TRI-STAR PHAZER



Lite-Pro Tri-Star Phazer, retail $197.96 (http://eppescorner...)
Manufactured by Lite-Pro, LLC. (www.lite-pro.com)
Last updated 11-11-12





Q: What DON'T you do with a Tri-Star Phazer when you first receive it?
A: Point it at your eyes and turn it on.
You will receive a very unpleasant surprise if you do.

The Lite-Pro Tri-Star Phazer (TSP for short) is a sturdy handheld flashlight that uses three Luxeon III LEDs in an almost all-aluminum body. The TSP has a Type II anodized finish on both the inside and outside of its body, and is powered by four C cells in its barrel.


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The TSP I received for evaluation did not include any type of packaging (yes, it's that new), so I cannot provide you with instructions on how to remove the flashlight from its packaging.

Install four C cells first (see below), and then you can go to town.

Twist the tailcap clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn the TSP on, and twist the tailcap counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn the TSP off. This is continuous or hands-free mode.

Press the tailcap in and hold it that way for as long as you need light; release the tailcap to turn the TSP off. This is momentary or signalling mode.

There is no LOTC (Lock Out TailCap) mode on the TSP; please do not look for or expect to find one.



To feed your TSP, unscrew and remove the tailcap, dash it to the ground, and stomp on it with spiked baseball shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, tip the used C cells out of the barrel and into your hand or onto a bed or chair, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert four new C cells in the barrel, button-end (+) positive first. Don't just drop them straight down, or you might break something. Hold the barrel almost horizontal and slide them in that way.

Finally, screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it. Unscrew that tailcap slightly when you're finished; you don't want to waste all those brand spanken new batteries ya know.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on the tailcap now?

Consumes 3.221 amps (3,221mA) on my DMM's 4A scale.
This was measured using Ultra Alkaline Supercells I purchased at Wallgreens.




Photograph of the bezel, showing the LED optics.

The TSP appears to be quite durable. When I administered the smack test on it (ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair; five whacks against the side of the tailcap and five whacks against the side of the bezel), I found the expected damage. There is some very light gouging on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

Water-resistance appears to be excellent. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its batteries, and performed that dreadful suction test, no leakage was detected. So you should have no problems whatsoever using the TSP in foul weather; and water landings should not kill it either.

The TSP has somewhat aggressive (sharp) knurling on its tailcap and barrel; and some fine ribbing on the bezel, so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, wet, or oily) should not be an issue at all.

The beam color is pure white, with no yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten cat urine green" visible anywhere in the beam. Not in the hotspot, not in the corona either. The beam is collimated by a Fraen acrylic refracting optic that appears to be specially designed in a triangular configuration for three Luxeon LEDs.

The TSP is, by far, the brightest LED flashlight I've ever used or seen.



Beam photograph at ~12".
Measures 13,400,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Yes, I double-checked that value, and it is indeed correct.
Beam color is pure white, without that "rotten cat urine green" tint you see in this photograph.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight.


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


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight; newest spectrometer software settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 440nm and 480nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 457.740nm.




USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.




ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.



Beam photograph at ~15'.
That red star thing is from an American DJ Laser Widow



TEST NOTES:
Test sample of the Tri-Star Phazer and two other flashlights were sent by G.T. of Eppe's Corner on 03-24-05, and were received late in the afternoon on 03-28-05.

The part number on the Eppe's Corner website is # FT-4C-TS


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:
REALLY frickin' bright!!!
Durable aluminum body
Water-resistant, submersible to shallow depths at minimum
Uses batteries that are easily available and relatively inexpensive


CONS:
High current drain could equal somewhat short battery life


    MANUFACTURER: Lite-Pro, LLC.
    PRODUCT TYPE: Medium-large handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Luxeon III LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with slightly dimmer penumbra and significantly dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist tailcap on/off, press tailcap momentary
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs and optics protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 4xC cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 3.221 amps
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to unknown depth
    ACCESSORIES: None
    WARRANTY: Not stated/TBA

    PRODUCT RATING:

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