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Star Map LED Torch

by Revelation
1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
Price: 4.00
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  • Great for Stargazing
  • Red LED Flashlight for Low-Light Use
  • Perfect for Stargazing & Astronomical Maps
  • Perfect for Road Map Reading at Night
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  • Item Weight: 23 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 100 g
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  • Item model number: SL-11
  • ASIN: B000WG0LPQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 25 Mar 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,842 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Carson's StarMapLightTM is a red LED flashlight for low-light use. Great for astronomy, photographic darkrooms, or reading theater programs without disturbing others. Handy attached keychain.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY 2 Nov 2012
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The biggest piece of small rubbish - Lasted 5 seconds with flickering very low light - when switched on a second time no light - battery checked and full power - Switch at fault, working directly on diode leads, which bend out of contact - Very poor cheap patent.
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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good little light with one fatal flaw 29 May 2010
By Starman - Published on Amazon.com
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For use in astronomy, this light is sufficiently bright without being excessively bright. The color is a true red (a plus), not orange like some lights. And the light is diffuse, which is also a big plus. It does a good job of saving your night vision, and it's one of the least expensive astronomer's lights out there.

So what's not to like? As mentioned in another review, one must twist the top of the light to turn it on and off. The problem is that if you accidentally turn it the wrong way, the top pops off, and you are then looking for the top and the two small button batteries on the ground in the dark. Making matters worse, you must have the top in exactly the right position to put it back on (no small feat), and the batteries tend to flip around into the light the wrong way. We tried 80 of these lights for a college astronomy class, and before the semester was over, half were no longer functional.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really cheaply made, large, finicky. Pretty much not worth it. 24 Nov 2010
By T. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for astronomy use, but this will probably be the first thing I have ever returned to Amazon. This thing is really cheap. Considering you can get a pretty decent aluminum LED flashlight from Home Depot for $3, I was surprised at how cheaply made this one is for $5. Its all plastic and not very sturdy feeling. Its is actually really large (about 3.75" long, 1" diameter, measured with digital calipers.). I thought it would be tiny, but that clear dome you see in the picture isn't the LED, but a big plastic cover over the LED. The picture makes it look smaller than it is. The funny thing about the size is that there's nothing really in there. The battery compartment extends about .75" into the housing and then ends. There is nothing else going on in there.

Also, mine pretty much doesn't work. It worked when i first got it, but then I popped off the cover (easily done) to check out the battery compartment, and when i put it back on it was significantly dimmer and intermittent. I opened it up, removed and re-installed the batteries, and it still didn't work properly. I tried this a few times, and it just didn't work. The batteries were clearly facing the right way, and the electrical contacts were clean, but honestly the contacts on the light side are just a thin wire, so I'm not surprised that it isn't more reliable. I actually build robots for a living, so I know how to install batteries in a flashlight, but no dice. After messing with it a bit more, it seems to be bright again, but its intermittent, and honestly I don't want to deal with it. Its not even easy to install the batteries the right way, because the cavity is large enough that they can easily flip over when you drop them in. You have to try a few times to do it, and as another reviewer said, it would be a real pain to do in the dark.

As a mechanical engineer who designs things all day long, I am particularly surprised at how much is wrong with such a simple device. I think my mistake was searching for "Astronomy Flashlight". I realize now I should have searched for "Red LED Flashlight". That comes up with a lot more options. I might try something like an Inova Microlight (I'm not affiliated, but they just came up with the new search terms i mentioned, and I've seen that kind of light before and liked them). I will probably just go to Walgreens or some other drugstore and pick up a red keychain LED. I've had pretty good luck with those in the past.

So really, search some more, and try something else. I saw a few negative reviews and figured it was a fluke. Now I've realized I shouldn't have been so optimistic. I imagine they won't all be as finicky as mine, but I can't imagine it being worth it to try when there are plenty of other options out there that are better made and more compact.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good little Red Flashlight works great 21 April 2010
By Andrew Deluca - Published on Amazon.com
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My Brother and I have started star gazing. the red ballon over a white flashlight was not cutting it.. Product was shipped fast.. Works great can read a star chart and than look up and be able to see stars since your pupils do not dialate...

Only con is the wierd way it turns on.. you have to rotate the cap...

Can't beat this product.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Carson StarMap Light is Great! 8 Oct 2010
By Star Watcher - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend this product to anyone who is into astronomy and star watching. This true red LED light is very easy on the eyes and for the extremely fair price, you can't beat it!

Being in my later years in life, both my husband and I have vision that is slowly beginning to deteriorate. We have even found a second use for this light for when we take our late night trips to the bathroom. As silly as this may seem, the red light really helps your eyes adjust much better in the dark as your eyes do not dilate as much as they would with a typical white LED light.

Over all on a scale from 1-10, I would give the StarMap Light an 11! :-)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Light 14 Mar 2010
By Joey - Published on Amazon.com
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A must for reading maps or looking through a telescope at night..... Just a wonderful product and cheap on the wallet also.
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