Weltool W4 “Dragon in Clouds” LEP Flashlight Review

Weltool W4 “Dragon in Clouds” LEP Flashlight Review

The Weltool W4 is a fantastic option in the LEP field…  Such a tight and intense beam, fantastic for Search and Rescue. Read on!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Weltool W4 “Dragon in Clouds” LEP product page.

Versions

There’s just one version.

Price

This light lists at $306 and that’s generally what you’ll end up paying for it.  It’s fairly rare, sells out fast, and will be limited availability.

I recommend you buy this at KillzoneFlashlights.com – they’re the ones who supported me by sending this light, and they’re great people!  Here’s a referral link so they’ll know who sent ya!


Short Review

This light is every bit as impressive as I figured it would be.  It’s every bit as impressive as you’ve heard it is.  It’s going to blow your mind for throw.  That said the use case for this light is as narrow as the beam.  I can’t think of a scenario where I’d need it.  Except – that is – for showing to both of my friends.  This and the Imalent DX80 would be like a 1-2 combo of incredibleness.

Long Review

The Big Table

Weltool W4 LEP
Emitter: LEP
Price in USD at publication time: $306.00
Cell: 1×21700
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP?
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 560
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 398 (71.1% of claim)^
Claimed Throw (m) 2670
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 4570lux @ 20.174m = 1859946cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 2727.6 (102.2% 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).

What’s Included

Weltool W4 LEP

  • Weltool W4 Dragon in Clouds LEP Flashlight
  • Weltool 21700 with USB-C Charging
  • Spare o-ring
  • Charge cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Manual etc

Package and Manual

Weltool W4 LEP

Weltool W4 LEP

This warning is front and center.

Weltool W4 LEP

The warning also features prominently in the manual.

Weltool W4 LEP

Build Quality and Disassembly

Weltool W4 LEP

The build quality of the W4 is top-notch.

I might describe it as “overbuilt” since it’s beefy throughout the body.

Weltool W4 LEP

The knurling is a diamond pattern and not overly aggressive.

Weltool W4 LEP

Weltool W4 LEP

Weltool W4 LEP

Weltool W4 LEP

The lights are serialized, too.  The Class 3B Laser Product is also posted on the head.  Let’s talk about the Class 3B warning for a second…. if this was “really” a Class 3B Laser Product then there should be some kind of mechanical lockout (I think, I’m no laser expert) (and the mechanical switch does not count.)  That’s not to say it’s not a real Class 3B laser product, but it’s more likely that it’s not following that guideline by the FDA.  If that’s the case then you might consider the fact that these lights could get pulled from the shelves….

Weltool W4 LEP

Weltool W4 LEP

Weltool W4 LEP

The threads are very smooth.  Anodized, square-cut, but fairly long.  I count 4.5 turns to tighten.

Weltool W4 LEP

The switch can be maintained, too – just held in place with an aluminum retaining ring.

Weltool W4 LEP

The cell tube also separates but is not reversible.  Those threads (on the head) are not anodized but are shorter.  I didn’t find them as pleasant to unscrew, so I’d rely on the tail cap.

Weltool W4 LEP

Also (above and below) look at the driver retaining ring.  It’s beveled, which is fairly uncommon for this rarely-seen detail.  It’s a nice touch!

Both head and tail have springs.

Weltool W4 LEP

Size and Comps

Size (±0.5mm): (head diameter) 60.5mm, (body diameter) 27mm, (length) 193mm
Weight: 332.8±0.5g (without battery)

It’s not really a short light.  But at the same time, I really have no frame of reference for what’s going on inside the light, … maybe these just have to be that long for the LEP to LEP.

Weltool W4 LEP

Here are my two Weltools – T11 and W4.  Very similar in size and shape!

Retention and Carry

Provided is a pocket clip but let’s call it a “belt clip” instead.  It’s a friction fit clip with very good grip strength and should be perfectly reliable.

Power and Runtime

The W4 is powered by a single lithium-ion cell.  The package includes one, which is a 5000mAh cell (called the “UB21-50”).  The cell has built-in USB-C charging and an indicating light right in the center of the anode.

That cell isn’t required though – the W4 worked successfully on some random 21700 cells I have on hand, including a flat top unprotected Imren.  And just about any 21700 should work fine, because of the dual springs and relatively low current requirements even on High (around 3A).

Weltool W4 LEP

The cell goes into the light in the normal way: positive toward head.

Weltool W4 LEP

Here are a couple of runtimes.  It’s a two mode light, so this is a runtime for every mode! 😉

I have never experienced a light like this before, nor have I tested one so it’s hard to say that my lumen tube works perfectly with this setup.  That said, the reasonableness of the numbers makes me fairly confident in both the light and my setup.  I wouldn’t worry that the 30s value of 398 lumens is lower than spec – throw at 30s is better so it’s all a wash.

There are a number of stepdowns, and then the light starts flashing (main emitter/only emitter) (which you can see in the runtime).  Then the light switches off at around 3V.

Weltool W4 LEP

The low runtime is properly boring and extremely well regulated, until the shutoff.

Weltool W4 LEP

On bench power, at around 2.9V the emitter flashes a few times as a warning, and then the light switches off.

Charging

The light ships with a charging cable, which can be seen below.  USB to USB-C, and fairly short.

Charging looks good but is a bit slow – I’d expect 2A or so for a big 21700 cell.  Still it looks good though.  Consistent = good.

Weltool W4 LEP

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 560 1h58m 398 2.71
Low 187 4h32m 139 0.87

Pulse Width Modulation

No PWM at all.

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

There’s a single switch on the W4.  It’s a forward mechanical clicky.

Weltool W4 LEP

The switch is extremely proud and easy to access.

Weltool W4 LEP

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Tap Momentary High
Off Double Tap Momentary Low
Off Click On (High)
On Click Off
High Double Click Low

The UI is of course very simple.  Just two modes on a forward clicky.  The FW clicky allows momentary which is great.

LED and Beam

“LED and Beam” might not really fit here.  It’s an LEP, which means Laser Excited Phosphor.  Despite how the front of the light looks below, it is actually flat (the domed glass is covered).

Weltool W4 LEP

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.  Note that these are taken from the same distance as always, so the beam realllllllly is that much of a pencil-thin beam!!

And here are some other/more/outdoor beamshots, not all of which are at the above camera settings (but they’re logged on the photo.  Grouped in sets by location.  I’m sorry but outdoor shots are not my thing – I both find them very hard to take effectively, and also do not find them useful at all.  I matched the camera settings to generally what I was seeing in person.  I’ve included some control (dark) shots, and some shots with another random light I had on my person (Skilhunt M200), and of course, Giggles.  In many of the cases below, Giggles is much more useful.  But at the longest distance shown (290m) we’re only stretching the legs of the W4 – it reaches 10x as far willingly.

And a couple of randos, just pointing at the ground in shaded daytime:

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

I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right.

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

Conclusion on the Weltool W4 LEP

What I like

  • LEP lights are just incredible.  This one is too
  • Nice attention to details on the build
  • Meets specs on throw
  • Complete package including cell
  • USB Charging is good

What I don’t like

  • I’d love to see a 18350 version
  • The LEP beams are quite green.  I’d settle for less throw and some better tint.

Notes

  • This light was provided by Weltool via KillzoneFlashlights.com for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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