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    Default Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo


    QUICK SPECS
    • Light source Incadescent - 6V (4.8V) PR bulb
    • Type medium flashlight
    • Switch slide switch
    • Operation single mode
    • Operational sequence on | off
    • Power source 4x AA
      Alkalines OK
      Rechargables OK (undervoltage)
      Lithiums OK (overvoltage)
    • Focus fixed
    • Beam medium spot
    • Construction Transluscent plastic
    • Environmental
      Water resistance: None
      Shock resistance: Minimal
      Crush resistance: Minimal



    PHOTOS

    FLat View


    Perspective View


    Assembly detail


    The business end


    Battery carriage compared to a D cell


    Test scene beamshot at ~15'


    Test scene with florescent lighting

    (Snide) COMMENTS
    • Excellent value for $1 (or $0.99 if you got it where I did)
    • Arguably a better value than "disposable" lights at $2 (or less) total cost when "fueled" with discount alkalines
    • Decent output and throw for such a small and cheap light
    • Can use 6V lantern bulbs for great output
    • I don't expect the bulb that comes with the light to last very long given the overall cost of the unit
    • Suggested use: cheap blackout light, cheap mod host, or mod "test mule"
    Last edited by idleprocess; 10-01-2005 at 03:14 AM. Reason: reformat

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    Default Re: Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo

    Are you sure power source isn't (4)AAs instead of 3?

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    Default Re: Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo

    Fixed.

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    Default Re: Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo

    I'm mostly interested in the battery carriage. With alkies, does it fit into a D light? Will two fit into a 2D Maggie? 3 into a 3D Maggie and so on.... The batts look like a tight fit to begin with. Will the carriages with NiMH batts fit into Maggies?

    73
    dim

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    Default Re: Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo

    It looks very similar to the dorcy neon colored somethingbright light that biglots has for 2.99 with batteries.

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    Default Re: Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo

    The cartridge might fit into D light bodies if trimmed a bit around the edges.

    4xAA : D is a somewhat dicey proposition. When it does work, there is usully ZERO margin.

    I hear that newer highcap NiMH cells are somewhat larger than alkaline AAs, so four often don't fit within a D footprint.


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    Default Re: Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo

    Good candidate for an EverLED replacement bulb...isn't it?
    Add one and u have a $40 1.2W Luxeon flashlight

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    Default Re: Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo

    $1??? Wow, I want one! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo

    Run one dummy AA in the holder and DD a Luxeon 3 up top (with a big hunk of aluminum heatsink ground to fit, of course...).

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    Default Re: Optolight $1.00 4xAA mini-review + photo

    Hey Charlie, that's what I got in my "Mini" SN2 clone [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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