Brando One Battery Torch

I’m always on the lookout for good flashlights. Living in South Florida has given me a better appreciation for dependable light sources due to our frequent hurricanes and otherwise unreliable electric service. Lately I’ve also found the need for a small light during my normal daily activities, so having one small enough to fit in my jeans pocket is a definite plus. I was browsing the Gadget Brando site and saw the “One Battery Torch”. The original product photo and description weren’t clear that the battery was a type AA (many small LED lights use expensive lithium batteries). I like to find products which use AA batteries because I get my wife’s discards (she’s a photographer); when her high powered photo flash takes too long to cycle, she needs to replace the batteries. These used AA’s still have plenty of life for other uses.

I ordered the flashlight and received it in the mail 10 days later. My first reaction to using the light was that it felt very solid and was a very well designed product. To turn the light on, the head is twisted clockwise. I prefer having a click on/off switch for single-handed operation, but considering the size of the light, the twist switch is a necessary feature to keep the size down.

The light output of the 8-LEDs is bright, but not tremendously bright. Compared to another 8-LED flashlight I have (which uses 3-AAA batteries), I’d say the Brando light is about half as bright. The next test was to see how many hours of usable light it could produce.

I set it on my desk at the beginning of the day and watched as it slowly got dimmer. With the slightly used AA’s that I have, I got 6 hours of reasonably bright light. I’m sure that a brand new alkaline would give better performance.

I removed the included wrist-strap and added it to my keychain. It’s a bit large as a keychain charm, but it’s a welcome replacement for the single-LED “squeeze” light that I used to carry.


Product Information

Manufacturer:Brando Gadget
  • Runs on a single AA battery
  • Small enough to fit easily in your pocket
  • Solid construction
  • Price
  • Not as bright as other 8-LED flashlights
  • I prefer a push switch to the twist cap
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  • Julie March 21, 2006, 2:52 am

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  • tOM Trottier March 21, 2006, 5:24 am

    But how waterproof is it?:unsure:

  • bitbank March 21, 2006, 3:21 pm

    The flashlight has O-rings at both ends, but because you twist the top to turn it on, the top O-ring is not “engaged” unless the light is turned on. I would say that it should be classified as “water resistant” and not “water proof”. The top part around the LEDs appears to be well sealed on both sides.


  • nathane April 3, 2006, 2:25 pm

    Do you know how the brightness and/or duration of this light compares when you use a 1.2 volt NiMH battery vs. a 1.5 volt alkaline?

  • bitbank April 3, 2006, 11:23 pm

    I can’t say about the duration, but the brightness of the light seems to be equal between alkaline and NiMH batteries.

    BTW – I found that an ebay vendor is selling these lights for a lot less ($4-5 each including shipping).


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