Review: POP Lite F10 Diving Light (Lightscastle.com) - (picture heavy)

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Review: POP Lite F10 Diving Light (Lightscastle.com) - (picture heavy)

POP Lite F10 Diving Light

 

F10

 

Summary:

Battery:

1 x 32650 (included)

Switch:

Twisty (5 position magnetic ring)

Modes:

20%/Strobe - 40% - 80% - 100%

LED type:

CREE XM-L T6

Reflector:

Aluminium Textured/OP

Body:

Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum alloy 6061-T6

Lense:

Coated Glass Lens

Accessories:

2 spare O-rings, lanyard, 32650 battery charger, flashlight grease

Other:

Submersible to 100 meters of depth

Weight:

374 gr (flashlight & lanyard) + 145 gr battery

Source:

LightsCastle.com

 

Pros:

 Build quality is excellent

  • Overall design, its massive and heavy, gives you confidence
  • Rotary magnetic ring is well lubricated out of the box and has a very smooth/precise operation
  • Glass lens, I would say it's of a high quality
  • If you have a submerged table or similar flat surface it will tailstand no problem Big Smile
  • Included charger that accepts huge 32650 battery
  • Sturdy and nicely made gift box (can be useful and important if your flashlight is to travel ~9000 kilometers)

 Cons:

  • Underdriven
  • No adapter for 26650 or 18650 battery

 Other:

  • Battery must be at least 67mm long
  • Maybe a bit to heavy but it's a diving flashlight so this could actually be positive thing

 
Intro

So, the girls from LightsCastle.com were nice enough to send me this interesting flashlight for a review, never had a diving light before so I was very thrilled to receive one Smile

 

Package

Packaged in standard bubble wrap envelope there was a intriguing gift-box, nicely designed, with all relevant information about the product, actual box that contains the product is made of a thick cardboard, all black, kind of a classy. I am happy when flashlight comes with the box, trip from China to me is very long and stressful and any kind of additional protection is welcome.

 

The box

Another box

 

All components have their own cut outs in foam-like material, ThruNite uses same stuff to package TN31.

 

Guts of the boxHere is what you get inside:

  • POP Lite F10 diving light (with lanyard)
  • 32650 Li-Ion battery
  • 2 spare O-rings
  • Charger
  • A little bit of grease

 

next big thing

 

 

 


 

Design and build quality

 

first thing that popped into my mind when I took the flashlight out of the box was: „it's big, and it's heavy“ it gives an impression of sturdiness, like it's built to withstand anything. There is a good amount of material in this flashlight, walls are thick, tailcap is huge, retaining ring that holds the glass lens is also considerable.

Anodisation seems to be of high quality, there are no corners with ano. Imperfections, sharp edges, color mismatching or something like that, I was pretty impressed with it and the big credit for that goes to rotary magnetic ring that is used to change modes. Ring is very precise, it clicks right where it's supposed to click, no wobbling, no aluminum to aluminum scraping and, it was properly lubricated straight from factory, believe it or not I think it performs better than the ring on Niteye EYE30 that I had earlier (was way too dry).

mag ring1

mag ring2

 

Another thing that seems to be of high is the lens. It's AR coated and the box says its toughened and scratch resistant, interesting thing is that when I look directly at reflector it almost seems as if there is no glass, at all, but when I tap it with my fingernail it has a dull sound like it's 3 or 4 milimeters thick. Unfortunately, until posting of this review I wasn't able to remove retaining ring that presses glass lense and presumably reflector, because for this a special 4-notch key is used so I would need to fabricate something similar, from plexiglass or so...

Reflector also looks nice, it has a two notches at the top, I presume that it is screwed in and this two notches are used to undo that operation. At the bottom of reflector there is a XM-L T6 emitter with something that looks like centering ring.

lens1

Hard to see but yes, it is AR coated.

lens2

Aluminum retaining ring, a pain to disassemble (and not to damage) without proper tools...

lens3 & emitter

Hello, my name is XM-L T6, and you are? Big Smile


Nothing special to say about the tailcap, deep threads, springy insert in the middle to make a contact with the battery, looks like copper but it's not (attracts magnet). I wasn't able to figure out how they assembled this, it's not threaded! as if it was pushed inside and then expanded!?

capa de taila

A donut-like spongy thing was pushed around the contact for negative battery pole!

ring one - ring two

Nicely lubricated threads and O-rings right out of the box but.

The threads are not completely anodised, so no lock-out function

 

Driver in this thing is mystery, despite all my efforts I wasn't able to unscrew the battery tube and get closer to the driver. I think they glued it for some reason (tube), which would be really pity!  I have one more thing in my sleeve to try (will try to cool down upper part of the flashlight and heat up battery tube), if that doesn't do the job = no more nice guy from me Big Smile

drvr hole

 

Positive battery contact is surrounded by a plastic ring with two holes which are obviously intended for needle nose pliers but the battery tube has to be unscrewed first, so complicated Smile


A huuuuuge protected 32650 battery included with the flashlight seems to be manufactured couple months ago, arrived almost fully charged, with 4.10V. Let me tell you, when I got my first 18650 battery, I thought those are big but compared to this „big blue“ 18650 is small Big Smile

BTW, I would really have to get myself Turnigy Accucel-6 and until I do that I will trust that the 5000mAh is a real deal (right).

batt

Not so tough now 18650, are you... Silly


 

There is also included appropriate charger that can accommodate big blue. It features overcharge protection, short circuit protection, red light = charging, green light = battery full, input voltage: 110-240V so all usual except maybe slightly higher charging current (1000mA) but it's understandable, who would like to wait 10 hours while the battery is charged (if @ 500mA).

