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TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon

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  Introduction:
TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon is a older generation Luxeon LED based MiniMag AA bulb replacement. Terralux TLE-5 Luxeon has higher light output as compared to original filament bulb. For the same type of batteries TLE-5 Luxeon will last longer than the incandescent bulb. Since the LED replacement is solid state device, there is no filament to burn out or no glass to break. This makes your beloved MiniMag AA sturdier and last longer without worrying for replacement bulb. Another advantage of using solid state LED is that it offers pure white light as compared to yellow light incandescent bulb. Over the period of operation, the incandescent bulb will turn dark due to deposition of tungsten on inner walls of glass bulb in comparison the Luxeon LED will remain in good condition for considerably long duration. The Luxeon LED operates at higher voltage than original incandescent bulb. For this purpose, Terralux has employed regulated step up electronic circuitry to drive the LED. TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon package includes custom reflector. The replacement of incandescent bulb is a simple two step process which involves replacing original reflector with custom reflector and replacing the incandescent bulb with LED replacement. TerraLUX TLE-5 Luxeon light module has gold plated contact pins for better connectivity.
Note: This review is based on recent review of TerraLUX TLE-5EX MiniStar2 Extreme. You may find some of the contents similar; however, we have highlighted the major differences wherever necessary.

Light Features:
  • Luxeon LED
  • Custom reflector
  • Regulated step up drive circuit
  • Single light output level
Light Operation & Output:
Light Operation: The light operation remains same as that of MiniMag 2 AA Light. Twist in clockwise direction to switch ON and focus. Twist counterclockwise to change focus or switch OFF.

The chart showing total output of TLE-5 Luxeon with various batteries.

TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon
Illumination Source Sanyo Eneloop AA Alkaline AA
TerraLUX
TLE-5 Luxeon
232 280
Original
Incandescent
55 65
Light Info:
General Info
    ID
49
    Light Model TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon
    Manufacturer TerraLUX
    Review Page & Image
  
 TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon
TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon
    Country  United States
    Review Date 2008-08-23
    Review Update 2008-08-23
Light Vitals
    Length 17 mm
    Width / Bezel Diameter 16 mm
    Width / Tube Diameter  mm
    Height (if applicable)  mm
    Weight (without battery) 0 gm
Light Source
    LED Format Power LED
    Number of LEDs 1
    LED Name Luxeon III
    LED Power 3  Watts
Light Management
    Lens Material Acrilic
    Lens Coating (if any) None
    Lens Transperency (typical) 70
    Lumen Management Reflector
    Material Plastic
    Beam Type Variable Focus
Power Management
    Converter Type Step Up
    Properties Semi Regulated
    Features Simple
Batteries Supported, Output & Runtime
    Battery Size
    Chemistry
    Nominal Voltage
    # Used
    Total Output
    Runtime to 75%
    Runtime to 50%
    Runtime to 25%
AAAA
NiMH  Alk  
1.21.6
22
232280
3180
4470
4580
Switch Options
    Switch Type
    Switch Properties
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Body Material Options
    Material
    Properties
    Color
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Light Rating
    Looks
60 60
    Build Quality
70 70
    Runtime
60 60
    Output
45 45
    Features
20 20
    Usability
65 65
    Bang for buck
50 50
    Overall Rating
 52.857
In-Depth Review & Pictures:
Packaging: TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon is packaged in simple blister type packaging. Single thin cardboard paper based literature displays information about the product on both sides. On the front, listed are the major features and the function of the TLE-5. The TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon LED kit includes a custom designed plastic reflector.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon packaging
On the back side of the TLE-5 MiniStar2 packaging, there is detailed information about LED and instructions to replace old incandescent bulb with the new Luxeon LED upgrade kit.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon packaging

Inside the blister package, custom reflector and TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon light module are placed in molded plastic container.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon module and custom reflector

Here is a closeup of TerraLUX Module and Reflector
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon and custom reflector

Here is a closeup of TerraLUX Module and Reflector sideways
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon and custom reflector side view

Size Comparison: Comparing size with standard AA battery, The diameter of TLE-5 Luxeon module is about same as that of AA battery. The overall length of module including the pins is about 25 mm.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon size comparison with AA battery

