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G-Flare 100 Lumens Compact Aluminum Flashlight - SOS Flashing, Focus Control, Dimming Control
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very compact light, (seemingly) rugged case, bright beam with focus control. Single AA battery.

Cons: The rear integrated switch has failed after only a couple dozen cycles. It's been used as a nightstand flashlight, for occasional trips to the backyard and the breaker box. The flashlight is now unusable.

It's not acceptable for an item designed (and marketed) like this one to be unreliable because of poor QC or design.

Other Thoughts: As for why the switch failed, my opinion is that the design is flimsy. The switchcap contact button is a broad pad covered with soft-ish rubber. Underneath, it feels like the switch is a rather narrow, non-rugged microswitch of the latching variety, and it sometimes feels like an actuation of the light results in an off-center push of the switch body. It's possible that this design is prone to loading the switch unit in such a way that it will fail, especially if it's PCB-mounted (which is exactly what it feels like).

An improvement might be realized by including a different rubber fitting under the switchcap contact pad, one meant to center and distribute the force of actuation. That is, if the actual microswitch isn't itself faulty to begin with.

ASUS WL-500GP V2 802.11b/g Multi-Functional Wireless Router with x2 USB Plug-N-Share hard drive function and Print Server Function
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Quick shipping with no issues as usual - cheers to Newegg.

Cons: The Asus rebate page lists UPC numbers that DON'T MATCH the UPC/barcode on the shipped product? (As of 11/15/10.) What gives, Newegg? The advertised rebate on this item is a bit misleading, don't you think?

Other Thoughts: As with the previous poster, I'd agree that this item is probably worth the money regardless, but I'm considering RMAing the unit out of principle. I won't go so far as to suggest "bait and switch", but...okay, I just did. Any other folks with this issue?


Joseph R.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph R.

Date Joined: 03/02/04

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 11/15/10
  • Last Review: 11/17/13
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