Review: Fitorch P25

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Review: Fitorch P25

I suppose that there are no more than 5 flashlights powered by 23650 battery. At least, in last 3 years of my review experience, i`ve seen only one of them. So, I was really curious about this thing. Let`s check it, if Fitorch P25 worth buying or not.

Here is manufacturer website.
Specification

  • LED: 4 – CREE XPG3
  • Light Output: Max 3,000 lumen
  • Reflector: 10 Degree Optical Lens
  • Body Finish: Premium Black Type-III Hard-Anodized Anti-Abrasive Finish
  • Powered By: 1x – 26350 Li-ion (Included)
  • Physical Specifications: Width: Head: 33.8 mm \ Housing: 31.8 mm \ Length: 85.5 mm


Package and appearance.
The same Fitorch package, the same so popular yellow-black color scheme. Nevertheless, design is good. So you can definitely buy P25 for a gift, package doesn’t look cheap in each detail.

Inside, in plastic blister, lays the same set: P25 itself, 26350 battery, holster, lanyard, micro-usb cable, manual.

Flaslight is not kinda high-design thing, no. It`s quite simple in design. P25 has other reason to surprise – it`s size. Flashlight is little bit larger than chicken egg (not small, one, I mean chicken from farm).

So, knurling is simple, concentrical. As P25 is short and you can almost hide it in palm of you hand, grippy knurling is not a serious need – it is really, really firm as is.

The rest is usual, a pair of “cheecks” with model and brand names engraved.


And, well, I don’t care is EDC should work at 1st, and looks good at 2nd.

And, what about size, there are some other things to compare with.

Of course, being this short, P25 provides a decent grip

As P25 is short, you can use it like a camping light, because center of masses is low, just put diffusor on.
Small hint about physical lockout with tailcap for those who don’t know -)

Double spring at tail is thick, good. And there is a contact plate at head side.

Button has a smooth move, there is a red-green indication around it.

Cooling ribs are not deep, but what can you expect from flashlight that size? Regarding to it – cooling ribs are proportional.

4 x XP-G3 LEDs + TIR Lenses are responsible for light. And, of course, installing TIR-optic here let Fitorch minimize flashlight length.



UI

1sts Fitorch model illustrated attempts to find their own vision of UI, and I feel that they did it, as UI is almost the same in recent models.

It has it`s own, well, taste, with PROs and CONs. I cannot label in uncomfortable, you just have to get used to it.
There is a minor mistake, Manual and Specs have other names for modes, like low-mid-high-turbo \ ultralow-low-mid-high.

I like Lockout and ascending-descending mode order, but would like to get instant turbo. You have direct access to lowest mode from lockout.

PERFORMANCE

CW, no surprise
But, I strongly feel that such sort of flashlight would be better with 4x Hi CRI NW LEDs.

Light distribution is expectable from such optic, there is a floody light, so comfortable for close-range needs. And, still, as Fitorch P25 is a bright flashlight, you also can expect some throw. Not that much, but it`ll be enough to see thing around with decent sidelight at the same time.

Battery has built-in charge feature, with red-green indication. Charge amperage is good, like 0.6-0.7A. See charge chart. Capacity is as stated.

Stabilization and thermal regulation

They are surprisingly good. High is fully stabilized, and, well, that is level almost as bright as TURBO for lots of 18650 flashlights 2 years afeel like go (and even for lots of modern EDC stuff). Cool!



I didn`t see any influence of cooling. But, actually, with such runtime chart – I don’t care, as i`m impressed. Fitorch P25 keeps turbo surprisingly long and it`ll be enough for most of needs.

I`d say that about 100m is a logical limit for this sort of flashlight, but within this range you can rely on it. There will be bright floody illumination, so good for simple EDC needs.



There is a live footage in the video version of review, you can check it as well. And, of course, i`d be glad if you subscribe my channel, there i review a lot of new stuff from flashlight market and also post “flashlight news”, so you`ll get updated with what`s going on there.

OVERALL.

P25 is an interesting thing that didn’t disappoint me, which may happen when experimental product is released.

Rare, almost unused battery enabled Fitorch to make a short flashlight that perfectly fits your hand, you can carry it without taking extra space in pocket. Well, there are a lot of 26650 flashlight that are compact, this one is even smaller!

I`d add something like 1lum mode and NW version.

As I don’t remember any other 23650 flashlight (I don’t care about haikelite SC26 as my one broke quicky, and I also met bad feedback about this model. Not to mention that Haikelite rep NEVER replied to any of my messages.), Fitorch are the only player here. 18350 models are too small for constant turbu, 26650 are too big – so 23650 is a kinda golden middle. Battery has good capacity, and still flashlight is quite compact, being really bright at the same time.

Overall, I like Fitorch P25. There are some things that i`d improve, but it is quite good as is, at least for me.

you can buy it here
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Edited by: Lumeniac on 12/09/2018 - 08:42
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Looks like a nice light, about the size of a TK4A (“tomato-paste-can light”), or at least as a shorter SP33, but dunno if I’d EDC it, as it’s kinda wide, certainly for a pocket but even for a holster. Same reason I won’t pocket (or holster) an 18650 light with a wide-head.

