Review: Tank007 E07 BLF Edition 3 Mode AA/14500

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Review: Tank007 E07 BLF Edition 3 Mode AA/14500

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For review : I have the Tank007 E07 BLF Edition 3 Mode AA flashlight .

This light came about @ Budgetlightforum , a BLF Admin and Manafont Collaboration , and is the 2nd such light to be made available to Budgetlightforum.com members .  

I would like to thank Manafont for making this light available for review so quickly .

 

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You may notice something different about the emitter , its a Osram with neutral tint , the E07 is 3 mode , High - Medium - Low and has memory . It has a smooth reflector , tailstands , and supports the 14500 Li-ion [ to be verified latter on ] . The light comes with a wrist strap and a BLF monogrammed lanyard which is actually quite nice [ nice taught carbiner  ] . 

On removing the light from the shipping package I was a little surprised the light was so well made , the UI [ User Interface ] was very easy to get used to , to operate the light , there is a twisty tailcap , twist clock wise to turn on the light  . Once the light is on , you can twist the tailcap anti clock wise , and then clock wise quickly to change modes . Or if you wish you can twist the body in a similar manner to change modes , if your more comfortable doing it that way , the good thing is , you can do either way [ or both ways as the case may be ] . 


Lets check the performance on AA batteries :


Nimh cells = I used 4 different batteries here , Kodak - Eneloop - GP Recyko - and a Rayovac 4.0 , and the performance on all cells was so close as to call the results the same ...


High - 70Lumen - 1.95A , Medium - 23Lumen - 0.64A , Low - 2L - 0.05A


Next I tried one of those HK Lithium cells that were cheap enough , High - 68L - 1.75A , Medium - 22L - 0.61A , Low - 2L - 0.05A 

Then came a Alkaline cell , High - 69L - 1.85A , Medium - 23L - 0.63A , Low - 2L - 0.05A 

And just for the heck of it a Dry cell , High - 46L - 1.3A , Medium - 15L - 0.44A , Low - 1L - 0.05A 



Time for some white walls : 


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Tank007 BLF Edition white wall ...



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Maratac AA for comparison 

 

Some more pictures for you : 


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Ultrafire M2 - Jetbeam BK135A - Tank007 - Maratac : From left to right . 


Lets start at the tail end , the tail cap is threaded into the end of the battery tube and locked in with a brass screw [ I wont bore you with how I got it back ] , and there is no spring to take up battery slop [ should you end up using shorter than normal batteries ] , also if you use longer than standard batteries then screwing down the head all the way will turn on the light . All my Nimh batteries  fit just fine , but the Alkaline and dry cells were a little different and being longer than the Nimh cells , I found that with the tailcap in the off position I was able to use the light just fine by twisting the body and head just like the Maratac . I guess all those cheap Dry cells and Alkaline's I have just aren't built to as high a tolerance as the Nimh cells . 

 

Nice even anodizing

Glass lens 

Osram Golden Dragon Emitter 

PWM - low frequency 

Modes 3 , if the light is on for 4 seconds or more it will turn on again in the same mode , no matter how quickly you turn the light of and on again .

As long as you turn the light of and on again within 3 seconds you can change modes . 

Well cut threads 

Head and body fit well 

Well sized for AA 

Tailstands 

 

 

Excellent Knurling

 

 

 

 

Time for some AA beam shots : 


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Control shot


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Low mode [ 2 Lumen ] 



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Medium mode [ 23L ] 



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High mode [ 70L ] 



Next ill try the 14500 



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14500 Measurements .


High - 123L - 0.68A , Medium - 39L - 0.21A , Low - 2L - 0.01A 


The 14500 Flame Trustfire fit with no issues [ protected ] , and ran really well , I was expecting a lot more heat from the head on the Li-ion , but its a cool night out tonight so the light got barely warm in the two or so minutes I ran the light on high [ I was being careful ] .


