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LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4

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  Introduction:
LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 is CR123 Battery based programmable LED flashlight. This light is one of the 4 models of LiteFlux Beacon Serials flashlights Series from LiteFlux. LF3 is built from aircraft grade aluminium. LiteFlux LF3 has hard anodizing type 3 coating over the body for good environmental protection, corrosion resistance and durability. LF3 also has O-Ring Seals at various locations such as between bezel and lens and between battery tube bezel that provide good water resistance and prevent dust and dirt from entering inside the light. One of the unique features for the Beacon Serials flashlight along with LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 is a specially designed unique 2 stage twist switch. LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 has advanced drive circuit, with programmable Microcontroller (µC) offering great flexibility in operation and programming options. Like Other LF series, LiteFlux LF3 ships in beautifully packaged wooden gift box.

Light Features:
  • Unique 2 stage twist switch
  • Microcontroller (µC) Controlled with extensive programming options
  • SSC P4 LED
  • AR Coated glass lens
  • Supports multiple CR123 Battery types including Rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries
  • Can stand on tail, includes diffuser for excellent lantern type operation
  • Also included are the 3 different color filters
Light Operation & Output:
Basic Light Operation: Simple, Twist the tail cap 1/4th turn anticlockwise to turn on the light in low mode, twist more anticlockwise to enter high output mode. To turn off the LF3, simply turn the tail cap clockwise fully. More information on programming features coming soon.

Below is the chart showing total output levels for various AAA sized batteries for the default UI
Level CR123 RCR Li-Ion (3.7V)
Low 110 135
High 540 600
Light Info:
General Info
    ID
27
    Light Model LF3 SSC P4
    Manufacturer LiteFlux
    Review Page & Image
  
 LF3 SSC P4
LF3 SSC P4
    Country  Taiwan
    Review Date 2007-11-01
    Review Update 2007-11-01
Light Vitals
    Length 78 mm
    Width / Bezel Diameter 21 mm
    Width / Tube Diameter 19 mm
    Height (if applicable)  mm
    Weight (without battery) 35 gm
Light Source
    LED Format Power LED
    Number of LEDs 1
    LED Name Seoul P4
    LED Power 3  Watts
Light Management
    Lens Material Glass
    Lens Coating (if any) AR Coated
    Lens Transperency (typical) 90
    Lumen Management Reflector
    Material Aluminium Metal Smooth
    Beam Type Mostly Throw with good side spill
Power Management
    Converter Type Step Up
    Properties Regulated, Advanced Micro Controller (uC)
    Features Advanced User Interface
Batteries Supported, Output & Runtime
    Battery Size
    Chemistry
    Nominal Voltage
    # Used
    Total Output
    Runtime to 75%
    Runtime to 50%
    Runtime to 25%
CR123CR123
LiMnO2  Li-Ion  
33.7
11
540600
0100
0100
0100
Switch Options
    Switch Type
    Switch Properties
Two Stage Twist
Specially Designed
Body Material Options
    Material
    Properties
    Color
Aluminium
Type III Hard Anodized
Black
Light Rating
    Looks
60 60
    Build Quality
80 80
    Runtime
40 40
    Output
60 60
    Features
80 80
    Usability
70 70
    Bang for buck
70 70
    Overall Rating
 65.714
In-Depth Review & Pictures:
Package: LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 comes in a very beautiful wooden box with chamfered top edges. The company logo and name is laser etched on wood. The box has label identifying the product inside. If you are planning to gift this light, the box comes very handy.


Inside the box, you will find LiteFlux LF3 Flashlight, 3 Spare O-Rings, 3 Color Filters, Candle Mode diffuser, lube jelly (silicone based) in small container. It is very thoughtful of LiteFlux to include the silicone lubricant.



Size Comparison: Pictured below is the complete LiteFlux Beacon Serials Family. From L to R: LF4 SSC (CR2 battery), LF2 SSC (AAA Battery), LF3 SSC (CR123 battery), LF2 Cree (AAA Battery), LF5 SSC (AA Battery).


