Lumintop Ant Man LEP Flashlight Review
Lumintop has released the Ant Man, the smallest LEP available today! This 14500-powered handheld thrower has one mode and a simple interface.
Official Specs and Features
Here’s a link to the Lumintop Ant Man LEP product page.
As far as I can tell this is the only version of Lumintop Ant Man LEP available right now.
This light was sent to me for review by NealsGadgets.com. The Lumintop Ant Man LEP is available at Neals for $129.95.
Well, if you want The Smallest LEP available, then this is it. I don’t even think there are other 14500 LEPs available now, so this one just wins on size all the way around. The user interface is also exceptionally simple, with just one mode. Performance is another story, though. This LEP underperforms the specification, only throwing around 420m.
The Big Table
|Lumintop Ant Man LEP|
|Emitter:||LEP (Cold White)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$129.95 and available at NealsGadgets.com|
|Cooled Runtime Graph||Uncooled Runtime Graph|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||165|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||75 (45.5% of claim)^|
|Candela per Lumen||575.3|
|Claimed Throw (m)||590|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||1167lux @ 6.198m = 44831cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||423.5 (71.8% of claim)^|
|Item provided for review by:||NealsGadgets.com|
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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 Ant Man LEP
Package and Manual
Build Quality and Disassembly
This Lumintop Ant Man LEP has a good build quality and more importantly has a great feel in hand. While it’s reminiscent of a light like the Tool AA, it’s just “better” – fewer edges, more soft in hand, while retaining good grip.
Both head and tail are removable. Here’s the head off, revealing anodized, square cut, and “well lubed.”
The head has only a button for contact with the positive end of the cell – no spring here.
On the tail end, we see similar threads, but also the pocket clip. It’s a collar-style pocket clip, and not really held in place by any means. So if you perform cell swaps through the tailcap end, you’ll be faced with fussing with the pocket clip every time. There’s no good reason not to swap the cells through the head, so that’s what I’d go with.
The tailcap has a nice beefy spring.
Here you can see the “cooling fins” on the head – not sure how much those are needed since the driver seems to pull just around 1A. But it’s a good anti-roll feature anyway.
Size and Comps
Size: 100mm x 22mm x 19mm (Length x head Ø x tube Ø)
Net Weight: 62g (Aluminum)
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.
Retention and Carry
I’ve talked about the pocket clip some already. This is a very standard “Lumintop” pocket clip. There’s that recognizable slit down the middle and the hole in the shoulder that would easily accept a lanyard.
This is a collar-style clip though, so will be very reliable.
The cell tube is not reversible. That brass ring on the head end (which is not really brass, I think), is held in place by an o-ring. But just an o-ring. It should be possible to swap this ring and the pocket clip if you really need the clip the other way (despite the clip being a “two-way” clip).
If you had a lanyard, you could attach it either of these holes on the pocket clip. Since the clip is a collar style, it should be a very secure attachment point.
Power and Runtime
The Lumintop Ant Man LEP is powered by a single 14500 cell. A cell is not included with the purchase, but I happened to have this Vapcell H10, a 1000mAh 14500 button top. I believe any style 14500 should work because the head end has a small button (very small). Even flat tops should work fine.
The cell is installed into the Ant Man in the usual way – positive terminal toward the head. Below you can see I’ve removed the tailcap – you’ll have to fight with the pocket clip if you go this route. Easier will be to remove the head for cell swaps.
Here are two runtime graphs. There’s just one mode, so I tested with a fan and without. One thing you’ll notice here is that the output is only around 75 lumens. The claim is 165 lumens. There are a couple of things to think about here. First, this is a LEP. Literally all that matters here is throw. So that this light isn’t hitting 165 lumens doesn’t matter so much to me. It’s worth mentioning, sure, but more importantly, does the LEP hit the throw numbers. Well, no it does not. It’s much closer to hitting the throw (72% of claimed throw) than it is to hitting the output value (45% of output value). If it was hitting the throw number, then we could safely not care about it not hitting the output number. Since it’s hitting neither, I’d say this is a problem.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
Pulse Width Modulation
The single mode does not utilize PWM.
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
Lumintop uses a single switch on the Ant Man LEP. It’s a forward clicky.
The switch is very proud and prevents tailstanding.
Actuation is fairly typical for a forward clicky. Very positive action.
The UI is dead simple, of course. Click for on. Click for off. Nothing else.
Here’s a UI table!
LED and Beam
The Ant Man is a LEP flashlight. LEP stands for “laser excited phosphor” and “laser excited phosphor” stans for “some magical output that is nearly all throw.” These lights are really truly something different!
They don’t use a typical LED emitter, and they have a very tight beam profile.
LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)
One thing we do see with most LEP flashlights is that the CRI and CCT is not what a typical flashlight enthusiast enjoys. To wit, it’s a very cool (around 11100K) output, and low (around 58) CRI. Those are the tradeoffs you make in order to get the 575.3 candela per lumen that a LEP gives.
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
- Smallest LEP available
- Good build quality
- Comparably low cost (for an LEP)
- User interface is easy
What I don’t like
- Misses throw rating
- Grossly misses output rating
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