Here is another size comparison of TerraLUX TLE-5 Luxeon size with incandescent 2AA MiniMag bulb. Notice the darkening incandescent bulb.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon size Comparison with incandescent 2AA Mini Mag Bulb

TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon size Comparison with incandescent 2AA Mini Mag Bulb

Comparing with the Cree version TerraLUX TLE-5EX Ministar2 Extreme LED Replacement.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon and TerraLUX TLE-5EX Ministar2 Extreme Cree XR-E

Comparing side view with the Cree version TerraLUX TLE-5EX Ministar2 Extreme LED Replacement. One of the most noticeable difference that you must have observed already is that the Luxeon version of TerraLUX TLE-5 has metal enclosure. The metal enclosure provides considerably better heat sinking as against simple PCB of TerraLUX TLE-5EX Cree LED Replacement. At the same time, it should be noted that the Cree LED is inherently more efficient and more of electricity is converted in to light than heat.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon and TerraLUX TLE-5EX Ministar2 Extreme Cree XR-E Side ways

TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon: Here is a closeup picture of the module. As you can see the Luxeon LED is placed perfectly in center directly. Metal enclosure encapsulates entire circuitry and protects the inner contents. Metal enclosure also assists in heat sinking the LED.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon closeup picture

Here is a 360 view composite image of TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon light module. All electronics are encapsulated in metal enclosure and the only parts that are exposed are the LED and gold plated contact LED's. Metal enclosure makes the whole assembly extremely durable.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon 360 degree view

Installing TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon on MiniMag AA: On the back side of packaging instructions to install the LED module are available. Here is the picture for your easy reference.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon Instructions

Installation is very simple process. So with the instructions as above, let's begin installing the TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon LED Replacement. Picture here shows dissembled view of MiniMag 2AA. Open up the head and the bezel as shown below, replace the old reflector with the custom reflector from TerraLUX, reassemble bezel ring back. Next step is to install the TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon Light Module. This is even simpler step. Just remove the old bi-pin incandescent bulb by pulling it out and replace it with the new LED replacement module.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon Installation Instructions

Picture here shows installed new custom reflector on MiniMag head and the TLE-5 MiniStar2 module.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon Installed

If it does not light up, remove, rotate by 180 degree to reverse the direction of pins and re install. There, you see light. Caution: Do not look/stare at LED directly! It's extremely bright and may cause temporary or permanent eye damage.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon Installed and Light ON

Here is a picture of completed assembly.
TerraLUX TLE-5 Ministar2 Luxeon Installed Bezel View

Beam Shots:
The beam from Luxeon LED and custom reflector of TerraLUX TLE-5 is very good. The beam has defined hotspot with soft edges forming corona. The side spill is relatively less bright. Overall, the beam quality is very good. Under extreme wide focus mode the beam develops inevitable donut shape, however for medium wide focus the beam is very acceptable. The Beam Shots Matrix shows TerraLUX TLE-5 installed on MiniMag 2AA flashlight with 2 x 2000 mAh Sanyo Eneloop NiMH Rechargeable batteries. All beam shots are taken at f/8 aperture with varying shutter speed.
TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon
(Spot Focus)
TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon
(Wide Focus)
1/1000
1/500
1/250
1/100
1/50
1/25
1/10
1/5
1/2.5
1

Runtime:
Equipment Used: Custom built Integrating Sphere with Gossen Mavolux 5032 Class B USB Light Meter as photometer. Mavolux 5032 B USB is high precision, high accuracy and high quality light meter with conformance to DIN 5032-7 and CIE 69 standards. Utmost care has taken to ensure that the light measurements are accurate. Click here to read more about Gossen Mavolux 5032 USB Light Meter.

NiMH AA: The runtime for TerraLUX TLE-5 MiniStar2 Luxeon with 2 x 2000 mAh Sanyo Eneloop NiMH AA batteries is about 7 Hours and 27 Minutes till 50%. The Light begins with 23 Lumens out front slowly settling down around 18 Lumens maintaining this level for throughout the runtime.



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