Emisar D4V2 Brass with E21A Emitters Flashlight – the Best Light for Weighing Your Pockets Down!

emisar d4v2 brass flashlight nichia e21a 4500K feature photo

Emisar D4V2 flashlights have become so popular they are currently branded as “the flashlight of r/flashlight.”  Despite this, I have only recently picked one up.  I went for brass (of course) and the Nichia E21A emitter in 4500K temperature.  Read on for thoughts and testing!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There are a bunch of versions of the D4V2.  First is aluminum, which comes in Dark Gray, Sand, and Cyan.  Next is brass (seen here).  Also available is titanium, which has a copper engine section.  Finally, there’s even a special finished version of titanium:  Raw Ore, Blue Wavy Clouds, Raw Ore 2, Blue Swirls, and Stars.  Not all of those are currently available, unfortunately.

There are also innumerable emitter options.  I bought an off-the-shelf option, of Nichia E21A 4500K.  There are other standard options, but it’s also possible to get Hank to do special things, like mixing emitter temperatures so you can get the output exactly where on the black body line you wish for it to be.

It’s also possible to get a mule version by special order!

Price

These go all the way from $45 (aluminum) to $107.56 (anodized titanium).  The brass seen here is $69.95.


Short Review

This is a super fun light, even when it’s off.  The RGB secondaries are enormously entertaining (and also very active and bright, if you wish).  As far as output with the E21A emitters – it’s probably not going to be quite as bright as you were expecting, but it’s such a pleasant output that it likely won’t matter.  The brass is great, and makes the D4V2 a nice pocket chunk.

Long Review

The Big Table

Two tables here, since I tested the light as 18650 and 18350 both.

Emisar D4V2
Emitter: Nichia E21A (x4, “quad”) (4500K)
Price in USD at publication time: $69.95
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Step down to Low in my tests
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): (Depends on so much)
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm)
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 667
Candela per Lumen 3.2
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 158lux @ 3.652m = 2107cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 91.8
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Emisar D4V2
Emitter: Nichia E21A (x4, “quad”) (4500K)
Price in USD at publication time: $9.90
Cell: 1×18350
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Step down to Low in my tests
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): (Depends on so much)
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm)
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 803
Candela per Lumen 5.1
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 198lux @ 3.399m = 2288cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 95.7
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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

  • Emisar D4V2 brass flashlight 18650 sized
  • Lanyard
  • Pocket clip
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Separate purchase: 18350 body

Package and Manual

There is no manual.

Build Quality and Disassembly

First of all, the brass light is a great looking light.  It’s also weighty.

It isn’t a coated brass either; you’ll experience some patina as the brass ages.  Though I can say this… after a month mine still looks practically brand new.  Patina formation depends a lot on how you use the light, and your body chemistry.

The Emisar D4V2 is a quad (four emitter) light, with a frosted Carclo optic.

The tailcap has some branding, but it’s very faint on this brass version.  For the record, it says “High Power Illumination | Emisar | D4V2 CuZn”

The 18650 body (the default version) has some square knurling, but the 18350 version has only grooves.

The head has cooling grooves.

The finish is just machined metal.  No stonewash or anything.

The tailcap has some very useful reeding, which aids in removal for cell swaps.

The head actually has very short threads.  It’s actually much less work to remove the head for cell swaps.

The head has a beefy spring.  Also note that the pcb here has some programming pads.  Also the pcb components on the spring side seen below indicate that this version (specifically the E21A emitter version) of the D4V2 has a linear driver (special thanks to ToyKeeper for that bit of info!)  You’ll see one reason later why I am extremely pleased with this difference, but the reason is that the linear driver limits the current to 5A, which keeps these Nichia E21A’s from going up in a puff of magic smoke from an unregulated FET output (like the non-linear driver D4V2’s will have).

Like I said, the threads on the tailcap are much longer.  But they’re very smooth!

The tailcap also has a beefy spring.  And my version has a magnetic tailcap too, which is an additional purchase as well.

The bezel unscrews from the head very easily.  There’s a lens over the optic.

The optic doesn’t just fall right out, though.  It’s… intentionally or unintentionally…  stuck into the mcpcb.  I removed this one by slipping a razor blade under the edge, and prying it up.

I think what that is on the optic legs is thermal compound, which you can see below at the 4 and 10 position.  The 1 and 7 positions don’t have this thermal compound, and it looks like a brass shelf underneath.

Look at the mcpcb here – there are actually two.  The red one has the Nichia E21A emitters, and on top of that is a board which houses the RGB secondary emitters.  These are held down with two screws.

The cell tubes are not reversible – again because of how different in length the threads are.  They’re both square cut and well lubed, though.  Below is the 18650 tube.

And here’s the 18350 tube.

Each tube includes its own set of o-rings.

And both tubes are just tubes – the inside is just straight sided.

Size and Comps

Dimensions:
96mm (length of 18650)
65mm (length 18350)
28mm(head)
24mm(body)

If a light will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo).  If a light will tailstand, I’ll show that here, too (usually the fourth photo).

Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+.  Mine’s a custom “baked” edition Nichia 219b triple.  A very nice 18650 light.

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 format.

Just to throw out another light which has both 18650 and 18350 tube options, here’s the Emisar D4V2 with the a 18650 and 18350 format Convoy S2+.

