Sometimes items show up that I don’t really know much about, and didn’t really plan on reviewing. This is one of those items. Fortunately it’s a flashlight too, so I can certainly evaluate that aspect of it…. The rest I’ll mostly leave to photos to describe.
Just one version!
The going price for this looks to be $12.33, but it’s showing out of stock at GearBest right now. Since Zanflare is a GearBest house brand, it’s unlikely to be in stock, or cheaper elsewhere.
If you’re in need of a tactical pen, this is a good starter version. Better yet, if you’re unsure if a tactical flashlight pen is something you’d need, this $13 version is a good choice.
- Zanflare F10 Tactical Flashlight Pen
Package and Manual
All credit to Zanflare; their packaging is nice. The pen ships in a nicely printed slip-fit box, which opens easily.
The manual covers use of the light. It’s one (pamphlet sized) piece of paper, printed both sides.
Build Quality and Disassembly
The flashlight pen has fine build quality, but it’s an unusual (cumbersome?) build. There’s a lot going on in this device!
I’ll consider this primarily as a flashlight, since flashlight is in the name. Pen is too, and it’s not a pen in any capacity, so…..
As a flashlight it is a little weird in hand. It works, and it could be considered a “right angle” light , but it’s unwieldy.
The center portion has what I’d normally consider cooling fins, but these aren’t in a place needing cooling fins. So they amount to grip, which is ok. The light itself doesn’t have any cooling fins.
The body has some interesting rifling, on what amounts to a marlinspike tip.
The tip isn’t strictly sharp, but it’s useful for it’s purpose.
As pennish as the top end of this pen looks, that’s actually a glass breaker.
Disassembly wise, the light comes apart a few ways. The flashlight body unscrews from the spike. I didn’t get the head of the light, so I can’t speak to the possibility of an emitter swap.
The marlinspike also unscrews to reveal the whistle.
This tool is 16cm long, and around a cm in diameter at max.
Sometimes the wind has other intentions for photos….
There’s a pocket clip, which comes installed. It’s a friction clip, and works quite well. Good tension, nice retention.
That’s it for carry possibility!
The F10 accepts a single AAA cell. I tested with a LADDA 900mAh AAA. I measure the output at around 120 lumens (rated at 150). The output is unregulated, and just tracks the cell voltage all the way down. There is no low voltage protection, but at the point the light has such low output you’ll know it’s low.
User Interface and Operation
The interface is a simple twisty. Twist for low, twist further for high. The “low” point is very small and to be honest, practically impossible to get the light to stay in low.
Another issue is that the head must actually be twisted. The head is around 1cm long, and has no gripping points at all….. it’s a bit hard to twist.
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
LED and Beam
The emitter is a Cree XP-G3, behind a very shallow reflector.
The beam is spot with gradual fade to spill. The rings in the beam are artifacts of compression, and in real life that’s not really noticeable.
Tint vs BLF-348
Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||150|
|Lux (Measured)||87 lux @ 2.348 m|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd||479.6|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||43.8|
|Throw (Claimed) (m)||52|
What I like
- The build is solid
What I don’t like
- Overall unwieldy build
- Low is too hard to hit
- No grip on the head for twisting the modes
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