The LiteFlux Family arranged as battery supported next to light sorted by height of flashlight in ascending order. From L to R: CR2 battery, LF4 SSC, CR123 battery, LF3 SSC, AAA Battery, LF2 SSC, LF2 Cree, AA Battery, LF5 SSC placed at right most end of the picture.


Another size comparison, From L to R: AA Lithium battery, LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4, CR123 battery.


Comparing size with other CR123 based lights, From L to R: Fenix P1 Special Edition, LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 and Novatac 120 T.



Bezel: Reflector in LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 is built from solid Aluminium. The reflector has smooth Finish. SSC P4 LED is perfectly aligned and centered within reflector. Even though the Reflector is smooth, the beam very has a very soft transition from Spot to Spill beam. There are no artifacts in the beam.


The picture below shows comparison of reflectors for Fenix P1 on left, LiteFlux LF3 in center with the smooth reflector and Novatac 120 T with LOP Metal reflector.


The Glass Lens of LiteFlux LF3 is AR Coated, you can barely see it in front of the bezel. To ensure that dirt and water does not enter the light from bezel, there is a o-ring seal between glass lens and the bezel body protecting LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4.



Body: LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 is machined from Aircraft Grade Aluminium. The Machining is good, without any flaws. The body is sand blasted and has hard anodizing type III for wear and corrosion resistance. The body of LiteFlux LF3 mainly consists of 2 parts, head housing lens, LED, reflector & Electronics and the battery tube. The head has grooves machined providing good grip to hold and allowing easy twisting operation. The battery tube has machined slots allowing means of attachment either to key chain or to lanyard. There is a laser engraved dot on bezel determining the current position. This helps a lot when you need to know that you have to turn about 1/4 turn anti clockwise to turn on the light in low mode.


Picture below showing side view of LiteFlux LF3 highlighting the structural features.


The body walls of LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 are relatively of good thickness indicating fairly good construction.




LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 Components: Showing from left to right, LiteFlux LF3 Head, CR123 Lithium Battery and battery tube. The threads are anodized, thus preventing wear and tear during operation. O-Ring placed behind threads on battery tube offers good water resistance.


Inside the bezel on left, you can notice the positive contact and special 2 stage switching mechanism. The battery tube shown on right has contact spring. The spring also prevents battery rattle in the tube.


Beam Shots:
Beam Shots LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4: Beam with good hotspot providing moderate throw and having equally good side spill for medium distance and general illumination. The overall beam quality for LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 is excellent. The beam shots below are taken with exposure compensation -2 to +0.

Exposure Compensation: -2 showing main hotspot, notice how the hotspot is having smooth transition to side spill



Exposure Compensation: -1 hotspot merges with side spill smoothly


Exposure Compensation: +0 side spill has well defined outline


Candle Shots:
The 3 color filters accompanying LF3 SSC P4 work excellent. Here is a combined image with all filters.


The filters with diffuser can be used for mood lighting or even be useful in case of emergency.


Red and Blue filters used along with diffuser appear very pleasing.


Below is the Candle Shots Matrix showing LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 on Right and a real candle on Left. The Candle flame glow and Diffuser over LED have same height and are placed at about same distance from the wall. To better understand how they compare notice background on the wall. For instance, if you see the first left image, you would see that the candle has almost equal amount of light throwing on the wall as compared to LF3 SSC. Where as in second image, you wall notice that there is a considerable change, the LF3 SSC throws much more light on the wall as compared to the candle. This fact is more aggravated when shots are taken at different exposure compensation levels.
Candle vs LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 (Low) Candle vs LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 (High)
+1
+0
-1
Extreme Closeup Pictures: LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4
Here are a few extreme closeup shots.


Head showing grooves for firm grip.


Dot location marker & Laser engraving.


Tail end.


Further closeup showing Laser Engraving.


The tail end in enhanced closeup.




Runtime:
Here is the runtime chart for LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4. The runtime for LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 with Li-Ion RCR123 on High is 1 Hour 40 Minutes until the battery protection kicks in. LF3 SSC Runs in good regulation and runtime of over one and half Hour is very impressive if you consider the total output and the rechargeable Li-Ion Battery.

Runtime of LiteFlux LF3 SSC P4 on Li-Ion RCR123 Battery

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