After a long, thoughtful and detailed redesign process, MF Tactical is pleased to introduce the updated PowerStar, version 3.0. A total redesign of our most powerful, flagship tactical flashlight doesn’t happen often and is always a big deal. The flashlight on this page represents quite simply the most advanced, most powerful and brightest LED flashlight available anywhere, period! Our goal in redesigning the PowerStar was not only to make it even brighter than ever before thought possible, but to improve its usability, feel and ease of use at the same time. If we don’t say so ourselves, we think we have really hit it out of the park with the new PowerStar v.3! The PowerStar is today more than ever the envy and desire of every Flashlight Freak who wants the baddest and brightest flashlight on the market along with the knowledge that their ultimate flashlight is also built from the finest materials and to the highest possible quality standards.
The MF Tactical PowerStar’s circuitry now incorporates top-of-the-line Cree® XM-L2-U3 LED technology, and PowerStar v.3 now includes a total of four LED emitters. This marks a huge advance over the previous PowerStar’s three U2 emitters, and the new design achieves a maximum output of what was until just recently an unimaginable 4800 lumens. Continuing advances in state-of-the-art LED emitters by Cree® have allowed us to take our new design several steps higher than our previous model’s already impressive levels of power and efficiency. As a result, we have succeeded in making the PowerStar v.3 over a third brighter than its predecessor while keeping it from overheating like most of the imported flashlights on the market that try to achieve extreme performance levels. As before, the PowerStar has a total of five tactical modes: high, medium, low, SOS plus an improved, easier to operate version of MF Tactical‘s exclusive direct access fast strobe mode.
Next on our list of improvements is an all new, watertight electronically actuated switch that provides the PowerStar with not only with an improved tactile feel and ease of use, but with an intrinsic feel of quality that any flashlight freak would expect from a lighting instrument with the high level of engineering and depth of design of the PowerStar. The button is located just where you would want it on any 13″ long flashlight – at the top of the light where your thumb comes to rest. The all aluminum switch is designed to be easily found by touch in the dark, so your thumb will intuitively find the switch, even in a high stress situation. A single click of the button turns the light on, and another click turns it off. Mode memory remembers what mode you were last using, and the PowerStar automatically remembers and returns to the last mode used each time you power it up. To access high, medium, low or SOS modes, just press and hold the button until the desired mode is selected. To access the PowerStar’s direct access fast strobe mode, simply double click the button while the light is on, and you are instantly flooding your victim with the most blinding and disorienting strobe light you can imagine. The PowerStar’s electronic switch is simple, intuitive and reliable.
In addition to its incredibly solid feel that comes from milling the PowerStar from heavy gauge, solid aircraft aluminum, the PowerStar is finished with the highest Level HA III military grade hard anodization process. Like the fine paint of a luxury automobile, the PowerStar’s premium anodized aluminum hard finish resists wear, chipping and scratching so that it will look as good as it performs for many years to come. Lastly, its beautiful brushed aluminum “attack” bezel gives its leading edge an incredibly hard surface that can be used to break glass and assist you in meeting your close-in self defense needs (but please be careful out there, Rambo).
The PowerStar meets IPX-7 standards for waterproofing, so its safe to use in the rain and under water at a depth up to 1 meter. We also include with every PowerStar a comfortable rubber-backed shoulder strap with rugged aluminum mounting hardware and anti-kinking swivel mounts.
As many of our earlier customers already know, MF Tactical was established by an admitted flashlight freak (flashlitious freakopotimus) when he became an EMT and volunteered for his local 1st aid squad. MF Tactical was built around the idea that an American company could design and build its own flashlights and offer its customers the very best in state-of-the-art LED technology with an emphasis on ultra high performance, the best engineered components and the highest build quality. We build these amazing flashlights and sell them to professionals, enthusiasts and everyday flashlight users at reasonable prices. Combine that with lightning fast shipping and caring and knowledgeable customer service, and you can see what MF Tactical is all about.
