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TEC Accessories New Product Announcement: Pixel

Discussion in 'TEC Accessories (keychain tools)' started by TECENG, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. TECENG
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    The Pixel: A precision crafted LED flashlight designed for hard-use everyday carry

    Now before I go and post all kinds of pretty pictures, I need to make a couple of clarifications.

    1. This is NOT a flashlight you will use to light up your back yard, blind your neighbor, or impress your friends with. It is a tiny, convenient, useful, tiny, durable and tiny flashlight. Did I mention that it is really small?
    2. I have not been able to synchronize with Jon to get these in the forum store upon their release. Therefore I am going to set up the following process if anyone from this forum wants to purchase one from our website:

    Now, please read this carefully:
    I want to make sure Jon gets credit for allowing us/me (TEC Accessories) to utilize this forum for business purposes. If you place on order on our web site for the Pixel, a portion of the ENTIRE sale will get donated into Jon's PayPal account. In order for us to identify where the forum sales are coming from, we will offer a coupon code which will last for a fixed period of time. The coupon code is EDCF (original, huh?). That coupon code will give you a small discount of $1 off your purchase, but more importantly flag it as an EDCF purchase so we can allocate funds for Jon accordingly. We have to issue a coupon in order to do this within the confines of our system, hence the small discount. Please be aware that since we have resellers, we technically cannot discount the product on our site in contradiction to our own internal policy, but $1 should not be an issue.

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    PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

    The Pixel is a precision crafted LED flashlight designed for hard-use everyday carry, and is small enough to attach anywhere for the ultimate in convenience!
    • Durable stainless steel construction
    • Super bright LED
    • Water resistant o-ring seal
    • Square body design prevents roll
    • Twist ON/OFF operation
    • Uses four common LR521/379A alkaline watch batteries (included)

    This unique miniature flashlight will come in handy when you least expect it. Perfect when looking for dropped items at night, reading the menu in a dark restaurant, hunting around in that bottomless purse, checking under the hood of your car... great for places such as movie theatres, campsites, dark rooms. The uses are truly endless, and you will realize just how much you need one as soon as the lights go out (power failure!).


    SPECIFICATIONS:

    The Pixel is a durable LED flashlight built to last a lifetime:
    • Material: Stainless steel
    • Finish: Tumbled to a uniform semi-stonewashed finish
    • Dimensions: 8mm [.315"] square x 43mm [1.69"] long
    • LED: Nichia premium 5mm LED, cool white
    • Beam: Smooth, flood beam pattern, 35 degree angle
    • Batteries: includes four LR521/379A alkaline watch batteries
    • Total assembled weight with batteries: 0.45 ounces [12.6 grams]

    The Pixel LED flashlight comes packaged in a foam-lined case with an 11.1 mm [7/16"] diameter split ring and snap clip for attachment to other items. One set of batteries are included (pre-installed).


    BATTERY LIFE

    Battery life and runtimes will vary over a broad range due to the nature of the small batteries. Extended "ON" durations (1 minute or longer) will have a tendency to shorten battery life rapidly, whereas short bursts of "ON" durations (15 seconds) will result in very long battery life expectancy. The duration of rest, or "OFF" time between "ON" cycles will also have a great impact on battery life. The longer the rest time, the longer the battery life. Even if you run the flashlight for an extended period, and see the flashlight intensity drop considerably, this is not a permanent state. If you let the batteries rest for a period of time, they will recover and offer brighter intensity that what had been previously observed. In short, battery life is very subjective.

    As an example, we have tested the light with short bursts of 15 seconds "ON" and a minimum of 1 hour of "OFF" time. This has resulted in months of use with minimal intensity drop. In contrast, a 1 minute "ON" cycle with only a 5 minute "OFF" time will result in a small number of cycles before an intensity drop is noticed. However even at a diminished intensity level, the light is quite useable for its intended purpose.

    PRICE: $36.00
     
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    Got mine ordered :wavespin:
     
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    Waiting for mine now :) Once again, you have done a great job. I am afraid to use it when it arrives, that's how good it looks :)
     
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    I'm hoping the UK retailers have got their orders in already:)
     
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    Shipping today!
     
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    Well, it looks that good because misterS took the photos!
     
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  8. monanza

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    Received mine today. What great little lights, these Pixels are. One already has a home on my keychain and another on my shoulder bag zipper pull (on a brass magnetic quick release). Forget about getting battery capsules and what not, just get another light! Enough said. First thing I did, was to add three o-rings in the little grooves (OK, OK, the 1st thing was really to turn it on and light up stuff at close range). I am waiting for gauge 0 & 2 clear o-rings to try out. Anyone know a source of GITD o-rings that would fit and not be too obtrusive?

