Weltool LH1 Tactical Flashlight Review
Weltool makes quite a few impressive flashlights and the LH1 Tactical head is no exception. The LH1 is a head that fits multiple bodies, including a W35 weapon light body, and others. Read on for testing!
Official Specs and Features
Here’s a link to the Weltool LH1 Tactical head product page. The bodies seen here are separate products. The W35 is a weapon mount body. The BB3 with TC59 tailcap is an 18650 EDC-type tactical body. Both work with the Weltool LH1 Tactical head.
There is just one version of the LH1 but it’s available in black or FDE (seen here).
The LH1 head retails for $128. Bodies are separate purchases. Since this is a LEGO, you will need to buy a body and maybe a tailcap separately. The W35 body has a tailcap included ($30), and the BB3 has the TC59 tailcap included too ($44.)
Two points to short-review about. First, simply as a flashlight, the Weltool LH1 Tactical head is great. Just one mode, no-nonsense, and exceptionally well built. Secondly as a weapon-mounted light with the W35 body: again a winner. The light fits as it should, has Surefire compatibility, and works properly.
I should probably say up front that while I have some photos of this light with the W35 body weapon-mounted, I’m not super knowledgeable about that side of things. So I’m testing this primarily as a flashlight first and secondly, you can view some mounted photos and likely draw your own information.
The Big Table
|Weltool LH1 Tactical Head|
|Emitter:||Osram KW CSLNM1.TG (CW)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$128.00|
|18350 Runtime Graph||18650 Runtime Graph|
|Charge Port Type:||micro-USB|
|Charge Graph of included 18350 cell|
|Power off Charge Port||–|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||686|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||564 (82.2% of claim)^|
|Candela per Lumen||156.8|
|Claimed Throw (m)||598.7|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||4080lux @ 4.671m = 89018cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||596.7 (99.7% 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).
I received the “retail package not retail package” version of the LH1. I received the LH1 with the W35 body, and a Weltoll 18350 (1200mAh, with micro-USB charging). I also received the BB3 18650 body with TC59 tailcap. Essentially all of those are separate item purchases, so my package isn’t really representative of what you’ll get.
Basically, the Weltool LH1 Tactical flashlight is a LEGO weapon-mounted flashlight, and you will either have the parts you need to go with the head or can see in this review what you’ll need.
Package and Manual
I should be able to add a manual here soon, but overall I’d call the light simple enough that you won’t need it.
Build Quality and Disassembly of the Weltool LH1 Tactical and Parts
Starting right about here I should mention that I have two bodies for the Weltool LH1 Tactical head. But this is broadly a review of the LH1 head, with some “bonus footage” of the two bodies – the W35 and BB3/TC59. In all cases, I will talk about the W35 first, followed by the BB3/TC59 if applicable.
The Weltool LH1 Tactical flashlight is an aluminum body light, available in black and FDE (flat dark earth) (seen here). I have the matching W35 body, which has screw holes for mounting directly to a weapon.
You’ll see why I say this later, but the Weltool LH1 Tactical head is of exceptional quality. These two bodies are as well, but the LH1 is above and beyond.
My BB3 body, which supports a single 18650 cell is black anodized, so doesn’t match my FDE LH1 head.
Build quality of this body is also great, but I would put it just below the exceptional level of the W35. Still fantastic, but feels much simpler. (It’s the knurling, in particular.)
The tailcap of the W35 body is standard. Per the Weltool product page:
The tail of the body can be fitted with Weltool TC68, TC69, TC70 and other Tailcaps. It is also compatible with surefire Z68 Tailcap, DS00 or UE Rear Cap, so you can use the corresponding Remote Switch such as surefire ST07.
I don’t have many Surefire parts, but I do have one light that’s CR123x2. This tailcap fit it perfectly.
Note that long spring. It’s a good spring, and good springs are important in weapon-mount lights.
And not just a spring – there’s a nice o-ring bumper there, too.
Here you can better see the lego nature of this light. The head fits on [some] body, and the body fits with [some] tailcap (in this case the included tailcap).
In fact, let’s just have a look at Weltool’s product lines… This graphic is very explanatory.
As you can see, there are a bunch of options!
Both head and tail have unanodized threads. This means loosening them will not turn off or mechanically lock out the light. But with a mechanical switch, this is no concern at all. In fact, this is better for a tactical light – bare threads being used for contact helps ensure that recoil will not break contact. The light will stay on while mounted to your weapon.
Now on to why I think the Weltool LH1 Tactical head is so well built. Have a look at these contacts. Brass. Beefy. That retaining ring is of the absolute highest quality that I can remember seeing.
The head has a spring too – dual springs are mandatory in weapon mount lights.
One of the main differences in the BB3 body is that the tail end accepts a different size tailcap.
This tailcap is a standard size – here’s what Weltool says about it:
This TC59 is a 1-inch diameter Click-On Lock-Out switch tailcap, compatible with Surefire 6P, 9P, C2, C3, Z2, L5, M2, M3, M3T,6PX and other flashlights.It can replace Z41, Z58, Z59 tail covers.Can withstand 4A current.
