[Review] Lumintop Tool AA ver. 2

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[Review] Lumintop Tool AA ver. 2

Review copy was sent in by Lumintop to me here in the Philippines, whom I thank for the confidence afforded to me.

Preface:
This is the newest version of the Tool AA from Lumintop which is a 650 lumen AA/14500 EDC light which houses a XP-L HD LED at 6500k. This is a great EDC light because of its size and output, also the diversity to use nickel metal hydride or regular AA batteries is a great feature for people that don’t have lithium cells.


Packaging: It comes in a recyclable white retail cardboard box sealed with a QC sticker on the flap. The light and accessories are packed neatly with a hard white foam inside.


Inclusions:
1 x Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 LED Flashlight
1 x O-ring
1 x user manual
1 x Diffuser
1 x Warranty card
1 x Spare DIY Magnetic Tail

Quick Features:
- Utilizes XP-L HD LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
- Powered by one AA or one 14500 rechargeable Li-ion battery
- Two ways to select outputs: Tail switching or twist the head
- Four output levels plus Strobe with max 650 lumens output
- Mode memory function recalls the last use output when turning on next time
- Super long runtime up to 2.5 days in Eco mode
- The optional magnetic tail cap is capable for tail standing to serve as a candle
- Light-weight and compact, best for EDC use
- Size: 89.5*18.5mm, N.W.: 23.5g (excluding battery)
- Made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, premium type ? hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish, toughened and wear-resistant
- IP68 rated dust-proof and waterproof, submersible to 2 meters
- 5 years free repair, limited lifetime warranty

Manufacturer Specifications:

Item Weight: 0.64 ounces
Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.7 x 0.7 inches
Output Max: 650 Lumens
Runtime Max: 60 hours
Battery type: AA or 14500
Beam distance: 127m
Waterproof rating: IP68
Color: Black
Finish: HAIII military grade hard-anodized
Material: Aluminum
Emitter Type: XP-L HD
Peak Beam Intensity: 3420 CD
Light color/tint: Cool White 6500k
Max Output: 650 Lumens
Range: 127 Meters
Mode: Low, Med, High, Turbo, Strobe
Lumens: 16LM, 85LM,1360LM, 650LM,
Runtime: 37H, 6H9Min ,1H19Min, 33Min,
Battery Configurations: 1x 14500 or AA Battery (Not included)
Working Voltage: 0.8-4.2V
Switch Type: Tail clicky
Switch Location: Tail of the flashlight
Impact Resistant: 1.5 Meters
Carrying Strap: Lanyard
Feature Functions:
- Power Indicator
- Lock-out Funtion
- Temperature Control




Operation:
With Cree top class XPL-HD LED(50000-hour lifespan), LUMINTOP Tool AA 2.0 could pump out up to non-diminishing 650-lumens brightness which only runs with a single 14500 cell. In the evolved internal circuit, the power consumption rate further decreases, and it can continuously light up to 37 hours maximum in the Low mode.. Also, Tool AA 2.0 can support both Ni-MH AA and Alkaline AA. It boasts up to 270 lumens of brightness and runtime of up to 60 hours with just AA cells.

14500: Turbo 650 lm · 33 minutes / High 360 lm · 79 minutes / Mid 85 lm · 6.1 hours / Low 16 lm · 37 hours
Ni-MH: Turbo 270 lm · 43 minutes / High 140 lm · 2.5 hours / Mid 28 lm · 12.5 hours / Low 3.7 lm · 60 hours
Alkaline: Turbo 220 lm · 21 minutes / High 140 lm · 49 minutes / Mid 28 lm · 11.9 hours / Low 3.7 lm · 60 hours

ON/OFF:
Fully press the tail clicky to turn ON/OFF the light

To change modes:
Half click the clicky to cycle through LOW - MED - HIGH - TURBO
*every 5th half click would cycle to STROBE

Form Factor:
This light given its size of slightly the same as my index finger fits very well in hand. It is machined perfectly from head to tail with a matte black finish to it. Very light and compact, perfect for an EDC or back up light.

Head:
It has a flat black bezel which houses the deep set smooth reflector with a glow ring installed and the emitter perfectly centered.


It has diamond pattern knurling all throughout and the markings of the brand and model can be clearly read in white.

Inside it has a brass contact and an o-ring is installed with the threads well lubricated.


Barrel:
The size is slightly smaller than that of the head and tail which makes it more sleek.


It also has diamond pattern knurling all throughout. It can hold the clip on either way (tail side or head side) depending on your need or preference. An o-ring is installed and threads are well lubricated as well.

The size on either end is one and the same so instead of taking off the clip, you can just reverse the whole barrel as it would still attach either way to the head or tail.The clip itself is a stainless steel clip colored in black matte finish as well which is sturdy enough.

