Hey folks should be a quick review of the Ekoras R7, I already have a video review out of the R7 its below. The R7 is a round S2/A6 style 21700 flashlight that has an integrated shelf making it great for modding. I stumbled across the R7 while browsing on AliExpress and i thought I would give it a go, I am always on the hunt for new cheaper lights to mod.
Build quality of the R7 is great I bought the purple R7 and its built to what I would say is a convoy standard or maybe even better in some respects. At only around 15 USD I didn’t expect much but the R7 surpassed all my expectations. The R7 is made from usual mumbo jumbo aircraft grade bullshit I mean aluminum and is hard anodized type 3 in purple to keep haters out. The R7 appears to have a stainless steel bezel stock and does come with AR coated lens which is a nice complement to the SMO reflector.
The ekroas R7 comes with a few different LED options either the Cree XML2 or the Luminus SST-40. The XML2 and SST-40 come in either a 5000k (my one) or 6500K tint. The LED board is copper and it is 20mm diameter which is a nice upgrade from the usual 16mm MCPCBs.
Driver wise it’s okay kind of a love hate situation, the driver is 20mm in diameter so the R7 has plenty of upgrade option you can even fit a boost driver in here.
The driver is current limited the most I got out of the driver using a clamp meter and a Mollicell 40T was just under 5amps so its not doing crazy amperage. With a littokala 21700 cell I got around 4 amps. The board design is pretty average so don’t expect to much.
The driver does stepdown after 3 mins on turbo and also has a temp stepdown apparently if it reaches 65 degree Celsius it will stepdown. The R7 driver does have reverse polarity protection and a low battery voltage alarm from 3.1-2.9v.
Output with the NW SST-40 is okay but it’s nothing special considering its on a copper board but at about 1500 lumens its not to bad. The slightly bigger SMO reflector makes the beam super usable giving the R7 more throw than a S2 I would say more throw than a S2+ with a SMO and XPL-HI.
Size wise its great not much bigger than a standard S2 style flashlight they are basically the same length the R7 is slightly wider than the S2. The weight of the R7 is a bit more noticeable but that could be because I am using a 21700 cell.
- Lens is 24mm
- Reflector is 24mm
- MCPCB is 20mm
- Driver is 20mm
- Weight 85 grams
Modes are as follows I expect this to receive much hate here on BLF lol
• Case Material: 6061 Aircraft-grade aluminum, Premium type Ⅲ hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish and better heat dissipation
• LED Type: Luminus SST40 LED emitter
• Lumens: R7 Max 1200lm (1500 lumens tested)
• Light distance: Max 300M
• Net Weight: 150g with battery (21700)
• Waterproof: IPX7, can use in rainstorm
• Working Voltage: 2.7-4.2V
• Switch Tail tactical switch
• Lens: Toughened glass lens AR coated
• Cup material: Smooth reflector
• Battery: Powered by 1 unit rechargeable 21700/18650 battery (No battery included)
• Dimensions: 127mm(length)*27mm(diameter)*27mm(head)
Wait i forgot what’s inside the package?
• Lanyard with the Ekoras branding
• Clip (I am not scratching the purple for a clip)
• 18650 adaptor
Beam shots, shot at ISO 400, 1/8s, auto white balance.
The trees at 150m its a stretch but if you enlarge you might be able to see them
Left is a S2+ with a Osram CSLPM1.TG in direct drive and right is the Ekoras R7
Left is a S2 with a XHP50.2 in direct drive and right the Ekoras R7
Hahaha i legit forgot something i was going to add to this sigh!
My video review is here