Review: Lumintop Tool AA

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Review: Lumintop Tool AA

Review example was provided by Lumintop
Here is the link to product page at manufacturer`s website.

I`m not fan of full-sized Luimintop`s lights. But I honestly say that they small-sized flashlights are really good and strongly believe that absolute majority of readers own “worm” or\and “tool”. My personal ideal is Lumintop Ant, a bonsai-sort of flashlight, which in each detail looks like 18650 powered light, but is AAA size in reality.
So the idea of Tool AA is not that bad from the start. Lets check how it turned to be in reality.

PACKAGE AND APPEARANCE

Package in most of details is the upscale of Tool AAA package. The same semi-transparent plastic box with magnet lock. For price and purpose – definitely good and more attractive than brown cardboard boxes that we used to see in other models.


Package includes a lot of stuff besides light itself: AA Duracell battery, o-ring, manual, and lanyard are expectedly, while spare magnet tail cover and light diffusor is a good surpise.


The only dislike here is a lanyard color, that I found too girlish.

What about the rest – definitely food to use as a gift.
Another surprise is size, which is quite close to Tool AAA, just 79.5mm long. Below is my Xtar WK41 Sirius for example.




At 1st you get default tail cover with button, but you can switch it to cover with quite strong magnet.


Just one spring at tail.

Threads are well-lubricated.

Cooling ribs..well. not now )

XP-L + SMO are responsible for light. I`d like to see an option with nichia, hope that`s just a matter of time.



That`s all, folks )

UI

Simple as an axe.
Just press button or rotate magnet tail cover and get preferable mode among available low-mid-high
No mode memory.

PERFORMANCE

CW light.
There is PWM-shimmering at low-mid. Not seriously bad (this is not a tactic light) but still uncool.

AA\14500 – no matter, light will “eat” both of them.
Unfortunately there is a lot of parasite light here in my neighborhood, and almost the same at my fave places near city (reflections from snow and clouds). But I think you all used that sort of lights and know what to expect.

As you can see, difference between mid 14500\ high AA is a minor.

And runtime chart show that (no surpise) you don`t have expect too much from 14500 High. But, I`m sure that there are few situation when 30 minutes of high will not be enough for regular needs.

High AA mode is almost the same in brightness and runtime as MID14500, and this mode is a good choice, imho.
I`d personally prefer 14500, because that gives me both bright High and long-lasting mid (still bright for most needs)

I used Olight 14500 750mah \ Fuji 1900mah (the same cell as in Eneloop). Pic is clickable.

pic is clickable

An, yeah, phosphorescent light diffusor )



OVERALL IMPRESSION.

Good bigger brother of AAA bestseller. The only disadvantage that I see in performance\construction is PWM-shimmering. The rest – package, size, appearance, modes – are good.
I hope that we`ll also see NW version (driver improvement to get rid of PWM-shimmering is an ideal)

good news, everyone!

Edited by: Narmattaru on 12/04/2017 - 11:48
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Nice review and photos. Thank you.

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Good review thank you.

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thanx

fixed

good news, everyone!

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Thanks for the review.

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Nice review! Thanks

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What type of 14500 battery do you need? Does it need to be button top or will flat top work? Does it need to be protected or unprotected?

My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware (old), lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

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i used Olight 14500
and i`ve never met 14500 flat top. only button top ones

good news, everyone!

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Narmattaru wrote:
i used Olight 14500
and i`ve never met 14500 flat top. only button top ones

Thanks. That’s a protected cell so it’s dimensions match up well with the battery I had in mind to buy, a protected Sanyo UR14500P 840mAh.

I’m ordering both at the same time, so hopefully I’ll recieve them at similar times. Thumbs Up

My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware (old), lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

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Finally purchased one from Amazon a few days ago. Nice light for the price. The diffuser caps glows bright enough to see with after the flashlight is turned off after a couple of minutes of use. The flashlight I received has a mode order of low/med/high. Lumintop on Amazon states med/low/high. Having LMH is not a problem for me. My cellphone camera does not detect any PWM. Two wins for me. I can post the photo later today. My Amazon purchase did not include the magnetic tall cap. Cost of light was a few dollars less because of that. It did come from Lumintop Direct via Amazon.

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Can anyone confirm the driver size is 15mm? Will this fit? http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&search=15mm&product_id=731

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LichtAn wrote:
Can anyone confirm the driver size is 15mm? Will this fit? “http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&search=15m...

It looks like it would fit. I’m not exactly sure how the driver stays in place. You’d need to remove material from the driver sides to get it down to 14mm.

My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware (old), lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

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JasonWW wrote:
LichtAn wrote:
Can anyone confirm the driver size is 15mm? Will this fit? “http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&search=15m...
It looks like it would fit. I’m not exactly sure how the driver stays in place. You’d need to remove material from the driver sides to get it down to 14mm.

I guess that this is what I’ve done in my tool AA, filled a bit so that a similar driver could fit! 1 warning, don’t take too much, otherwise you’ll have to use solder to fix it and it messes with the contact between the tube and the driver.
Also, I ordered mine with spring (bypassed) and had to remove it because the cells wouldn’t fit.
A brass button or a solder blob will do the job Thumbs Up

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Thanks, I’ll add this to my collection Smile

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I bought 2 of the first version from 2 different sources, first one had horrible PWM, the second one didn’t so I assume they fixed that at some point in the first run.
They’ve now introduced a Tool AA V2.0 which has 4 levels which are distinguishable from each other and finally a low that is low enough, but it has mode memory.
Flashies show up after a couple times through the levels. If you cycle slowly enough and pause on a level they don’t show up at all.
Mode memory is kinda “meh” but I love the size and weight for a specific carry use.

Wanted to drop in somewhere to let anyone who might be thinking of modding theirs: the pill uses left-hand threads.

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