Tail:
It can tail stand fairly well and it has two horizontal holes for lanyard placement on each side.


The rubber boot has a dotted pattern design with a nice crisp click to it and an audible sound. Half clicking to switch modes doesn't seem to be a problem as well.

It has the same diamond pattern knurling as the head and barrel.


GID Diffuser:
The GID diffuser of this light is pretty awesome! It lights up real bright and longer than most, you just need to recharge it using the light itself for a few seconds. It is made of silicone which makes it very easy to attach and detach as well.


 

Size comparison with IYP365 and Tool AAA copper:


Beam shots:
LOW

MED

HIGH

TURBO

LOW

MED

HIGH

TURBO




GID:


LOW w/ diffuser

MED w/ diffuser

HIGH w/ diffuser

TURBO w/ diffuser


Conclusion:
To sum up, I believe that the most important part of any review is if given the chance to purchase the same light for my own EDC, would I still purchase it?
For this light, it is a definite YES. Specially if you are looking for a versatile small EDC or back up light with complete functions.
Scrutinizing the light over throughout the review, I am hard pressed to find any flaws at this price point which was $17.99 retail at the time of this review. If I were to nit-pick, it would be
the UI, the modes are great but one thing that annoys me the most is the STROBE mode, which I would have to cycle to instead of having it instantly. Truly, Lumintop improved this light from its predecessor the Tool AA.

As with all gears, two is one and one is none.

Light on brothers!

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Edited by: sacrileizei on 12/03/2018 - 09:54
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Nice review. I’m gonna check out that light better

       
       
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Nice photos! They almost make me want to buy one. I do like the square cut threads and smooth reflector. Wish they could get the U/I right, I.E. no strobe in the regular sequence, and a moonlight or decent low with 14500s. I could always solve the clip issue by making a bolt on deep carry clip.

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does this newer version still have PWM?

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Thanks for the review. Every 5th press triggers strobe sucks. Otherwise I would be interested but seems the Sofirn SF14 is still better choice

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Thank you for the great review & fantastic pictures!! Thumbs Up

One suggestion, next time size the pictures down to 100%. Wink

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wahoowad wrote:
Nice review. I’m gonna check out that light better

Thank you so much for reading/watching Wink

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mr_magoo wrote:
Nice photos! They almost make me want to buy one. I do like the square cut threads and smooth reflector. Wish they could get the U/I right, I.E. no strobe in the regular sequence, and a moonlight or decent low with 14500s. I could always solve the clip issue by making a bolt on deep carry clip.

Thanks for your input, I’m sure to let them know that as it is also my personal preference. Thank you for watching/reading.

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teacher wrote:
Thank you for the great review & fantastic pictures!! Thumbs Up

One suggestion, next time size the pictures down to 100%. Wink

I always thought that BLF automatically resizes just like CPF, however I will keep this in mind. Thank you for reading/watching ^^

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sacrileizei wrote:
teacher wrote:
Thank you for the great review & fantastic pictures!! Thumbs Up

One suggestion, next time size the pictures down to 100%. Wink

I always thought that BLF automatically resizes just like CPF, however I will keep this in mind. Thank you for reading/watching ^^
I guess not. Wink And please know that was not a criticism, just a suggestion.

Your welcome!! Your review was a pleasure to read & watch. And I’ll say it again… your pictures are fantastic!! Thumbs Up

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teacher wrote:
sacrileizei wrote:
teacher wrote:
Thank you for the great review & fantastic pictures!! Thumbs Up

One suggestion, next time size the pictures down to 100%. Wink

I always thought that BLF automatically resizes just like CPF, however I will keep this in mind. Thank you for reading/watching ^^
I guess not. Wink And please know that was not a criticism, just a suggestion.

Your welcome!! Your review was a pleasure to read & watch. And I’ll say it again… your pictures are fantastic!! Thumbs Up

I welcome you suggestion Wink Will definitely do next coming review. Happy New Year and Light on brother!

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/\… Thank you sacrileizei!! Thumbs Up

Happy New Year to you also. May the Light be with you my friend…. Smile

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Very good review, touches up on everything I feel like mentioning about this torch. The only thing I’d add is to also photograph the modes on AA cells, as not everyone (cough*me*cough) uses or even has 14500s.

I’d also like to add that the cool white XP-L that Lumintop picked has surprisingly nice CRI. It’s not a warm tint in the slightest, or even neutral, but it doesn’t wash out color anywhere near to the degree of my other CW torches. I find myself using it more than I do my NW Thrunite T10, unless I need a deep carry clip like when I’m on my bike.