ActionLightTM All-in-One Flashlight Owners Manual


Action LightTM Owner's Manual

All-in-One Model
Version 2

Photo of Action Light Welcome to the growing family of Action Light owners. You are among an elite group of people who truly appreciate quality products that are built to last.

We wrote this manual to show you how to properly operate the Action Light and how to care for it so you will receive the maximum benefit from the lamp's many features.

Before we get started, we would like to ask a favor of you. You are likely to encounter some condition we have not anticipated or could not easily test for. As a result, you can provide important feedback that will aid us in improving our lamp. Please let us know about any suggestions you might have -- your suggestions can help us to modify our design to eliminate irritations and add features that make the lamp more useful.

And finally, we depend on word-of-mouth to tell other people about the Action Light. Please tell your friends and associates about us. Better yet, demonstrate your lamp for them at night or in a dark location.

Contents

Brightness Settings

The multisided knob at the end of the electronics bay (the rectangular part of the Action Light) is a 6-position rotary switch that controls the light brightness. The knob is rotated clock-wise to increase brightness or all the way counter clock-wise to turn the light off. Starting with the Off position, the switch positions are Off, Dim, Low, Medium, High and Overdrive.

The Overdrive setting is very bright but cannot be used continuously due to heat buildup in the LED array. To prevent any accidental damage, the light automatically limits the use of the Overdrive setting to a 20% usage factor and not more than 30 seconds per use. When this limit has been exceeded, the light automatically changes back to the High setting. The Overdrive setting may be reactivated by moving the switch from the Overdrive position to the High position and back to the Overdrive position.

Which setting should you use? We recommend you use the lowest setting compatible with safety and your task lighting requirements as this will provide the maximum battery life.

Adapting to Less Light

The amount of power used is roughly proportional to the amount of light the lamp is producing. Therefore, being able to use a lower setting allows you to conserve battery power. Your eyes respond to light in a non-linear (logarithmic) way and so what appears to be only a slight change in brightness is actually a very substantial change in the amount of light.

You can safely and easily adapt to lower light settings. The light brightness settings were chosen such that if your eyes are adjusted to one setting, you can turn the light down to the next lower setting and still see what you are doing. This makes it easy to use lower settings and thus greatly extend the battery life. Every change to a lower brightness setting increases battery life by about 4 times.

There are many conditions that interfere with low light adaption including fatigue, age, altitude, smoking and illness. Any of these separately or in combination can result in the need for a brighter lamp setting.

Switch Lock

The switch may be locked in the Off setting to prevent accidental operation when being carried or stored. You can lock the switch by rotating the switch fully on and off twice (from Off to Overdrive to Off to Overdrive to Off) within a short period. The light will flash twice to acknowledge entry into the Locked mode.

While in the Locked mode, the light will flash twice whenever the switch is moved to a new position. This makes it easy to identify when the light is in the Locked mode, in case you forgot it was locked or someone else locked it for you.

The Locked mode is cancelled by rotating the switch fully on and off (from Off to Overdrive to Off) within a short period. The switch will then operate normally.

SOS Emergency Signal

The light can automatically send the international SOS distress signal. This allows you to attend to other emergency tasks while sending your distress signal.

You make the light enter the SOS signaling mode by rotating the switch fully on and off and fully on again (from Off to Overdrive to Off to Overdrive) within a short period. The light will start flashing the SOS distress signal.

While in SOS signaling mode, you may use the switch to control the brightness setting of the signal. The Overdrive brightness setting operates without restriction in SOS signaling mode.

To cancel SOS signaling mode, turn the light off.

About the Battery Compartment

The battery is housed in the round part of the Action Light. The multisided battery cap unscrews counter clock-wise to provide access to the battery compartment. The battery cap is sealed using an O-ring. We recommend cleanliness when opening the battery compartment to minimize the entry of dirt, mud and water.

