[Review] Phixton Tactical & Military WT-04 - A Muggle Gift

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[Review] Phixton Tactical & Military WT-04 - A Muggle Gift

One of the problems that Flashaholics may have is well-meaning muggle friends who know you like flashlights.
Not a big problem for me mostly, since I have like maybe 3 total. Friends that is….

So what do you do when they give you a gift they think will be right up your alley?
It’s a fancy flashlight they found on Amazon-Best Buy-Costco- Etc – Etc.
After all it’s just like the Mil-Spec Tactical Operators SEAL Recon Ninja Rated light –
As Seen on TV.
And to them it’s the best thing they have ever seen.

In my case, I smile nicely, thank them, and tell them “I haven’t gotten one like this before”.
And hope they didn’t pay out the wazoo for it.
Then try to find where it came from.
Then come here and post a review (naturally).

This is the Phixton Tactical & Military WT-04 rechargeable Flashlight Torch.
This can be found on Amazon for about $20.

Ad says:
“About 1000 lumens, 20% brighter than xml T6.”
“5000mAh battery”
“IPX4”

And checking the instructions:
“Attack Head” (Better than a Rottweiler)
“Further irradiation distance” (Light saber be-dammed)
IPX6” (I don’t think so Tim)
“Thankyou for choosing the Phixton flashlight from our store, which is made from high quality materials and has an ultra bright LED source.”

I always try to buy from stores made from high quality materials.

The light is the typical 3xAAA/18650 cheap aspheric zoomie that has been seen for years.
It comes in a snap closure case.

The case contains the Light, instructions, “5000mAh” 18650 button top battery, 3xAAA battery carrier, 18650 sleeve, USB-A to 3.5mm charging cable, 12v Cig lighter to 3.5mm cable, 110v USB power supply, and a “car clip” (for when “you ride a bike”).

The Included Accessories

The “car clip” is all plastic and doesn’t seem like it will hold up to much of anything.

The instructions are in Chinglish, but are understandable (and amusing).

With the light collapsed, the back view assures us that it’s an XM-L2

With the head collapsed the LED is visible.

Another shot with the lens removed

Peering down the Rabbit Hole – I see a flat thin metal connector sitting a bit off center.
Flat top batteries work fine.
Be careful with a magnetic spacer. This is plated steel. You might leave the magnet behind.

On the other end the threads are fine cut and not anodized. The spring is quite light duty.
Surprisingly the threads and O-ring were lubricated.

To use the 18650 there is a handy-dandy plastic tube to take up the space used by the 3xAAA battery carrier.

The charge port is a 3.5mm jack. (Why not a Micro-USB alike all the rest of the world?)
Peering inside the jack I think there is no waterproofing.
The only thing keeping the cooties out is having the head retracted to the wide beam setting.

The UI.
The switch is a reverse clicky.

It cycles High-Med-Low-Blinky-SOS.
Quick use of the switch changes the modes.
The light has no memory.
If you switch it off and turn it back on quickly it moves to the next mode.
The directions say that after a turn off it will move to the next mode.
That’s not quite true.
If you let it stay in a mode for a few seconds then switch it off for a several seconds (like 10) it will default back to High.
This is more acceptable unlike some light that always go to the next mode after powering it off.

What’s it Look Like?
This is my first zoomie. I’ve actually wanted one to see what it’s like for a while now.
The tight zoom without spill could be useful for peering down some tight spaces.

The beam on the widest setting is quite even.
But it is not a very wide spread as can be seen in the photo.
Wide Beam

There are some artifacts, but they are not intrusive.

Pulling the head out the hotspot tightens up and artifacts start to show outside the hotspot. These are dim compared to the hotspot.
Mid Beam

Zooming all the way out gives a square focused hotspot.

The artifacts are noticeable but dimmer than the hotspot.
Looks like something from a cheap horror flick.
(The Zoomie Omen Part III)

Taking a peak at the focused hotspot there is the signature Bat Signal.

Color – 7500K maybe? It’s not noticeably nasty blue like some LEDs.
Unless you shine something nice and warm next to it.

Throw and Color
Here is a shot next to a C8 with an SST-40 (definitely not a warm LED in it’s own right).

As you can see the hotspot on the C8 is much brighter and should throw farther.
The color temp was adjusted to 5700K (starts humming Blue Bayou)

Taking a shot off center we see the hotspot. Same exposure zoomed out.

Note the fall off at the upper right edge. And the same exposure showing the C8 falloff.

Measurements
Battery
5000MhA(!!!) 18650. OK Sure whatever you say.
Mine tested 2030mAh. And 125mOhs

Looks like 40% of the rated value to me.

