Review : Massdrop Brass AAA Pocket Flashlight

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Review : Massdrop Brass AAA Pocket Flashlight

We have a special little light today for review Wink
Massdrop’s new Brass EDC light : https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-brass-aaa-pocket-flashlight

A few words for this light :

Made for the EDC Community by Lumintop, the Massdrop Brass AAA Pocket Flashlight is about the size of a tube of chopstick—but it pumps out up to 110 lumens and casts a beam as far as 154 feet. Despite measuring less than 3 inches long, it weighs 1.5 ounces for a substantial feel in the hand. And thanks to its solid brass construction it will develop a natural patina over time, unique to each user. Perhaps best of all, it runs on a single AAA battery for a whopping 36 hours on low mode. At checkout, you’ll have your choice between the CREE XP-G2 R5 LED, which casts a brighter white beam, or the Nichia 219 LED, which offers a warmer beam with superior color representation.

Overview/Specifications :

  • Material: Brass
  • Titanium button piece
  • LED: CREE XP-G2 R5 or Nichia 219B
  • Max beam intensity: 553 cd or 304 cd
  • Max beam distance: 154 ft (47 m) or 111 ft (34 m)
  • Battery: 1 AAA
  • Low mode: 5 lumens, 36 hrs
  • Medium mode: 32 lumens, 4 hrs
  • High mode: 110 lumens, 30 min
  • Removable, reversible, gold-plated pocket clip
  • IPX-8 waterproof
  • 1.5 m impact resistant
  • Working voltage: 0.9 – 1.5V
  • Dimensions: 2.9 × 0.6 in (7.4 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight (with battery): 1.5 oz (42.5 g)

First Look :

Flashlight with it’s box , sealed in a vacuum bag to prevent unwanted patina :

Package Contains :

  • Flashlight
  • Gold plated pocket Clip
  • Spare o-rings
  • Keychain “clip”

A closer look :

Maybe it reminds you another light ? You’re right , this light is made by lumintop and follows the Tool AAA lineup .

Some words for the light . Feels very compact and well built , and the light’s material , Brass , helps a lot in the “quality” feeling . It has a shiny look , which of course will develop a nice patina over time .

It’s size is really small , not really bigger than a AAA battery . It’s length is 74.6mm and outside diameter 14.6mm . Weighs 31.5gr without a battery , and 43.7gr with an Eneloop battery inside .

It’s clip is gold plated , and matches perfect flashlight’s color :

Button is made of titanium , and it is very easy to press :

And here is the light with the keychain clip installed :

Tailcap’s spring , there is an actual circuit board on the tailcap pcb , so the e-switch can work as a regular switch :

The head, it has GITD o-ring, AR coated glass and OP reflector.

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How it works (&modes) :

Flashlight uses the switch at the tailcap for on/off function and mode change (it has 3 modes , High – Medium – Low) . The switch has a single stage and each click will turn either on or off the light. If you turn off and back on the light within few seconds, the light will go into the next mode.
For example , if you want to get into the next mode , you will need 2 clicks: the first turns the light off, and the second turns it on at next mode.

Measurements :

Eneloop AAA battery was used in all measurements

Lumens :

  • Low – 4 Lumens
  • Medium – 41 Lumens
  • High – 99 Lumens

Tailcap measurements (amp draw) :

  • Low – 26mA
  • Medium – 145mA
  • High – 0.91A

Runtimes , my tests :

High mode : 34 minutes

Medium mode : 196 minutes (constant output)

Intensity :

Brass AAA cree xp-g2 : 615cd

Beamshots :

Wall @ 3m :

Low :

High :

Conclusion :

This light is a nice upgrade to the well known Tool AAA (& similar to the Tool Ti) but it’s built with more expensive material, and a has a very nice , premium finish . It is a small AAA light with a “clicky” switch , a good thing for an EDC light , especially if you don’t want to turn on in your pocket or bag . Both versions have a very nice tint , and they produce an even beam (good hotspot size , and nice smooth transition to the spill) . Medium and low modes offer great runtimes ,

If you want one , flashlight will be available from Massdrop soon , for 24.99$ Wink .
Be sure to check their page (should be available soon) here . Thanks !

Edited by: giorgoskok on 01/26/2017 - 11:39
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1/26 – Updated : Measurements (lumens in low and medium) & conclusion

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Massdrop link is broken

Sorry, read post again. Eagerly awaiting!

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Ozythemandias wrote:
Massdrop link is broken

Sorry, read post again. Eagerly awaiting!

I guess there is some delay . I will update the thread when it works .

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wow, 3 reviews
hey, three reviews about the same light
cool light that is
thanks for the review!

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giorgoskok wrote:
Ozythemandias wrote:
Massdrop link is broken

Sorry, read post again. Eagerly awaiting!

I guess there is some delay . I will update the thread when it works .

Looks like it will be available on the 31st.

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“…about the size of a tube of chopstick…”
yeah butt the cap won’t fit for area luming Wink

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So is that pretty blue countertop real stone? Good backdrop for flashlight. Enjoyed review.

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chinooker wrote:
“…about the size of a tube of chopstick…” yeah butt the cap won’t fit for area luming Wink

Haha i have to admit i stole it from another review (which i can’t remember) , it was funny enough so i wrote it Silly

264 wrote:
So is that pretty blue countertop real stone? Good backdrop for flashlight. Enjoyed review.

Yes it is . It is made out of marble . Under the sun is white , but in the shade appears as gray and little blue .

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Nice light, nice reveiw (one of) Big Smile

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Thanks everyone for your kind words . Beer

Edit : I forgot to mention link is active today Wink