Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp Review

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp Review

The Armytek Wizard C2 WUV is a headlamp with both white and UV emitters, and onboard charging! Read on for some testing.


Official Specs and Features

The Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp is not yet on the Armytek website, so I can’t link to a product page.

Versions

The WUV version really makes this one stand-alone.  There are other Wizard C2 headlamps, and many Wizards in general

Price

I’m unsure on the price, but it’s likely to be in line with other Wizard C2’s, which usually come in around $90.  This one will be available at KillzoneFlashlights.com!


Short Review

The Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp is a solid headlamp.  If you’re in need of a UV light, this is a great choice.  Most notably because it’s not just a UV headlamp – you still have access to a white emitter light, too.

Long Review

The Big Table

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp
Emitter: Cree XD16 (with UV)
Price in USD at publication time: Unsure of the price, but it’ll soon be available at KillzoneFlashlights.com!
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP?
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): 0.01
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port With or without cell: No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1100
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 907 (82.5% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 3.5
Claimed Throw (m) 98
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 156lux @ 4.554m = 3235cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 113.8 (116.1% of claim)^
All my Armytek reviews!

^ 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

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp what's included

  • Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp
  • Armytek 3200mAh 18650
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Pocket clip
  • Headband (with over the head strap)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

This package/manual combo keeps a long tradition with Armytek information.  Much of the information you’ll want (output levels, runtimes) is only found on the box and is not found in the manual.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp manual Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp manual

You might have keenly noted the QR code there at the top of the page, which says you can follow the link there and go to the full manual.  I did that and as of now the link works but the pdf there is blank.  I expect that to change once the product listing gets updated.  Here’s the link.  Here’s the QR code, anyway.

Build Quality and Disassembly

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp

I was looking back through some old reviews (specifically this link, which you can look at too), and noted that I’ve quite a few Armytek lights, and 75% of those have been Wizards.  This Wizard is different from those previous ones at least in the UI, but much of this review is going to be the same as those – the body is essentially unchanged.  (And I’m on an Armytek review pace of about one every two years.  We need some Primes or Predators or Vikings or Dobermann’s in here!)

Anyway enough of my rambling.

If you’ve handled Armytek lights before you know the very specific anodizing Armytek has.  The Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp has the same chalkboard texture as other Armytek lights.  That’s not bad!  This finish provides a surprising level of grip, just from being matte finished.

The body is devoid of knurling, and that includes the tailcap, which you’ll have to remove for cell swaps.  Or not – with built-in charging, the cell can just live in the light.

Here’s the top-down view.

Armytek is no stranger to imprinting on their lights, and we can see branding and the like in a few places.  Atop the (flat) head is one such place.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp head

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp head

The tailcap has printing on both sides, too.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp tailcap

Here you can see the threads on the tailcap.  I didn’t have luck removing the head from the cell tube, but with the right motivation (and need) you probably could do so.  These threads are unanodized and quite long.  They are not the smoothest threads I’ve used, either.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp threads Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp tailcap spring

Unlike some previous generations of the Wizard, this one does not have a spring on the head end.  There’s just a button for positive contact.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp head contact

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp Size and Comps

Officially 112mm long and 33mm in diameter.  With cell, the Armytek Wizard C2 WUV headlamp weighs 115g.  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).

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp 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.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp beside torchlab boss 35

Retention and Carry

This is a headlamp, so the primary means to carry the Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp will of course be the headband.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp with headband

This is a very nice headband, most importantly in the light-connection area.  First of all, the light clicks into those stubby arms.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp with headband

This alone is quite secure, and I’d call it “good enough.”  I’d run the light this way without any qualms.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp with headband

But when you just need to go to 11, you can be double secure with this thick o-ring that pulls over the light.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp with headband

Note that the o-ring lives on the headband.  You don’t have to keep up with it separately, and since it’s there you might as well be using it.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp with headband Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp with headband Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp headband

The “over the top” band isn’t really removable.  Alternatively, removing it involves reworking the whole headband.  It’s possible, yes, but it’s not something you’d do off and on.  And I’m not saying it’d be easy.  But I’m 83% sure it can be done non-destructively.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp headband

Armytek also includes a pocket clip with the Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp.  This is a deep carry clip and fits right in the grooves that are in place for the headband connections (clever, yes).

There’s a downside to that, though.  Attaching the clip in this place, while still making it a deep carry clip, means that the shoulder to arms ratio is very long.  Removing the clip is…. complicated… to do in such a way that doesn’t bend something, or scratch something, or both bend and scratch something.  And of course, with the clip occupying one of the stubby arms from the headband mount, you can’t use them concurrently.

