Lumintop EDC AA Flashlight Review

There’s a new AA light on the market, and fortunately it’s quite versatile – it supports AA (Alkaline/NiMH) and 14500 as well!  It’s the Lumintop EDC AA, a relatively simple flashlight with a mechanical clicky tail switch.


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

Initially there was one version only, but I’m relatively sure the line has been expanded to include a Nichia version as well as the original Osram edition.  There is only one body, however.

Price

These are listed at $19.95.  Very nice for a light that supports both NiMH and lithium ion chemistry!


Short Review

This is a good little light for the price of $20.  I’d say get the Nichia version if you can, unless you like cool white.  Multiple chemistry support is praise worthy on a $20 light (something other lights 10x the price don’t even offer!)

Long Review

The Big Table

Lumintop EDC AA
Emitter: Osram Pusra1.PM (6500K)
Price in USD at publication time: $19.95
Cell: 1xAA
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP?
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 180
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 147 (81.7% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 1.4
Claimed Throw (m) 61
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 25lux @ 3.064m = 235cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 30.6 (50.2% of claim)*
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Lumintop EDC AA
Emitter: Osram Pusra1.PM (6500K)
Price in USD at publication time: $19.95
Cell: 1×14500
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP?
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 600
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 641 (106.8% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 1.5
Claimed Throw (m) 61
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 106lux @ 3.214m = 1095cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 66.2 (108.5% 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

lumintop edc aa flashlight what's included

  • Lumintop EDC AA Flashlight
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Glow diffuser
  • Manual

Package and Manual

lumintop edc aa flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

lumintop edc aa flashlight on side

The build quality of this small Lumintop is pretty good.  The aluminum feels quite thin, but that doesn’t cause any use issues.

lumintop edc aa flashlight tailcap

The only part that’s comes off is the tailcap, and that has some reeding that really aids in removal.

The body has square knurling which provides adequate grip.

lumintop edc aa flashlight knurling on body

Interestingly the head has a bit of exposed aluminum, which is probably the pill where the emitter attaches.  This should aid with heat exchange.

lumintop edc aa flashlight headstanding

lumintop edc aa flashlight full side view of pocket clip

lumintop edc aa flashlight friction pocket clip

lumintop edc aa flashlight showing switch with logo

lumintop edc aa flashlight resting on two way clip

lumintop edc aa flashlight without clip

The bezel does not have any reliefs, so when headstanding no light escapes.

lumintop edc aa flashlight headstanding and on

lumintop edc aa flashlight dimpled tir

lumintop edc aa flashlight showing switch and rabbit logo

lumintop edc aa flashlight gitd cover

lumintop edc aa flashlight gitd o-ring

There’s a spring on the tailcap, and the threads are fine triangle cut anodized threads.

lumintop edc aa flashlight tailcap off

The head end does not have a spring.  In fact there’s only a little brass button.  Also seen here is a little brass surrounding the positive contact – this prevents the use of any flat top cells.

lumintop edc aa flashlight tailcap off long spring and shows protected head contacts

lumintop edc aa flashlight switch tailcap off

lumintop edc aa flashlight tailcap reeding

Size and Comps

Officially the Lumintop EDC AA is 91mm x 17mm, and weighs 23.3g without the cell.

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.

lumintop edc aa flashlight beside torchlab boss 35

Here’s a bunch of other AA sized lights.  I had the one I most wanted to compare out for this photo but completely forgot and left it in my pocket.  It’s the Firefly 2.0 titanium light, and has the same knurling pattern as this Lumintop.  The Lumintop EDC AA stacks up fairly well among this group.

lumintop edc aa flashlight beside AA lights

Retention and Carry

Included with the EDC AA is a two-way pocket clip.

The clip can only install on the tail end, but with the two-way option, is usable as bezel up or bezel down.

lumintop edc aa flashlight two way pocket clip

The two way clip also allows the light to serve as a hatlight.

The pocket clip has a couple of holes which can support a lanyard, too.

