said, he immediately started explaining how this latest light used a light source other than LED. That in fact it did not emit light like an LED does but rather it radiated light through “Black Body” radiation. By now he noticed that I was looking at him kind of funny, so he explained that the job at DT was just temporary, he really was waiting for a position to open up at Pratt & Whitney (UTC) and that he was a recent grad, majoring in Solid State Physics. He went on to explain that although LED’s are effiicient energy wise, they have 2 problems. One is that they have to run cool and secondly that the color spectrum of light that they produce tends to be rather narrow. He pointed out that the light source in this new Lampe de Pouche was actually running at much higher temperatures than typical LED’s. And because they radiated light through black body radiation, the color spectrum of the light produced was much broader. So much broader in fact that the excess heat generated was actually radiated away in the infrared! I stood there in awe, thinking, how ingenious these designers of this light are, no heat sinks required! The stock boy noticed my eureka moment and went on. He talked about the Wien displacement law, the Stephan Boltzman law and some other stuff that I can’t remember. After he finished, I asked him the obvious question, are you a flashaholic, and do you belong to any internet groups? He replied yes he was, and yes he used to be on CPF but got kicked for talking too much theory and buying cheap lights. I told him about BLF and he thanked me and walked off. I then turned to select my new Lampe de Pouche but hey were all gone. I looked up the isle and there went a young mother with her 2 children with the last 3 lights.

wow, they have achieved new technology and are selling it at amazing rock bottom dollar store prices instead of premium LED costs.
i wonder how long ago that incandescent patent expired?

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What’s really encourgaging to me, is that instead of looking to the government to subsidize this new technology, this manufacturer and retailer are working together thru low prices to bring this technology to critical mass. As in most new technologies, there are huge R&D and retooling costs that must be amortized thru the useful life of the product. This very low initial introductory price tells me that they both anticipate HUGE public demand and a very long product life cycle, allowing them to more than recoup those very significant startup costs. The future of this new technology looks very “bright” indeed!

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Damn you! Now I have to go back and get me some Lampe de Poche en Choutchoucs… I wonder if a Bridgelux C9000 will fit in them?

Great idea. Perhaps this translucent material can withstand the excess heat better than the last one. (see my failure above) I would race you to be first with this mod, but knowing you, you probably already have a Bridgelux C9000 laying around. Besides my Dollar Tree is out of stock on the host.

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3.62lm/w, is this better or worse then a candle?

Worse.

A candle has the opposite of Dimming. Light one, measure your output, then place it on its side on your best sofa, or any pile of paper will do. Give it a few moments to “Ramp Up”, then measure again… Brighter? True “Warm White” light? Let’s see your wee LEDs do THAT!!

That’s why they call it “Candle Power”!

+1 for candle!

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I was at my local Dollar Tree again over the weekend, looking for other shades of purple of the original Lampe de Poche. So far I have found 5 different shades, my wife says I’m crazy and that they all look the same. I went to get my NW C8 flashlight because only then can the difference be seen, but when I got back with it she had left to do some grocery shopping. Anyway, while I was looking around DT I found this great new light, and I don’t need to remind you that this is DT – everything’s $1!

Apparently, this one just came in and not only has a belt clip, but also has a swivel head HOW DO THEY DO THAT. Think about it, with wires and all going to the battery – amazing. I checked out the light engine on this one and it is also NOT led but rather the new clear glass type, only this one is longer and cylindrical. I haven’t had a chance to tear this apart yet as I have been to busy with my purple light collection, but as soon as I do, I will post pics here.
I must say that I am also very impressed with the rate at which new and exciting products are being released. This “Lampe de Poche” – Dollar Tree alliance is proving to be very fruitful. We are definitely in the golden age of tech.

I haven’t seen much of texaspyro the that last few days, no doubt he is busy with that BridgeLux mod. Can’t wait

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ROFLMAO This has been a wonderful story of a company rising up and really shining. :bigsmile:

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Oh Joy and Joyosity squared! Rejoice and joice again! Los Dios del Poches have blessed us poor mortals with three, yes, count’em three new Lampe de Poches (well dos Lampe de Poches and un Lampe de Poche Del).

