Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight Review

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight Review

The Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT flashlight is one that got lots of testing! All the CCT options… Great demonstration light though! Read on!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight product page.

Versions

There is only one version of the Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight.

Price

The list price for the Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight without a cell is $59.95.  The cell adds another $10 or so.


Short Review

I figured this light would be “eh” but it’s actually a quite interesting experiment.  It’s also exceptionally useful to be able to demonstrate specifically what CCT is to your friends.  Or just random people, if you don’t have any friends.  Random people around me certainly got the lesson!

Long Review

The Big Table

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight
Emitter: Cree XP-L HI (6500K) (x2), Nichia 219c (3000K) (x2)
3000K Setting
Price in USD at publication time: $59.95
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1700
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1291 (75.9% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 2.3
Claimed Throw (m) 250
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 222lux @ 3.724m = 3079cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 111.0 (44.4% of claim)^
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Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight
Emitter: Cree XP-L HI (6500K) (x2), Nichia 219c (3000K) (x2)
4000K Setting
Price in USD at publication time: $59.95
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 3150
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 2254 (71.6% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 2.2
Claimed Throw (m) 250
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 217lux @ 3.688m = 2951cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 108.7 (43.5% of claim)^
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Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight
Emitter: Cree XP-L HI (6500K) (x2), Nichia 219c (3000K) (x2)

4500K Setting

Price in USD at publication time: $59.95
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 3150
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 2264 (71.9% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 2.4
Claimed Throw (m) 250
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 426lux @ 3.585m = 5475cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 148.0 (59.2% of claim)^
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Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight
Emitter: Cree XP-L HI (6500K) (x2), Nichia 219c (3000K) (x2)

5000K Setting

Price in USD at publication time: $59.95
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 3150
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 2276 (72.3% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 2.5
Claimed Throw (m) 250
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 372lux @ 3.918m = 5710cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 151.1 (60.4% of claim)^
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Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight
Emitter: Cree XP-L HI (6500K) (x2), Nichia 219c (3000K) (x2)
6500K Setting
Price in USD at publication time: $59.95
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 2250
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 2264 (100.6% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 2.5
Claimed Throw (m) 250
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 265lux @ 3.931m = 4095cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 128.0 (51.2% 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

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight what's included

  • Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Glow diffuser top
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight manual

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight feature photo

You’ll immediately recognize the Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT flashlight as being very much part of the “FW” series of lights.  Aside from the larger head, it looks essentially the same as a Lumintop FW3A, which I’ve reviewed in many formats.

As with other FW lights, there’s knurling on the tailcap (where you don’t really need it).

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight knurling

And there’s knurling on the head (exactly where you do need it.)

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight head knurling

Inside you can see both head and tail have springs.

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight springs

Typical build setup here with the Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight.  There’s an inner sleeve, which allows the tail-e-switch to function properly.  Threads on the tail are unanodized.

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight head threads

Here’s the kicker about this FW4X.  I’ll talk about it more later, but while this is a quad emitter flashlight, there are two sets of two emitters!

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight emitters

I believe this is a standard Carclo quad optic.

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight emitters and optic Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight optic exposed

Size and Comps

Size: 92.5mm x 28.7mm x 21.8mm
Net weight: Approximately 65g without cell

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).

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight in-hand

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.

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight beside torchlab boss 35

Retention and Carry

The only way included for carrying the Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT flashlight is the pocket clip.

It’s a collar-type clip, and the collar has a slightly larger diameter than the body.  The clip is steel, and not incredibly thick; thick enough to be useful, but thin enough to be springy.

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight pocket clip

There’s also a hole in the top and bottom of the clip, on to which a lanyard might be connected.

Power and Runtime

The Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT flashlight is powered by a single 18650 cell.  Springs on both ends means any type 18650 can be used, but the max length is 66mm (which by definition rules out many protected cells, many button top cells, and probably all protected button top cells.)

I tested this light with a Samsung 30Q 18650.

