3-LED Saber Flashlight, retail $10 (http://cgi.ebay.com...)
Manufactured by Uknown (URL is unknown too)
Last updated 05-09-04

The Ebay page I bought this from calls this a "Lightsaber Triple LED Flashlight System", but I'll just call it the Saber for the remainder of this page. I don't know who manufactures this flashlight, and I don't know who's LEDs are in this flashlight. I'm certain they're not Nichia, that much I'm sure of.

This is a mainly aluminum flashlight, using three white LEDs to produce its light, and three AA cells to power those LEDs. The flashlight is relatively comfortable to hold, whether you hold it in an underhand or overhand grip.


The Saber arrived to me in bubble wrap, and needing to be fed with three AA cells (see below) before its first use.

To turn the flashlight on, depress the button on the barrel of the flashlight until it clicks, then release it. To turn it back off, do the exact same thing.

There is no momentary or "signalling" mode available when the Saber is off, but you can blink it while it's on by partially depressing the button, if you don't mind the "backwards" feeling of it.

To change the batteries in the Saber, unscrew and remove the tailcap, and throw it away...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

Tip the flashlight barrel into your hand, and dispose of or recycle the three AA cells that come out. Slide three new AA cells in the barrel, button (+) positive end first, then screw the tailcap back on.

In my test sample, the tailcap and barrel are poorly threaded, and it took a concerted effort to get the two parts to screw together properly.

Measures 126mA on my DMM's 2A scale. This equates to 42mA per LED, so they ARE a bit overdriven in this flashlight.

The above photograph shows the front end of this flashlight. No light "leaks" from those ribs cut or moulded near the front of the head of this flashlight, so you don't need to worry about being blinded by it if you grab the flashlight after dark.

The Saber appears to be at least reasonably durable, so ordinary flashlight accidents should not cause it to become broken...o wait, one light hit against a steel rod near the tailcap caused the tailcap to pop off.
Two or three moderate strikes of the head against the steel rod caused the tailcap to once again pop off. The flashlight itself still works properly when it's reassembled, but I'm afraid I cannot do any more punishment testing of this sample because the tailcap keeps popping off. :-(

The Saber is probably weather-resistant, and even has some light splash-resistance, but it is not waterproof or submersible at all. When the tailcap was removed, the flashlight was relieved of its batteries, and then suctioned on, air had no problems whatsoever getting in. There are also no O-rings in the head or tailcap. So you would best be advised to keep the Saber away from creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docks, puddles of raccoon pee, snowbanks, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, pet water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. If you know of or suspect the Saber fell into water, take the head and tailcap off, relieve the flashlight of batteries, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or two to be sure it's completely dry. If it fell into seawater or if something peed on it, douche the parts out in fresh water before setting them out to dry.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 16,400mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
With a 46mA per LED current draw, this is an unusually low value.

Sample was purchased on Ebay and was received on 04-24-04.
The page I bought this flashlight on is right here. It will expire around 07-13-04; use the View seller's other items link after that and see if they're still selling this flashlight.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Unless you count the tailcap, the sturdy aluminum body is OK
Good looking, at least until you try to use it
Feels decent in the hand

Dim LEDs for the current consumed
What a POS
Tailcap pops off WAY too easily
What a MFPOS
Leaks like a sieve - it's very easy to flood this flashlight

    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LEDs
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot, with softer corona at edges
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs protected by clear plastic window
    BATTERY: 3 AA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splash-resistance only
    WARRANTY: Unknown


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