The two on the left are incandescents and will probably need a driver or nickel-zinc batteries to do something good.

The one on the right is a 3×5mm DEL monster that uses 3xAAA pilas (no incluido). It puts out 12.5 lúmenes with pilas frescas. The color temperature is a corpse puckering, zombie suckering, mummy humpering 14,000K!!!

This Just In! Breaking News! Lampe de Poche is NOT Spanish. It is some long forgotten, obscure little language called “French!” Only a few people in the known universe are known to speak this language. I understand that they are good kissers, though. I guess one’s gotta do something with that tongue when nobody else speaks your tongue…

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Did they have any purple ones?, they are hard to come by.
I noticed another translucent one in the center, I’m sure that will be the fashion trend this spring
How many emitters in the “Del”?
I am so excited for the future, did you notice that time between product releases has gotten shorter and shorter. This is a very good sign, the company is really ramping up production and the R&D team is certainly in it’s stride. I am looking forward to another new, major announcement from them in the very near future. Perhaps a paradigm-shift

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How many emitters in the “Del”?

The DEL has three 5mm emitters. Wonderful, eye searing, 14,000K emitters. That light is rather purple. I think that they had one purple version of the orginal Poche.

The also had a new version of the original Poche with the “hand grenade” knurling on the body. The new version has a much less agressive pattern.

I think the swivel head incandescent is destined for a Nichia 219 in direct drive.

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First a little background. A couple of weeks ago I happened to catch an episode of Modern Marvels on the History Channel. The episode was called “Mad Electricity” and featured the life of Nikola Tesla. What is important here, relevant to “Lampe de Poche” is that Nikola Tesla was way ahead of his time in the areas of the transmission of electricity, High voltage experiments, alternative lighting and even quantum mechanics.

I got a call this afternoon from the Dollar Tree stock boy, the one I mentioned in an earlier post – the Solid State Physics major. Well anyway he called, so excited in his speech that I could hardly understand him. I knew something BIG was up and my anticipation was so great that I had a hard time controlling myself also. He told me to come to the store right away, he had something VERY important to show me. He said to walk in the front door and as soon as I make eye contact with him, to turn around and meet him in the parking lot.
Even though I was right in the middle of cataloging and organizing my collection of purple “lampe de poches” I dropped everything and dashed out. The 5 mile drive to the Dollar Tree store seemed like 50. Once I got there I walked in, trying not to look conspicuous. He was over by the Helium tank filling up balloons. (That reminded me that I need to buy some and send up an XM-L in blinky mode some night so that I could read about it the next day) Anyway, when I walked in, he nodded his head and I turned around and waited for him in the lot. A couple of minutes later he came out around the corner of the building, walking quickly with his head motionless, all the while his eyes were darting back and forth wildly. I noticed he had a small brown paper bag tucked under his arm pit.
When he reached me he was out of breath and didn’t even say Hi, but rather told me that he just got these from his ex-college roommate who now happened to be a buyer for Dollar Tree. He said he got 2, one for me and one for himself. They were 2 new “Lampe de Poche”. The first thing I noticed was that one of them was purple, I asked for that one and he said OK. The second thing I noticed was that they did not look like any other “Lampe de Poche” I had ever seen!. Just then a car pulled in and parked right next to us. He got spooked and took the other light and ran back around the store. I also got a little nervous and took my purple light and went back home. What I learned and came to realize over the next few hours absolutely blew my mind!

As I was driving home I was trying to figure out what just happened back there. Why did he call me up, meet outside, give me a “Lampe de Poche” then suddenly run off? Then I remembered, ex-roommate, buyer for DT, aha, He got a hold of a couple samples of pre-release lights. Lights that are not yet available commercially. No wonder he was acting strangely. When I got home, I took the light into my workshop and set it on the bench to photograph. Here it is.

