Official Specs and Features
This review is for one specific dropin, but KDLITKER has many p60 dropins. I’m not going to list them all.
I think it was a little more when I purchased, but this dropin is $16.98 at this time. You’ll need other parts in order to have a working flashlight, so bear that in mind.
It’s 219b, but it’s not 219b. This is a 5700K 219b, which isn’t the rosy favorite of this lowly reviewer. Still it’s a good tint, and the dropin itself is nicely built and functional.
The Big Table
|KDlitker P6-Tri Triple|
|Emitter:||Nichia 219b (5700K, CRI92)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$16.98|
|Cell:||3V – 9V ( 1 or 2 x 18650 / 3 x CR123 )|
|Turbo Runtime||High Runtime|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||1000|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||496 (49.6% of claim)* (tested at 4.2V – 780 at 9V)|
|Claimed Throw (m)||–|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||117lux @ 4.652m = 2532cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||100.6|
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* 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).
- KDLITKER P6-TRI Triple Nichia 219b 5700K Dropin
Package and Manual
The dropin ships in a film canister. Remember film?
There is no manual, though the product page does cover things a manual would anyway.
Build Quality and Disassembly
The brass may look a little dirty or patinaed on this dropin but I’d used it for a while before doing art for this review. Anyway, that won’t really affect functionality, and it’s not coated brass, so it’s to be expected.
There is no lens here. The retaining ring (seen above) holds the optic in place. The P60 host you have will likely have a lens anyway (my Solarforce seen in this review does, for example).
That retaining ring on the front unscrews easily. The large spring on the tail also pops right off, and a retaining ring on the bottom end also unscrews easily.
Here’s a bit of disassembly. All the parts broken down, first. A driver change or mcpcb change would be very easy.
The leads come to the mcpcb through a hole in the center of the dropin.
Plenty of space in the dropin for excess wire, too. This would be a great module for a beginner to play around with.
This is a standard Carclo optic.
I use the drop in in a Solarforce host. This is the L2C, but I did runtimes with an L2M, because 18350.
Size and Comps
It’s a P60 dropin. Whatever size they’re supposed to be, this one is. I didn’t have to modify anything to make it work in my Solarforce lights. Officially that’s 26.5mm (Dia.) x 37mm (Including Spring).
Retention and Carry
Whatever your host supports. This is just a dropin, not a Swiss army knife.
Power and Runtime
The dropin claims 1000 lumens, but it also has an operational voltage up to 9V. Being that I tested it at only 4.2V, it’s likely that higher output will be obtained with running cells in series.
On bench power, the dropin seems to shut off at 2.19V (this isn’t really “low voltage protection” though, it’s different….) The main emitter flashes intermittently when the voltage is low, too.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
|100%||1000||–||496 (780 @9V)||2.51 (1A at 9V)|
Pulse Width Modulation
PWM on all but the highest mode. That’s not the least bit fantastic. I don’t really notice it in use, but I do notice it in the some certain way that’s very hard to describe. Some outputs just seem “softer” that others, which my data tells me is me picking up on high frequency PWM. I don’t really relish this ability.
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
I used the dropin exclusively with a forward clicky, but there’s no reason it won’t work with a reverse clicky. There are four modes plus a hidden strobe. The modes advance L toward H.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Click||On (Mode Memory)|
|Off||Half press||Mode Advance (Click at desired mode)|
|Off||Double tap||Strobe (hold for momentary, click for steady strobe)|
LED and Beam
As discussed, these emitters are Nichia 219b, 5700K. They’re good, and I like them, but don’t buy them because they’re 219b emitters. They’re 5700K, which might be cooler than an enthusiast wants. That said, they’re good, and have a very nice temperature anyway.
These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.
Tint vs BLF-348 (Killzone 219b version)
It’s just a bit more of a stark white than the rosy 219b.
I compare everything to the Killzone 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
What I like
- Low cost triple for P60
- Well built
- Easily modifyable
- All brass construction
- Nice voltage range acceptable
What I don’t like
- PWM on 3/4 modes
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