Review: Wuben L60 (18650, XP-L2, rotating zoom flashlight)

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Review: Wuben L60 (18650, XP-L2, rotating zoom flashlight)

This is my review of the Wuben L60, a zoomable 18650 flashlight.

Disclaimer:: This flashlight has been provided by Wuben free of charge for writing a review.

Purchase links (non-affiliate)

Aliexpress: “Wuben L60”: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000039584218.html

Introduction

The Wuben L60 features a 6500K XPL2 led and a rotating zoom. It uses the included 18650 protected battery which can be charged inside the flashlight with Micro USB.

What is included

- Wuben L60
- 18650 2600mAh protected battery
- Manual
- Micro USB charging cable
- Lanyard
- Spare o-rings


Specifications

- Cree XPL2 V6 led
- 18650 battery
- 1200 lumens
- Micro USB charging 5V 1A
- Four modes with mode memory

The manual



Measurements




Tailcap current (ampere draw)

Low: 0.02A
Med: 0.22A
High: 0.95A
Turbo: 3.20A

Appearance






Not zoomed and zoomed

Threads at the tail not anodized but square cut

Tailcap with spring

Battery and charging



The battery is a Wuben branded protected 18650 cell with 2600mAh. That is not the highest capacity but it should be enough.

The Micro USB charging port is found behind a cover at the tail next to the tail switch together with a charging indicator led. The cover is a bit loose and does not close tightly. I doubt that it will be waterproof.


Comparison

The Wuben L60 with other zoomable flashlights, from left to right: Wuben L60, CPFItalia Cometa 2016 (Jaxman Z1 clone), Countryman B1, Skywolfeye TLY-S21


Wuben L60 compared with some famous flashlights: Wuben L60, Convoy S2+, Sofirn SP31 V2.0, Fireflies E07

Beamshots

Control

Low

Med

High

Turbo

Zoomed in

Animated

CPFItalia Cometa 2016 (Jaxman Z1 clone) XPL HI 5000K flood

CPFItalia Cometa 2016 (Jaxman Z1 clone) XPL HI 5000K zoomed in

Sofirn SP31 V2.0 XPL HI 5300K

Convoy C8+ SST40 5000K

Animated

Some whitewall beamshots, zoomed on the right

You can see that the light circle at the flood setting is not very large. The spot when zoomed in has a strange outer ring which is caused by the white or milky centering ring. The zoom goes a little further than the focus point, most probably to avoid showing the focussed square led die. The throw of a zoomable flashlight is best at its focus point though so I prefer the throw instead of a nice circle. At a distance visible structure of the led is no longer disturbing. The XPL2 is cold white but also disturbingly pinkish. I like rosy flashlights but the tint on this flashlight in combination with the cold white is not pleasant to the eye.
Sofirn SP31 V2.0 and Wuben L60

From left to right: Wuben L60 XPL2, Cometa XPL HI 3D, Countryman B1 LH351D 4000K

Teardown and internals

As written in the manual, you shouldn’t disassemble your flashlight as it voids the warranty and it may damage your flashlight. I’m showing the teardown and internal parts here so that you don’t have to unscrew the flashlight yourself risking to ruin it. Of course, this does not apply to all experts and modders who don’t need the warranty for a flashlight. Wink

The bezel is hard to get off but not glued.

Internal parts line-up

The pill

The threads of the rotating zoom head are very well lubed and big square cut.

Conclusion
The Wuben L60 is a great zoomable flashlight. The rotating zoom works fast and smoothly. The USB charging port cover should close tighter to make it waterproof. The XPL2 spoils this flashlight with a bad cold white, pinkish tint. My personal preference would be a sharp projection of the led in zoom mode for more throw, so the led should be closer to the lens. I would suggest Wuben to use a LH351D led which would make this flashlight almost perfect. The big die of an LH351D makes it look more round than square when focussed. The design and quality of the flashlight is flawless.

What I like

- Fast and smooth rotating zoom
- Flawless anodization and quality of the flashlight host
- Nice design and look with silver bezel
- Good protected battery included
- UI with four well spaced modes

What could be improved

- The XPL2 is cold and pinkish, maybe use a LH351D instead.
- The zooming system should have a bigger flood circle and a focussed led. This can be achieved by moving the led closer to the lens.
- Anodize end threads and waterproof the USB cover

Thanks to everyone for reading my review. Smile For any questions or suggestions please feel free to ask and comment below.

Edited by: Skylight on 02/25/2021 - 16:19
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Nice review! Does anybody know any zoomies with over 1000m throw?

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Pilotboy wrote:
Nice review! Does anybody know any zoomies with over 1000m throw?

Thanks Pilotboy. I don’t know any commercial zoomies with over 1000m throw. I think you have to modify a zoomie yourself with a WhiteFlat. They should throw very well behind a big lens. I have read about a Cometa modified with a WF1 throwing 300kcd but it also had a Wavien collar.

The Haikelite HT35 was not bad in throwing with a XHP35 HI but I think it was discontinued. Zoomies are not very popular.

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Skylight wrote:
Pilotboy wrote:
Nice review! Does anybody know any zoomies with over 1000m throw?

Thanks Pilotboy. I don’t know any commercial zoomies with over 1000m throw. I think you have to modify a zoomie yourself with a WhiteFlat. They should throw very well behind a big lens. I have read about a Cometa modified with a WF1 throwing 300kcd but it also had a Wavien collar.

The Haikelite HT35 was not bad in throwing with a XHP35 HI but I think it was discontinued. Zoomies are not very popular.


Thanks for the info! It’s a shame that zoomies are not that popular. I won a MicroFire falcon H8 zoomy in a giveaway, it has a Wavien collar and I love it! I wish there are more like it.
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Thanks for the review Skylight – seems like a lot of flashlight for the money! And I like how the SOS is hidden with a double tap. Thumbs Up

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.