A frequent complaint we hear from many of our customers relates to the cost, both in terms of dollars and to the environment, of using disposable batteries. To address both of these issues, the PowerStar, along with all of MF Tactical‘s other models use high voltage, high capacity rechargeable li-ion batteries (high voltage batteries are one of the secrets of extremely bright flashlights). Over the course of the lifetime of a rechargeable battery, not only does the user save an enormous amount of money by recharging and reusing, but he also prevents countless disposable batteries from clogging America’s landfills.
The PowerStar was built to run on either two or three rechargeable 3.7v, 3.5 amp 18650 batteries with protection circuits. While the price shown above for the flashlight is without batteries, just use the “Select Battery/Charger Package” option menu when you put this light in your cart, and you can choose a package made up of one or two sets (3 batteries per set) of our high quality 3.7v 3.5a rechargeable li-ion 18650 Extended Capacity or Ultra Capacity batteries and an XTar AC/DC/USB intelligent charger with a high tech LCD screen.
IMPORTANT BATTERY NOTE: In designing the PowerStar, we maximized light output by permitting the light to run at a higher current level than can be done with many other 18650 flashlights. The PowerStar was designed to operate at a regulated continuous discharge of 3.5 amps. The protection “circuits breakers” on most cheap 18650 batteries on the market will kick in (trip the breaker) before permitting a current level of 3.5a on a big, 3 battery light. Therefore, it is necessary that you operate your PowerStar only with high quality batteries that you know will permit 3.5a. With this purpose in mind, all MF Tactical 18650 batteries now permit 3.5a current. The MF Tactical 18650 3.5a Extended Capacity and Ultra Capacity batteries (all batteries are sold separately) are compatible with all of our 18650 powered flashlights.
Packaged for transit in the foam insulation inside the beautiful color box that your light ships in is a spare extra toughened ultra-clear mineral glass with anti-reflective coating lens for your PowerStar (just in case of a mishap with your original lens). For easy carrying, add our optional 1-1/2″ wide top quality camera style shoulder strap with swivel mounts that can clip onto your light so you can hang it over your shoulder for easy carrying. If you should wish to reduce your PowerStar’s length and weight, you can remove the included 3rd battery extension tube and run the light on only 2 18650 batteries. But for maximum performance, leave the extra tube in place, install 3 batteries and be prepared to light up the night.
The Cree® brand U3 emitters in the PowerStar are rated by their manufacturer to last 100,000 hours. In addition, every MF Tactical flashlight sold on our web site comes with a one year warranty against manufacturing defects. If your light should fail during that time, it will be repaired or replaced at our cost so long as it is not misused or abused.
|Color BIN:||Bright White|
|Material:||6061-T6 Aircraft Aluminum Alloy|
|Finish:||HA III Military grade hard anodized|
|Battery Configurations:||2 x 18650 or 3 x 18650 protected rechargeable li-on batteries (sold separately) with 3.5A PCB. Light will also operate on 6x 3v CR-123A batteries with 3.5A PCB.|
|Voltage Input:||7.2v – 25.2v|
|Switch Type:||Water Tight Electronic Switch with Direct Access Strobe.|
|Mode Arrangement:||Hi > Mid > Lo > SOS. Double click button for direct access fast strobe.|
|Maximum Working Current:||2.5 Amps|
|Brightness/Max Run Time per Charge with 3 3400mAh Ultra Capacity 18650 batteries:||Approx 1.6 hrs on high (4800 lumens); 4 hrs on med (2400 lumens); 13 hrs on low (240 lumens).|
|Brightness/Max Run Time per Charge with 2 3400mAh Ultra Capacity 18650 batteries:||Approx 2.6 hrs on high (2900 lumens); 5.9 hrs on med (1500 lumens); 20 hrs on low (150 lumens).|
|Maximum Range:||250+ yards|
|Water Resistance Standard:||IPX-7. Protected against water penetration at depth up to 1 meter.|
|Lens:||Hardened Ultra-Clear Mineral Glass with Anti-Reflective Coating|
|Reflector:||Aluminum Smooth Reflective Surface (SMO)|
|Weight (w/o batteries):||1 lb. 10.4 oz/748 grams|
|Length (with 3rd battery tube):||13.625 inches|
|Length (without 3rd battery tube):||10.625 inches|
|Diameter at head:||2.95 inches|
|Handle Diameter:||1.14 inch|