Wowtac A5 Flashlight Review

Wowtac A5 Flashlight Review

The Wowtac A5 is a new wall-of-light in a 26650 flashlight.  Wowtac has made some great lights, with “technical support by Thrunite.”  Read on!

Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Wowtac A5 Flashlight product page.


I only see one version of this light, but it wouldn’t surprise me if both NW and CW were available.  In fact, the box confirms that there are NW and CW, at least in theory.

Price and Coupon

The A5 is going for $59.95 right now $49.95 on amazon!  That is an Amazon referral link.

Also, my Wowtac rep emailed me this offer to share.

 “Leave an honest review for A5 on Amazon, qualified to get one FREE A1 flashlight, CONTACT to get in.”

Take that deal for what you will…

Short Review

Low price for a complete package and it exceeds throw and output specs.  It’s a nice package and good light!

Long Review

The Big Table

Wowtac A5
Emitter: Cree XHP70 (NW)
Price in USD at publication time: $49.95 on amazon!
Cell: 1×26650
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A): 0.00009
On-Board Charging? Yes
Power off Charge Port with no Cell? No.  Lowest three modes with cell.
Claimed Lumens (lm) 3650
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 3674 (100.7% of claim)^
Claimed Throw (m) 234
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 630lux @ 5.363m = 18120cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 269.2 (115% of claim)^
All my Wowtac reviews!

^ Measurement disclaimer:  Testing flashlights is my hobby. I use hobbyist-level equipment for testing, including some I made myself. Try not to get buried in the details of manufacturer specifications versus measurements recorded here; A certain amount of difference (say, 10 or 15%) is perfectly reasonable.

What’s Included

  • Wowtac A5 Flashlight
  • Wowtac 5000mAh 26650
  • Lanyard
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Charge cable (USB to micro-USB)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Wowtac’s package is just like Thrunites – a printed cardboard box.

Build Quality and Disassembly

The A5 is a sturdy light. I have no build quality complaints whatsoever.

The knurling around the cell tube looks pretty aggressive but it’s actually not – at least not so much to be abrasive on hands.  It provides adequate grip.

The tailcap technically unscrews but my impression is that it’s not intended to be removed.  Much easier to unscrew the head from the body.

The head has a few thick fins for cooling.

The cell tube is not reversible.

The head does not have a spring; instead, it has a brass button.  The tail actually has two springs.

#photonphreaks !!

Size and Comps

Dimensions: 115mm x 35mm x 32.5mm
Weight: 212.7g with battery.

It’s not a terribly small light, but it’s a 26650 with charging.  So you wouldn’t expect it to be all that small.

Still shorter than an S2+!

And here’s the light beside my custom engraved TorchLAB BOSS 35, an 18350 light.  I reviewed the aluminum version of that light in both 35 and 70 formats.

Retention and Carry

Really the only way to carry the A5 is either in hand or with the included lanyard.  There is no pouch, pocket clip, or magnet.

Power and Runtime

Wowtac includes the cell appropriate for the A5 – it’s a 26650 cell, at 5000mAh.  The included cell is a flat-top, and labeled as “high discharge.”

With an adapter (read: pvc tube) inside the body, an 18650 should work just fine.

Here’s a runtime on Turbo.  Output holds for around 3 minutes before dropping, likely due to temperature.  At 30 seconds the output is much higher than the claim, at >3700 lumens.  The light steps down to around 1800 lumens, which isn’t a trivial output, for 90 or so minutes.  This level is the same as High.

High output looks just like Turbo, but without the blip of > 3700-lumen output.  The runtime is a little longer, as expected.

In both cases, the light shut off when the cell voltage was low.  Around 3V.


Wowtac also put on-board charging in the A5.  It’s a common micro-USB port in the head, opposite the switch.  The appropriate cable is included.

The port is covered with a rubber push-in cover, which feels quite secure.

Charging is at around 2A, as seen below.  The two tests look a little different, but that’s not a deal-breaker – 2A from a micro-USB could come down to something awry in my charge setup during one test; not necessarily anything in the light.  Full charging takes around 3 hours.

Also, the manual only states that the indicating side switch does anything during charging.  Ie it doesn’t indicate when voltage is low during runtimes.  That’s a bit of a letdown.  Anyway, during charging, the indicator is red.  When charging is complete, the switch is blue.  When charging is abnormal, the switch is purple.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 3650 3m+130m 3674 8.52
High 1750 8m+140m 1822 2.95
Medium 300 10.2h 322 0.39
Low 30 46h 31 0.04
Firefly 0.3 37d ~ 0.00

Eight point five amps on Turbo means you’ll need a very good quality cell to run this light.

Pulse Width Modulation

No PWM detected.

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  Also, here’s the light with the worst PWM I could find.  I’m adding multiple timescales, so it’ll be easier to compare to the test light.  Unfortunately, the PWM on this light is so bad that it doesn’t even work with my normal scale, which is 50 microseconds (50us). 10ms5ms2ms1ms0.5ms0.2ms.  In a display faster than 0.2ms or so, the on/off cycle is more than one screen, so it’d just (very incorrectly) look like a flat line.  I wrote more about this Ultrafire WF-602C flashlight and explained a little about PWM too.

