Dorcy Solid State Flashlight
Last updated: 8/26/03
essential item in a technician's tool kit is a reliable
flashlight. The single biggest problem with most flashlights
is that they run out of juice when they are most needed.
Rechargeable flashlights take too long to charge-up. Many
aren't reliable. Most of
those that use regular batteries are expensive to operate.
always disappear when you need one or the bulb burns out.
a flashlight that uses regular batteries, but gets a lot
of them--a "solid state" flashlight with one of
the new very bright LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) instead
of an incandescent
bulb. I just added one to my tool box: the Dorcy Solid State
This flashlight is bright yellow and big enough
that it is hard to lose, but three inches shorter than the
one it replaced. It's made of rugged nylon-like plastic with
heavy rubber at
ends. The switch is a simple rubberized push button. Push
it once and the flashlight stays on. Again, and it's off.
The package says it's waterproof. There is a fold-out metal
ring at the rear
a nail. The "bulb" is "made to last forever." Although
the bluish, monochrome light takes a little getting use
single LED is bright enough to give the inside of a PC
visual. It casts a focused beam more than 30 feet. It's not
a high-powered spot light, but it's enough to move around
shop or house when the next blackout occurs.
A fresh set of batteries should last longer than the duration
of most blackouts. It uses four AA cells and they should
of continuous use.
I got mine at Sears for about $11.00.
I understand that Walmart has them for about $9.00. The
flashlight comes with a lifetime guarantee (that's what it
says on the
package). Batteries are included. A very good deal.
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