Reylight Pineapple (Updated) Flashlight Review

Banggood asked if there was anything I’d like to review.  I have been interested to see what Rey has done with the newer Pineapples, and so they sent the Pineapple Update.  I reviewed the original Pineapple.  I liked the original Pineapple!  Let’s see how this one’s improved!


Official Specs and Features

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Versions

There’s only one version of this light.  Brass body, and available with Nichia 219c.  There are some older versions, as I mentioned.  At the very least, the original, and possibly one between that one and this one.

Price and Coupon

The current price is $49.93, and that is a “sale” price of 17% off.  Buy it here at Banggood!


Short Review

This is a nice little light.  It’s very similar to the original, but the clip is much better.  I’d love if it was still 219b, but I understand that emitter is much less available now.  My biggest complaint is that the light is coated brass.

Long Review

The Big Table

Vapcell Flat top 14500:

ReyLight Pineapple
Emitter: Nichia 219c
Price in USD at publication time: $49.93
Cell: 14500
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 470
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 479 (101.9% of claim)*
Claimed Throw (m) 95
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 137lux @ 4.545m = 2830cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 106.4 (112% of claim)*
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IKEA LADDA NiMH AA:

ReyLight Pineapple
Emitter: Nichia 219c
Price in USD at publication time: $49.93
Cell: AA
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? No
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 130
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 187 (143.8% of claim)*
Claimed Throw (m) 95
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 45lux @ 4.363m = 857cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 58.5 (61.6% 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

  • ReyLight New Pineapple
  • Spare o-rings (2)

The box serves as the manual.

Package and Manual

The box has a slip cover with the specs and importantly, the operation guide.

The light ships sealed in a little vacuum package.  That’s a nice touch, but since the light is coated, I’m not sure how important that is.

There isn’t a manual included, because the UI is on the back of the box.  The box also includes the cell types supported, etc.

Build Quality and Disassembly

Even though coated brass isn’t my favorite thing, I have to say, it looks absolutely fantastic.  Almost gold colored, even!  This makes it quite unusual.

The build quality is quite good.  That’s overall, including the aforementioned externals.

The head has a brass button, and the tail has a long stiff spring.

The threads are very smooth.  They’re triangle cut, and lightly lubed.  Since they’re brass too (of course), its not really possible to mechanically lock out the light without entirely removing the head.

The head has some nice fins for cooling.  Heat isn’t really an issue except on High with a 14500, and even then, these minimal fins handle it fine.

The pocket clip is much improved from the previous model.  It’s a steel clip, and amounts to “permanent” installation.  That’s because the tailcap doesn’t come off (at least, easily).  This is better than the original version, since the clip on the original could scratch the body when the tailcap was removed.

The bezel has not-really-pointed crenelations, which allow light to sneak out.  I prefer this, since it’s harder to put the light down in an “on” state, and forget it.

Size and Comps

Official size:

Weight: 3.2 oz (91 g)
Size: 3.6 x 0.7 in (9.2 x 1.8 cm)

As many (most?) 14500 lights are, this one’s fairly long.

Here’s another 14500 light.  This is the Adventure Sport Flashlight Brass EDC light – it’s a triple.  It’s even longer than the Pineapple.

The New Pineapple is longer than the original, too.  I believe this change was made to allow support for longer cells (such as protected/button top cells.)

The parts from both models are interchangeable (and work in any configuration.)

Retention and Carry

The only means for carrying the New Pineapple is the pocket clip.  It’s a steel collar clip, and is more or less permanently attached, since the tailcap doesn’t come off.

This clip is an absolutely massive improvement over the original.  But a large part of that is a result of the clip never spinning around the body because the tailcap doesn’t come off.  It’s a trade off, I suppose…

Even aside from that, this clip is better.  The mouth is bigger, and so it’s easier to use.  The clip also has holes, so if you had a lanyard, the clip would be a good place (and also the only place) to attach it.  Since it’s a collar clip, it’d be very secure, too.

Power and Runtime

The Pineapple is a versatile device.  It can be powered from any AA sized cylindrical cell.  I tested with both 14500 (flat and button) and AA NiMH cells.  The cell goes with the positive end toward the head, as most do.

