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Making the invisible...visible!


These are the Hoplite365's, the brightest, single-die, LED, ultraviolet flashlights available. With two, different beam width models designed specifically for the demands of non-destructive testing, Hoplite365's have taken fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) and magnetic particle inspection (MPI) illumination technology solidly into the 21st century.

State-of-the-art, high-intensity LED's are now light years beyond the old red or green stereo power indicators from the 70's and 80's. Even auto headlights are switching over to LED lighting to reap the many benefits of small size, intense brilliance, and unparalleled efficiency. If you or your company is still using the mid-20th century technology of old-fashioned UV lamps using fragile, hot, expensive, glass mercury-bulbs, you'll appreciate the easy freedom of cordless, UV illumination. Read on to discover more about the Hoplite365 and the advantages of switching over to solid-state LED lighting.

Carefully engineered to deliver the most long wave ultraviolet output with the least visible light, both Hoplite365 models demonstrate the state-of-the-art in hand-held, portable solid-state illumination. Using an industry-renowned Nichia 365nm, single-die LED and a highly-efficient electronic driver circuit, each Hoplite365 generates an intense UV flux which passes through a custom, dual-coated, visible light filter. The resulting beam of very pure 365nm UV light includes less than .09 lux of visible light (380nm+), far below the ASTM International industry allowable maximum.

In addition to easier inside work, this combination of intense UV, minimal visible light, and long running times at cool temperatures means that, the Hoplite365 is ideal for field work when sufficiently dark conditions may be difficult to achieve, space is limited, and corded power difficult or impossible to supply. Having a Hoplite365 makes NDT easier!

The Hoplite365 is constructed to withstand the harsh NDT environment. FPI and MPI dyes are created to make their way into every possible crack or tiny flaw. That's why with old-fashioned mercury bulb lights, switch failure through dye contamination is a common problem that can render the affected units unusable and possibly unsafe until they can be fixed...again and again.

So, to eliminate that entire problem, the Hoplite365 is sealed against contamination. The head end is factory sealed, the body joints and tail cap switch are protected with "O" rings, and the self-contained tail cap switch itself is sealed. Also, in the unlikely event that a switch ever needs to be replaced, no disassembly or rewiring is required...simply unscrew the old switch and replace it with a new one, just as you'd do when it's time to change the battery. It's that easy!

Here's why you should upgrade to Hoplite365 illumination

Old-technology mercury lamps
Old-technology mercury lamps
  • Large and unwieldy
  • Cumbersome, high-voltage power cord
  • Heavy battery required for field work
  • High heat and limb burn danger
  • Expensive, fragile replacement bulbs
  • Switch failures, wiring failures
  • Not immersible
  • Cords, switches, bulbs... all break easily
  • Dimmer, diluted beam
State-of-the-art Hoplite365
  • Just 8 ounces, including battery!
  • Cordless!
  • Battery weight: 1.7 ounces, that's all!!
  • Runs cold!
  • LED lasts over 20,000 hours. No bulb to burn out!
  • No cumbersome wires! Sealed switches!
  • Waterproof!
  • Sealed, self-contained units!
  • Brighter beam lights flaws better!

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