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight 8650 installed

Below you can find ten runtime graphs.  I tested both Turbo and High for every CCT.  I thought it’d be…. interesting?  Telling?  In some way.  Most of the stuff you can see below you could also guess.  For example, the Nichia 219c will have a lower total output vs the Cree XP-L HI.  Past that I’m not sure you can say just all that much about the differences, because of the way the light is being driven.  It certainly pushes the emitters hard initially but after a minute or so, both high and turbo step down dramatically.  Then it’s just rinse-and-repeat until the low voltage protection kicks in around 3.0V.  In every one of these 10 tests, the light did not shut off, but was on an output level that my sensor can’t see.

Modes and Currents

Instead of rewriting the modes table, I’m just going to paste what Lumintop wrote.  It’s comprehensive.

Very important note about that table:  The rightmost column is listed only as “Strobe” but it’s also the “Turbo” column.

Pulse Width Modulation

Many of the lower modes have PWM.  There are a couple of High modes without, but more interestingly we can see that the PWM when the emitters are being mixed for the “middle” CCTs are on different schedules (or whatever you’d like to call it.)  This doesn’t matter, but it’s just an interesting tidbit of PWM information.

Notably from here on out, the photos are always in the order as follows:
3000K
4000K
4500K
5000K
6500K

And from lowest mode to highest 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).  10ms5ms2ms1ms0.5ms0.2ms.  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 interface for this light is a tail clicky but is an e-switch.

The button itself is metal (with that rubber cover under it) and has a very minimal amount of travel (1mm or less).   Despite being a very big switch, it’s possible to actuate from anywhere on the surface – even the tiniest fingernail on the very edge will still work.

You’ll note that this switch has a laser engraved Lumintop Bunny logo.

Despite being a pretty typical build of the FW series light, the Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT flashlight does not get Anduril.  This has a Lumintop’s-own non-ramping user interface, which allows easy access to switching the CCT.

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight e-switch

Lumintop provides a couple of great graphics for the user interface, too.

Here’s a UI table!  I’ll mention how to pick the desired CCT first because after that the user interface is the same no matter what CCT you’re in.

State Action Result
Off Double Click “Tints Config” Stepped Section (CCT selection)
On in “Tints Config” Stepped Section (CCT selection) Click CCT Advance (3000K>4000K>4500K>5000K>6500K)
On in “Tints Config” Stepped Section (CCT selection) Double Click Tint selected
On in “Tints Config” Stepped Section (CCT selection) Hold Ramp up CCTs
Top of CCT Ramp Press and Hold Ramp down CCTs
Anywhere in CCT Ramp Double Click Tint selected
Anywhere in CCT Ramp Click “Tints Config” Stepped Section (CCT selection)
Off Click On (Mode Memory)
On Double Click Turbo
Turbo Click On (Mode Memory)
Off Hold (1s) Eco
Eco Click On (Mode Memory)
Off Click 3x Battery checkª
Off Click 4x Lockout
Lockout Click 4x Unlock
On Hold (1s) Off
On Click Mode cycle (LMH only)

ª Battery check works like this:  Big blinks are for the “ones” voltage, and small blinks are for “tenths” voltage.  The CCT of voltage blink is somewhere in the middle, and also a middle-ish mode.  It’s quite bright.  The voltage blink cycles three times, then the light goes off.

LED and Beam

The FW4X is a quad emitter flashlight.  Lumintop has used two Cree XP-L HI emitters (at 6500K) and two Nichia 219c emitters (at 3000K). Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight emitters and optic

Lumintop does not state this, but it seems like a standard Carclo quad optic to me.  And this one’s frosted, which should help even out the beam being mixed.

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight emitters and optic Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight emitters Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight optic Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight random beamshot Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight pope hat diffuser Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight pope hat diffuser

Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight headstanding Lumintop FW4X Variable CCT Flashlight uncalibrated beamshot

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Beamshots

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!

Conclusion

What I like

  • It’s a very fun light!
  • Good CCT gamut from 3000K to 6500K
  • User interface is pretty simple and easy to get accustomed to
  • Good build quality
  • Really possible to pick any CCT between 3000K and 6500K in the ramping section of the selection mode
  • Great size for a quad (shorter and around 11g lighter than the D4V2!)

What I don’t like

  • Cost is probably a downside here
  • Not sure the light is driven in such a way that demonstrates the difference in emitter efficiency (but really, that’d just be a fun experiment more than anything)

Notes

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