Lumintop FW1A discussion and review

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JCS
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Received my light and I’m very disappointed. A light that activates in my pocket is a no go and this light has already done it twice in two days. I’m hoping I can figure out how to modify the tail switch. I’ve never taken a light apart but the modification seems fairly straight forward. Could anyone provide me with a video on how to do it? I can’t seem to find one on YouTube. Also can anyone tell me the o ring size or products they’ve used? Thanks!

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Can anyone comment on the waterproof rating of this light? I definitely want one for EDC/outdoor use but if I’m going to take it backpacking or walking in the rain it needs to be reliable in all weather. I’ve never owned a Lumintop or a forum light so I don’t have a sense of the build quality. Is this a toy with nice design and specs, or a day in, day out, all-weather user?

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JCS wrote:
Received my light and I’m very disappointed. A light that activates in my pocket is a no go and this light has already done it twice in two days. I’m hoping I can figure out how to modify the tail switch. I’ve never taken a light apart but the modification seems fairly straight forward. Could anyone provide me with a video on how to do it? I can’t seem to find one on YouTube. Also can anyone tell me the o ring size or products they’ve used? Thanks!

The proper solution is to lock the light out. When the light is OFF, tap the button 4 times. The light will flash twice. Once it’s locked it’ll work in low mode only when the switch is held down, but it won’t stay on.

To unlock it tap the button 4 times.

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DarkOutHere wrote:
Can anyone comment on the waterproof rating of this light? I definitely want one for EDC/outdoor use but if I’m going to take it backpacking or walking in the rain it needs to be reliable in all weather. I’ve never owned a Lumintop or a forum light so I don’t have a sense of the build quality. Is this a toy with nice design and specs, or a day in, day out, all-weather user?

I’d say it’s more of a toy than a rugged outdoor light. It does have o-rings and should be ok in the rain or getting splashed, but I certainly wouldn’t submerge it or anything like that. All it takes is one spec of lint on an o-ring and the seal is compromised. It’s very finicky about how the signal tube makes contact with the head and tail so if you might be dropping it or banging it around a lot, I’d probably look elsewhere.

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Sounds like its not my best choice for a woods/hunting/backpacking light. Anything small and budget that you think is reliable? I’m looking at variants of the Convoy S2+ right now that would fit my needs.

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JCS wrote:
Could anyone provide me with a video on how to do it? I can’t seem to find one on YouTube. Also can anyone tell me the o ring size or products they’ve used? Thanks!

Disassemble the tail cap, if it has a retaining ring you can remove it with snap ring plyers or the end of a binder clip. I used the binder clip because that’s what I had.

It should look something like this when done.

Remove the little “nub” (as some people call it) from the center of the rubber part of the button and replace it with the o-ring. It should look like this.

Reassemble everything without the “nub”.

I forget what size the o-ring is but I’ve heard the o-ring from inside of the valve caps on your tires works also.

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O-ring #008, your local hardware store should have them. 3/16” ID, 5/16” OD, 1/16” Width is the spec.

ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ I can always be wrong, probably 75% of the time.

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