Oveready Walking Wand Flashlight Attachment Review
The Oveready Walking Wand is a flashlight attachment that temporarily modifies a beam profile by clipping the beam and acting like a lantern.
Official Specs and Features
Technically I’ll say there are “three” versions of this product. First, there are two plastic types. The main point of this post is the new Delrin versions (seen here in orange and yellow). Originally (and still presently) there were also some acrylic versions.
But among the different plastics used, I believe there have been two iterations of the walking wand. The first was a simple tube. The current version (and probably any one you’ve ever seen) have an internal taper – you can read on to see how ingenious that is!
The Oveready Walking Wand attachment currently sells for around $25, but actually ranges from $22 up to $29.
Delrin is actually the less expensive option but is the premium material. The acrylic options are more costly because they are hand swirled!
It should come as no surprise that I love these things! I love the different acrylic varieties. I love the orange and yellow Delrin versions. I like that there’s a black version that is useful to shape the beam but doesn’t double as a lantern.
- Oveready Walking Wand attachment
If you buy two, they will ship in the plastic container you see above.
Package and Manual
Again, that plastic container is only included if you buy two Oveready Walking Wand attachments. There is no manual included with this product.
Build Quality and Look
You can guess that I love that orange Oveready Walking Wand attachment. Aside from the fact that it’s orange, I love the utility these things add!!
There’s not much to say about build quality. The plastic is sufficiently thick that I often carry the Oveready Walking Wand attachment loose in my pocket for a time when I might need the utility they add. The plastic is also thick enough that I also sometimes just leave the Walking Wand attached to a light (usually a BOSS 35) and carry it attached to my pocket.
Nothing can be disassembled on these – they are literally just plastic cylinders.
One point of note though is that there’s an internal taper that’s very subtle. I’ll show later what that’s for, but I appreciate how clever it is. It’s also quite consistent, and among all the Walking Wands I own, the fit is just the same!
Size and Comps
Oveready doesn’t state dimensions on the Walking wand, but they’re approximately 1″ in diameter and 1.5″ in length. Weight is truly negligible.
User Interface and Operation
Just carrying over a bit of flashlight-review-terminology in this section. Using the Walking Wand is as simple as just slipping it over any light they’ll fit. Of course the BOSS is the ideal candidate, as seen below.
And here you can see the importance of that internal taper. Depending on which way you slide the Walking Wand over the head of a flashlight, the front of the flashlight will have a different level of exposure. In the photo above, the orange Walking Wand is in the more restrictive setup, tightening the beam as much as it can.
Note that there are a couple of rings on the outside of the Walking Wand too. That makes it possible to install the attachment in whatever orientation you desire.
It’s fairly safe to call this 1″ front diameter fairly ubiquitous among flashlights that use 18mm diameter cells. Here is just a sample of lights that the Oveready Walking Wand attachment will fit. Note that the two-way fit is only really “guaranteed” on the BOSS. On some of these other lights below, the Walking Wand may fit only one direction.
First is another BOSS – a collector vintage brass 35, with the Retro head.
Next up is an Okluma DC1 in aluminum. Perfect fit.
Here’s a Hanko Machine Works Trident Full Twist in brass (with a Steel Flame clip). Very proper fit of the Oveready Walking Wand attachment.
Amazingly the Walking Wand also fits a HDS light – here seen on an orange cerakoted Rotary (but should also fit clickies.) The walking wand actually has a fairly profound effect on a single emitter light like this!
Here’s an aluminum CWF Arcadian (with a “Cliffhanger” pocket clip).
Nice contrast of orange Walking Wand and green secondary emitter. 🙂
Here’s one of the original triples! A Mac’s EDC fitted with a yellow Walking Wand.
The Walking Wand also fits a Reaver Arms Citadel!
Here’s one the Oveready Walking Wand attachment does not fit – a Convoy S2+!
And one more that the Walking Wand does not fit – A Malkoff MDC123.
Check out that swirl! It’s visible in this type of usage, but not at all in the beam profile at any distance.
LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)
I wondered what the different color walking wands do to the CCT/CRI of a beam. So I thought you might too, and I tested all four of them!
First, the control shot:
You can look very closely at all those images if you want, but in summary, there’s really no difference in CRI or CCT when using any of these walking wants. Which is to say, buy the one that looks nice to you – Orange Delrin, or Lava, or whatever. You won’t be degrading your beam at all! (You also won’t be adding reds to the beam with the Red though, for example…)
These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.
First a beam photo with no attachment. TorchLAB uses a narrow Carclo optic in the BOSS flashlight, so that’s what you see here:
And now the order is as follows: Yellow, Orange, Red Swirl, Orange Swirl (“Camo”). I took all these just so you could get some idea if the color of the Walking Wand affects the color of the output. We already established that above though, in the CRI measurements…
In every photo set below, there are two photos. The first is with the “most exposed” flashlight front and the next is the opposite. To describe that, I’ll use an image. In the photo below, “most exposed” is the setup of the yellow Walking Wand. The less exposed is the setup of the orange walking wand.
You can quickly note a few things in these photos. First, the difference is subtle. Second, the “least exposed” makes the biggest difference in beam shape – the beam is much tighter.
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. The photo order is the same as is seen above.
In this set of photos, it’s much more evident what the walking wand does to the beam shape. Again, you can clearly see how much narrower the beam is in the photos to the right.
I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
What I like
- Flashlight accessories!
- Tons of color variations (many of which match P60-style lights I already have)
- Consistent build quality
- Love the two-way usage and variability built into this simple tube!
- Fits other ~1″ bezel lights
- Made in the USA (Arizona) by a guy named Chris
What I don’t like
- Cost – ($29 stings a bit!)
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