    Sorry, no pics right now but I couldn't wait to share my delight with y'all.

    TECENG, please source a warmer emitter for a limited edition batch. Something around 4000-5000K, would be nice. I know the pickins are slim in your form factor but for a Ti, Cu, Dama, or TiMuscles edition, a Nichia premium neutral (or even warm) emitter would be just the thing!

    Maybe also offer various o-ring colors (and glow rings) of the right size to fit in those little grooves? I used 8 x 11.5 mm but an 8 x 10 may work better (couldn't find a source for them though). They work great to protect the light and other bling on the keychain and look good too.
     
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    monanza

    Thanks for the feedback! Interesting thought about the O-rings. Oh, and I do have a bag of warm tint LED's sitting on the workbench. Just waiting to see how the lights are received before we go off and make another version. We bought 2 batches of Nichia LED's in anticipation of doing a warm white version at some point. I also need to get Jon on board so he can offer them in the forum store. :)

    And glad you like them!
     
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    Like them? I love them. Another two pixels are bound for my bug out bag. Definitely would go for a warm emitter edition (and a red if you ever make them).

    I like
    • bright for its size, perfect for reading the occasional bit of text in dim light
    • workmanship is outstanding
    • looks great
    • SS is durable
    • unobtrusive and light, does not add bulk to the keychain
    • can be worn on a neck chain (but use quality body-candy o-rings on the grooves if you do)
    • easy to screw in the tail after removal, no cross threading
    • it takes several turns to unscrew so it is not going to fall off accidentally
    • smooth threads, no catching or grinding
    • the presentation case, as always, is great for odds and ends
    • make great gifts, really they do
    Another suggestion: please offer a quick release of a size not to dwarf the PIxel (the python clip is great but I need something even quicker). I am using a small brass magnetic release for my shoulder bag but while it is thin enough (6-7mm measured with a centipede :D ), it is nearly two thirds the length of the pixel (before the split rings) and overwhelms it. Would love a shorter high quality quick release for the keychain.

    Looking forward to your next release.
     
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    Am I seeing right that the keychain connector on the rear swivels?
     
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    Well, it does but it's not what you think. It is the twist on/off mechanism.
    It takes approximately 5 full turns to go from initial thread engagement to "on", so yes, you can rotate it to whatever orientation you like so you can align a split ring correctly, but it does not swivel in the true sense of the word.
     
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    Ahhh. I see. That's still handy.
     
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    monanza

    Thanks for the useful input.

    Question ... there's a gaping hole in my o-ring knowledge, so this might be basic info ...
    ... decided to search the web for other than black, but the o-ring dimensions you cite stumped Google (and me). What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks!
     
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    O-rings are typically sized by either the dash number (size) such as -001, -005 etc. or by cross-section and inside diameter. The sizes mentioned above don't do anything for me either!
     
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    TECENG not sure what kind of deal you have with USPS but my Pixel has made record time into Canada. Ordered Friday and cleared customs today. Wonder if Canada Post can keep up with the speed.
     
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    Well, you know, it's that NAFTA agreement :p
    I think you just got lucky and ordered before the Christmas deluge
     
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    Lucky for sure. Usually stuffs sits in the ICS centers for 3 days then Canada Customs for 3 day. I was hoping to get home before the package is delivered, not happening now. :D
     
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    I hate to be one of those overly technical guys that wants actual specs over an ambiguous "super bright LED" ... But I'm gonna ask anyway. ;)

    Any idea on the lumen output on these beauties?
    Say, with fresh batts, and somewhere in the middle of the first 30 to 45 seconds of use?

    I'm assuming its nested firmly in the "moonlight" output category, just currious how Low into the category.

    :cool:

    Pretty sure I'll end up with a couple regaurdless of the answer, especially if they survive long enough for a second run in a warm(er) tint. Just curious, mostly. :)
     
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    No problem! The LED is specified at about 25 lumens but of course that will change dependent upon usage. Short brief "on" cycles will hold the output close to that with gradual drop-off. Heavy "on" cycles can drain those small batteries to drop the output much more quickly. But the output is still quite usable.

    BTW, the generic specs are suited for the mainstream, where lumens don't mean as much as the tech people. But perhaps we could include them for those who want to know.


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