GearBest's Entry into Flashlights, the zanflare f1! First Light from this manufacturer!

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Push the ring up and over the o-ring, and then you can screw it. No point push and screw at the same time. Make it two steps is better in my opinion.

Mine came very tight, after unscrewed, i don’t screw it so tight

On checking it again, it does seem to work like that. Maybe if mine had come fastened I would have realised. After working it a bit it managed to ride up over the second o-ring and tighten quite securely. I have been too harsh on this light. Now that the ring works the only thing actually broken is the lanyard end stop, it is a good light otherwise, just oversized for what it is and with poor mode spacing.


Mine was very tight that i have to search around my house for clothes that’s grippy in order to twist that damned ring. And i even search BLF to confirm it’s closewise or counter clockwise. Looks like the operator who assemble F1 has used up all his grips strength, that’s why yours is not fastened. Facepalm

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I wonder why every single Zanflare product is so extremely over-sized. Flashlights F1, F3, F2 as well as charger C4 are all very nice quality and well designed products, but why make them so unnecessarily humongous. Facepalm

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An the tube light in question here, the built in charging takes up extra space. It would be quite close to the A6 or S2+ without the charging section.

My new Zanflare F2 2xAA light is very nice, the beam profile is much to my liking and I think they did a good job with this one. Sleek and stylish, firm clicky switch, nice design, with an indicator for low battery.

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Received my CW F1, and I’m impressed. Finish is good, nice beam, and I had no problem accessing the USB port. I actually like the UI quite a bit. I would like to see a little more aggressive knurling as it feels a little slick, but not a big deal. It’s a keeper for me, and definitly worth the money I paid. The USB charging & port design are a plus for me. I’ll recommend this light to my friends.

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I got one of these in today in good working order. Did not find anything “tinny” about it. In fact the tube is considerably thicker than my A6. It is larger than I care for but I intend to give it to a friend because of the USB charging ability. I am well pleased for the price

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Is the head of the F1 still glued shut? Or have they stopped that? I’m thinking of getting a 6500K version, but I don’t like glued heads on my flashlights.

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I have no problems with my F1 as well. I like the precise machining and really like the warm light tint on this one.
Definitely worth the money paid (USD 10).

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I forgot to add that my F1 came with 2 spare o-rings included, along with the clip, USB cable, lanyard, and neoprene pouch. The zippered pouch, btw, is pretty funky and awkward to get the light in or out of it. Probably never use it because of this, but possibly if the light is being stored in one of our vehicles where it’s not used very often.

I had paid $15 for mine (lowest I’d seen), and will probably buy a few more at some point now that I know what they are like, especially if I can get them at the $10 price. Where are you guys seeing this price at?

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duvallite wrote:
I forgot to add that my F1 came with 2 spare o-rings included, along with the clip, USB cable, lanyard, and neoprene pouch. The zippered pouch, btw, is pretty funky and awkward to get the light in or out of it. Probably never use it because of this, but possibly if the light is being stored in one of our vehicles where it’s not used very often.

I had paid $15 for mine (lowest I’d seen), and will probably buy a few more at some point now that I know what they are like, especially if I can get them at the $10 price. Where are you guys seeing this price at?


I thought the pouch was funky at first too. However, I keep my F1 in my lunchbox (a small cooler) and the pouch keeps it from getting beat up. I actually like it very much now(the pouch). The F1 itself is awesome for the money. Just got my first Convoy S2+ today and I’ll have to think real hard about which one I like best. Both very nice lights.

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Quality wise, the pouch is among highest quality pouch I have seen for flashlight for example 4Sevens X10 pouch. A bit hard to get F1 in and out of it though.

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DENGOH wrote:
Quality wise, the pouch is among highest quality pouch I have seen for flashlight for example 4Sevens X10 pouch. A bit hard to get F1 in and out of it though.

That’s why I consider it a storage pouch, rather’n a holster.

Fits nicely into a Jaxman holster now at FT. https://www.fasttech.com/p/7569100

(Also fits most tubelights like the S2+, as well as the Jax E2/E2L and the like.)

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Lightbringer wrote:
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Quality wise, the pouch is among highest quality pouch I have seen for flashlight for example 4Sevens X10 pouch. A bit hard to get F1 in and out of it though.

That’s why I consider it a storage pouch, rather’n a holster.

Fits nicely into a Jaxman holster now at FT. https://www.fasttech.com/p/7569100

(Also fits most tubelights like the S2+, as well as the Jax E2/E2L and the like.)

Nice! Is the holster bigger than the Banggood Astrolux holster below? I bought two of this but forget to try on F1.
https://www.banggood.com/12_8×3_2cm-Astrolux-Flashlight-Protected-Bag-H...

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Nice! Is the holster bigger than the Banggood Astrolux holster below? I bought two of this but forget to try on F1.

Unno. Someone in the comments/reviews mentioned it fits his S2+ perfectly, so it’d probably work fine, and so they’re probably about the same size.

I got the FT ones regardless, as if bigger it might fit a ’502, if thinner it might fit a tubelight like an S2+, and if all-around smaller it’d probably fit an AA light like an SP10B.

I had all my bases covered. Big Smile

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I recommend holsters that are meant for the p60 lights like the 501B. A closed bottom C8 pouch will also work.

