LED-LENSER V2 Triplex (2), retail $9.95 (www.sportsmansguide.com...)
Manufactured by LED-LENSER Optoelectronics (www.led-lenser.com)
Last updated 06-10-08

The V2 Triplex by LED-LENSER is a heavy, almost all-copper flashlight featuring 3 white LEDs and a traditional barrel mounted pushbutton switch; powered by a single AA cell. The light comes with a padded nylon belt holster so you can carry it anywhere.

This flashlight might be named like the original from (I believe) 2002, but it's different enough to warrant its own web page.


The Triplex comes ready to use; just pick it up and turn it on. The small rubber pushbutton can be pressed partway in for momentary use and signalling; or pressed until it clicks to allow for hands-free operation.
Pressing the switch again until it clicks turns the unit off.

The light comes with a nice looking protective nylon belt holster with a tastefully embroidered logo on the flap and a padded interior pouch. A belt loop on the back allows you to thread just about any common belt through it and wear it anywhere you go. The flashlight fits the holster properly with no buckling or crimping of the edges.

To change the battery in your Triplex, unscrew the tailcap & set it aside. Dump out the expired battery (dispose of or recycle it as you see fit), and slide a new AA cell into the barrel, button end (+) first. Screw the tailcap firmly back on, and that's that.

Current usage measures 481mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

At first glance, this light appears to be well-constructed. It has an all-copper housing, and has a heavy and substantial feel in the hand. And then I got a look at the business end. O NOOOO!!!, they used a cheap, chrome plated styrene plastic assembly (think model airplane parts) as a bezel, and there is no protective lens or window on the end. However, the LEDs are deeply recessed into individual hosels (cells) within this bezel, and may not be at as much risk as one would think.

This flashlight appears to be reasonably durable, and it is. When I performed that terrible smack test on it (ten whacks against the concrete floor of a patio: 5 smacks against the side of the bezel and 5 smacks against the side of the tailcap), only some rather minor damage was found. There is some extremely minor gouging to the bare Metalwargrowlmon - er - the bare Metalwargreymon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalweregarurumon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! Now I'm just making {vulgar term for poop} up!!! ) on the sides of the tailcap & bezel where it was struck.
No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

The Triplex has at least two O rings in its construction, but it is not submersible. The tailpiece appears to have a good seal, but not the head assembly. A suction test showed leakage, but not nearly as much as I thought there would be. So I'm reasonably confident I can say "weather resistant", it's just not totally waterproof and you should try not to drop it in a wet place where you can't *immediately* fish it out.

The flashlight also has a slippery feel to it, as there is no knurling anywhere except on the tailcap. Its narrow "wasp waist" does give your fingers somewhere to go however (your forefinger "naturally" curves around & underneath at the waist), so it's a bit less likely to slip and fall as a flashlight with a smooth barrel and no gripping points anywhere along it.

With these points out of the way, let's talk about what's good.
The overall construction of the unit appears quite good, and all of the parts fit together correctly with no unevenness or unexpected seams. The entire battery barrel can be removed in case you need to clean it out or dry it out; this can be done by taking the end cap off and then unscrewing the barrel from the bezel (head) just behind the switch.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 102,900mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Product was purchased on the Sportsman's Guide website on 06-02-08, and was received late on the afternoon of 06-09-08.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: LED-LENSER Optoelectronics
    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/soft corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on barrel
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs inset into hosels in plastic end piece for them
    BATTERY: 1xAA cell
    WATER RESISTANT: Light weather-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Belt holster, 1xAA cell
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

V2 Triplex (2) * www.sportsmansguide.com...

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