Again the spring here is long and beefy.
Here are my Lego parts for this Weltool LH1 Tactical head. One head, two bodies, and two tailcaps.
Size and Comps
The Weltool LH1 Tactical head is 32.5mm in diameter.
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).
You won’t really be using the W35 as an EDC style light, since it has these mounting holes. But it is very flashlighty, and that makes it great. I believe Weltool has or will have an 18350 body without the mounts – the BB6.
Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+. Mine’s a custom “baked” edition Nichia 219b triple. A very nice 18650 light.
You can’t really say either of these bodies makes the light short, but you sort of have to work around the constraints of standardized sizes. So it is what it is.
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.
Retention and Carry
For the W35, I had to purchase a Picatinny mount. I just found some random inexpensive one. This cost me around $12.
I’d never used one of these before, but fitting it couldn’t really be simpler.
Use the two included screws to mount the bracket to the flashlight (specifically the W35 body).
It should look like this when done.
Then locate the Picatinny rail on your weapon. I have rails all over this weapon, so I was good to go.
In my case, I had to slide the connector on from the back, since there is something mounted in front.
Slide the flashlight to the desired “forwardness.” You’ll need to have the screw and tooth completely removed for this.
When these parts are where you want them, throw that screw in there. Mine is a hex screw, and yours probably will be too (probably a standard? Not really sure). Either way, my adapter bracket shipped with the appropriate two hex drivers.
Tighten it down! Only tighten it according to your willingness for the whole thing to fall off during use. (Ie tighten it down very well).
First time I’ve featured this here on my site. I’m not sure if this reduces my “family-friendly” status but I should point out that this is a BB gun! I searched for ages to find a … well to be honest it’s a prop… I searched for ages to find the right prop, which uses real rails that I can use for exactly this scenario. You want to see what a gun light looks like mounted. Well, here we go!
I hope you’ll abide by me using a bb gun for these photos, but I have to report that it’s a full auto bb gun, so it’s very awesome.
For the record, this is a Crosman DPMS SBR.
The BB3 body, of course, is not a weapon mount body. Or at least, not in the W35 way. You could mount it some other way; the body is certainly able to withstand that type of use.
But with the BB3, the main carry will be the included friction fit pocket clip. This clip isn’t reversible, nor is the body.
Power and Runtime
No matter what body you use with the Weltool LH1 Tactical head, you’ll only want to use one lithium-ion cell. In the case of the W35, you’ll use a single 18350 cell.
I had a cell included and tested the light with this cell. The cell fits into the light in the usual way – positive terminal toward the head. The Weltool 18350 is a button top, but with such nice and long springs, any type 18350 should work just fine.
Important note about a mounted W35 – with the light mounted, it’s possible to remove the LH1 and swap cells. It’s not necessary to remove the light from your weapon.
On the tailcap end, the cell is captured. I’m sure there’s a historical reason for this, but I don’t know it. I’m sure some gun nuts can tell! For one thing, it has to do with the narrowness of this standard-sized tailcap.
Here’s a runtime with the included 18350 cell. The light has only one mode, so here’s just one runtime with that cell.
I also performed a runtime with the BB3 body, and a Samsung 30Q 18650. The graph looks exactly the same, and the performance is identical too.
The light does maintain initial output for a few minutes, then steps down to around 300 lumens until starting to taper off because of low cell voltage. Shutoff is around 2.8V, which is good for the cell – whether that’s good in a tactical application is something you’ll have to decide.
Based on the product page, it seems that the Weltool LH1 Tactical head will not support two-up of any cell type. Certainly not two 18350 cells in the BB3 body, but also not 2x CR123 cells (which would have a much lower voltage than 2×18350.) So just one cell, always. (I prefer that anyway, as it’s been proven historically safer.)
Since the Weltool 18350 has built-in micro-USB charging, I went ahead and ran a graph of that. Charging is at over half an amp and requires just under 2 hours. Not too bad.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
|On||686||(Depends on body)||564||3.31|
Pulse Width Modulation
No PWM at all on the only 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
I would say that the user interface is going to depend on the body you use, but in truth, these should all be forward mechanical clickies. There might be some twisties out there? But surely not in a tactical light.
The switch on the W35 body is protected around the edges.
The switch on the TC59 tailcap (for the BB3 body) is very proud, and like the W35 tailcap, has a very positive clicky action.
Surefire offers some remote switches that can fit certain Surefire tailcaps, too.
Here’s a UI table!
I mean, as far as simple goes…..
LED and Beam
The emitter in the Weltool LH1 Tactical head is an Osram KW CSLNM1.TG, and it’s cool white.
The reflector is smooth and deep, and fairly broad. You can see below the resulting beam profile – tight, with minimal spill.
LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)
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
- Exceptional build quality
- Lego options for bodies and tailcaps
- Surefire compatibility
- Only one mode
- Great beam profile for the application
What I don’t like
- Stepdown after a few minutes. (Give me 10 or so minutes at the initial output, then step it down.)
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