There are so many things to notice here that they can’t be put into a single sentence. First, it is purple and it is translucent. There’s that fashion trend again. You can see in the background of the card that it also comes in green, blue and yellow. The fact that it has a punched hole in the top tells me that this could be an actual retail package, it could be a mockup, but if it is real then we might see these in the stores very shortly. On the back of the card there is a barcode, model number and perhaps a serial number?
Looking at the light source I can’t help but notice the constant progression. During the last 3 interations, we have seen a round glass sphere to an elongated shape and now to a “U” shaped tube! The light emenates evenly from the entire length of the tube.
But what really knocked me over (and I actually did fall out of my chair when it hit me, really) is the Westinghouse logo on both the front and back of the packaging. This is an authentic “Lampe de Poche” but there is also now a Westinghouse logo

Here comes the Paradigm Shift, What is the significance of the Westinghouse logo? It basically boils down to Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse. In the early days of the transmission of electricity Thomas Edison and his companies preferred Direct Current (D.C.). Nikola Tesla and Westinghouse preferred Alternating Current (A.C.). A long story short, Westinghouse bought Teslas’ patents. Tesla was known for his brilliant ideas and also his great showmanship. There are stories of Tesla lighting up entire rooms, without any visible source of light. Could it be that Westinghouse has had an old Tesla patent for some new and advanced lighting system? And could it be that it is just now being brought to fruition? Could explain why perhaps “Lampe de Poche”, a technological juggernaut has now partnered with Westinghouse, an old patent rich company?. This new Lampe de Poche that was given me could be just the beginning of a Paradigm Shift. We could on the verge of seeing some enormous advances in lighting technolgy! I for one welcome this new member, Westinghouse to this new triad of “Lampe de Poche”, Dollar Tree, and Westinghouse. Technology, Marketing and Industrial Might. What a combination, who else can compete?

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I stopped by a Dollar Tree today looking for that latest Lampe de Poche… no joy. They did have these. Where else can you get a light and three LR44 cells for a buck?

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Just finished the mod on the 2xAA swivel head Lampe de Poche a Pince:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/19962

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Just finished the mod on the Dollar Tree Luminare de Contact DEL hockey puck: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/19995

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Lampe de Poche..

  Do you think it's possible that these designs are coming out of the Porsche factory ?   

                 υμεις εστε το φως του κοσμου ου δυναται πολις κρυβηναι επανω ορους κειμενη

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dchomak wrote:
First a little background. A couple of weeks ago I happened to catch an episode of Modern Marvels on the History Channel. The episode was called “Mad Electricity” and featured the life of Nikola Tesla. What is important here, relevant to “Lampe de Poche” is that Nikola Tesla was way ahead of his time in the areas of the transmission of electricity, High voltage experiments, alternative lighting and even quantum mechanics.

I got a call this afternoon from the Dollar Tree stock boy, the one I mentioned in an earlier post – the Solid State Physics major. Well anyway he called, so excited in his speech that I could hardly understand him. I knew something BIG was up and my anticipation was so great that I had a hard time controlling myself also. He told me to come to the store right away, he had something VERY important to show me. He said to walk in the front door and as soon as I make eye contact with him, to turn around and meet him in the parking lot.
Even though I was right in the middle of cataloging and organizing my collection of purple “lampe de poches” I dropped everything and dashed out. The 5 mile drive to the Dollar Tree store seemed like 50. Once I got there I walked in, trying not to look conspicuous. He was over by the Helium tank filling up balloons. (That reminded me that I need to buy some and send up an XM-L in blinky mode some night so that I could read about it the next day) Anyway, when I walked in, he nodded his head and I turned around and waited for him in the lot. A couple of minutes later he came out around the corner of the building, walking quickly with his head motionless, all the while his eyes were darting back and forth wildly. I noticed he had a small brown paper bag tucked under his arm pit.
When he reached me he was out of breath and didn’t even say Hi, but rather told me that he just got these from his ex-college roommate who now happened to be a buyer for Dollar Tree. He said he got 2, one for me and one for himself. They were 2 new “Lampe de Poche”. The first thing I noticed was that one of them was purple, I asked for that one and he said OK. The second thing I noticed was that they did not look like any other “Lampe de Poche” I had ever seen!. Just then a car pulled in and parked right next to us. He got spooked and took the other light and ran back around the store. I also got a little nervous and took my purple light and went back home. What I learned and came to realize over the next few hours absolutely blew my mind!