It’s a friction fit clip, of course.  Clip hug!

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp pocket clip

A final note on the clip: it’s reversible.  It can fit in either headband arm slot.  Carry is just a bit less deep in this orientation.

The tailcap magnet, which is used for charge connection is also strong enough to hold the Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp to a surface.

Power and Runtime

The Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp is powered by a single 18650 lithium-ion cell.  My package included a cell, and based on website information, all packages do too.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp included 18650

This is a standard 3200mAh 18650, and non-Armytek cells will work fine in the light, too.  Because of springs on the head and tail, you could likely use any type 18650 you have on hand.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp included 18650

The cell fits properly into the light with the positive terminal toward the head.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp included 18650

I performed four runtimes.  Turbo (the highest mode) steps down fairly quickly and then is very stable.  Actually I accidentally grabbed the wrong cell for all these tests, then realized what I’d done…. I retested the turbo output since it’d be the most affected mode (pulling over 4A).  So here’s the proper cell on Turbo first:

As you can see, the included cell allows a slightly higher highest output, at around 954 lumens.  Overall this is lower than the 1100 lumen claim, but I can explain some of that, too.  The head design of the Wizard has those cooling fins in the “neck” area, and I can’t make the head rest flat against my test setup.  It’s probably at least nearly 1100 lumens as claimed, anyway.

Now here are three runtimes with a lower capacity cell (around 2600mAh) from another brand.  If these don’t match the claimed runtime, this is why – it’s a lower capacity cell.

While I didn’t see the light shutting off on these tests, I did see the light shut off when testing with bench power.  That shutoff was around 2.5V, which is a little low for my tastes.  BUT with a cell, the cutoff will probably be slightly higher (and in the “that’s ok” range.)

One thing that surprised me on this Wizard is that I didn’t notice an indicating switch here.  The other and most recently reviewed Wizard C2 was a Pro model, which did have an indicating switch (and maybe that’s the difference between a Pro and not-Pro model

Charging

Charging on the Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp is via a proprietary magnetic charge base.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp charge port

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp charge port

A charging adapter is included.  It’s USB to proprietary magnetic, as seen below.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp charger

Two indicators are built into the charging base.  There’s a red and green LED, and they can both be steady or blinking.

Green Steady:  Charging is complete
Green Flashing:  Cell voltage evaluation before charging
Red Steady:  Charging is occurring
Red Flashing:  Unscrew the tailcap 1/4 of a turn to begin charging

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp charge port

The overall duration of charging is fine – around 3.5 hours.  But charging seems to drop in and out, and I don’t have a good explanation for that.  Still, charging works fine.  Termination is around 4.16V, which is good.  Charging the cell up to 4.2V only added around 2mA, which is negligible.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1100/520 90s/2h30m 954 4.10
Main2 410 4h 343 0.81
Main1 130 13h 113 0.20
Firefly 0.6 65d 0.3 2.56mA
Strobe 410 17h
UV Turbo 1595mW 3h 1.32
UV Main2 491mW 7h30m 0.31
UV Main1 120mW 32h 0.06
UV Firefly 1mW 9d 2.56mA
UV Strobe 1595mW 15h

Pulse Width Modulation

No PWM on any of the white output modes.  I can’t test for PWM on the UV modes.

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

A single e-switch is used for controlling the Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp.  This looks like the other indicating e-switches, but I never noticed this one lighting at all.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp e-switch Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp e-switch profile

Here’s a UI table!  The user interface is the same regardless of whether you have selected the white or UV output.

State Action Result
Off Click On (mode memory)
Off Hold Firefly
Any Hold Mode cycle (excludes Firefly on repeats)
On Click Off
On Click 2x Iterate white or UV output
Off Loosen tailcap (1/4 turn), Hold switch, tighten tailcap, continue to hold switch, loosen tailcap (1/4 turn) Add or remove strobe modes

LED and Beam

The Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp has two sets of emitters.  The white two are Cree XD16 at 5500K, and the other two are ultraviolet emitters at 400nm.  These emitters are behind a dimpled optic.

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp emitter

Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp emitter Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp emitter

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT) for the Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp

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 on the Armytek Wizard C2 WUV Headlamp

What I like

  • Great User Interface – probably simpler than most other Armytek user interfaces
  • Build quality seems robust
  • Addition of a secondary UV emitter.
  • Cell isn’t proprietary – any type 18650 will work and charge in the light
  • Headband connector is very secure

What I don’t like

  • Tailcap threads could be smoother
  • I don’t like the “back off 1/4 turn for charging” – why is this necessary?
  • Proprietary magnetic charging in general
  • White emitter can only be had in 5500K, and nothing warmer

Notes

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