Power and Runtime

The Lumintop EDC AA is powered by a single cell.  It’s a versatile driver though, and can run on most common AA sized chemistries – Alkaline, NiMH, and the 14500 lithium ion cell, too.

lumintop edc aa flashlight with aa and 14500 cells

As mentioned above the positive terminal will allow only button top cells.  Button tops are common on for alkaline and nimh, but you’ll need to order your 14500 cells more specifically.

lumintop edc aa driver brass ring

Here are some runtimes.  AA first, since I’d consider this “mainly” an AA light (it’s right there in the name).

lumintop edc aa flashlight runtime graph aa turbo

Performance is pretty good with AA but the light steps down practically immediately.  There’s very little difference in Turbo and High for AA (1.5V) cells.  The light steps down hard when the voltage drops, but there doesn’t really seem to be actual low voltage protection.  On bench power, the light didn’t shut off (starting with 1.5V power) until around 0.6V.

lumintop edc aa flashlight runtime graph aa high

Output with a 14500 cell was quite different.  Not only does the light best the 600 lumen specification, the output stays much higher as the voltage drops off.

lumintop edc aa flashlight runtime graph 14500 turbo

A similar story is seen on High, as the output trails off while cell voltage drops.  The light steps down so very hard when the voltage gets to around 3.0V that you’ll certainly notice a low cell.  But I can’t say there’s low voltage protection here, either.

lumintop edc aa flashlight runtime graph 14500 high

Modes and Currents

Mode Powered By Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 14500: 600 45m 641 2.53
High 14500: 400 1h5m 404 1.20
Medium 14500: 80 6h45m 63 0.16
Low 14500: 8 30h 12 0.03

 

Mode Powered By Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo AA (Alkaline): 180 45m 1.10
High AA (Alkaline): 125 1h10m 0.64
Medium AA (Alkaline): 22 17h30m 0.11
Low AA (Alkaline): 2 120h 0.01

 

Mode Powered By Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo AA (NiMH): 180 1h20m 147 1.10
High AA (NiMH): 130 1h45m 124 0.64
Medium AA (NiMH): 22 14h20m 24 0.11
Low AA (NiMH): 2 150h 0.01

PWM

Interesting the 1.5V cells show PWM on only the lowest mode.  Running the light at 4.2V (with a 14500, that is), there’s PWM on all modes.  I wouldn’t say the PWM is noticeable on even the lowest mode, though.

Eneloop AA:

Vapcell 14500:

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

The Lumintop EDC AA is controlled by a single mechanical switch.  It’s a forward clicky, and is very proud.  It’s a “tactical level” of proud.  The switch also has what will be some of the last uses of the Lumintop bunny logo, as Lumintop was forced to change the bunny logo.

lumintop edc aa flashlight showing switch with rabbit logo

lumintop edc aa flashlight showing proud switch

lumintop edc aa flashlight switch

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Mode Memory)
Off Tap Mode advance (Low > Medium > High > Turbo)
On Click Off
Off Hold Momentary (Mode Memory)
Off Tap 6x Strobe
On >3s Memorizes mode

LED and Beam

The emitter of choice in the Lumintop EDC AA (can’t tell you how many times by this point I’ve typed “TOOL AA” and had to correct it….) is an Osram Pusra1.PM, 6500K.  That’s a very cool emitter.  The light uses a dimpled TIR optic, and provides a very floody output.

lumintop edc aa flashlight dimpled TIR

There’s an o-ring in front of the TIR, and it’s a green glowy o-ring!

lumintop edc aa flashlight glow o-ring

If the TIR doesn’t diffuse the output enough for you, the included glow adapter is a good option.

lumintop edc aa flashlight glow diffuser

This just slips right over the front of the light.

lumintop edc aa flashlight glow diffuser

lumintop edc aa flashlight glow diffuser

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

Eneloop AA:

Vapcell 14500:

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

Test light is on the left!

Eneloop AA:

Vapcell 14500:

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

Conclusion

What I like

  • Low cost
  • Simple user interface
  • Momentary use because of the forward clicky
  • Great that they’ll have a Nichia version

What I don’t like

  • 6500K cool white emitter
  • I really don’t think there’s any need for strobe on this light, and I landed there much too often!
  • I would much prefer no mode memory

Notes

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