Super Tiger Incandescent Flashlight, retail $TBA (
Manufactured by Favourlite (
Last updated 09-15-04

IMPORTANT: As of 09-15-04, the server at is not functioning.
So I do not have pricing or warranty information about this flashlight.

The Favourlite Super Tiger (the name reminds me of the early 1980s Stern Electronics coin-op arcade video game "Super Cobra"), model # ZF402X, is a 2xAA cell flashlight that has a bipin incandescent bulb in the business-end, powered by two AA cells in the aluminum body. The beam is adjustable, by turning the bezel (head) one way or the other.

This is the marquee from a Stern Super Cobra upright:

VERY IMPORTANT!!! Four other flashlights are also named the Super Tiger. One uses three D cells and has nine LEDs in its business-end; another uses two AA cells and has four white LEDs in the end; another uses two AA cells and has six LEDs in the business-end, and another uses two AAA cells and has three LEDs; please do not confuse them with this Super Tiger.


This flashlight comes almost ready to use right out of the package. You'll want to feed it the included AA cells first (see below).
To actually remove the flashlight, batteries, and holster from the plastic package, easily cut open one side and either the top or the bottom of the package with a pair of heavy-duty household scissors or use a knife or razor blade if scissors are not available.

Press the rubberised button on the barrel until it clicks and then release it to turn the Super Tiger on. Press and release it the same way again to turn the Super Tiger off.

There is no momentary or signalling operation available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink it while it's on by pressing the switch more gently (before it clicks) and holding it that way as long as you need the flashlight off. Release the button to turn the flashlight back on. If you don't mind the backwards or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the Super Tiger this way if necessary.

While the Super Tiger is on, you can turn the bezel (head) one way or the other to change the beam configuration. You can change it from spot to flood by turning the bezel. The beam is ringy in any configuration; this is normal with most incandescent flashlights with smooth reflectors.

The Super Tiger comes with a nylon belt holster. The flashlight fits in it - albiet a bit tightly - bezel-up, and a belt loop on the back allows you to affix it to belts up to approximately 1" wide.

To change the batteries in this flashlight, turn the tailcap counterclockwise until it comes off, throw it to the ground, and stomp on it with baseball shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the two used AA cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new AA cells in the barrel, button-end (+) positive first, then screw the tailcap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Current usage measures 316mA on my DMM's 2A scale.

Sooner or later you're going to blow out the bulb and need to change it.
Unscrew and remove the bezel (head). Pull the burnt out bulb straight up, and get rid of it. Insert a new bulb, pins-first, into the two holes in the receptacle for it. Push it straight down until it stops - do not twist it. Screw the bezel back on, and there, you're done.

The package reads that there is a spare bulb included, but I am not yet able to find it.

Photograph of the light's business-end, with the bulb and reflector shown.

The Super Cobra - er - Super Tiger is at least reasonably durable. I smacked it eleven times (six against the bezel, and five against the tailcap) against a 30" steel rod, and...o o I broke it!!!
The end of the switch came off and went who knows where, and the insides of the switch all came out. I have all the switch innards, but not the end cap, so I cannot try to repair it. I put the Super Tiger flashlight in its holster for safekeeping, where it will probably live out the rest of its life - what there is of it anyway.

The Super Tiger is water-resistant, but it is not waterproof or submersible. When the tailcap and batteries were removed and that dreadful suction test was performed, it failed. It didn't fail horribly, but it still failed.
So while foul weather or maybe even shallow water landings probably won't kill it, please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of mouse pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found.

If it fell in deeper water and you suspect it got flooded, remove the tailcap and batteries, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater or if somebody or something peed on it, douche all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your Super Tiger to smell like seaweed or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or #1) can't be very good for the insides.

The finish appears to be a Type II red anodizing. I was able to fairly easily cut through the finish and expose bare metal on the barrel with the blade of a Swiss army knife.
Would I really try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie I would, if it's in the name of science.

There is no knurling or other texturising on this flashlight, but there is a shaped rubber sheath around the barrel. This sheath has indentations cut out into it to fit your fingers, so this flashlight is comfortable to use whether you use an underhand grip (like most people would use a flashlight) or an overhand grip (like a police officer might hold his or her flashlight; over the shoulder).

Beam photo (narrow beam) at ~12".
No measurements, because I broke it before the test.

Beam photo (wide beam) at ~12".

Test units of this and a number of other China-made flashlights were provided by a website fan, and received on the morning of 09-10-04.

IMPORTANT: As of 09-15-04, the server at is not functioning.

This flashlight is made in China.

Test sample became broken before I could finish evaluating it. So it'll get a "0 Stars - Piss On It!" rating because of critical failure that occurred during testing.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Favourlite
    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Bipin incandescent bulb
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Varies depending on beam width adjustment
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; bulb and reflector are protected by a clear plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash- and weather-resistant
    ACCESSORIES: 2xAA cells, nylon belt holster
    WARRANTY: Not stated


    Star Rating

    A critical failure occurred during testing; that's why this rating was assigned.

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