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2006\01\17@173019 by John Nall

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This is way off topic, I suppose, but it seems to me to be a thing worth
sharing.   Among the other goodies that Santa stuck in my stocking was
an Inova microlight -- a very small, very bright, LED flashlight which
is approximately the size of a U.S. quarter, has two lithium coin cells
for batteries, and is just as about a handy a thing as I have ever had!  
There are just so many times when I cannot quite see the head of that
screw, or need to see where the USB plug is on the back of the PC or any
one of a thousand other little things.  I carry it in my pocket all the
time, and cannot fathom how I ever got along without one!

So if you are figuring out what to give for an inexpensive, but handy,
present to someone, this is it.  I googled it, and found a bunch of
places that sell them.  (Disclaimer:  I have no interest whatsoever in
the company or any seller -- merely passing on some information about
something which I have found very, very useful).

John

2006\01\17@224316 by Danny Sauer

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John wrote regarding '[OT] Inova microlight' on Tue, Jan 17 at 16:32:
> This is way off topic, I suppose, but it seems to me to be a thing worth
> sharing.   Among the other goodies that Santa stuck in my stocking was
> an Inova microlight -- a very small, very bright, LED flashlight which
> is approximately the size of a U.S. quarter, has two lithium coin cells

If you like the knock-off, you'll love the original Photon Micro-light.
http://www.photonlight.com/ :)

I got one probably 8 years ago, and have several now.  The new ones
with the strobe and brightness control are really cool, and these
things are durable.  I got the wife one of the UV Photon lights for
Christmas a year ago, and it brings no end of horror from every new
hotel bathroom that we visit...

Either way, you're right - this particular form factor is tough to
beat for hanging on a keychain without being obtrusive.  Most other
flashlights are just too darned long.

--Danny

2006\01\17@231816 by William Chops Westfield

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On Jan 17, 2006, at 7:43 PM, Danny Sauer wrote:
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> If you like the knock-off, you'll love the original Photon
> Micro-light. http://www.photonlight.com/ :)

I prefer the really cheap knockoffs.  Tried to give them away as
halloween favors last year, but my order got lost somewhere on the
way from Hong Kong :-(

BillW

2006\01\17@233259 by andrew kelley

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> things are durable.  I got the wife one of the UV Photon lights for
> Christmas a year ago, and it brings no end of horror from every new
> hotel bathroom that we visit...

Well, I did a bit of research, and there are about two companies that
sell UV LED's.. One is Vichia (sp?) and the other is Kingbright(p/n:
L2523UVC).. Kingbright is sold by Mouser at least.. $3.75 ea qty
1-99.. ouch.. Next order to mouser I'm buying a few.. I think I have
burned out 2-AA maglight hanging out somewhere..

andrew

2006\01\17@235408 by Josh Koffman

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On 1/17/06, andrew kelley <spam_OUTleetslackerTakeThisOuTspamgmail.com> wrote:
> Well, I did a bit of research, and there are about two companies that
> sell UV LED's.. One is Vichia (sp?) and the other is Kingbright(p/n:
> L2523UVC).. Kingbright is sold by Mouser at least.. $3.75 ea qty
> 1-99.. ouch.. Next order to mouser I'm buying a few.. I think I have
> burned out 2-AA maglight hanging out somewhere..

You probably want to look for Nichia rather than Vichia. Or
Vishay...you've kind of got a hybrid there.

Anyway, http://www.lsdiodes.com has UV LEDs for $0.60.

Josh
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2006\01\18@013919 by William Chops Westfield

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On Jan 17, 2006, at 8:32 PM, andrew kelley wrote:

> Well, I did a bit of research, and there are about two companies that
> sell UV LED's.. One is Vichia (sp?) and the other is Kingbright

Nichia.  And Cree, I'm pretty sure.  It can be a bit challenging
to define "manufacturer", since a lot of companies seem to by LED
dies from the big semiconductor firms and package them up into
their own "LEDs" with various unique characteristics.

There are LOTS of rather cheap "violet" LEDs imported from china
that will make things fluoresce pretty good, and even blue LEDs
will fluoresce a good number of dyes and pigments.

http://ledmuseum.home.att.net/leduv.htm
http://ledmuseum.home.att.net/ledvio.htm

BillW

2006\01\18@055733 by Alan B. Pearce

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>Well, I did a bit of research, and there are about
>two companies that sell UV LED's..

I want to find a source of the "golden white" LEDs, preferably surface
mount, at a good price. Even on ebay these seem to go at a price I reckon is
probably about twice what it could be.

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