It’s a button top.

We see the battery claims to be protected. AND GREEN!

I do see a ribbon under the wrap connecting the Positive to Negative.
It looks like there is a PCB under the wrap at the negative end.
However I ran the battery down to 2.56v and no protection kicked in.

The light itself has no low voltage protection.
I put a cell that was at 2.46v in there and it still lit up (if a lumen or two counts as lit).

Charging
Charging the light using the built in charger requires using the special USB to 3.5mm jack.
There is no charging indicator on the light.

Instead the USB-A end has this lighted smiley face.
It’s green if the light is not attached.
It turns red when charging.

When the charge cycle is done, it turns green.
After the charge cycle completed there was no current being passed to the light.

The included charger is rated at 500mAh.
Using a high power USB source I measured about 0.6A at maximum charge.
It might go higher with a lower resistance quality cell.

Charging Cut off voltage
I measured 4.12v on the Phixton branded battery when the charge completed. Not sure how long it sat before I noticed the cycle had ended. It wasn’t more than 30 minutes.

Getting something like this makes me nervous.
Cheapo cell, no protection(?), cheapo charging circuit (?) – kept in a bomb tube?
What – Me Worry?
At least it seems to work OK and nothing got hot.

Lumens
Measured – on my very uncalibrated light box.
I used a Samsung 30Q to test the output and current draw. So that the crappy included battery would not bias the measurements.

On the widest beam setting.
High: 415Lm at turn on, 409Lm ANSI
Medium: 190Lm
Low: 96Lm

Using the Phixton battery I measured
High: 306Lm Turn on
Medium: 140Lm
Low: 66Lm
Clearly the battery is limiting the output.

Current Draw
Once again using a fresh 30Q
High: 1.35A
Medium: 0.67A
Low: 0.33A

I saw no parasitic drain.

PWM
I get a headache if the PWM is nasty.
PWM Low: 230Hz with a 25% duty cycle – Very noticeable.

Fails the finger wave test with blur to spare.

PWM Medium: 461Hz with a 50% duty cycle – Noticeable, but not too bad

I think the 50% duty cycle helps here.
I could stand to use this if not a lot of motion was going on.

PWM High: No PWM seen on the scope, the light is running a DC offset

No problems using this in high mode.

Run Time
I used the included Phixton branded battery.
Using a higher quality battery would yield substantially longer runtimes.

Notice there is no stepdown. The light mirrors the battery voltage.
Output drops below 250Lm at around 1Hr 15m.
At 1Hr 45m it drops below 50Lm.
I let it run for 2.4Hrs but cut the graph off as nothing interesting was going on.

Low Voltage Protection?
On high as the battery runs down the light gets progressively (and noticeably) dimmer.
The light ran on a 2.46v test cell.
As I mentioned the Phixton battery protection never kicked in.
I may give the battery a go using a resistor to monitor the voltage to see if it cuts off below 2.5v.

Impressions
The metal tube feels quite thin. I’d like to see this one get run over by the Humvee!
The zoomy head moves smoothly and doesn’t bind or move on its own.
The head, when extended, only has a little wobble.

So would I buy this? Hell no!
The no memory – is annoying. But it jumps back to High if left to it’s own devices for a while.

Will I use this? Maybe.
The wide zoom is even enough to use in equipment rooms or mechanical closets when trying to spot something.
As long as I don’t need a wider spill to see stuff I might trip over on the floor.
Also if I need to peer down something where spill would be problematic – like cable fishing perhaps?
I wouldn’t be heartbroken if I left it behind some place or need to loan it out.

All the Best,
Jeff

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You are so lucky. You have 3 friends! I used to have 1…. (sigh) Silly
And you have a 5000 mAh 18650! I bet we all would love to have one of those! Wink
Now that you’ve created a nice review, it’s time to re-gift the light. But maybe keep the case……

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The case is what makes the light!
I understand Tesla is looking into these batteries since are soooo good.
All the Best,
Jeff

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Nice review of a not so nice light. Thanks for the fun write-up Smile

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Nice elaborate review. Glad that it supports the general idea you had before you did Wink

Now you can give it a place near the door and give it to the first person who asks for directions. And you can tell your friend that you were happy to give it to someone who needed it more than you did.

