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LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4

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  Introduction:
LiteFlux LF5 SSC P5 is a Single AA Battery based programmable LED flashlight. This light is one of the 4 models of LiteFlux Beacon Serials flashlights Series from LiteFlux. LF5 is built from aircraft grade aluminium. LiteFlux LF5 has hard anodizing type 3 coating over the body for good environmental protection, corrosion resistance and durability. It 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 LF5 SSC P4 is a specially designed 2 stage twist switch. LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 has advanced drive circuit, with programmable Microcontroller (µC) offering great flexibility in operation and programming options. Like Other LF series, LiteFlux LF5 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 AA Battery types including Rechargeable Li-Ion AA 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 LF2, simply turn the tail cap clockwise fully. For advanced operation, please refer to the user manual.

Below is the chart showing total output levels for various AA sized batteries for the default UI
Level NiMH AA Alkaline AA RCR Li-Ion (3.7V)
Low 96 97 200
High 360 390 760
Light Info:
General Info
    ID
29
    Light Model LF5 SSC P4
    Manufacturer LiteFlux
    Review Page & Image
  
 LF5 SSC P4
LF5 SSC P4
    Country  Taiwan
    Review Date 2007-12-12
    Review Update 2007-12-21
Light Vitals
    Length 92 mm
    Width / Bezel Diameter 20 mm
    Width / Tube Diameter 18 mm
    Height (if applicable)  mm
    Weight (without battery) 37 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%
AAAAAA
NiMH  Alk  Li-Ion  
1.21.63.7
111
350365760
122710
124750
126770
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
85 85
    Runtime
40 40
    Output
60 60
    Features
80 80
    Usability
85 85
    Bang for buck
70 70
    Overall Rating
 68.571
In-Depth Review & Pictures:
Package: LiteFlux LF5 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 LF5 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 LF5 SSC P4, AAA battery.


Comparing size with other AA Cell based lights, From L to R: JetBeam C-LEV2, LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 and Fenix Civictor V1.



Bezel: Reflector in LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 is built from solid Aluminium. The reflector has smooth Finish. SSC P4 LED is perfectly aligned and centered within reflector. Although 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 JetBeam C-LE V2 on left, LiteFlux LF5 in center with the smooth reflector and Fenix Civictor.


The Glass Lens of LiteFlux LF5 is AR Coated, you can hardly 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 LF5 SSC P4.



Body: LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 is machined from Aircraft Grade Aluminium. The Machining is very good, without any flaws. The body is sand blasted and has hard anodizing type III for wear and corrosion resistance. The body of LiteFlux LF5 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. The overall size of this AA flashlight is very comfortable to hold in hands.


Picture below showing side view of LiteFlux LF5 highlighting the structural features.


The body walls of LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 are of good thickness indicating good construction.




LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 Components: Showing from left to right, LiteFlux LF5 Head, AA 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.


Like other LiteFlux Beacon Serials series, inside LF5 bezel on left, you can see 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 LF5 SSC P4: Beam with good hotspot providing good throw and having equally good side spill for medium distance and general illumination. The overall beam quality for LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 is excellent. Below Beam shot Matrix shows Fenix Civictor V1 on Left and LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 with at various levels on right.
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LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 on High
LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 on Low


Candle Shots: In Progress
Extreme Closeup Pictures: LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4
Here are a few extreme closeup shots


Head showing grooves for firm grip


Dot location marker


Laser Engraving


Laser Engraving


Tail End


The bezel in enhanced closeup


The tail end in enhanced closeup




Runtime:
Here is the runtime chart for LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4. The runtime for LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 with Alkaline AA battery on High is 1 Hour 15 Minutes to 50%. LF5 SSC P4 Runs in good regulation. LF5 SSC P4 with NiMH is just over 2 Hours with 2000 mAh Sanyo Eneloop battery.

Runtime of LiteFlux LF5 SSC P4 on Li-Ion RCR123 Battery

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