Review: UltraFire UF-T1 AAA / 10440 - 2 mode EDC

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Review: UltraFire UF-T1 AAA / 10440 - 2 mode EDC

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UltraFire UF-T1 Cree R5 2-Mode Mini LED Flashlight - Titanium Texture (AAA/10440)
Price $20.00 + free shipping [ At time of review ]
Description 
 

Model: UltraFire UF-T1

Premium Titanium texture body

LED: Cree R5

Color BIN: White

Total Emitters: 1

Battery Configurations: 1 x AAA/10440 battery (not included)

Switch: Rotatable at its neck

Modes: 2 (Hi/Low)

Lens: Coated Glass Lens

Reflector: Aluminum Smooth/SMO Reflector

 

Available from Manafont
Disclaimer Light was a private purchase from Manafont

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What we have is a very simple , small , functional , light -weight , AAA EDC flashlight that actually performs really well , is well thought out , and executed really well . I must confess to be being impressed by the thought that went into the creation of this light , as it should appeal to a great segment of society , including those in the flashlight community . Now even if this is a clone , then imitation is the greatest form of flattery , and at least some effort went into making it a good one .

I have nothing negative to say , honestly , there is nothing to complain about . Its almost disappointing that there is nothing wrong with this light , because I would have something to write about .

What we have is a 2 mode twisty , that starts in low every time . Low produces some 4L and consumes some 0.06A [ thats 60mAh ] , so if you have a 700mAh battery , that will return some eleven and a half hours of run time , or the proverbial - all night long . High is the second mode and produces some 50L + [ obviously variable depending on battery ] and consumes some 0.4A [ thats 400mAh ] and some one and a half hours on paper - run time .

The way the light has been designed , it should work with almost any battery length . In fact the battery is designed to float in the body , and only make contact at one end when not turned on . When you twist to turn on you are in effect making the internal space smaller until the battery contacts both ends , turning on the light . This is simplicity at its best . No anodizing , not figuring out dimensions , and no critical machining . Just make it to some generous tolerances , and it works , the manufacturer has an easy time of it , and the customer is happy because he or she has a trouble free functioning light that does not spit the dummy at an overly long battery , or a short one perhaps . I do have some AAA that are very short , and the flashlight just by a cats whisker , works with them . You can not put a spring in the tail end as the body is part of the electrical path , if you wished to put in a spring ? It would need to be in the head pushing the battery down into the body . But what would you want to do that ?

I did go for a walk with this light , and as soon as I put it into my pocket it vanished , I could feel nothing . In fact several times I had to tap my pocket just to make sure it was still there , this little light is trully EDC in the finest tradition of EDC. You will see in the picture a place for a lanyard , or Carbiner or something . You could wear it on a belt loop [ carbiner ] or attach it to your key ring , I mean on your key ring you would never be without a flashlight . In fact this one was purchased with the express intention of going on my car keys . I have a small carbiner some where , and this is going to be my Key light .

 

PWM in low - none in High that I could see

Well centered emitter

Good output for current draw

Well made - clean threads

Nice knurling

Easy to use

Over tightening can make it stop functioning - Dont over tighten

Generous with battery selection

May work with 10440 [ I like this light - so some one else can verify ] I like it plenty with a nimh LSD [ Dont want to Turbo it ] 

 

 

 

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Edited by: sb56637 on 08/26/2014 - 17:12
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Nice review. Thanks for your time!

Do you have DQG to compare this with? 

Is it really titanium? What do you think?

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Thanks for the review!

What's the exact (+0.001g) weight?

ITP A3 Ti weighs 14.461g Blum 3

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11.54g [ grams ] 

As for Titanium ? Id have to have  metallurgical  testing done . I have a block of pure Titanium here at home , as to whether this is Titanium , or has a % ?? Sorry guys 

What ever it is , it looks to be high grade ...  And damned strong ! 

Sorry no DQG 

 

 

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It is a beautifull light, thanks for the review.

Now I indeed need a full comparison to the DQG III , I desperately need an excuse to buy this one as well Smile

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That's a beauty - I'm becoming a big fan of bare metal EDC lights. At $20 I seriously doubt this is titanium and Manafont's use of 'texture' in the description sounds a long like 'mimic' used with other items they sell. Price is right too. Thanks for posting, nice review.

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at cnqg it is claimed to be made of ss

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djozz wrote:

at cnqg it is claimed to be made of ss

It could be SS  , I ran a diamond hone over it , and Id say it feels like  stainless steel , sounds like SS when twisting together , but it weighs ? 

The weight is Light for SS ... What ever it is - I can live with it 

 

 

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Can you give dimensions?

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OD = 0.490thou 

Length = 2.340thou 

 

 

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Hi folks,
As far as i know, the DQG III is regulated.
What about this clone ? Regulated also or direct drive ?

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That's a pretty flash light you have tested. Would it be possible to get a hand shot to put it in perspective size wise for me. I don't have any AAA lights but I'm interested. Cheers.

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spooky hand!

The size is as smal as it can be. I find the body of my DQG III a little too thin to my liking, this light looks to be just a bit more robust. And being ultrafire: it is moddable (to XPG2...), the DQG isn't.

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MRsDNF wrote:

That’s a pretty flash light you have tested. Would it be possible to get a hand shot to put it in perspective size wise for me. I don’t have any AAA lights but I’m interested. Cheers.

Compare to a AA battery. Slightly (~3/8”) longer.

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Thanks. That is one tiny light. Now if it was half the price?

