AdvancedMart Ghost 2 (12 LED, 1xAA)

Light Type: 5mm LED
Light Class: General Use

The Ghost II is like many new Security Quality LED lights coming out recently. By using a number of 5mm LEDs for producing light, these Security Quality LED lights are now competing well with traditional incandescent flashlights in terms of output. Some of these lights use boost circuits or resistors depending on the power source.

The body of the light is made of anodized aluminum. The body, head, and tailcap have ribs machined into the sides for grip. The body wall is not excessively thick, but it isn’t el-cheapo thin, either. The finish is a matte silver. At the very front of the light is a polished silver ring which contains the LEDs, recesses in holes. Both the head and tailcap are removable. The tailcap has a hole for the attachment of a wrist lanyard (included) and is flat so that it can stand on end. The tailcap serves as a twist switch for operating the light.

At the front of the light you will see the polished silver disk where the LEDs reside in recessed holes. By recessing the LEDs into the front of the unit, the flashlight produces a more concentrated beam while at the same time the LEDs are protected from impacts.

Output is in the form of a slightly bluish tinted white spot of light. The spot is fairly wide and tapers off around the edges. Very far out from the main beam is a separate ring of light.

Beam at one meter at target center

Runtime Plot: Very good!!! DC-DC regulator works hard to keep the light going for a long time.

Runtime completed with Eveready batteries. More information on runtime plots is available HERE.

The tailcap is the switch. Twist-tighten for on, loosen for off. If you turn the light on and twist the tailcap one full “rib pattern” backward, you can press in and release on the tailcap for momentary signaling.

The light is sealed from the environment by O-rings. I’d give it a splashable at the minimum. If water gets inside just disassemble as much as possible without tools and let it dry before using again.

Ergonomics: It’s small, but not awkward. A bit large around the head to be carried comfortably inside the front pants pocket. Use the cargo pocket if your pants have them. Jacket pockets work well too.

Size compared to a common 2AA aluminum light

A single AA alkaline cell powers the light. As a result there must be a boost circuit to power the LEDs. To change the batteries simply remove the tailcap, drop out the old battery, place in a new one and reassemble. Nothing to it.

Accessories: A nylon finger lanyard (too small for the wrist) is included and attached.

What I Liked: Water resistant, Impact resistant (withstood multiple drops), Bright, Easy battery change, Lightweight, Stands up

What I Didn’t Like: Nothing yet.

Other Things I Noticed: Unlike many other mulit-LED lights appearing in huge quantities on the market today, this little critter actually appears to be of better quality than most.

Conclusions: This is a good quality light with good output and great runtime. I had no problems with the light at all, and I would recommend it for normal tasks. For the price, I don’t think you’re going to beat it… I don’t know how it reacts to lithium AA cells yet, but I’ll take a look at it sometime in the future.

UPDATE: from reader Jason:

I was just writing to comment on the AdvanceMart Ghost II. I just bought several of these lights, and while tinkering with them found that they will also accept AAA batteries without the need for an adapter. Just throw the AAA in and it works no problem. The AAA does bounce around inside a bit when the light is off and the back cap is not tightened, but it’s secure when on. I just thought you might like to know this, for me this makes these little torches MUCH more handy and flexible!

UPDATE: from reader Chris L:

The O-rings are a bit brittle and dry, unlubricated, and will easily break if you try to unscrew the tailcap or head too quickly.

Instead, when unscrewing it for the first time, do so slowly and smoothly, so the O-ring won’t break. Then, coat the O-ring and threads with petroleum jelly, or other suitable lubricant.