TNC 5W LS LED Splash Anodized Flashlight, retail $125
Manufactured by TNC Custom Products (www.tnccustomproducts.com)
Last updated 12-16-12

Ok, I've asked you once, I've asked you 100 times.

Q: What shouldn't you do when you get this flashlight and take it out of the box?

A: Point it at your eyes and turn on the switch!!!

If you do that with a 5W Splash Ano flashlight, you'll be in for an unpleasant surprise. Like maybe...oh I don't know... fried eyeballs!!! Scrape those suckers off the floor (use a pancake turner if necessary) and pop them right back in!

The Spash Ano is a fairly large flashlight, originally made for police officers but suitable for anyone to use. What sets this flashlight apart from all the others you can get isn't that 5W Luxeon Star LED, but the unique "splash anodized" finish on the head, body, and tailpiece. It's simply beautiful to look at. The pictures on this page do not give the flashlight any justice.


Your Splash should come ready to go right out of the box. On the barrel is a rocker switch, press it forward to turn your Splash on, and press it back (towards you) to turn your Splash off. Flashlights just don't get any easier than this.

To change the batteries, unscrew & remove the tailcap. Tip the flashlight tailfirst into your hand. The 4 CR123A cells are in a thick cardboard tube, and should slide out easily. Dump the dead batteries out of the cardboard tube into a garbage can, and drop 4 new ones in, button-to-tail. Once the cardboard tube is full (4 cells), slide it back in the flashlight barrel, button end (+) first. Screw the tailcap firmly back on, and you're good to go.

Current consumption was measured at 760 milliamps.

I have not yet beaten the Splash Ano flashlight, so I don't have any results. Because it uses a rocker switch, you should try to keep it off lake bottoms and out of toilet bowls as it isn't 100% waterproof.

The flashlight is really thick and robust, and could easily serve as a weapon if you were stuck in a dark alley and you weren't alone. It was originally designed for police officers, but anyone who needs a flashlight like this can buy one.

There are some deep grooves or "anti-ribs" milled into the body and the head, and much finer grooves milled into the entire flashlight, so I don't think retention will be an issue, and lack of a lanyard isn't bothersome at all.

Beam photograph at approx. 12"
Measured 590,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 at 12".

That "rotten cat urine green" color does not exist in reality; it was just a camera trick.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~9 feet.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Same as above; newer spectrometer software & settings used.

Spectrographic plot
Same as above; yet newer spectrometer software & settings used.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight; newest (03-25-12) spectrometer software settings used.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 430nm and 450nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 440.990nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 600nm and 620nm to pinpoint that queer phosphor spike (present in all early 1- and 5-watt Luxeon LEDs) peak wavelength, which is 611.378nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.

Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Flashlight was bought in late April 2003 and received around the 1st of May. Testing didn't really begin until early May, so this page is still incomplete.

There's a 1.6 ohm 5% resistor (brown/blue/gold/gold) in the head to prevent all the magic smoke from getting out of the LED.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Very, very bright for an LED
Custom "splash anodized" finish, available in several color combos
Has a window that protects LS optics

Uses batteries that could be expensive and hard to find
Not 100% waterproof because of that rocker switch
Some users may find it too large and heavy

    MANUFACTURER: TNC Custom Products
    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Luxeon Star LED, 5W white
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Central hotspot with wide peripheral light
    SWITCH TYPE: Rocker on/off on barell
    BEZEL: Fraen optic behind clear window
    BATTERY: 4 ea. CR123A lithium photograph cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 760 milliamps
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash resistant only
    ACCESSORIES: 4 ea. CR123A lithium photograph cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown


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TNC 5W LS LED Splash Ano Flashlight * www.tnccustomproducts.com

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