Max output should be 470 lumens, and I confirmed that with my runtime using a 14500.  The output drops off very quickly, though, and at 30s it’s heavily on it’s way down to the next step – around 240 lumens.  With both li-ion tests, the light did shut off (ie, LVP).

The second highest mode with a Li-ion is around 115 lumens, and trails off to about 70 by the end.

Runtimes with the NiMH cell are much different, of course.  Interestingly output is much more regulated (perfectly flat, after the stepdown).

Medium with a NiMH cell was very flat, and never actually shut off – I stopped this test due to other circumstances… but at ~40 lumens and a projected 5h runtime, this is within spec easily.

When output starts with a 1.5V cell, the light does not exhibit LVP.

PWM

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.

Vapcell Flat top 14500:

IKEA LADDA NiMH AA:

I wish I had a better way to quantify PWM.  While it’s clearly present, it doesn’t bother me in the least on this light.  In fact using my normal tests to see PWM, I can’t even see it on low.  So it’s no issue whatsoever.

User Interface and Operation

There’s a single switch on the New Pineapple.  It’s a reverse clicky, and has a metal switch cover.  The switch cover is routed for a tritium vial, too!

Here’s a UI table!  The UI is unchanged from the first model.

State Action Result
Off Click Moonlight*
On Click Off
On Half Press Cycle modes (MoonLMH)

* If the light is turned back on soon after turning off (within a couple of seconds), the previous mode will be remembered. If more than 2 seconds, light will turn on into Moonlight.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 14500 470 58m 452 1.73 (@4.2V)
Mid 14500 90 2.5h 114 0.29 (@4.2V)
Low 14500 8.5 31h 12 0.02 (@4.2V)
Moonlight 14500 0.2 20d 0 ~ (@4.2V)
High AA 130 1.1h 187 2.38 (@1.5V)
Mid AA 30 5h 37 0.22 (@1.5V)
Low AA 3.2 70h 1 0.02 (@1.5V)
Moonlight AA 0.2 30d 0 ~ (@1.5V)

LED and Beam

The emitter used here is a Nichia 219c, in 4000K.  It’s a reflector light, and the reflector is orange peel.  The spot is somewhat broad and there’s little spill.

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

Vapcell Flat top 14500:

IKEA LADDA NiMH AA:

Tint vs BLF-348 (Killzone 219b version)

Vapcell Flat top 14500:

IKEA LADDA NiMH AA:

I compare everything to the Killzone 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Brass light!
  • AA/14500 use is a nice change from the common 18350/18650 lights on the market
  • Moonlight is very low indeed
  • Unusual shiny brass body looks very nice
  • Vastly improved pocket clip

What I don’t like

  • Brass is coated, so won’t easily patina
  • Button is a bit squeaky
  • No option to ship with tritium

Notes

  • This light was provided by BangGood for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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1 thought on “Reylight Pineapple (Updated) Flashlight Review

  1. Great review, but I have to make one comment about your claim that the tailcap is not removable.

    While the tailcap on this is quite tight, it came off for me using only my hands (I’m no bodybuilder). Once off it wasn’t too hard to separate the two pieces that comprise the tailcap/switch unit. Once this unit is broken free the part that holds the switch (to which the ring that secures the clip screws onto) can be tightened back to its original torque (so it won’t free easily). From here the ring that holds the clip can be put on finger tight, enough to keep the clip from easily spinning, but also able to be loosened easily by hand. This allows for easy clip removal/attachment.

    It is worth noting that there is a small copper ring/washer that sits between the switch and flashlight body. This piece could be somewhat easy to bend or lose, if one is being careless. Remove this tailcap unit mindfully, this piece is by no means small, but could be missed. I assume this piece’s function is electrical contact, but I am not positive.

    Since doing this, swapping between clip and no-clip has been a breeze, no tools and just a few seconds. And the clip is still held on strong enough that daily pocket carry does not spin it. This design has actually become one of my favorite aspects of the light, as removing the clip is now almost as easy as with a clip on style, but eliminates the unsightly scratches that clip-style leaves on the finish. I think it is a great middle ground between clip-on and screw-on clips.

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