Let's take a look inside the Gerber Firecracker:
Seal flashlight in bag:
Boil for several minutes:
This was my first 'boil-it' procedure. I wasn't able to open it the first time, so I boiled it again for 5 mins. I had luck with wrapping latex straps around the light and twisting tightly. Eventually it opened. The optic fell out easily.
Here's the PCB and LED up close:
The Optic fits nicely on top of the aluminum body. The white calimari tube rests on top of the optic and holds it and the glass window in place. There's an o-ring to seal the deal:
Next step: Paint with generous amounts of glow paint!
I painted everywhere except on the emitter.
Only the GID directly adjacent to the die is charged, and it only takes a small amount to make the optic glow, since it is focused directly in that area.
When reassembled, it looks like an awesome green glowing eye.
Unfortunately, the little calamari spacer melted during the boiling process! It still works, but looks stupid! Maybe boiling this isn't the best way to open it.