Conclusion


I was very pleased with the overall build quality , the threads were very cleanly cut [ I should have cleaned the threads before taking pictures , cos after cleaning them , they were flawless ] . The output in each mode worked well for me , I really liked medium , 23L on a AA and 39L on the 14500 really hits the spot for me , and the efficiency on the 14500 is good , unfortunately on the AA its not that great [ efficiency ] . The output on High is again good , 70L with the AA is good enough , but on the 14500 it was excellent for the current draw . Low mode was right on the money @ 2L with both the AA and 14500 , Im sure this will make a lot of folks happy , and after using the light for a while now  I was able to turn on the light and change modes one handed [ it wasn't that hard ] .


 The Tank007 E07 BLF Edition overall is an excellent little light , supports AA and 14500 batteries , is well made , outputs a usable amount of light , is easy to carry and use , and is equipped with the Osram Golden Dragon emitter .. There are no annoying blinky modes , there was nothing that needed fixing or teaking and the performance on a 14500 is very good , and with the pill being such a nice hunk of brass I can see why it ran cool on high [ even though it was a short run ] on the 14500 . I ran the light for several minutes on high on the AA and the light only got warm , again I think thanks to the hefty brass pill .  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I have to score the light 8 out of 10 , but this light really shows potential to compete with the likes of Nitecore or Jetbeam , The head is put together really well , and the battery tube is excellent , the light shows what Tank007 can do , and the only thing that let it down for me , was the tail switch , I just didnt think it did the rest of the light justice [ even though its perfectly functional ] . If tank007 made this light with a clicky switch , I think it could be legendary , it has the potential . 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Great review! I will have to buy one when they are back in stock.

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Thanks for a great review!

Wow. Now I can't wait to get mine. Sounds fantastic, especially the 2-123 lumen modes with 14500!

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I wish it was brighter on 14500, but otherwise it sounds like everything turned out well. it looks like the brass pill is bigger than on the standard version. The original version, without a battery in it, you could tighten it all the way down where the Brass was no longer visible. Even with a nimh, there was just a sliver of the brass showing through at the joint.

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Thanks for the review so quickly!

 

A lot of positives, but two negatives for me: 

 

1. No clicky switch. I don't understand why they chose twisty when it doesn't really shorten the length much.

2. It's not that bright on 14500

 

Of course, I knew this before purchasing Smile

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Thanks for the review Old4570!

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Nice review, Old! This should make a fine EDC torch. One question though...what's with the second hotspot at 11:00 in both wallshots?

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nice review! can't wait to get it. ill get the updated 1 when it comes.

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Nice detailed review. Can't wait for mine to arrive.

JohnnyMac wrote:

Nice review, Old! This should make a fine EDC torch. One question though...what's with the second hotspot at 11:00 in both wallshots?

 

Reflection of the flashlight on the wall that has a glossy finish would be my guess.

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Thanks for the fast, great review.  Looking forward for the light.

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Leelou wrote:

Nice detailed review. Can't wait for mine to arrive.

JohnnyMac wrote:

Nice review, Old! This should make a fine EDC torch. One question though...what's with the second hotspot at 11:00 in both wallshots?

 

Reflection of the flashlight on the wall that has a glossy finish would be my guess.

 

I guess that too, since that seems to be the angle of the camera.

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If i see the beamshots on hi that are around 120 lumen, i would rate my KD C8 i received yesterday only 400-500 Shocked

 

 
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scheven_architect wrote:

If i see the beamshots on hi that are around 120 lumen, i would rate my KD C8 i received yesterday only 400-500 Shocked

You know photos aren't to be trusted only if the comparison was done with the same photo specs. Well that includes same focal length and others.

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indeed, bit stupid of me Embarassed

 

 
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Thanks for the review old!

 

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Thanks again for a great review, old4570.

 

scheven_architect wrote:

If i see the beamshots on hi that are around 120 lumen, i would rate my KD C8 i received yesterday only 400-500 Shocked

That's probably not too far off for the OTF values.

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Chicago X wrote:

Thanks again for a great review, old4570.

 

scheven_architect wrote:

If i see the beamshots on hi that are around 120 lumen, i would rate my KD C8 i received yesterday only 400-500 Shocked

That's probably not too far off for the OTF values.

 

So what, Tank007 E07 BLF has 120 OTF lumens ?

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Wow, that light turned out... really good.  The low current draw is just phenomenally good for the output.  Definitely need to pick one up when they become available again.