Retention and Carry

The primary way to carry the D4V2 is a friction fit stainless steel pocket clip.  The clip is uncoated, but nicely finished.

The 18650 tube has a place on the head or tail, so either orientation is possible.

The clip doesn’t mar the bras body, but it will leave a bit of a shine.

The pocket clip is not suitable for use with the 18350 body.

Another option for retaining the D4V2 is with an included lanyard.  That attaches through a loop in the tailcap.

The magnet in these tailcaps won’t really hold the light horizontally – the brass is just too heavy.

Power and Runtime

The Emisar D4V2 runs on lithium ion cells.  The default is a single 18650.  I tested with a flat top unprotected cell.  While other cells will work in the light, even the unprotected cell is a snug fit.  These springs are quite stiff, and there’s not excessive room in the cell tube.

First are some tests with the default cell size – 18650.  I tested with a Vapcell H25 2500mAh 18650, because it provides ample current potential.  The cell installs in the usual way – positive end toward the head.

Turbo steps down quite quickly, and never really gets all that hot.  That’s probably good for these (shall we say “fragile”?) emitters.  Output holds steady thereafter.  I typically don’t experience LVP on Anduril lights…. maybe I am just not waiting long enough.  But it’s there, and the light steps down too, so you’ll notice.  I should mention that this “Turbo” is the output achieved when double clicking from an on state.

Output on High (which is the highest mode of the stepped output), also has a pretty big stepdown, and otherwise looks just like the Turbo output.

I also tested a bit with the optional 18350 format.

Interestingly the output seems just a shade better, but this is not a statistically significant difference.  So don’t get excited that an 18350 is going to be a better performer.  Also this shouldn’t be affected by the cell used, since the output is limited to 5A.

Regarding low voltage protection – above I said the light switches to low.  If you see below at around 26 minutes, that is a ‘reset to turbo.’  That’s as high as the light goes when the cell is depleted.  So again, you’ll notice if the cell is low.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens (18650/18350) Tailcap Amps
Turbo 667/803 4.50
7 (Stepped) 591/664 3.46
6 (Stepped) 2.28
5 (Stepped) 1.39
4 (Stepped) 0.77
3 (Stepped) 0.36
2 (Stepped) 0.13
1 (Stepped) 0.01
0 (Ramping) ~

PWM

First is the lowest mode on the ramping part of the user interface.  Then are the eight stepped modes.  This is an interesting thing….. All my other Andúril lights specifically have PWM.  This D4V2 does not have PWM.  That’s because this E21A D4V2 gets fitted with the linear driver mentioned above, and a linear driver means there is no PWM!  Other D4V2 lights (that don’t have E21A emitters) will have the default Anduril driver, which does have PWM.

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

There’s one switch on the D4V2.  It’s a side e-switch, with four white indicating LEDs.  It’s quiet, but very clicky, and the rubber cover is nice and grippy.  I opted for the “Warm White” backlighting, but Cool White is also available.  And actually, if you message Hank, you can get other colors there too (from what I hear).

This light ships with Andúril by ToyKeeper.  Andúril is a fantastic UI, and extremely versatile!

And here’s a night shot of the same.

First off, here’s the UI chart made by ToyKeeper.

Here’s my UI table!  This table doesn’t cover the aux and switch leds, but they’re somewhat configurable too.

State Action Result
Off Hold On (Low)
Off Click On (Mode Memory)
Off Click 2x Highest Hybrid Mode
Off Click 3x Blinkie Mode Group
Off Click 4x Lockout
Off Click 5x Momentary
Off Click 6x Muggle
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
Lockout Click 4x Off
Strobe Group Click Off
(Basically) On Click Off
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 in my D4V2 are Nichia E21A in a temperature of 4500K.  There are four of them, making this a “quad.”  The E21A really works better in warmer emitters.  When I purchased 4500K was what was on offer – now I believe there are some warmer options (possibly all the way down to 2000K.)  It’s also possible to even mix emitters, for example 3500K and 2700K, which could add to the rosy tint.  So if rosy tint is something you desire, consider asking for a temperature mix!

The 4500K E21A has a profile of R9080, which is a very nice combo.  The E21A is also very high CRI! (>98 CRI, I think).

The E21A is a special little emitter.  It won’t handle just a ton of current (here, again, limited to 5A).

The secondary emitters are RGB, and by default are on “high” when the light is off.  If you wish to change this setting, leave the light off and click 7x.  That will iterate the secondaries to low.

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

I normally test only in stepped mode.  However, the ramped output offers a much lower low, so the first mode below is actually the lowest of the ramped.  Then the next 7 modes are the stepped options, and the rightmost is the [double click to] Turbo.

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

Test light is on the left!  As stated above: I normally test only in stepped mode.  However, the ramped output offers a much lower low, so the first mode below is actually the lowest of the ramped.  Then the next 7 modes are the stepped options, and the rightmost is the [double click to] Turbo.

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

Conclusion

What I like

  • Great light offering E21A emitters
  • Brass is very well finished on this version of the D4V2
  • User interface drops the typical PWM of other Anduril lights
  • Anduril is a fun, very feature rich user interface.

What I don’t like

  • Strangely I wish the RGB could be just a little bit more configurable
  • Output on turbo (and high for that matter) drops more quickly than I’d like

Notes

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