I’d definitely use one as, say, a nighttable light, though. Would be nice’n‘bright for lighting up the yard in case of eerie noises, etc.

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good review, thanks for your insights.

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Great review!, but I am not seeing the point of the 26350 light. 26350 batteries aren’t readily available like 18650s and 18650s have more mAh. Hopefully it will fill someones need.

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Light looks good. The problem is battery is very un common. 18650, 26650, CR123A would have been better energy source.

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If I’m reading it right, the cell’s included, so I wouldn’t be terribly worried about it being a weirdo size. If you need/want spares, though…

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yeah, battery is includes.

and, yeah, that`s not a sort of battery you can find easily, though.

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It may not be in your local corner store, but it isn’t hard to find. Can be ordered from many online stores such as Amazon, Mountain Electronics, Aliexpress, Banggood, Gearbest, Fasttech. eBay….

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It’s cute !
What diameter is the quad optic?

…is it really 3000 lumen..? Shocked

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Any idea how many amps it would draw on turbo?  I have four 26350 cells sitting on my shelf.

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If it’s really 3000 lumen, it should be around 10 Amperes.

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Ordered one.

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klrman wrote:

Any idea how many amps it would draw on turbo?  I have four 26350 cells sitting on my shelf.

i cannot measure any amperage more then about 3-4A…so no info. but in reality it looks like real 3klumens

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Bringing up an old thread....Fitorch makes an extender that allows you to use a 26650 battery with this light.  Last I checked, the extender was selling for US $3.50 from Battery Junction.

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Bringing up an old thread....Fitorch makes an extender that allows you to use a 26650 battery with this light.  Last I checked, the extender was selling for US $3.50 from Battery Junction.

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Fitorch posted pictures on Facebook of the upcoming blue and red versions of the P25

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nice new colors, now add that moonlight mode please.

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andygold wrote:

Bringing up an old thread….Fitorch makes an extender that allows you to use a 26650 battery with this light.  Last I checked, the extender was selling for US $3.50 from Battery Junction.

I bought a few months ago at Banggood in action for $ 2.5. 26650 battery will significantly prolong lighting time.


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Just because i have recently ripped mine apart, and it may be of use to others – here’s the guts of this – unscrew the switch, pop out the driver with something plastic, be careful as there is a little black wire which is crosspoint screwed in the back of the pill face (where led goes), you have to undo that first and youll need a small long driver, a little fiddly.
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Sorry to bring this old posting back, but I wanted to ask if anyone knows the “tint”? 6500K CW?
Please let me know. I ordered one from GearBest for $29.99.

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It’s cw. Might by 6500K.

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Unheard wrote:
It’s cw. Might by 6500K.
Excellent. Thanks for taking the time.

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One of my fave lights (mines boruit but the exact same) replaced the leds with sst20’s 4k. Good luck trying to get it apart – it’s really fiddly, and even more fiddly to get back together!

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G0OSE wrote:
One of my fave lights (mines boruit but the exact same) replaced the leds with sst20’s 4k. Good luck trying to get it apart – it’s really fiddly, and even more fiddly to get back together!

I appreciate you taking the time. I am still waiting on mine to get here from China. Shoot, they haven’t even shipped it yet. I’ll have it in 3 weeks, hopefully.

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FromShadowlands wrote:
G0OSE wrote:
One of my fave lights (mines boruit but the exact same) replaced the leds with sst20’s 4k. Good luck trying to get it apart – it’s really fiddly, and even more fiddly to get back together!

I appreciate you taking the time. I am still waiting on mine to get here from China. Shoot, they haven’t even shipped it yet. I’ll have it in 3 weeks, hopefully.

If you get stuck, just pm me and I’ll try to help you out lol
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Another potential candidate for a new driver Big Smile .

Was there an interest list? Probably not.

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Unheard wrote:
Another potential candidate for a new driver Big Smile .

Was there an interest list? Probably not.


It would have to be something VERY specific fit. Unless of course Anduril or alike could be flashed to the existing one, that’s above my paygrade though lol!
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G0OSE wrote:

It would have to be something VERY specific fit. Unless of course Anduril or alike could be flashed to the existing one, that’s above my paygrade though lol!
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Were you able to identify the MCU?

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Unheard wrote:
G0OSE wrote:

It would have to be something VERY specific fit. Unless of course Anduril or alike could be flashed to the existing one, that’s above my paygrade though lol!
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Were you able to identify the MCU?

I didn’t look if I’m honest, but those pics in post 19 go pretty big, you may be able to see on them?
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G0OSE wrote:
I didn’t look if I’m honest, but those pics in post 19 go pretty big, you may be able to see on them?

Yes, thanks! PIC16F1824 maybe. Won’t run Andúril I guess, but there are alternatives. Just needs to support the red/green aux led. Board(s) needs to be reverse engineered to some degree. Switch board carries MCU.

Edit: Wrote a mail to Fitorch asking for schematics.

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