Lumintop FWAA (Nichia) Flashlight Review (with runtime and pwm tests, etc)

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Lumintop FWAA (Nichia) Flashlight Review (with runtime and pwm tests, etc)

Lumintop FWAA (Nichia) Flashlight Review

When you were sitting around thinking about flashlights, one thing you thought was that there were no possible other combinations of the Lumintop FW series of lights.  Well you were wrong – Lumintop has released a 14500 version, the FWAA flashlight!  Read on for some photos and testing.


Versions

As of right now, there’s just one body of the Lumintop FWAA 14500 flashlight.  We can expect others though (that’s not insider information, that’s just knowing how Lumintop did the other FW series lights.)  In this one body you can have quite a few emitter options:  Cree XP-G3 (6500K), Nichia 219c (3000K, 4000K, 5000K), and Luminus SST-20 (4000K).

Price

The going rate at NealsGadgets.com (maybe elsewhere) is $45.95. 


Short Review

Ok, I thought “eh, great another FW light.”  But this little light is absolutely fantastic.  You should note up front that it’s absolutely floody.  If you’re ok with floody, then just stop reading and go buy one.  If you’re only marginally ok with floody, then read on and see why I recommend the SST-20 version.

Long Review

The Big Table

Lumintop FWAA 14500 Flashlight
Emitter: Nichia 219c (4000K)
Price in USD at publication time: $45.95
Cell: 1×14500
Turbo (Highest of Advanced UI) Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP?  
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1200
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 866 (72.2% of claim)^ (see graph)
Candela per Lumen 2.1
Claimed Throw (m) 95
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 142lux @ 3.14m = 1400cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 74.8 (78.7% of claim)^
All my Lumintop reviews!

^ Measurement disclaimer:  I am an amateur flashlight reviewer.  I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment.  I test output and such in PVC tubes!!  Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).


There's more at my site, including runtimes and all that other good stuff. Head over there if you're willing, and if the table above doesn't satisfy your need for data.

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Thanks for your work and review!
You provide more data about runtime and other aspects than I cannot give on my reviews, so I find it more complete Thumbs Up
Thanks!!

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thanks for this, good review.

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Kudos for great, written review.

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cyberpunk wrote:
thanks for this, good review.
sp5it wrote:
Kudos for great, written review.

Thank you both!

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MascaratumB wrote:
Thanks for your work and review! You provide more data about runtime and other aspects than I cannot give on my reviews, so I find it more complete Thumbs Up Thanks!!

Thanks MascaratumB!

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zeroair wrote:
If you’re ok with floody, then just stop reading and go buy one

I love your reviews Thumbs Up

this is the first Anduril light that has really tempted me
the only thing holding me back is
Im wishing for AA compatibility

I cant think of any other AA size light with a triple LED, in any case
I really like the looks of the FWAA..

fwiw, there is a discount code here

WTB Novatac Pocket Clip

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Thank you for this very detailed and great review!  Thumbs Up
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Excellent review!

I quite like this light. I think Lumintop has a real winner on their hands.

Some of Lumintop’s FW series lights have been great (FW3A). Others not so much (the glow-in-the-dark plastic FW lights). This is one of the great ones I think.