Reylight Quad Emitter Dawn Custom Maratac™ LED Flashlight + Glow Afterburner Flashlight Review

CountyComm has teamed with Reylight in the past, and made a popular light (one which I myself like a bunch.)  That was a triple, and based on the success of the triple, and Rey’s skill with quads, there’s now a 21700 quad version of that flashlight!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

Right now there’s just one version.  The triple version ended up having two versions, though, and we could hope that happens here as well.  There are no emitter options.

Price

The list price on these is a reasonable $98 and are surprisingly still available.


Short Review

This is a nice simple quad, and has Reylight’s typical good build quality.  It would be better if there was a neutral white option.  There’s one other disappointing thing about the light, and that is the body and head anodizing not matching as well as I’d like.

Long Review

The Big Table

Reylight Quad Emitter Dawn Custom Maratac™ LED Flashlight
Emitter: Cree XP-L HI (CW)
Price in USD at publication time: $98.00
Cell: 1×21700
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 3200
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 2313 (72.3% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 4.9
Claimed Throw (m) 350
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 550lux @ 4.921m = 13319cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 230.8 (65.9% 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

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight what's included

  • Reylight Quad Emitter Dawn Custom Maratac™ LED Flashlight
  • Samsung 40T 21700 cell
  • 21700 to 18650 adapter
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • CountyComm Sticker
  • Orange padded carry case

Package and Manual

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight orange container

There is no manual.

Build Quality and Disassembly

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight laying on side

Here’s the light!  You can see right up front one of the things I mentioned in the short review – the head is darker anodized than the body.  I like the head anodizing just fine.  I like the body anodizing just fine.  But the mismatch bothers me quite a bit.

Just like the triple, which I reviewed here, the body has a sort of dimple for grip.  It’s useful for grip, too.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight showing tail end and dimples

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight showing body dimples

Point number two about the head and body, which can just be seen below.  The head and body don’t actually line up perfectly.  It’s very close, and the difference is not much.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight showing head and mismatched anodization

The lights are serialized – and one of you might end up with this 325/500 because this was just a loaner from CountyComm.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight showing serialization

The head has some nice teardrops.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight teardrops

The pocket clip is held in by two purple screws.  And that clip is unmistakably Rey.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight pocket clip

The driver is the same as the triple, and is held in place by a copper ring.  There’s much more mass in this quad head than the triple.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight showing inside head

Only the head comes off of this light, and the threads are unanodized

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight showing threads

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight head off beside body

Both head and tail have springs.  The tail switch parts look to be held in place by a split ring of sorts.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight head and tail spring showing

 

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight showing cell out of body

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight cell installation

The bezel seems to be stainless.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight on low

Here’s possibly the best look at the difference in anodization.  The head is much darker!

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight head discoloration

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight showing switch and serial

Because the bezel has crenelations, light will shine out when headstanding.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight headstanding bezel

Size and Comps

Officially, in very American units:

Weight 2.63 Ounces ( No battery – > 5 Ounces With Samsung 40T )
4.8″ Long x .1.13″ Width

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.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight beside torchlab boss 35

I picked a bit of a random other similar 21700 light for comparison – the Mechtorch Suppressor Turbo.

And here is the quad with the triple.  They are very similar lights, but I’d consider the quad superior if for nothing else than the “reveal” on the bezel.  The triple covers way too much of the optic/emitters, but on the quad the emitters are fully revealed.

Retention and Carry

The main means for carry is the pocket clip.  I’m satisfied with this clip.  It is easy to use, and works well and smoothly.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight pocket clip purple screws

The purple screws are a nice accent.  It’s not a “deep carry” clip but the light is long enough that the proportions are right, and carry is balanced.

The clip is not reversible, so bezel down carry is the only choice.

One could also transport the light in the orange case it ships in, but that’s not a normal “means of carry.”

Power and Runtime

The Reylight Quad is powered by a single 21700 cell, which is included.  The included cell is the Samsung 40T seen below.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight samsung 40T 21700

This is a flat top cell, and absolutely standard.

Also included is an adapter sleeve which will allow the use of a single 18650 cell.

Here are a couple of runtimes.  The light peaks at 2600 lumens, which is well under the 3200 lumen claim, and at 30s, I’m seeing only around 2300 lumens.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight turbo runtime graph countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight high runtime graph

The second highest mode does seem quite well regulated though, which is good.  I would expect a light with this amount of mass in the head to be able to handle 1000 lumens easily, and this more or less does (around 850 lumens sustained, really).

The light does exhibit low voltage protection, at around 2.9-3V.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo Boost 3200 2313 8.25
High 1400 2h 882 2.57
Low 250 12h 161 0.42
Lunar Low 2 4w ~ ~

PWM

There really isn’t pwm here.  A bit of sawtooth on the middle two modes, but that’s imperceptible.

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 Maratac Dawn Quad has a single switch.  It’s a standard mechanical forward clicky.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight switch

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Low (if off for more than ~4s)
Off Tap Mode advance (Low > Medium > High > Turbo)
On Click Off
On Tap No Action

This is the same as the UI on the similar Triple version, except that is has an added mode (I’ll call it “Medium”).

LED and Beam

The emitters of choice are Cree XP-L HI, and there are four of them (that’s what makes it a “quad”).  Normally I love XP-L HI but my preference is for the 4000K version.  This is much cooler than the 4000K version, though I don’t think a Kelvin is specified (officially).

The quad optic is the narrow variety, and clear.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight emitters

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight on low

The crenelated bezel allows light to escape when headstanding.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight headstanding

The glow gasket is a story on its own.  It is SO glowy.  So glowy.

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight gitd glow gasket

countycomm reylight 21700 quad emitter flashlight gitd glow gasket

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)

Test light is on the left!

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

Conclusion

What I like

  • Relatively low cost for a good quad complete package light
  • Easy user interface
  • Super glowy glow gasket included
  • Matching set with the triple version
  • The dimples in the body

What I don’t like

  • Cool white emitters (and no other options)
  • Mismatched body and head anodizing
  • Head doesn’t align perfectly to body
  • Misses target of output on at least Turbo and High modes

Notes

  • This light was loaned by CountyComm for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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