Of course, charger can be used for charging other high capacity lithium batteries like 18650 or 26650.

chrgr

 

Two more photos and then we got to UI and beamshots:

up fl down fl

 


Modes and UI

 

User interface is straightforward thing as always with magnetic rings, you start from standby/off position -> 20% ->40% -> 80% -> 100% and if you go from standby -> 20% -> standby -> 20% in less than 2 seconds you will find yourself in strobe mode.

As mentioned, I really have to commend functioning of the magnetic ring, really smooth and precise, and it spins 360° so you can jump from standby to 100% and vice versa Smile

Simple current measuring revealed a small downside of this flashlight, 2.43A on high is not quite 1000 lumens but... I have to get that driver out Silly

Good thing is that there is a low voltage warning, when battery drops to about 3.20V flashlight will blink twice letting you know it's time to charge the battery. On the other hand there is no battery protection so using protected battery is mandatory.

amps

20% mode is actually pretty nice and low, ideal for walking along the beach and when you don't want bunch of a light, jumping from 20% to 40% is very noticeable as you can see from beamshot while jumping from 80% to 100% you get almost negligible increase of light. Maybe 20%-40%-60%-100% arrangement would be slightly better!

beamshot

 

beam patern

 

Now, since this is a diving flashlight I have to see how it performs under water pressure Smile and a bucket full of water just won't do the job. Conveniently, I have a well in my backyard Big Smile  it's about 8 meters deep and there is about 6 meters of water in it and I always wanted to find out whats on the bottom Big Smile

 

well

Me: "You are going down there and you are going to find out what's on the bottom!"

F10: "Oh cr@p, I am afraid of sharks, don't want to go down..."

 

deep green

that would be about 30cm from the botom

crap all over the place

Yes, I know, there is a cr@p all over the place, this thing was not cleaned for over 30 years Undecided

 

Afterwards I naturally checked for leaks and as expected not a drop of water after first o-ring or under the lens, but this was only ~6 meter of water, would be interesting to see how it performs at 50 meters under Silly

 

the end

 

Overall impressions

Built like a brick, very nice finish and smooth performing, it gives confidence that this thing will not let you down in action, would be even better if it was driven harder Silly

 

I hope you like this review and find it useful,

Cheers

Sirius9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by: Sirius9 on 06/07/2018 - 21:49
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Great job on this review !

I like the animation .

  The light looks like it would do the job .

Thanks for sharing , Sirius9

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Thanks Smile

 

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I love your reviews.

That is all.

Actually, that is not all, it says 5-30 hours run time…surely it can’t do 5 hours on 100% can it? Have you done any run time testing? I’d be surprised if it got over 2 hours to be honest.
I use a Xtar D06 for diving (1×18650) and that only gets about 70-80 minutes.

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I like the animation. I just learned how to do that 2 or 3 days ago. Gives a great effect huh? Looks like a sweet light.

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Thanks for doing this review!  Great job with the pictures!  Looks like a quality light.

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Sounds like a nice flashlight, but I love the review and pictures, thanks. Nice well too Smile.

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Great images and light.  I like looking in the well!!!!

Thanks for sharing. Dan.

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lionheart_2281 wrote:
… it says 5-30 hours run time…surely it can’t do 5 hours on 100% can it? Have you done any run time testing? I’d be surprised if it got over 2 hours to be honest.

Unfortunately I don’t have proper equipment for data logging so I didn’t do a runtime test but if this battery is truly 5000mAh it wouldn’t run for 2h on high, I believe that 90-100 minutes would be more realistic number to expect.
But I determined that it has a low voltage warning, it will blink twice when voltage drops to ~3.2V and it will repeat that every time you chang the mode but it won’t switch off if/when V drops under 3V so using protected battery is mandatory.

djozz wrote:
Nice well too Smile.

I remember that, as a kid, I begged my father if we could go fishing in our back yard Big Smile probably it’s me who is responsible for most of that cr*p at the bottom :bigsmile:

 

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How is the buoyancy of the flashlight? Does it stay positive negative or neutral?

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AlexGT wrote:
How is the buoyancy of the flashlight? Does it stay positive negative or neutral?

With 514 grams (flashlight and battery) it sinks pretty fast.

 

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Tie that rascal off to your suit somewhere.... We are building a SECOND light right now for a customer that called last week.... A Texas Lumens light now graces the bottom of the Atlantic somewhere! Surprised He handed it to someone on a boat and that "Someone" did an ooops! 

This is really an odd feeling. We have had customers lose lights in many ways...houses burned, wrecks, just all kinds of bad things but KNOWING we have on at the bottom of the Atlantic is a strange thought.  I wonder if its still on?? Ha! Not likely when it went over at what he said could have been 1500 foot deep. Frown Poof! Their good...but not that good!

 

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That’s a bummer.

 

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Thanks for the fantastic review Sirius9. Very nice pictures.
Nothing like a bit of repeat business TexasLumens.

 

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Thanks a lot for the review! Sticky’d. (Sorry I didn’t put it on the frontpage because the table-based formatting isn’t very compatible with the frontpage layout.)

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Thanks sb Beer
P.S. my “hot and cold” method in attempting to unscrew the battery tube didn’t work, the damn thing is probably glued. I will have to make couple of those strap-wrenches and try with that…