This p60 pouch is $0.85 USD if you get it from the China warehouse or $3.75 from the US warehouse.

https://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Black-Holster-Cover-Pouch-for-LED-Flashlight-Torch-150mm-x-30mm-p-50658.html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

The pouches for standard tube style lights like that Astrolux pouch are too small.

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JasH wrote:
I recommend holsters that are meant for the p60 lights like the 602B. A closed bottom C8 pouch will also work.

This p60 pouch is $0.85 USD if you get it from the China warehouse or $3.75 from the US warehouse.

https://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Black-Holster-Cover-Pouch-for-LED-Flashlight-Torch-150mm-x-30mm-p-50658.html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

The pouches for standard tube style lights like that Astrolux pouch are too small.

Eww. I’ve seen pouches like that. With the slightest twist, an S2+ can slide right out the “hole” on the side.

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Lightbringer wrote:
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I recommend holsters that are meant for the p60 lights like the 602B. A closed bottom C8 pouch will also work.

This p60 pouch is $0.85 USD if you get it from the China warehouse or $3.75 from the US warehouse.

https://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Black-Holster-Cover-Pouch-for-LED-Flashlight-Torch-150mm-x-30mm-p-50658.html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

The pouches for standard tube style lights like that Astrolux pouch are too small.

Eww. I’ve seen pouches like that. With the slightest twist, an S2+ can slide right out the “hole” on the side.

The Zanflare F1 is bigger in diameter than the Convoy S2+. F1 is 28mm, S2+ is 24mm, Ultrafire 501B, Solarforce, Surefire and other P60 size lights have a max head diameter of 30mm.

F1 fits P60 size holsters just fine but is too big for holsters for standard 18650 tube lights like the S2+. There are tons of P60 holsters available that give full coverage at budget prices.

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DENGOH wrote:
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Quality wise, the pouch is among highest quality pouch I have seen for flashlight for example 4Sevens X10 pouch. A bit hard to get F1 in and out of it though.

That’s why I consider it a storage pouch, rather’n a holster.

Fits nicely into a Jaxman holster now at FT. https://www.fasttech.com/p/7569100

(Also fits most tubelights like the S2+, as well as the Jax E2/E2L and the like.)

Nice! Is the holster bigger than the Banggood Astrolux holster below? I bought two of this but forget to try on F1.
https://www.banggood.com/12_8×3_2cm-Astrolux-Flashlight-Protected-Bag-H...


It doesn’t fit F1. Not that i need holster for F1 though.

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Lightbringer wrote:
JasH wrote:
I recommend holsters that are meant for the p60 lights like the 602B. A closed bottom C8 pouch will also work.

This p60 pouch is $0.85 USD if you get it from the China warehouse or $3.75 from the US warehouse.

https://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Black-Holster-Cover-Pouch-for-LED-Flashlight-Torch-150mm-x-30mm-p-50658.html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

The pouches for standard tube style lights like that Astrolux pouch are too small.

Eww. I’ve seen pouches like that. With the slightest twist, an S2+ can slide right out the “hole” on the side.


Ya, we prefer high quality budget holster. Holster can affect feeling towards flashlight too.

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JasH wrote:
I recommend holsters that are meant for the p60 lights like the 501B. A closed bottom C8 pouch will also work.

This p60 pouch is $0.85 USD if you get it from the China warehouse or $3.75 from the US warehouse.

https://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Black-Holster-Cover-Pouch-for-LED-Flashlight-Torch-150mm-x-30mm-p-50658.html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

The pouches for standard tube style lights like that Astrolux pouch are too small.

I have these, if you go to the Wholesale Inquiry you will see they get to $.58 at the 10+ mark.
So as you would expect my order was for like 15.
I give a lot of flashlights away and like to give complete kit so these could work for cheap lights.

First off, as with many things from the China vendors, you do not get what you see.
There is no leather bar on the top flap as they show. (At least in my batch, your order may vary)
However the side webbing is pretty good.
Where the shortcomings are is in the length of the strap for your belt. The opening is way too long/big. The Flashlight holster will want to flop forward and back.
My sister is a very good seamstress so hopefully she can stitch these tight to make them better.

Still better than nothing and at $.58 it’s hard to complain.
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In my life I bought about 20 lights from $6.5 to over $100.
None matched the first impression of that $10 F1.
Nice packaging, 0 manufaturing flaws. But what really sold me was a nice neoprene holster with waterproof zipper.
Then I tried to put the flashlight in the holster and it didn’t fit. OK, I managed to put it in after a minute or 2 of fighting. Wink
OK, after the first time it goes in much easier (but not easy).
Comparing to $7 S2+, I like the throwy beam and the low mode being fairly low. I like how it has no strobe. It would really benefit from a ramping UI though.
The middle of the beam is very yellow. The head is glued.

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I like how it has no strobe.

It does have strobe. (turn on and long press e-switch).

I also like the light. For me the only improvement can be smaller size, higher CRI and backward mode cycling like BLF A6 has (or moonlight shortcut).

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I haven’t stumbled upon strobe, so it’s hidden well enough. It doesn’t hurt me. Smile
But thanks for correction.

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Agro wrote:
I haven’t stumbled upon strobe, so it’s hidden well enough. It doesn’t hurt me. Smile
But thanks for correction.

Same here. Further they hide the strobe, happier it makes me. Overall it is excellent light in every department, large size is the only tiny quirk I would change, everything else about this light is topnotch! Thumbs Up

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