As I was driving home I was trying to figure out what just happened back there. Why did he call me up, meet outside, give me a “Lampe de Poche” then suddenly run off? Then I remembered, ex-roommate, buyer for DT, aha, He got a hold of a couple samples of pre-release lights. Lights that are not yet available commercially. No wonder he was acting strangely. When I got home, I took the light into my workshop and set it on the bench to photograph. Here it is.

There are so many things to notice here that they can’t be put into a single sentence. First, it is purple and it is translucent. There’s that fashion trend again. You can see in the background of the card that it also comes in green, blue and yellow. The fact that it has a punched hole in the top tells me that this could be an actual retail package, it could be a mockup, but if it is real then we might see these in the stores very shortly. On the back of the card there is a barcode, model number and perhaps a serial number?
Looking at the light source I can’t help but notice the constant progression. During the last 3 interations, we have seen a round glass sphere to an elongated shape and now to a “U” shaped tube! The light emenates evenly from the entire length of the tube.
But what really knocked me over (and I actually did fall out of my chair when it hit me, really) is the Westinghouse logo on both the front and back of the packaging. This is an authentic “Lampe de Poche” but there is also now a Westinghouse logo

Here comes the Paradigm Shift, What is the significance of the Westinghouse logo? It basically boils down to Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse. In the early days of the transmission of electricity Thomas Edison and his companies preferred Direct Current (D.C.). Nikola Tesla and Westinghouse preferred Alternating Current (A.C.). A long story short, Westinghouse bought Teslas’ patents. Tesla was known for his brilliant ideas and also his great showmanship. There are stories of Tesla lighting up entire rooms, without any visible source of light. Could it be that Westinghouse has had an old Tesla patent for some new and advanced lighting system? And could it be that it is just now being brought to fruition? Could explain why perhaps “Lampe de Poche”, a technological juggernaut has now partnered with Westinghouse, an old patent rich company?. This new Lampe de Poche that was given me could be just the beginning of a Paradigm Shift. We could on the verge of seeing some enormous advances in lighting technolgy! I for one welcome this new member, Westinghouse to this new triad of “Lampe de Poche”, Dollar Tree, and Westinghouse. Technology, Marketing and Industrial Might. What a combination, who else can compete?


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this is SO much more fun than i EVER had back at candlepower forums, lmFao…

i’m almost p!$$ing my pants laughing, ha ha

i am roped into going to a “baby shower” for one of my teenaged girl cooks at work? anyways… the young girls at my shop know about my “flashlight thing” as they call it…

i was mentioning i WAS thinking about just giving her an envelope with CA$H in it for the baby shower? so that i didnt necessarily have to ATTEND a baby shower? she mentioned that every person that ATTENDS the baby shower DOES get a FREE FLASHLIGHT in their little gift bag for attending the baby shower…

i am picturing one of those 9-led 3-aaa lights everyone gives away with a coupon for a promotion? LMAO… i just highly doubt i will be getting a little zoomie or anything, lol…

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i am picturing one of those 9-led 3-aaa lights everyone gives away with a coupon for a promotion? LMAO... i just highly doubt i will be getting a little zoomie or anything, lol...

I am anxiously awaiting the mod to 9x high power Cree leds Smile

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djozz wrote:

sedstar wrote:
i am picturing one of those 9-led 3-aaa lights everyone gives away with a coupon for a promotion? LMAO… i just highly doubt i will be getting a little zoomie or anything, lol…

I am anxiously awaiting the mod to 9x high power Cree leds Smile


I actually have considered modding one of those 9-LED lights to Cree XP-E2’s because I have them (both the flashlights and the XP-E2’s) lying around. In fact, I’ve even considered asking someone in the OshPark thread to make a PCB to solder the emitters to, but I haven’t done that yet. If someone is reading this, and wants to make such a board, I’ll buy some and try it out! Wink

