The Lumintop EDC AAA compact flashlight enters the scene following a history of popular AAA lights by Lumintop, like the Tool AAA.  This twisty light with a domed lens is great for pocket and backup uses.


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Lumintop EDC AAA compact flashlight product page.

Versions

Just this version for now.

Price

I can’t find the Lumintop EDC AAA compact flashlight for sale yet, but I expect the price to come in well under $20.


Short Review

First off, the size of the Lumintop EDC AAA compact flashlight is great – it’s tiny.  If you like twisties, you’ll probably like this one.  The beam shape is great for close-at-hand tasks, which is where you should plan to use this light.  In this role, it’s great!

Long Review

The Big Table

Lumintop EDC AAA
Emitter: Cree XP-G3
Price in USD at publication time: ?
Cell: 1xAAA
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? No
Switch Type: Twisty
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 110
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 110 (100% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 2.2
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 38lux @ 2.085m = 165cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 25.7
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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

what's included

  • Lumintop EDC AAA compact flashlight
  • Glow in the dark diffusor
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

I think this is a standard printing on the box, and not all of the options seen below are available.

box

manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

feature photo

Note that domed lens.  That’s the big interesting part of this light, I think.  It makes an interesting beam shape, which you can see better later in the review.

top down photo set

top down photo set

top down photo set

top down photo set

The build quality is great, as you’d expect.  That golden (ish) ring there is not attached.

head removed

threads

The tail end has a spring.

spring in cell tube

However the head has only a little button for contact.

contacts in head

Like the other Lumintop AAA I just reviewed (the EDC02), the head can be disassembled easily.

head removal points

diffusor installed

 

Size and Comps

The dimensions are 61.5mm in length, and 14mm in diameter.  Without a cell, the light weighs 16.9g

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.

beside torchlab boss 35

Here are a bunch of other AAA lights.  No, the body of the EDC AAA does not work on the GT Nano!

beside other aaa lights

Retention and Carry

Only this pocket clip is included for carry.  It’s a nice clip – very standard Lumintop clip.

I can’t really see how the clip pops out, though, so I’ll consider it “not removable.”  Seems to be press fit in.  Thus the clip is not reversible, and this light (which would be perfect in the role) can not be used as a hat light.

Surprisingly there is no magnet in the tail.

Power and Runtime

The Lumintop EDC AAA compact flashlight is powered by a single 1.5V AAA sized cell.  Either primary or rechargeable (NiMH) will work fine.  I tested only with this Eneloop AAA, which I recommend.

with eneloop aaa

If you’re in the market, just buy this pack from amazon.

eneloop aaa installed

The cell is installed in the usual way – positive terminal toward head.  The light does not support 10440 cells.

eneloop aaa installed

runtime graph high

runtime graph medium

I have not observed low voltage protection in either test here – the Medium test shows 1.1V, but that’s after bouncing back for some number of hours.

Modes and Currents

The aspheric type lens really throws off my calibrated testing, so these are ‘taken at face value’ Measured Lumens.

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 110 40m 110 0.77
Medium 27 3h30m 27 0.17
Low 4.5 40h ? 0.04

Pulse Width Modulation

No pwm on any mode.

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 AAA compact flashlight operates by twisty action.

user interface

One handed operation is easy because of smooth threads.

head twist in action

head off

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Tighten head On (Mode Memory)
On Loosen head Off
On Quickly loosen and tighten head (off then on) Mode advance (HML direction)

This is the same UI as the EDC02.

LED and Beam

Lumintop has put a Cree XP-G3 into this light.  What’s more interesting than the emitter is the domed lens, though.  And the massive glow area under that.

emitter

glow ring

Lumintop provides a diffusor.

diffusor installed

diffusor installed

This photo below has the BLF-348 at the right, but I’ve included it just to show the beam shape.  It’s very squared, with specific (and greenish) edges, but a nice even center, which illuminates task type scenarios very well.

close up of beam profile

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

  • Simple UI with no strobes
  • Beam shape is great for tasks
  • Good pocket clip

What I don’t like

  • Cool white emitter
  • High – Medium – Low mode order
  • Mode memory
  • No real ways to attach the light to a keychain
  • Can’t headstand

Notes

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