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JohnnyMac wrote:

Nice review, Old! This should make a fine EDC torch. One question though...what's with the second hotspot at 11:00 in both wallshots?

Some sort of Mirage ...  [ Reflected light from the paint on the door , or simply the angle of the picture and a lens effect ] 

Either the lens , or maybe a smooth spot on the paint on the door . Its the whitest white surface I have .... The wall gives a green tint [ used before ] which does not reflect the true tint of the beam ... 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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What are the run times (or at least estimated guess)?

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Paranid wrote:

What are the run times (or at least estimated guess)?

Depends on the battery :

 

AA 2000mAh capacity = High 1 hour + , Medium 3 to 4 Hours or more , Low 40 hours + 

14500 600mAh capacity = High 1 hour + . medium 3 hours + , low 60hours + 

these are guess-ti-mates  as there was no time [ folks wanted a review ] to check run behavior [ regulation etc ] , so room for some one else to explore and report . 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Nice review! The outdoor shots seem to reflect it has a pretty decent tint. Sounds like this one needs a 14500 to make a good EDC, besides saving weight. I wonder if IMR's will give the same results? Based on the results, it seems well regulated in both ranges.
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After such a positive reveiw I can't wait for mine to come in the mail. I didn't pay the $2 extra and that may or may not have something to do with its delay. I have a uniquefire aa-s1 and I like the emitter in it so this light should even be nicer.

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Very nice review, Matt. Wink

Looks like that LOW is a really nice low, and it's 2 lm with both NiMh and 14500 Shocked (but brighter in MED and HI). Interesting, LOW with 14500 should be a little bit brighter too, don't you think? Flat Stare

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I purchased this light, but I'm just curious, between this and ITP A3 EOS r5, which light would be better for EDC?

In terms of lumen and runtime, and not size as a factor.

Thanks!

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SashiX wrote:

Very nice review, Matt. Wink

Looks like that LOW is a really nice low, and it's 2 lm with both NiMh and 14500 Shocked (but brighter in MED and HI). Interesting, LOW with 14500 should be a little bit brighter too, don't you think? Flat Stare

That's what I was expecting , I thought it would be at least 5 Lumen on the 14500 , but 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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SashiX wrote:

Very nice review, Matt. Wink

Looks like that LOW is a really nice low, and it's 2 lm with both NiMh and 14500 Shocked (but brighter in MED and HI). Interesting, LOW with 14500 should be a little bit brighter too, don't you think? Flat Stare

  Good question and am curious about PWM and the lmr battery question as well ..What are you using to measure lumens Matt ?

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lwkeung wrote:

I purchased this light, but I'm just curious, between this and ITP A3 EOS r5, which light would be better for EDC?

In terms of lumen and runtime, and not size as a factor.

Thanks!

  Itp has to be way more efficent  lumen for lumen , But with an edc it's almost always a question of which light I like better physically .runtime isn't much of a concern for me on an edc since it's always catching a fresh battery ...oops I jus noticed you're asking about a AAA vs a AA.. I'm changing my vote to the tank light ..AAA's just don't cut it

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Great review and pics, thanks!

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Dont have a 14500 IMR , but have a few 14500 , will test some more ..

PWM with 14500 = still slow 

Lumens = Light box and light meter ...

I did the calculations a long time ago , and verified several times .. But still , to be used as a general guide ...  Not Gospel !  [ To many variables ] 

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old4570 wrote:

Paranid wrote:

What are the run times (or at least estimated guess)?

Depends on the battery :

 

AA 2000mAh capacity = High 1 hour + , Medium 3 to 4 Hours or more , Low 40 hours + 

14500 600mAh capacity = High 1 hour + . medium 3 hours + , low 60hours + 

these are guess-ti-mates  as there was no time [ folks wanted a review ] to check run behavior [ regulation etc ] , so room for some one else to explore and report . 

I'll be doing a full runtime test as soon as the "slow boat from China" comes into port.

Old, can you compare the PWM frequency of the E07 to that of the BLF AA-Y4E? I'm very sensitive to PWM, and the AA-Y4E was unbearable.

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