Review: Lumintop ED25 Quick Look

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Review: Lumintop ED25 Quick Look

This is a real quick, barebones first impression review of the Lumintop ED25. I’ll leave beamshots, runtime tests, graphs, etc. to the more technical folks and just focus on the light.

I’ve been looking at different pen-style lights and have had a hard time finding what I like in a light that I’m going to carry often. Those traits being, multiple modes, fairly dim low mode, easy to carry and feels good in hand, standard battery type, and no direct access to blinky modes. This flashlight covers all those bases.

It comes with a nice belt sheath with a plastic ring on it, in case you want to clip it to a pack or something, a bright orange lanyard, extra button cover, and o-rings. There was no instruction/owners manual in my box.


After carrying this one as part of my EDC off and on since I got it a couple weeks ago, I am very pleased with it so far. At just under six inches, the light is well built with good solid switch and LED sections, as I would expect from Lumintop, and the thickest battery tube I’ve ever seen in a budget light. Really sturdy.


There are three fairly well-spaced operating modes, plus hidden strobe and two different beacon modes, and offers last mode memory, which I find important in a multi-mode light. To access the hidden modes, you just loosen the LED end of the light a tiny bit. I really love the way the interface works.

The reflector is smooth and deep enough to give a pretty good throw for a light this size, so the beam pattern has a nice hot spot with a lighter flood in a cool white tint.

About the only thing I don’t care for in this light is that it does not tailstand – though the switch is fairly well protected from accidental activation – and I find the clip to be a little small. If the clip was longer and deeper, this would be the perfect 2xAA EDC light, in my opinion. In this comparison image, the ED25 is in the middle with a Thorfire TG06 (1xAA) and my 2xAA Maglite on the left and a Factor Mizpah 300 (my only other 2xAA light so far) next to a Convoy S6 on the right. Notice how small the clip is compared to the Factor.

Overall, this is great light if you’re looking for a 2xAA for EDC or a well-built, reliable flashlight for a kit that takes easy to find batteries. I love all my 18650 lights, but in my emergency kits, I rely on AA and AAA batteries. I like it enough, in fact that I ordered two more, while they are available!

Enjoy,
Sully

Edited by: sb56637 on 09/02/2017 - 11:48
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I had one but and liked it but finally sold it just because it was CW.
If it was NW or WW I will keep it.
Now I have Thrunite Archer V2 NW. Good tint but more expensive than Lumintop ED25.
If Lumintop make NW version I will buy it again.

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I prefer NW in some lights, but I find CW to be very good for some applications; inspection, searching, etc. and that’s what I’m mainly using this light for. So far, the tint hasn’t been an issue.

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For myself, I prefer NW for close distance. medium search light i will prefer CW.
For exploring i still prefer NW.

I owned ED25 two unit for general use.

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How’s the control system? Sensible and easy to use? Does it feel reasonably durable, especially the switch?

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commando wrote:
How’s the control system? Sensible and easy to use? Does it feel reasonably durable, especially the switch?

Very sturdy, I find it very comfortable to hold. Tail cap switch, half click to change modes, strobe is hidden, just loosen the lens cap.

So far, this is my favorite 2xAA torch

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Great, thanks for that. Now if one of the group buys is still going I’ll see if I can get hold of one Smile

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Mine arrived this week. It took around two weeks to New Zealand.

Good points: SUPER bright. It seems not that far off my much larger Fenix 8xAA TK41 in terms of brightness (though it’s 500 vs 1000). Seems sturdy enough, much the same as all the lights in this class.

Bad points: control system is poorly thought out and annoying. Press on/off, half press to change brightness. It’s meant to remember your last mode, but since you half press (change mode) when you’re turning it off it’s never in the same mode when you turn it on as when you turn it off. They should’ve just had it turn on at lowest power each time and press to get brighter. It’s not a show stopper, just annoying. There’s no instructions on the control system, I had to Google it.

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Mine remember the last mode after some seconds on. Maybe around 5…

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Jesjes wrote:
Mine remember the last mode after some seconds on. Maybe around 5…

Mine doesn’t. I turn it on full, I turn it off. I turn it on again it’s on medium, and stays on medium. It’s an annoyance, bad enough that if I’d known I’d not have bothered buying it given there are so many other options.

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#GB21 : Lumintop ED25 2xAA XM-L2 620lm Group Buy – ACTIVE

ASK freeme! maybe he can help you.

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Great review thx

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Thank you Sullysat.

It looks like that there may be 4 grooves on this flashlight, that will accept the pocket clip. Have you tried that yet?

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Is the head glued/thread-locked like other Lumintop flashlights? Has anyone torn one down? I’m wondering how hard it would be to put a NW emitter in one. This looks like a great 2xAA option otherwise.

Also, any PWM at all?

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tantrik77 wrote:
Is the head glued/thread-locked like other Lumintop flashlights? Has anyone torn one down? I’m wondering how hard it would be to put a NW emitter in one. This looks like a great 2xAA option otherwise.

Also, any PWM at all?

The head unscrews to let the battery in, but if it comes apart up near the emitter then yes it’s glued or something. LED emitter’s good, very bright, why would you buy a torch then replace that part?

I don’t like the control system for the torch. It changes mode every time you turn it off.