Changing the Battery

Action Light with battery cap removedUnscrew the battery cap and remove it. Carefully lift and unfold the negative battery contact until it no longer obstructs the battery compartment. You should avoid touching the gold contact screen or otherwise getting it dirty. The battery should easily slide out when the battery compartment is inverted.

Replace the old battery with a new "D" PTC-protected lithium/sulfur dioxide battery (SAFT 37260146 or equivalent). Do not use any other kind of battery in this lamp.

Insert the new battery positive end first into the battery compartment. The positive end is marked with a plus symbol, has the small button and is at the top when you are reading the label. The small button of the positive end fits into the small hole in the positive battery contact.

Carefully refold and lower the negative battery contact over the negative end of the battery. The contact matches the battery's shape. Make sure the ribbon wire is neatly seated between the two nipples on the negative contact and that the two nipples are seated in the slot. Screw the battery cap back on. Make sure the threads are properly aligned so as not to damage them. The battery cap should screw down easily and fit flush with no gap.

Cleaning the Battery Compartment

Action Light with battery partially removedIf you change the battery in wet or dirty conditions, you may need to clean and dry the battery compartment. If you need to clean the interior, we recommend you rinse the battery compartment and battery cap with clean fresh water, gently blot them dry with a soft clean cloth and leave the battery compartment open to completely air dry. The battery should be wiped clean with a clean damp cloth and allowed to completely air dry. Below are instructions for maintaining the O-ring seal. If rinsing will not remove the dirt, you may rub the spot gently with a soft bristle brush wetted with a mild soap solution and then follow the Medium rinsing and drying procedure. Never dry rub or use aggressive cleaning agents.

Maintaining the Battery Cap O-ring

The battery cap seals the battery compartment using an O-ring. The battery cap O-ring and all surfaces it touches should be kept clean and lightly greased. The O-ring may be removed for cleaning. Sand and dirt will damage the O-ring and cause leaks. If the O-ring becomes damaged, replace it with a 2mm by 33.5mm nitrile (buna-N) O-ring and lightly lubricate it with a compatible waterproof grease.

Exterior Cleaning

The Action Light exterior may be cleaned by gently washing the surface with a mild soap solution and rinsing with clean fresh water. This procedure will prevent or greatly minimize any surface scratching from dirt and sand. Never dry rub or use aggressive cleaning agents. Surface water should be blotted with a clean dry cloth and the lamp allowed air dry.

Other Considerations

The electronics bay is permanently sealed. Do not loosen or remove any of the special screws that retain the lens or end caps. Do not loosen or remove the knob. Any attempt to disassemble or open the electronics bay will damage the lamp.

The lamp contains an array of 24 bright white LEDs. These special bulbs never need replacement. Even if one or two bulbs do fail during the life of the lamp, the difference in the total amount of light will not be noticeable because of how your eyes work.

You may notice slight differences in color and brightness between the LED bulbs, typically on the Low setting. These differences are Medium unit-to-unit production variations which do not effect the overall functioning of the lamp.

Whereas a sudden total failure is very unlikely, it is possible. Therefore, we strongly recommend you always carry a second lamp with you. We also recommend you carry enough spare batteries to cover your stay plus a reasonable safety margin. It is not necessary to start each trip with a new battery in your lamp as long as you have a spare battery along.

CAUTION White LEDs on the highest setting are very bright. Looking directly into the LEDs must be avoided. The light can be intense enough to injure human eyes.

Specifications

Action Light All-in-One
Bulb 24 high brightness white LEDs
Power Source 1 "D" PTC-protected lithium/sulfur dioxide battery (SAFT 37260146 or equivalent)
Brightness Settings 5
2x-4x-4x-4x spacing
Hours of Light at 25°C (77°F) N/A - Overdrive
12 - High
50 - Medium
200 - Low
700 - Dim
Weight 397g (14oz) including lithium battery.
Dimensions 90mm by 81mm by 54mm (3.5" by 3.2" by 2.1").
Operating Temperature Range -40° to 50°C (-40° to 122°F)
Storages Temperature Range -40° to 80°C (-40° to 176°F)

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Updated August 2015
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