Lumintop EDC Pico Keychain Flashlight Review

Lumintop has a new little keychain flashlight available.  It’s the format used by so many other lights but different in a couple of ways – body colors, and the Osram Pusra1 emitter!  Read on for more info!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There’s just one version, but it’s available in three body colors:  pink, black, and silver.

Price and Coupon

The Pico is $17.90 at BangGood.  Buy it there if you decide to after reading the review….


Short Review

The body of this light is as good as any 10180 sized keychain light, but the parasitic drain means this light doesn’t last more than a single day without charging.  I would not recommend to buy this light.  (There are other better options!)

Long Review

The Big Table

Lumintop EDC Pico
Emitter: Osram Pusra1
Price in USD at publication time: $17.90
Cell: Internal
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? No
Switch Type: Twisty
On-Board Charging? Yes
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 130
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 104 (80% of claim)*
Claimed Throw (m) 40
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 74lux @ 2.07m = 317cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 35.6 (89% of claim)*
All my Lumintop reviews!

* 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

  • Lumintop EDC Pico
  • Charge cable (USB to micro-USB)
  • Keychain connector
  • Split ring
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Standard Lumintop package.

Standard Lumintop manual:

Build Quality and Disassembly

The build quality of this light is excellent.  The anodizing makes it easy to grasp and twist, and feels very smooth.  There’s ample knurling on both parts of the body.

It’s sort of…. impossible to photograph adequately, but the head has a sort of “double threaded” build – Unscrewing the head “all the way” doesn’t immediately reveal the charge port.  The top has to be pulled to reveal the thread, and then may be fully unscrewed, completely off.  It’s a bit unusual, but works fine.  The threads are unanodized.

Size and Comps

Officially 41.5mm x 14mm, and 11.8g.

It’s tiny!  Don’t let that last picture fool you, it’s a twisty (and no momentary, really).

Retention and Carry

There is only the small loop which can accommodate the included split ring, and the keychain connector.  Those things are included.  It could also accept a lanyard, but that isn’t included.

Power and Runtime

Power comes to the EDC Pico by an internal and built in cell.  The cell is not replaceable, and is charged via micro-USB.  The claim is that the internal cell is an 80mAh 10180.

I performed a runtime test for both modes.  Don’t read much into the squiggly lines – my lux meter just doesn’t like these low modes….  The runtime is unremarkable.  Output is unregulated, and drops to almost nothing within 40 minutes.  There does not appear to be low voltage protection.

The on-board charing claims to be “57 minute fast charge” and that seems to be more or less the case.

The chargetime reveals something interesting, however.  Charging does shut off after around an hour… but in the second test note that charging spins back up 30 minutes after charging.  That’s the parasitic drain.  The parasitic drain is ridiculously high….  10mAh over 30 minutes.  Recall that this cell is only 80mAh?  So 4 hours from a complete charge (roughly speaking), the cell will be dead.

Possibly I just got a bad unit, but who knows really.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 130 25 104 0.36
Low 15 4h45m 15 0.02

PWM

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned.  Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!

User Interface and Operation

The EDC Pico is a twisty.  Twist the head tighter to turn the light to low, and twist the head even tighter for High.  Loosen the head to turn the light off.

LED and Beam

The emitter Lumintop used in this light is an unusual Osram Pursa1.  I don’t have experience with this one, but I’m open to new things.  This new emitter is behind a TIR, which has dimpling, and provides a nice even beam.

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

Tint vs BLF-348 (Killzone 219b version)

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

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

Here’s a link to a relevantly filtered page on parametrek.com.  I use that site a lot!  I’d recommend any of those lights over this one.  The parasitic drain kills this light.

Conclusion

What I like

  • Build quality is good
  • On board charging works

What I don’t like

  • Parasitic drain makes the light useless
  • Don’t love the tint of the Osram emitter.

Notes

  • This light was provided by BangGood for review.  Buy it there if you decide to after reading the review….  was not paid to write this review.
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