The Blaster VI is a new LED flashlight made by Wayne J. (aka ElektroLumens) and uses a 5W white Luxeon Star LED!
You don't want to aim one of these at your eyes and push the button, because it's BRIGHT!!!
The Blaster VI comes in a custom-made body, which has fine ridges totally covering it, so you can "keep a grip on things" even if your hands are wet, cold, or gloved.
This is a fairly large flashlight; about the length of a 2-C Mag and a bit larger in diameter at the barrel. So you could probably use it as a club if the situation dictated it; but it's primary function is to provide you with light - lots of it.
The version I'm testing uses 3 CR123A cells; you can also get a 6 AA cell model (using two "3 to D" adapters) and just about double the Blaster's runtime.
To use the Blaster VI, feed it if necessary (see below).
To turn the light on, depress the rubberized button on the barrel until it clicks. Press it the same way again to turn it back off. Nice and easy, just like a flashlight ought to be.
You can hold it underhand by your waste or in front of you (like how most people hold a flashlight) or over your shoulder (like how a police officer usually holds his or her flashlight). It really doesn't matter how you hold it, as long as that beam goes where you want it to.
To change the batteries in the Blaster 6, unscrew & remove the tailcap, and set it aside. If the spring did not come out with it, remove it and set that aside too. Tip the battery carriage out into your hand, and remove the three dead CR123A cells out of it. Throw the batteries away, or find a flashlight that can suckle on dead CR123s and put them in that.
Drop three new ones in, flat (-) side first (so the button end faces up). Once the carriage is full, insert it back into the flashlight barrel, button (+) end first. Lay the spring on top of the carriage, small end going in first. Then screw the tailcap back on firmly, and be done with it.
Current was measured at 1.2 amps with the supplied batteries (3 CR123A cells), so you should get around an hour of really bright light, and some amount of dimming, but still useful light after that out of a set.
If you get the light with a pair of "3 to D" adapters, you can use 6 AA cells and get about double the runtime (about 2 hours) on a set of batteries.
Sample is a loaner from a CPF member, so I can't try to drown it in the toilet, smash it against a steel rod, run over it with a 400lb electric wheelchair, or otherwise punish it. I'm sure he wants his flashlight back with no dog pee or dirty toilet water in it, and with no dents or dings...so these tests will not be conducted.
The light that comes out of the Blaster VI is *very slightly* greenish, but certainly not the "rotten cat urine green" as sometimes seen in other Luxeon Star products. If this were my light, I probably wouldn't piss & moan about the color, or threaten to mail it back for a "whiter" one. But your mileage may vary, so you never know for 100% certain. The light is greener than the light output by a SureFire KL4, but it's also a heck of a lot brighter.
Beam photo at ~12".
Brightness was measured at 2,320,000mcd at 12" using an LM631 light meter.
Sample was loaned to me by a website visitor for about a week. Flashlight was received on 07-22-03, and was put on the website on 07-23-03.
Very bright for an LED
Switch does not have a momentary mode when off
PRODUCT TYPE: Large handheld flashlight
LAMP TYPE: 5W white Luxeon Star LED
No. OF LAMPS: 1
BEAM TYPE: Central hotspot with square corona
SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
BEZEL: Clear window protects optic and LED underneath
BATTERY: 3x CR123A cells
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 1.2 amps from 3 CR123 cells
WATER RESISTANT: It would appear to be, yes
SUBMERSIBLE: Probably not - unconfirmed
(I did not have sample long enough to apply a rating)
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