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LED Pen, the Pilot's Pen, LED Powered Ink Penlight Night Writer


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  • See where you write at night! Ideal for anyone who needs illumination when writing - pilots, flight crews, doctors, nurses, police, military...
  • Aircraft aluminum housing with push button on/off LED lighting and rotating top cap for pen retraction.
  • Uses one common AAA cell for up to 20 hours of illumination
  • Gift box packaged with an extra black ink cartridge and extra AAA cell (replacement ink is available through us on Amazon - visit our WebStore)
  • Comes equipped with both a green-color and red-color tip for aviation users seeking to preserve their night vision while using the Pen.

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • ASIN: B0010O8GQ0
  • Item model number: PilotsPen
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 3, 2007
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Product Description

Finally, a high-quality writing instrument that illuminates where you write. The Pilot's Pen, originally sold to the aviation industry, is the world's first LED pen that illuminates where you write and uses a single, common AAA cell. The pen comes packaged with a spare AAA battery and ink cartridge (one blue and one black ink). The Pen's powerful LEDs are rated at 100,000 hours of life and a battery will provide at least 20 hours of illumination. The pen's body is made from black anodized aluminum for durability and has a series of ridges built-in for better control when writing. Operation is easy - press the top button to turn illumination on or off and rotate the top cap to retract or extend the pen's ink cartridge tip. Included in the gift box is a spare red and green transparent tip for use by pilots and aviation users seeking to preserve their night vision while using the Pen. It's safe to carry in shirt pockets and easy to use anywhere or anytime - day or night. Thousands in use worldwide by aviation professionals, US Special Forces, Army Rangers, NATO, first responders, academics, creative arts professionals, night shift workers, hobbiests and many more satisfied users. Lifetime Guarantee - if it ever fails to work, we'll replace it (battery and ink not covered, of course). Makes a great gift.

Customer Reviews

This is the best pen for writing in the dark.
Ric
What a joy to be able to take notes and read in church without becoming one of those people who simply must sit here or there!
R. B. Hodgson
I took it apart and tried to reassemble it because I thought I put it together wrong.
sefarris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. Bell on January 20, 2008
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My first impression is that this pen/led has avoided the pitfalls that have ruined similar products.

1. The led light is super bright and doesn't appear to rely on the ink cartridge to carry the electrical charge.
2. The ability to turn on and off the led light is independent from the pen.
3. The pen is retractable and the ink is easily replaceable.
4. It uses the widely available AAA battery - a few of which you probably have a few sitting around the house.
5. The metal clip is well made and surprisingly compact.
6. The footprint of the pen is also compact.

If you are looking for a pen/led combo, I highly recommend this one.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By William D. Phillips on March 12, 2010
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I am an EMS Helicopter pilot and half of my time at work is during the night hours.

I purchased 20 of these pens for all med crews and pilots that work at my base as a Christmas present since we do a lot of writing in low light or no light conditions.

The light is very good and illuminates the Hobbs meter when I need to write down my Hobbs times and my aircraft data. It uses a AAA battery which is easy to find and keep on hand.

The problems we have had:

1) The pen itself skips a lot. You have to really work it to make it write and when it does write it skips. I had to really work it on a piece of paper to get the ink flowing, so the company needs to develope a pen stylus that lets the ink flow smoothly. I've tried several refill cartridges and they all do the same think. It writes better when used on a hard surface, however, much of our writing is done on medical tape that has been taped to our knees. The softness of this type writing surface probably keeps the hard tip from letting the ink flow. It would be nice if the pen could come with a soft tip or felt tip.

2.)The light is turned on by pushing down the button at the top of the pen. That's great, however, to get the ink pen down you have to twist the top of the pushdown button to extend the writing point. This is inconvenient when the nurses are in a hurry writing down vital signs, medications, etc. or in my case writing down distances, weights, clearances and engine data. I have started leaving the pen head rolled down while I'm on duty so that it will be ready to write when I push down the light button. The only problem with this is that the pen itself tends to dry out and you have to go through the break in again to get it to write.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steve Sjogren on August 18, 2008
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Okay, I'm gushing on this product. No I am in no way connected with the sales of this. You can check on my bio if you wish. I review products I am downright enthusiastic about. This pen is one I am downright nuts over. Why? I am a mobile executive-writer-idea person. The app for me is not connected to flying but writing various dimly lit environments. I coach many similarly minded people. This piece of equipment is worth crowing about.
1. It just plain works. In a day of under-performing when something comes along that meets a high felt need it is worth getting on the soap box and crowing. This one has me extending my credibility over.
2. It is bright but not blindingly bright. I use it in lots of environments that are dimly lit - it is 'Just right' as Golidlocks stated so well.
3. It feels great - writes well.
4. It comes with two refills (which is plenty of ink to last me for a while about enough ink - I'm probably in good shape with this thing unless I decide to write my next book by hand and entirely in dim lighting!)
5. It is sustainable. There are plenty of cool-looking pens out there under the 'fancy schmancy' heading. The catch however is the battery must be replaced sooner than later. All of those batteries I've been into are relatively costly and difficult to find. Over a couple of years of usage the previously 'Cool' pen becomes a pain in the tail. Before buying another light up pen / your next light up pen, ponder your inevitable trek to the mall to a 'Batteries R Us' kind of kiosk. Do you really want the pain and hassle of that rigamarole? It's not for me. I would rather write, get ideas than feed the pen's hunger for obscure batteries.

This pen takes AAA batteries you already have in abundance in your office or home!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michelf VINE VOICE on September 27, 2008
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As a pen this one is a little bit heavy feeling in my hand. I'm not sure for the reason for this, possibly it's the battery. I have other pens with lights in them and they don't have nearly as much "heft" in proportion to the size. This is not a flimsy thing, so far it's survived being dropped from about 3 - 5 feet onto a hardwood floor a few times, it's also been knocking around loose in my purse, and I don't see any signs of damage or cracking.

The light is bright, but not so bright as to be harsh.

I'm not sure if perhaps I just got a bad battery or if it's the brand of battery they include with the pen, but it went through the first battery alarmingly fast. After I got the pen I used it several times over the course of a few days and was very pleased. I turned it off and it sat on a counter for about three days before I had an occasion to use it again. When I went to turn on the light, it didn't come on.

I really like that it comes with a battery and an extra ink refill. But if the battery it comes with konks out on you quickly, it's only marginally helpful. I'm happy to let this slide though, because the battery it uses is a standard AAA. (I despise those button watch batteries for reasons I've never been able to articulate.) So it's easily replaced since I keep AAAs around the house as a rule. I've since replaced it with new battery and it doesn't seem to be draining the juice any faster then any other LED device.

I suppose there other light up pens for less out there but this one is really quite sturdy and well made. If you're a pilot, go camping a lot, or any sort of activity where you're out in the dark and in need of light and a pen; this is a good choice.

EDIT: 11/2010
I've now had this pen for two years. I use it intermitently and I have yet to replace the battery I mentioned above. I love this pen, the light comes in handy on camping trips and late night car trips (passengers use it of course).
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