Lumintop EDC AAA Compact Flashlight Review
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
Just this version for now.
I can’t find the Lumintop EDC AAA compact flashlight for sale yet, but I expect the price to come in well under $20.
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!
The Big Table
|Lumintop EDC AAA|
|Price in USD at publication time:||?|
|Turbo Runtime Graph||High Runtime Graph|
|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).
- Lumintop EDC AAA compact flashlight
- Glow in the dark diffusor
- Spare o-rings (2)
Package and Manual
I think this is a standard printing on the box, and not all of the options seen below are available.
Build Quality and Disassembly
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.
The build quality is great, as you’d expect. That golden (ish) ring there is not attached.
The tail end has a spring.
However, the head has only a little button for contact.
Like the other Lumintop AAA I just reviewed (the EDC02), the head can be disassembled easily.
Size and Comps
The dimensions are 61.5mm in length, and 14mm in diameter. Without a cell, the light weighs 16.9g
If the flashlight will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo). If the flashlight 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 formats.
Here are a bunch of other AAA lights. No, the body of the EDC AAA does not work on the GT Nano!
Retention and Carry
Only this pocket clip is included for carry. It’s a nice clip – a 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.
If you’re in the market, just buy this pack from amazon.
The cell is installed in the usual way – positive terminal toward the head. The light does not support 10440 cells.
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|
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. Also, here’s the light with the worst PWM I could find. I’m adding multiple timescales, so it’ll be easier to compare to the test light. Unfortunately, the PWM on this light is so bad that it doesn’t even work with my normal scale, with is 50 microseconds (50us). 10ms. 5ms. 2ms. 1ms. 0.5ms. 0.2ms. In a display faster than 0.2ms or so, the on/off cycle is more than one screen, so it’d just (very incorrectly) look like a flat line. I wrote more about this Ultrafire WF-602C flashlight and explained a little about PWM too.
User Interface and Operation
The Lumintop EDC AAA compact flashlight operates by twisty action.
One-handed operation is easy because of smooth threads.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Tighten head||On (Mode Memory)|
|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.
Lumintop provides a diffusor.
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.
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)
I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right.
I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
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 way to attach the light to a keychain
- Can’t headstand
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