Rover Camel Keychain Flashlight Review

Rover Camel Keychain Flashlight Review

The Rover Camel Keychain Flashlight, and it’s a pretty well featured little light, that also happens to be keychain size.  Read on!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Rover Camel Keychain Flashlight product page.  (affiliate link to BangGood – I can’t find an official page for this brand!)

Versions

There’s just one emitter option, but there are four titanium finishes.  Raw, purple, yellow, and polished. 

Price

These are going for $23.74 at the moment.  Buy them through my link!


Short Review

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.

Long Review

The Big Table

Rover Camel Ta6132
Emitter: [unlisted]
Price in USD at publication time: $23.05
Cell: 1×10180
High Runtime Low Runtime
LVP? No
Switch Type: Twisty
On-Board Charging? Yes
Chargetime
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)^
All my Rover Camel 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

  • 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 lithium-ion 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.

Charging

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
High 130 30m 81 0.16
Low 8 6h 7 0.02

Pulse Width Modulation

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.  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, with 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 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 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)

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

Conclusion

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

Notes

  • This light was provided by BangGood for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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