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  • Cheap flashlight

    posted by vetal334 on 11/29/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    1)Cheap;
    2)Easy to disassemble;
    3)On board LED driver are switching mode constant current;
    4)Zoom focus - VERY VERY useful!

    Cons:

    1)Flashlight body too big for 16340 - there are plastic tube used to fix the battery in the middle. It seems this body are basic design for 3xAAA then modified for 1x16340 Li-Ion;
    2)LED driver becomes VERY hot when operation, especially the onboard inductor;
    3)Poor line regulation and high dependency from temperature.

    OtherThoughts:

    Onboard LED driver has only one mode of operation. It draws from fully charged 16340 (4.1-4.2 V) about 1.2 Amps. From nominal 3.7 V charged Li-Ion it draws 1.1 A. Input current drops rapidly - poor thermal regulation and, in this case, low efficiency.
    I will use it with replacement STAR-PCB with Cree R5 XP-G LED on board (000H51 bin). In this case i expect twice luminous flux output.

    Bottomline:

    In retail configuration this flashlight are poor. Buy it if you know how to upgrade it with more efficient driver and LED.

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