Lumintop ODL20C Flashlight Review

Preface

I’ve been getting more Lumintop lights lately and that’s something I’m pleased with!  They make high quality lights, and fit some nice categories.  This is the ODL20C, a 26650 thrower, with built in charging!  Read on!


Official Specs and Features

Versions

Only one version of this light is available.

Price

The going price is around $80, but it could be there are some coupons around.  If I find one, I’ll post it here. 🙂
Edit: Coupon added!
15% discount code sponsored by lumintoponline.com, which is an online store of Lumintop.   Code: OO36NAT0QLGR
The code is valid from July 6th to Sept. 6th. It can be used for orders contains an ODL20C flashlight.  There is no limits of use time for an account.
Promotion with $6 coupon from AliExpress official store, valid from July 6th to Aug. 8th.
ODL20C with battery.  ODL20C.


Short Review

This is a solid light in one of my favorite categories.  I love the size format of [small] 26650 throwers.

Long Review

What’s Included

  • Lumintop ODL20C
  • Charge cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Lanyard
  • Spare o-ring
  • 26650 to 18650 adapter
  • Paperwork

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No cell is included!  I think Lumintop has 26650 branded cells; that’d be a nice addition to this package.  (In fact, then we could say it’s a complete package, since it charges too!)  (Indeed, there’s even a Lumintop 5000mAh 26650 shown in some of the product images for this light.)

Package and Manual

The ODL20C ships in Lumintop’s typical cardboard box, with Lumintop branding and a very general spec/UI/etc chart on the back.  I quite like this packaging.  The light rests in foam in side.  The foam isn’t glued down, and the paperwork is under it.

The manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

I find Lumintop lights to be improving in quality, rivaling and possibly surpassing other major brands.  This light just feels nice in-hand.  The anodizing is smooth and well finished (and no nicks during my use of this light!).
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There’s a nice faux-pineapple pattern in some of the grip.  It doesn’t add so much grip as knurling, but it’s a nice accent.  There are fins around the head and switch area; thick fins, great for heat dissipation.

The switch is fairly large, and the ergonomics are great.

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Here’s a small teardown.  I wasn’t able to unscrew the bezel.  The head and tail unscrew readily – in fact either is a good choice for cell swaps.  The tailcap has a nice thick double spring, and the head has an interesting springy button.

Size

Officially 147.5 x 59 x 35mm, and 300g without cell.

It’s not a small light but for it’s class, it’s pretty reasonable.  Below, it’s beside the venerable Convoy S2+.
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Retention

There’s really only one included means to carry this light, and that’s the lanyard.  The lanyard attaches on the tailcap, through a small hole.
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There’s no pouch, and no pocket clip.

Power

Primarily powered by a single 26650, the package also includes an adapter for using a single 18650.  I’ve used a flat top 26650 for my testing;  flat or button top will work.  You will need to use a fairly capable cell, however, since the light draws 7 Amps on turbo.
Below is a runtime on Turbo.  Output trails off until a stepdown at around 15 minutes, to a stable output higher than “High.”  I measured thirty second output at around 1950 lumens (rating is 2000).  The switch indicates when the voltage is low by blinking red.  At the end of this test, the cell was at 2.87V.
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Similar story for the second runtime – except rock solid output on High for nearly the complete runtime.  I measure this at around 1120 lumens, slightly higher than the rating of 1000 lumens.  Similar cutoff voltage here, of 2.86V.
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This one also has on-board charging.  It’s a USB-C port, but the cable connects via regular USB.  A nice test would be a proper USB-C to USB-C cable, to see if that’s faster charging.

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Charging proceeds at around 2A – but just under – for most of the charge.  It’s an extremely clean charge graph though, and I’ll take this over a faster charge.
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User Interface and Operation

The ODL20C has a single button.  It’s a side, indicating, e-switch, and has a rounded dome like shape.  I’ve become accustomed to flat buttons, so this one is noteworthy in that regard.  The switch is very clicky and moderately loud.  It’s a fine clicky, and a great switch.
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The UI is exactly like the ODF30 I just reviewed recently.  Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Mode Memory)
Off Hold (~2s) “Eco” mode (Very low)
Off Long Hold (>4s) Lockout*
On Click Mode Advance (LMH)
On Hold Off
On Double Click Turbo
Eco Double Click Strobe
Strobe Click Eco

* Lockout of course starts in Eco, but doesn’t switch off when lockout has been enabled.  Instead, it switches to a slow but bright flashing.  The switch is capable of momentary in this setting. To exit lockout, the tailcap must be unscrewed and tightened.

Modes

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 2000 2h 1984 7.00
 High 1000 2h30m 1135 2.42
Med 350 6h5m 390 0.66
 Low 100 22h55m 114 0.15
 Eco 8 9d 3 0.00

LED and Beam

Lumintop has chosen the Cree XHP35 HI for this light.  A very sensible choice for this thrower.  The reflector as you can see below, is very smooth.
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The beam is very much a spot, with little spill.

Tint vs BLF-348

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Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

Lumintop ODL20C
Emitter Cree XHP35 HI
Emitter Notes
Cell 26650
Glamour Shots Beamshots [0.3″, f/8, ISO 100, 5000k]
Runtime Chargetime
LVP?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 2000
Lux (Measured) 3940 lux @ 6.987 m
Candela (Calculated) in cd 192343.6
Throw (Calculated) (m) 877.1
Throw (Claimed) (m) 860

 

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

The competitor to this light is the Manker U21.  Same emitter, 26650, and available in NW, it’s a compelling offering. I’m not sure the U21 is still available, and doesn’t seem to be driven quite as hard, with only 1300 lumens output.

Conclusion

What I like

  • Build quality
  • Good charging
  • Indicating switch
  • Great throw

What I don’t like

  • Must unscrew tailcap to exit Lockout
  • Not available in NW
  • No pouch for carry

Not a negative, but again I’d love to see Lumintop include a cell for the purchase price of this light.


Up Next

I hope to wrap up the Xtar PB2 this week!

Notes

  • This light was provided by Lumintop for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.wordpress.com.  Please visit there for the best experience!
  • Whether or not I have a coupon for this light, I do have a bunch of coupons!!  Have a look at my spreadsheet for those coupons. It’s possible to subscribe and get notifications when the sheet is edited!!

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