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so thats what all those shuttle missions were about.space aging plastic.
and you can buy this space aged plastic for $1 now.

texaspyro wrote:
Dollar Tree Flashlight (Lampe de Poche)

Reviewer’s Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

Summary:

Battery: 3xAA
Switch: Side Clicky
Modes: low, Low, LOw, LOW
LED Type: 3 x CREEp XPU/ke
Lens: Space aged polymer (I think it’s called plastic)
Reflector: Space aged polymer
Body: Space aged polymer. HO-4 hard-onodized
Tailstands: Yes
Headstands: Yes
Handstands: Yes
Withstands: No
Price Paid: $1 + $0.08 tex tax
Where Purchased: Dollar Tree Store (where everything’s $1.00)

Pros:

Nice useable low, Low, LOw, and LOW
No mode memory
No PWM
Direct drive in all modes

Output:

low: 5 lumens
Low: 5 lumens
LOw: 5 lumens
LOW: 5 lumens

No PWM in any mode. No blinkies or SOS modes.

Tail cap currents:
low: 345 mA
Low: 345 mA
LOw: 345 mA
LOW: 345 mA

Lumens/watt: an incredible, whopping 3.62 lumens/watt. How can such massive output be produced? The answer is the amazing XPU/ke LEDs from CREEp. These LEDs produce an amazing corpse/zombie enhancing 6900K light. Color Rending Index is estimated at 0.00001 unless your target is a decaying corpse then it is 100.0000

The only wording on the light is “Made in China”

Molded knurling on the light. It provides enough grip for a small light like this as long as you are not trying to hold it.

I hate cooling fins, clips, clops, or claps. This light has none of that, although I think it may have given me the clap.

As you can see the tailcap is rounded on the end and the switch boot sticks out of the side about 1/8 inch (3 mm for you euro types). The clicky has a good taunt feel and makes a pronounced click when used. No issues with mode changes. All modes are very evenly spaced (at 0%).

Everything on this light is made of some space aged polymer, I believe it is called “Plastic”. The body is hard-onodized type IV.

Tailcap threads are fine. They are not lubed and there are none of those pesky o-rings anywhere in the light. It abuses 3 AAA cells in a carrier.

The bezel unscrews to find no o-ring in front of the space aged polymer lens. The reflector/led position is un-optimized. I’m not going to screw anything up by not messing with it!

The bezel is also space aged polymer… or whatever. There are no crenelations, this should give Foy a satisfying throb in his tighty whities.

This amazing light in it’s high-quality packaging:

The business end of this amazing light. Note that lens and reflector come pre-scratched and dented so you don’t have to spend any time mucking this puppy up:

The light disassembled into it native nekidness:

Here is the money shot. It does not do the zombie-corpse blueness justice:

SUMMARY:

All in all I think this is a great light. Say what you want about the budget host or tailstanding or blinky modes… this light gets a 0/10 for it’s intended purpose. I highly approve, though it is a bit pricey – but you pay a premium for the worst of anything, and in pocket-sized pukers this thing is it.

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like a tiny srk.
i still have a few of these shiny turds here too.
even with 18500 in them they are still alive.
maybe because the – side of the led is in contact with the tube they dont burn up as fast?

dchomak wrote:
YEP, got it at Dollar Tree, 5-6 years ago. The only TRUE dollar store left – everything is still a dollar. The day I bought this there was a Scoutmaster there buying all they had for a camping trip his troop was going on. He actually described this light as having “good throw” Up until then, I had never heard the term, but I knew what he meant by it. He was right, it would throw clear across the room!, better than the other 6-8 LED shower heads that were also available at the time. Of course the 6-8 LED lights were “flooders” I remember giving them out as stocking stuffers that Christmas and was everyone impressed!
A closeup of this triple emitter looks impressive but wait ‘til you see the scale of it is in context.

I have been gifting LED lights to family members ever since, and every year they are impressed at how much progress there has been in the technology. I still find it amazing that a light this small, with but just 3 emitters us able to throw so many photons all the way across a room.
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