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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the smiley face charger cable… Facepalm Big Smile

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If I gave this light to my friends they would think about not being friends anymore
Such garbage gets trashed by me, unsafe battery and internal charging —> potential pipe bomb

The Worst lamp ever, you can buy way better for similar low price, for example Sofirn deals and get a rocksolid lamp
for example https://de.aliexpress.com/item/32828357280.html

No one needs that case, or those super tactical zoom/strobe that looses most of the lumens in throw position

another no-brainer light to give to friends
https://de.aliexpress.com/item/32893117331.html

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korpzgrinda wrote:
the smiley face charger cable… Facepalm Big Smile

That’s the only part of the whole kit that I want.

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Lexel wrote:
If I gave this light to my friends they would think about not being friends anymore

Such garbage gets trashed by me, unsafe battery and internal charging —> potential pipe bomb

People think I’m kidding when I say “Give it to someone you hate.”.

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Lightbringer wrote:
korpzgrinda wrote:
the smiley face charger cable… Facepalm Big Smile

That’s the only part of the whole kit that I want.

Yeah, I’m thinking about changing my avatar to the smiley face…

I’d be afraid to give this to someone.
On the Amazon site, some reviews have mentioned the car charger melting!

For about the same price I’m hoping djozz’s new muggle light will get made!
All the Best,
Jeff

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Muggle light Convoy S2+ with 4 AMCs
and a real brand protected cell like 18650B Panasonic from a not fake battery shop
Litokala Li-100 charger

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I saw a flashlight like this on sale for 60€ in an illumination store nearby Shocked Facepalm

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MascaratumB wrote:
I saw a flashlight like this on sale for 60€ in an illumination store nearby Shocked Facepalm

that’s over 50$ profit margin —> Facepalm

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Thanks for the professional review. Very interesting.

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Lexel wrote:
If I gave this light to my friends they would think about not being friends anymore Such garbage gets trashed by me, unsafe battery and internal charging —> potential pipe bomb

Actually the maker knows it will get trashed!
On the instructions see No. 6:

Timely clean and dry the flashlight when contaminated by sewage or corrosive liquid

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Lexel wrote:
MascaratumB wrote:
I saw a flashlight like this on sale for 60€ in an illumination store nearby Shocked Facepalm
that’s over 50$ profit margin —> Facepalm

These have been sold for ridiculous prices over the years.
I think I saw them around $80 several years ago! Back before Mag lite LEDs started showing up in the big box stores.
You got to wonder just how cheap the components must be to sell these things for just a few bucks on ebay.
All the Best,
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Lexel wrote:
MascaratumB wrote:
I saw a flashlight like this on sale for 60€ in an illumination store nearby Shocked Facepalm

that’s over 50$ 60$ profit margin —> Facepalm

Ftfy.

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Directions unclear, “Attack Head”? Is that a label or directions for use?

More Photons!

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Warning – Danger -Will Robinson
With apologies to the Broadway show “Music Man”

My friends we got Trouble.
Right here in Zoomie city.
That’s Trouble,
With a capital T.
That rhymes with B,
And that stands for BOMB!

Since the other specs on this light are basically fabricated.
I thought I might give the 110v USB power supply a test to see if it was usable.

It’s not!
Testing the USB supply included with the kit – I got 4.32v with no load at the output.

Not even close to the 5v expected from a USB power supply.

I stuck an undercharged cell in the light and it did start to charge.
I then tried a fully charged cell and it did not start to charge.

Does this mean it’s safe? Not for me it isn’t.

Then I thought about the 3x AAA battery carrier.
I stuck that in the light populated with AAA rechargables.
Yep, it started charging.

I put some fully charged Alkalines in the carrier and it didn’t start to charge.
I put some lower voltage Alkalines in the light and charging started.

Soooo,
What happens when you charge 3 AAA eneloop cells in series cut off of over 4 volts?
What happens when you charge Alkaline cells?
In an aluminum bomb tube?

Now I really feel like I cant give this away with a clear conscious.
All the Best,
Jeff

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Like I say, give it to someone you hate. LOL

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Lightbringer wrote:
Like I say, give it to someone you hate. LOL

I’m making a list now!

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Let’s hope you were the only lucky recipient and they didn’t give one of these to each member of their extended family and friends.
Seriously a hint to them might be a kindness lest they spread more of these around.

Great review.

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Its 4.32V because it should charge the battery with no electronics in the light
But thats way too high 4.2V is max and it should terminate charge in the CV phase at low current

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Lexel, I hear you.
There must be some sort of charging cut off in in the light.
I charged it using a real 5v USB source and it cut off and the battery was at 4.12v.
So a safe if a little low voltage.

In tiny lettering on the included supply it says 4.2v 500mAh.

So the supply is not defective.
Still i think it is a very poor practice to use a standard connector with non standard voltages.

All the Best,
Jeff