Here’s a light that is “another in the series” so in many ways this is a review you can already sort of expect. On the other hand this is the first of the series of FW type lights to be right angle! This is the HL3A, and I’ve had this review done for a while and waiting on the official product page. That’s up, so here’s this review!
Official Specs and Features
There’s just one body, but a few (at least?) emitter options. There are two emitter temperature options in the Cree XP-L HI emitter. Cool white (seen here), and Neutral white. Also available is a Luminus SST20 (4000K), and a Nichia 219c 4000K option.
The MSRP is $54.95. It’s available at LumintopOnline store. And here’s a 25% off coupon! TOPHF25
This is a great headlamp. If you need a headlamp with Anduril in an 18650 triple emitter format, then this is a good one!
The Big Table
|Emitter:||Cree XP-L HI (CW)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$54.95 at LumintopOnline
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|Turbo Runtime||High Runtime|
|LVP?||Switch to Low|
|Quiescent Current (A):||?|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||2800|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||683 (24.4% of claim)*|
|Candela per Lumen||4.6|
|Claimed Throw (m)||200|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||188lux @ 4.197m = 3312cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||115.1 (57.6% 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).
*Both these measurements appear very low because they’re taken at 30s. At startup, the light does hit the 2800 lumen claim, and no doubt also hits the throw measurement. But only at startup, and only for a few seconds.
- Lumintop HL3A Headlamp
- Pocket clip
- Spare o-rings (2)
- Manual etc
Package and Manual
Build Quality and Disassembly
Pretty typical build quality from Lumintop, which is to say good. The design is sort of interesting but not all that unusual anymore. It’s very much a right-angle light.
The emitter and whatnot stick out dramatically from the body/cell tube.
The knurling is good, and different from more usual Lumintop lights – much more defined in this case.
Branding on the tailcap can be seen below, as well as (surprise) a serial number!
The head can be removed for cell swaps, but it’s maybe not an ideal scenario….
The threads on the head are unanodized. This does mean that mechanical lockout isn’t really possible. Also the cell tube is one piece – the very end of the tailcap does not come off.
The threads here are also quite long, so lots of twisting required. They’re nice threads, though. Square cut, and smooth.
Both head and tail have a spring. There’s a magnet in the tail end.
The head comes off in a nice little compartmentalized flashlighty bit.
Size and Comps
- Size: 23.8 mm Ø head x 81 mm length x 23.5mm Ø tube.
- Weight: Approximately 54 g without cells
Retention and Carry
This is a “headlamp” but as much as that it’s a “right angle light” because it works well either way. Works as well either way.
The headband is good, and of course the best because it’s orange. Silicone and stretchy, so the light slips in easily.
The headband isn’t directional – the light will go in either way. That could suit right- or left-handed users.
Again, the head may be removed while in the headband, but it’s not really ideal to do it this way. Too much stretching on the stretchy parts. (Also just generally cumbersome.
There’s also a pocket clip. The friction fit pocket clip is ok – it has come off during use once. It may not be used at the same time as the headband, though.
There’s also a lanyard hole in the tailcap.
AND a magnet! Which is very strong, and plenty strong to hold the light securely. I think if you have the right tools, you could remove the magnet (by removing the spring).
Power and Runtime
This is an 18650 light. Since the threads are unanodized and make electrical contact themselves, any type 18650 should work fine. Since it’s an Anduril light, and thus has a FET for turbo, you’ll get better performance out of an unprotected 18650, with high discharge capability. I’ve tested here with the cell seen below, a Vapcell G26 2600mAh 18650.
A couple of runtimes below. I did not calibrate the light for temperature settings, because I don’t think most users will, nor do I think most users should have to. So what you see is what you’ll get, and what you can expect.
Notably the initial output IS what Lumintop claims, but at 30 seconds it’s stepped down dramatically (though, still not at the bottom of the step).
High steps down too, and to around the same output as Turbo. Shutoff voltage on this run was 2.97V (I’ll have to add that back to the graph, sorry).
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
Pulse Width Modulation
There’s PWM on all modes but the top two, but that’s no surprise for Anduril.
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 an Anduril light. There’s a metal button e-switch on one end. I didn’t measure but I’d expect this button is the same size and shape and everything as the FW3A etc buttons.
The button itself is metal (with that rubber cover under), and has a very minimal amount of travel (1mm or less). Despite being a very big switch, it’s possible to actuate from anywhere on the surface – even the tiniest fingernail on the very edge will still work.
Anduril is well Ddocumented here. So this is mostly going to be a copy and paste from other posts.
Here’s a UI table anyway!
|Off||Click||On (Mode Memory)|
|Off||Click 2x||Highest Hybrid Mode|
|Off||Click 3x||Blinkie Mode Group|
|Off||Click, Click, Hold||Strobe Group (Mode Memory Strobe)|
|Strobe Group||Click 2x||Strobe Cycle (Candle > Bike Flasher > Party Strobe > Tactical Strobe > Lightning Storm)|
|Blinkie Mode Group||Click 2x||Blinke Cycle (Sunset > Beacon > TempCheck > BattCheck)|
|On||Click 3x||Switch between Stepped and Smooth Ramp|
|On||Click 4x||Ramp Configuration|
|TempCheck||Click 4x||Thermal Configuration|
|Beacon||Click 4x||Beacon Configuration|
|Candle||Click 3x||30 minute timer to off|
|Strobe Group||Hold||Heighten selected mode (Make faster or brighter)|
|Strobe Group||Click, Hold||Lessen selected mode (Make slower or dimmer)|
|On||Click 2x||FET Turbo|
|Ramp Configuration||[Wait for Single flash] Click N time for level N.||Selection of the “Low” you like best by clicking 1, 2, 3, etc. where 1, 2, 3, etc are different levels of low.|
|Ramp Configuration||[Wait for Second flash] Click N time for 1+Turbo-N.||Selection of the “Ceiling” you like best by clicking 1, 2, 3, etc. where 1, 2, 3, etc are different Ceiling levels.|
|Ramp Configuration||[Wait for Third flash] Click for how many steps you want in Stepped mode.||Sets Number of Steps.|
|Thermal Configuration||[Wait for First flash] Click for N times for N degrees C.||Displays Current Temperature.|
|Thermal Configuration||[Wait for Second flash] Click for N times for 30C + N.||Sets Temperature Limit.|
|Beacon Configuration||[Wait for First flash] Click for N times N seconds per flash||Sets Beacon Speed.|
LED and Beam
The emitters here are three Cree XP-L HI. I love this emitter in general, but the temperature here is cool white, which is not my favorite.
The TIR optic is described as “standard” which likely just means it’s a Carclo optic, but does not state which degree it is (narrow, medium, or flood).
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 keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right.
I compare everything to the Killzone 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
What I like
- Good headlamp version of the FW series of lights
- Extreme output at startup
- Good build quality (it’s on par or better than usual Lumintops, I think).
- Anduril is very configurable
What I don’t like
- This one is CW (but NW should be available)
- Difficulty removing the head while in the headband
- Clip and headband can’t be used at the same time
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