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Can it be operated with ONE hand easily and reliably?

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What’s the light in the center? The one with the clicky.

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Speedsix wrote:
What’s the light in the center? The one with the clicky.

Stainless steel N-light B3, discontinued, used to be sold by cnqualitygoods

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NickBose wrote:
Speedsix wrote:
What's the light in the center? The one with the clicky.
Stainless steel N-light B3, discontinued, used to be sold by cnqualitygoods

 

One handed = Yes 

N-Light B3 - Modified - Electronic switch removed and replaced with clicky switch ..  [ reverse clicky ] So much more user friendly ..  

Simply one of the best AAA lights ever - at any price .  

 

 

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How about battery rattle as in previous DQG?
Does it have a foam ring like the new DQG to hold the battery firmly?

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There is a foam insert in the head but there is slight battery rattle ..

Still something I never noticed over several kilometers of walking over the last 2 days .  

 

 

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djozz wrote:

spooky hand!

I find the body of my DQG III a little too thin to my liking, this light looks to be just a bit more robust.

No, it’s not

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likeaboss wrote:
Can you give dimensions?

Length: 59mm
O.D.: 12mm
Weight: 11g

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djozz wrote:

It is a beautifull light, thanks for the review.

Now I indeed need a full comparison to the DQG III , I desperately need an excuse to buy this one as well Smile

They are prety much the same light. Go ahead and get one UF-T1 (though it’s only in cool white LED and I better like neutral/warm tint)

DQG III, UF-T1

57mm, 59mm
12g, 11g
TIR optics, Reflector (hot spot)
Magnet tail, Better keychain point attachment
1.2-1.5v, 1.2-3.7v (not tested on Li-ion)

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Compasillo wrote:
djozz wrote:

It is a beautifull light, thanks for the review.

Now I indeed need a full comparison to the DQG III , I desperately need an excuse to buy this one as well Smile

They are prety much the same light. Go ahead and get one UF-T1 (though it's only in cool white LED and I better like neutral/warm tint) DQG III, UF-T1 57mm, 59mm 12g, 11g TIR optics, Reflector (hot spot) Magnet tail, Better keychain point attachment 1.2-1.5v, 1.2-3.7v (not tested on Li-ion)

Thanks for the extra info, I'll think a bit more about it then...

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Does anybody who owns this light have problems with it. I had a hard time turning it on and keeping it on. Turn to tight it goes out turn to loose and it also goes out. It had a very small sweet spot for turning it on. And now I can almost not turn it on at all.

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Stippier wrote:
Does anybody who owns this light have problems with it. I had a hard time turning it on and keeping it on. Turn to tight it goes out turn to loose and it also goes out. It had a very small sweet spot for turning it on. And now I can almost not turn it on at all.

As stated in the OP, overtighten for turning on can make it stop functioning. Your problem sounds like a worn out o-ring…

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I’m not home now but I will try a new O-ring when I’m home. But how can a O-ring have something to do with the electrics?
Btw I have this light form the end of december 2012.

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Stippier wrote:
I’m not home now but I will try a new O-ring when I’m home. But how can a O-ring have something to do with the electrics? Btw I have this light form the end of december 2012.

A new o-ring will make the “sweet” point easier to find again. Don’t lube the threads too much.

EDIT: You might got a defective unit as well…
A this point I think the DQG II/III is way better quality

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I tried a 10440 in my T1 – don’t recommend it. It fried someting in the circuit. It still works but the output is REALLY low.
The high mode is now maybe 5 lumens and the low is something like 0.1 lumen, moonlight mode Smile

Manafont specs say it should work with li-ion so I did complain to them, they said they would replace it if I send it to them.
But I don’t think I’ll bother to, it works as a night light now with the really low mode. It would of been nice to have it on the keychain but not with the current output. I might get another one though, I like the size and feel of it.

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Get a DQG III instead. Much better quality than the UF-T1

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I don’t seem to have the right O-ring. But I think something is wrong with it one moment it seem to work pretty well and the next moment it is (almost) impossible to turn on.
Thanks for thelp. I may hope the DQG is better it is 2,5 times the price I paid for this one.

JH: I tried LiFe 3.2V and it works fine and I had no problem with it. The problem I have now was already before I tried LiFe.

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And for a similar price you can pick up the Balder TD-0. It takes 10440 just fine and is well built. You get a beam profile very similar to the SE-1 but even more floody.

However, I am liking the bare metal EDC as well. I like to know it can rattle around with my keys and such without showing obvious scratches and dings.

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It’s a pity the DQG SS is discontinued/out of stock (glad I purchased a bunch!). I would not go for the Ti model as its threading is not easy to operate with one hand.

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I think I solved the problem. I cleaned the threads very well. And it looks like it works even better then when I just got it. But what is the best way to clean the threads in the head?

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Thanks very much! Frontpage’d and Sticky’d.

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Hi, I’m out of Germany and looking for a UF-T1, working with 10440 (3,7V).
The shop where you have bought is not excisting any more.
Perhaps you can help to find – THX
Wolfgang

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wolflupo wrote:
Hi, I’m out of Germany and looking for a UF-T1, working with 10440 (3,7V).
The shop where you have bought is not excisting any more.
Perhaps you can help to find – THX
Wolfgang

A quick search found only this that advertises the voltage range you were after.
http://www.ultrafire-shop.net/UltraFire_Shop.php?view=productPage&produc...

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sorry - should have quoted the post replying to