Reylight Pineapple Mini Flashlight Review

Today I have in for review a light you all knew I’d buy…  It’s the Reylight Pineapple Mini in brass, with Nichia 219b.  It’s great, inexpensive, and supports multiple chemistries.  Read on if you need more convincing!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There are at least a few versions of the Pineapple Mini.  There’s titanium and copper, and of course brass (seen here).  There’s also a twisty version, which has been available for a while, and I reviewed here.

Price

Shipped, this light is $44.


Short Review

This is a wonderful little light.  Nichia 219b 4500K with a high CRI r9080 really sells the light.  The rest of it is just bonus!  Brass is great

Long Review

The Big Table

Reylight Pineapple Mini Brass
Emitter: Nichia 219b (4500K, R9080 High CRI)
Price in USD at publication time: $44.00
Cell: 1xAAA
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP?
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 90
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 79 (87.8% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 5.1
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 51lux @ 2.712m = 375cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 38.7
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Reylight Pineapple Mini Brass
Emitter: Nichia 219b (4500K, R9080 High CRI)
Price in USD at publication time: $44.00
Cell: 1×10440
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP?
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 240
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 192 (80% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 6
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 98lux @ 3.294m = 1063cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 65.2
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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

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b what's included

  • Reylight Pineapple Mini Brass Flashlight
  • Spare O-rings (2)

Package and Manual

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b sealed package

There is no manual.

Build Quality and Disassembly

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b laying on side

Build quality of the Pineapple Mini is good.  It’s pretty typical of Reylights, but the threads are ridiculously smooth.

The body is nice and thick, giving the light a good weight in-hand.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b emitter shot

The switch has a tritium slot, which you can have fitted by Rey.  I didn’t include a tritium vial, mainly because I didn’t see the tiny place on the webpage that mentioned it was possible to include it….  Anyway it’s a 1.5mm x 6mm vial, which can be purchased separately elsewhere.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b tail switch tritium slot

The body has somewhat of a frag pattern, but this harkens back to the Reylight Dawn.  It’s a pattern he’s used before.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b standing frag pattern

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b standing full body

The head doesn’t really have any cooling fins, but what ridges it does have are good for unscrewing the head.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b standing on head

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b frag pattern detail

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b pocket clip

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b pocket clip shoulder

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b laying on side showing switch

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b reflector shot

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b 10440 installed

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b eneloop installed

The head has a tiny brass button.  I believe the driver is screwed in.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b head brass button

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b collar clip

Both head and tail unscrew easily – nothing is locked down.  The head and tail threads are not the same size, so unlike some other Pineapples I’ve had, the head and tail don’t screw together.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b head and tail off

The switch is accessible once the tailcap is unscrewed.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b reverse clicky exposed

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b clicky

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b threading

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b switch showing

The negative end of the light has a spring.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b tail spring

The threads here are very smooth.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b thread detail

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b pocket clip removed

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b emitter on

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b headstanding and on

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b laying on pocket clip

There’s a glow glasket in the head – it’s very glowy, too!

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b glow gasket

Size and Comps

Officially:  89mm length (including the switch button)
Diameter: 15mm

 

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.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b beside torchlab boss 35

Here are some other AAA lights…. Note that the Pineapple Mini and the BLF-348 are pretty much the same length.  And both clicky, and both 219b…. in fact they’re very similar lights!  Bonus is that the Pineapple Mini has modes!

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b with many other aaa flashlights

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b with many other aaa flashlights

Retention and Carry

The light ships with a collar style clip installed.

It’s a deep (ish) carry clip – that is, it’s a deep carry clip if your pants will fit in the narrow shoulder you can see below.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b pocket clip shoulder

The clip has a nice open mouth, and is overall finished very cleanly.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b pocket clip

The clip is not reversible, and as such this light can’t be used on a hat.

