There’s a new titanium keychain light on the market, by a brand you probably haven’t heard of. This is the Rover Camel Ta6132, and it’s a pretty well featured little light, that also happens to be keychain size. Read on for some testing and thoughts!
Official Specs and Features
Here’s a link to the official product page. (affiliate link to BangGood – I can’t find an official page for this brand!)
These are going for $23.74 at the moment. Buy them through my link!
First of all, the finish on these is great. I love that I can remove the cell (it’s not built in!). I love that there’s an actual (and good) pocket clip. Charging is a little iffy, and output is quite low, but it’s on par with what you should expect.
The Big Table
|Rover Camel Ta6132|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$23.05|
|High Runtime||Low Runtime|
|Power off Charge Port with no Cell?||No|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||130|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||81 (62.3% of claim)*|
|Candela per Lumen||5.2|
|Claimed Throw (m)||59|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||41lux @ 3.024m = 375cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||38.7 (65.6% of claim)*|
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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).
- Rover Camel Ta6132 Flashlight
- Charge cable (USB to micro-USB)
- Pocket clip
- Chain and split ring
Package and Manual
Build Quality and Disassembly
The titanium is very nice. The finish – I love the purple/blue/fade anodizing. The yellow is quite nice too, and it’s more of a “two part” finish – probably technically a higher value finish.
Since this is a twisty, you should already be wondering how the threads feel with the titanium. They feel great. They’re very smooth, and the twist action is fine.
One thing I don’t love is that the head is captured. It does not come off past what you see below. I am sure it does somehow because it went on there somehow. But I couldn’t make it come off.
The tailcap does come off, though, which actually surprised me a little. Normally these type lights have built in cells! So this is a nice change of pace.
The tailcap has triangle unanodized threads.
There’s also a respectable spring here.
The head end does not have a spring, but it does have a little rubber (or “soft”) pad.
Size and Comps
Officially the size is 5 x 1.5cm, and the weight is 19.5g.
I measure it at 51mm x 14.5mm.
Retention and Carry
For most people this will probably be a keychain light, so the main means of carry will be either the included split ring or the included chain. They both attach on the tailcap, which is milled into the body – it’s not going anywhere.
As a chain light, this is great.
There’s also a full feature pocket clip. I say “full featured” meaning that it’s just like a regular clip, only small, for a small light. It works very well. The mouth is sufficient to allow it to be placed over pockets etc, and it’s a nice deep carry clip.
The clip can get in the way of twisting the light on and off, however
It’s also reversible. It probably fits better in this bezel up orientation, but I prefer the other way.
This reversible nature does mean the light may be used as a hat light, very easily!
Power and Runtime
The Ta6132 is powered by a single liion cell. It’s a 10180 size cell, and the right kind is included. Pretty much this is the bog standard 10180 cell, which just about all 10180 cell lights use. Nothing really wrong with that.
The cell claims a tiny 80mAh.
It’s a button top cell.
The cell goes into the light with the positive (button) end toward the LED.
Here are a couple of runtimes, which cover both modes. The unregulated output tracks the cell voltage down until… nothing – there is no LVP on this light, and the cell can be discharged quite completely.
Also included here is on-board charging, by way of a micro-USB Port in the side. It’s covered by the head – the head must be unscrewed fully to reveal the charge port. This also means that mo modes are available while the light is charging.
The charging looks a bit weird, and I can’t explain either the disparity between Test 1 and 2, and what’s going on with the huge hump in Test 2. I expect that Test 2 is more like what usually happens, but either way the cell isn’t charged too fast. So we’ll call this one a wash.
Testing with bench power, there seemed to be no LVP at all.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
No PWM at all, which is fantastic.
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
This is a twisty light. Twist for Low. Twist tighter for High. There are no strobes or hidden modes of any kind. To turn the light off, just loosen the head.
The two pictures below demonstrate the edge of both possibilities – just before the light is on (left), and just after the light is on (right). So little of the internals are exposed when the light is off.
LED and Beam
The emitter type isn’t stated in the documentation as far as I can see. It’s behind a TIR, and provides a nice little spot of light.
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!
What I like
- Complete package light
- 10180 cell is removable
- Titanium anodizing finish (both the purple and the yellow) are great
- Threads are surprisingly good for titanium
What I don’t like
- Pocket clip can get in the way of turning the light on and off
- Unstated LED has a temperature that I do not care for
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