LTE Tactical Lighting Zoomy

LTE Tactical messaged me about reviewing a couple of their lights.  I agreed to review this zoomy because it seems like a ubiquitous style of zoomy. And you know.  Why not?


Official Specs and Features


No MSRP except what the price is on amazon.  It’s about $8 for two (but I don’t really recommend paying that much for them!)

Short Review

The build quality on these is not great, and the tint is bad (that is, blue).  Technically the zoom feature works but the light is not bright and so a regular (non-zoomy) light with more modes would still be a better choice.

Long Review

The Big Table

LTE Tactical Zoomy
Emitter: Q5
Price in USD at publication time: $8
Cell: 1×14500
LVP? ?
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 300
Claimed Throw (m) 182
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 394lux @ 5.474m = 11806cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 217.3 (119.4% of claim)*
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LTE Tactical Zoomy
Emitter: Q5
Price in USD at publication time: $8
Cell: 1xAA
LVP? ?
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 300
Claimed Throw (m) 182
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 180lux @ 6.06m = 6610cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 162.6 (89.3% of claim)*
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* Standard measurement disclaimer: I am an amateur flashlight reviewer. I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment. I test output and such in PVC tubes!! Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).

What’s Included


  • LTE Tactical Zoom flashlight
  • Primary AA Alkaline cell

Package and Manual

I received two boxes taped together – the amazon listing is two lights for the price….

There is no manual.

Build Quality and Disassembly

Unfortunately the build quality on this light is fairly low.  The light rattles no matter how well you tighten things – the zoom head is always a little loose.  The anodizing is a very cheap kind and looks low quality.


The knurling on the body and head are my favorite kind of  knurling, which is “diamond pattern” but with a flattened head.  The knurling on this light doesn’t give much grip whatsoever, though.

There are plastic parts in the tailcap, and the switch does not look user serviceable, either.

The emitter appears to be surrounded by a thin aluminum … shelf?  I think this serves as a bit of reflector


94mm (or 101mm) x 26.5mm.

For an AA light, it’s not all that small.  But for a zoomy?  Probably pretty average.


There’s a screwed on pocket clip.  It’s thin metal but of reasonable quality.  However the clip pants to the “fins” part of the body of the light, which will be bad for pants pockets and the like.  The clip is held in place by what looks to be Torx screws.

No other means of retaining this light is included.


This zoomy light can use either an AA cell (Alkaline or NiMH) or a 14500 Li-ion.  I used it primarily with Eneloop, but I tested it with 14500 as well.  The runtime below was performed with an Eneloop.  I stopped the runtime because I do not know if the light has low voltage protection.  The cell was at 1.2V when I terminated the test.  I’ve had Eneloops go much lower, but at this point the light had stepped down anyway.


One primary AA is included with the package.  It seems to be of low quality.


User Interface and Operation

There’s a single mechanical clicky on the tail end of the light.  The zoom works by sliding the head of the light away from the body.  This action requires two hands, but works like all zoomy lights, so it’s acceptable.

The UI is simple.  Click for High.  Half press to change the modes.  There are three modes:  High, Low, Strobe.  There are no hidden modes.  The zoom works in any mode, by sliding the head out from the body.

I’ll give points to the light because I really like the orange clicky – It’s very orange and … I like that.  However the clicky does not seem to be serviceable, and there are actual plastic parts in the tailcap.

LED and Beam

LTE says this is a CREE Q5 emitter.  I believe that refers to a Cree XR-E Q5, but I’m not entirely sure.  I’m also not sure that this is a genuine XR-E Q5, if that’s even what it’s supposed to be. I can say that it’s a very small die emitter.  1mm x 1mm (roughly).


The [approximately] spherical lens that is used to focus the light is plastic, and can scratch easily.  It is fairly well hidden behind the crenelated bezel, but it will definitely see some wear, and probably not age well at all.

These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.

Tint vs BLF-348 Reylight Pineapple

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

Any other zoomie like this would compare.  These lights are all the same.  Cheap and replaceable, and disappointing.


What I like

  • The clicky is like clicking a pen, and is rewarding in that way
  • Orange boot
  • Actually hits it’s throw number (but that gets an asterisk*)

*The throw in this case is a projection of the emitter, which is …. I mean it’s throw but?

What I don’t like

  • Zoomie is not useful
  • Modes are bad (always starts on high? really?…. “tactical” ok I get it…)
  • Parts rattle
  • Very low build quality
  • Rebrand of all the other zoomies just like it
  • Not even good as a host for mods

Up Next

I have another light by this brand-a flood light. And I have al the much more interesting Thrunite Neutron 2C, which is a very interesting light indeed!


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