Power and Runtime

The Pineapple Mini surprisingly can run on 1.5V sources, and also 4.2V sources.  All the usual AAA types work – alkaline, NiMH, lithium primary.  And also the lithium ion 10440 cell works!  Output is different between the voltages, too.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b with cells

According to the product page, the body doesn’t like long button tops, due to fitment issues.  Thus, the preference is for either regular AAA cells, or flat top 10440 cells.

The cell installs in the normal direction – positive end toward the head.  Below is an Eneloop AAA NiMH cell installed.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b eneloop installed

Here’s some testing on the NiMH chemistry.  There’s a big stepdown at around 30 seconds, and then the output holds very steady for a long while.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b runtime graph nimh turbo

High is also very stable, and quite low output.  Nothing at all wrong with that.  I actually stopped this test, and the light was still going strong at the low level.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b runtime graph nimh high

Here’s the Pineapple Mini with a 10440 installed.  A 10440 can be included with your purchase from Rey, too.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b 10440 installed

Turbo with a 10440 is much higher than with NiMH.  The stepdown is around the same timeframe (30 seconds in).  From there output wanders down in a much less regulated fashion than on NiMH.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b runtime graph 10440 turbo

Here’s High.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b runtime graph 10440 high

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo (AAA/NiMH) 90 87 1.49
High (AAA/NiMH) 12 0.10
Medium (AAA/NiMH) ~ 0.05
Low (AAA/NiMH) ~ 0.04

 

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo (10440) 240 210 1.41
High (10440) 43 0.23
Medium (10440) 12 0.07
Low (10440) 0 0.04

PWM

AA:

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 switch on the Reylight Pineapple Mini is a mechanical clicky.  It’s a reverse clicky, which means the modes can be changed while the light is on.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b switch

As mentioned above, the switch has a tritium slot.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b switch

The switch is very proud, but flat so technically the light will tailstand if you’re very determined.  (Below, you can also see the light without the clip installed.)

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b switch

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b switch exposed

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b switch

The user interface actually has some programming features.  Mode memory can be turned on or off (default is off, thankfully).  There are a bunch of mode options, too.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Low, if mode memory is off)
On Click Off
On Tap Mode advance (LMHT)
On Tap 8x Enter programming mode*
  • Programming goes like this.  Once in programming mode the light will blink once, then blink very quickly (strobe-ish), then blink twice then blink very quickly (strobe-ish) and so on, up to five blinks.  In order to program a certain feature, click during the “strobe-ish” section after the blink.  Each of these blinks represent a programming option, as follows:

First blink:  Program the mode groups.  Only this option has sub-options.  In this option, the light will blink slowly 4x.  The mode groups are as follows:

1 blink: (ML)-2%-20%-100%
2nd blink: (ML)-10%-40%-100%
3rd blink: (ML)-2%-10%-50%
4th blink: (ML)-50%-100%-strobe-SOS

To accept any of those four mode groups of your choice, click after the appropriate blink.  So if you want the third option, wait for the light to blink 3x, and tap the switch.  You’ve programmed the third mode group.  The light will run the 4x blink cycle twice and then exit programming.

Second blink:  Toggle mode memory.  Off is the default.

Third blink:  Toggle moonlight mode.  On is the default.

Fourth blink:  Toggle mode order.  Default is ascending.  Can be toggled to descending.

Fifth blink:  Reset to factory settings.

LED and Beam

The emitter of choice in this light is really the standout – it’s a Nichia 219b at 4500K, and r9080, and High CRI.  There’s a very lightly orange peel reflector.

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b emitter

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b emitter on

Nichia 219b is of course, extraordinary.  And in this light, it’s good too!

reylight pineapple mini brass nichia 219b glow gasket

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

AA:

14500:

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

Test light is on the left!

AA:

14500:

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

Conclusion

What I like

  • Nichia 219b!
  • 4500K!
  • r9080 for great color rendering
  • High CRI!
  • Brass!
  • Programming options – mode groups, memory or not, etc.
  • Supports both 1.5V and 4.2V cylindrical AAA sized cells.

What I don’t like

  • Size is big – it’s as long as, and thicker than, the BLF-348.

Notes

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