User Interface and Operation

This Wowtac has a single side switch, which is an indicating e-switch.  There are two emitters, displaying red and blue.  The cover is clear silicone, and a little low and hard to find for my tastes – I prefer these side switches to be a bit proud like on the A4.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (memory, LMH only)
Off Hold Firefly
Any Double Click Turbo
Turbo Double Click Strobe
On Click Off
On Hold Mode cycle (LMH only)

That’s the same UI as other Wowtacs (A4 for example) and also many Thrunites (TC20 for example).

LED and Beam

In the A5 is a Cree XHP70, and my sample is neutral white.  The reflector is shallow and orange peel.  There’s mostly hotspot, but with some spill still.

Firefly is quite low!

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

Tint vs BLF-348 ( 219b version) (affiliate link)

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


What I like

  • Complete package
  • Hits claimed numbers
  • Absolute wall of light at >3700 lumens for 3 minutes
  • High being 1800 and holding for 90+ minutes is pretty incredible
  • Available in NW and CW both
  • [Debatable] Looks to use 70 and not 70.2, which I think has worse Cree rainbow

What I don’t like

  • The switch is a bit hard to find, particularly without looking


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23 thoughts on “Wowtac A5 Flashlight Review”

  1. Is the tint halo as yellow/green as your beam shot photo seems to shows? That’s one thing I’m not crazy about with my Thrunite lights – the yellowy/ greenish halo around the spot.

    Is this a 5000k version? A shootout between this and the TC20 would be interesting. Thanks for the review.


  3. David B Huber

    Since discovering your site, I’ve become a “flashlight fanatic”! I hadn’t realized how much engineering ingenuity goes into a modern torch (programmable? really?).

    In the last two months I’ve purchased probably 40 flashlights (!) and while I haven’t received my Lumintop FW3A from Neal’s Gadgets yet nor the Convoy S2+ and M3 from Banggood, this is currently my favorite. Easier to carry than my Sofirn Q8 but almost as bright!

    My “favorites so far” list consists of:
    Best Keychain: Nitecore TINI ($32) or TrustFire MINI2 ($16)

    Best Pocket: ThruNite T1 ($37) or RovyVon Aurora A23 ($47)

    Best EveryDayCarry: Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 ($25) or ThruNite Ti3 NW ($14)

    Best Handheld: Anker LC90 ($28) or Wsky S3000 ($20)

    Best Value: Karrong or Spriak COB 2-pack ($20) or UltraFire SK68 Mini 3-pack ($12)

    Best Multifunction (e.g., power bank): Odistar ($13)

    Brightest: Sofirn Q8 ($80) or Wowtac A5 ($50)

    I’m curious if you have reviewed any lamps which double as power banks, please?

    1. Hi! Thanks for the comment. That’s quite a last couple of months you’ve had!!

      I think you’ll love the FW3A – just a fantastic light. Don’t waste any time ordering the FW1A as well, though. I think it’s probably actually more fun!!

      Lamps that double as powerbanks. Yes there are a few… the only one I can find properly tagged is this guy:
      Which I still use daily!

  4. I just received an A5 and it seems ok so far. One thing I’ve noticed though – my perceived difference between high and turbo modes is very slight, even with a freshly charged battery. Was this your experience too? Maybe I expected a bigger difference going from 1750 to 3650 lumens. Or, mine is possibly defective…

    1. Despite the jump from 1750 to 3650 seeming to be massive, the actuality is you’ll only perceive a slight difference. So this is probably normal. The output would have to quadruple for you to perceive a brightness increase of “twice.”

  5. Billy Jack Caldwell

    I’m curious, do you think this Wowtac A5 is legitimately comparable to the ThruNite TC20?

    Today is Cyber Monday and both lights are available at discounted prices (albeit, on different sites).

    The NW version of the Wowtac A5 is available for $40 right now and both versions of the ThruNite TC20 are available for $67.

    Is the TC20 worth $27 more than the A5? Or, would you save $27 to be able to put towards another flashlight and get the Wowtac A5?

    If you actually read this today, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, and would reply, I would definitely appreciate it. Thanks for your reviews and your time!

    1. Between those two I’d probably pick the TC20 in NW. I strongly prefer the metal switch cover like the TC20 has. Also I’d probably evaluate the TC20 as slightly more useful for this class of light just because of the bigger reflector.

      Is that difference worth $27? I don’t know the answer to that. Probably not? Either would be acceptable.

      1. Billy Jack Caldwell

        Hey, thank you very much for the prompt reply and feedback. I really appreciate the gesture. I also came across a Sofirn SF11 for $22, so I am tempted to buy those 2 flashlights (and still save $5) over just the ThruNite TC20, but I definitely value your opinion, so that’s why I wanted some feedback from you. I’m honestly still not sure what I’m going to do, but I’ll try to come back and reply with an update, if I do end up buying the Wowtac A5.

        Thanks, again, for the prompt reply. That was really nice of you and I appreciate it. Have a nice morning. And please keep up the great work!

  6. Wowtac A5 is available right now 01/20/2020 in both Cool White & Natural White for 20% off. $39.96 is a fantastic price for this long running, high lumen beast.

  7. Dwight Combs

    When I attempt to use my normal 110 or 12V charging unit, I get a abnormal charging light. What charger do I use? Dwight

  8. This light is great so far. I love what Thrunite and wowtac are doing, and I hope they continue to make great affordable flashlights of high-quality. Excellent reviews!

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