If you thought that the GT Nano was a tiny flashlight, then you need to see this Frog, because it is even tinier and funnier
This is my review of the Lumintop Frog flashlight.
The flashlight was bought from www.nealsgadgets.com (non-affiliated).
Package is $35.95 USD; 10440 battery is $3.95 USD; 10440 tube is $4.95 USD; extension tube is $4.95 USD.
Again, Neal, thanks for the fast shipping and quick replys via e-mail
Some reviews of this flashlight:
DISCLAIMER: I don’t do runtime, lumens or candela measurements. If this is important information for you, please consider searching other sources of information. Or…buy yourself the flashlights and the tools for that Thanks for understanding!
Body Colour: Black
Emitters: Luminus SST20 4000K (or 6500K)
Optic: Clear TIR lens
Battery: 10180 3.7V Li-Ion (included) / 10440 3.7V Li-Ion (not included) / 3xAAA (not included)
Switch: Electronic Side Switch
Waterproofness: IPX8, 2m underwater
Impact resistance: NA
Low Voltage Warning: Yes (detailed below)
Reverse Polarity Protection: NO [careful when inserting the batteries)
|Max beam distance||135m||150m||???|
PACKAGE: Flashlight and Accessories
After having the GT Nano , and finding it tiny and funny, I decided I would try this Lumintop Frog. Why? Just because it is a cute flashlight
And because it can be used as a keychain light (10180), or as a small EDC flashlight (10440), or even as a penlight (3xAAA), with all the bells and whistles of the Narsil firmware
For some this will be a “toy”, or a “gimmicky thing”, but I believe this is probably one of the nicest small flashlights currently available, and one that has a very practical use.
Before entering the review, I wanna say that communication with Neal before getting this was superb, with quick answers and the buying and shipping processes ran smoothly was always
What did I find in the flashlight box?
- Lumintop Frog flashlight w/ 10180 3.7V Li-Ion battery inside (w/ protection on the + pole)
- USB to USB-C cable, thin, Lumintop branded
- Charging adapter, to be used with USB-C
- Carabiner w/ split ring
- O-rings, 2 of them
- User Manual
- 10440 battery (extra, but included in the package)
Along with this I received the 10440 tube and the extension tube.
So, again, if I said that the GT Nano was cute, the Frog is even cuter
It is even smaller in length than the GT Nano, so using it with an 10180 is quite an adventure!! But like the Nano, you double click it and “BANG” it lights a lot
Also, it is one of the smallest flashlights I have and I would dare to say, one of the smallest “but usable” lights on the market :o
Using it with 10440 is a bit more comfortable as there is more grip! In any case this is not a toy light, and it has some versatility in use! I was not so surprised about what it does, since the Nano is quite similar in functions, but I am still surprised on its output and good quality!
From the top to the bottom, what it has:
- unscrewable bezel without any etching or engraving
- green GITD o-ring, inside
- clear TIR Optic, quite small, but not the smallest I’ve seen
- white gasket, where the optic sits, and with the opening for a 3535 footprint LED
- copper DTP MCPCB with similar shape to the ones in FW1AA and GT Nano, except this one has a Luminus SST20 4000K (3535 instead of 3030 footprint)
- around the head there are some cooling fins
- the side e-switch that is covered by a rubber button
- under the button there is a location RED led, which can be seen better than the one in the GT Nano
- below the switch, in the front, there is the engraving of the flashlight model and the Serial Number, and in the opposite side (back) there is the brand engraving
- inside, we can see the driver PCB, with a slightly raised brass button
- as for the battery tubes:
a) both have pineapple knurling and some thin grooves
b) both have a sealing o-ring
c) both have a “large” lanyard/keychain hole
d) both have a golden spring on the bottom
e) both are different from the GT Nano tubes, but are interchangeable between these 2 lights
f) neither of them allow tailstanding
g) both have the same type of anodizing as the head (unlike my version of the GT Nano and its 10440 tube)
Let’s see some photos now:
Now let’s check the overall dimensions and weight.
10180 tube VS 10440 tube
Frog w/ short tube + 10180 battery
Frog w/ 10440 tube + 10440 battery >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Frog w/ 10440 tube + extension tube + 3xAAA batteries
Concerning ergonomics the LT Frog can be operated both with thumb or index fingers, depending on the position you want to use it and eventually the chosen tube configuration.
Let’s see the RED location LED, which is much more visible than on the GT Nano.
This LED can be turned OFF (check the User Manual). BUT, in order to avoid drain in case the light is store for long period, you can unscrew the tailcap a little bit to cut the power connection.
Also, let’s take a look at the lowest possible mode, which is a neat FIREFLY level :LOVE:
As I am always talking about the GT Nano vs Frog, here are some photos for you to compare them in size and shape.
Now it is time to see the accessories the flashlight comes with.
10180 3.7V Li-Ion 80mAh battery
USB to USB-C charging cable :GLASSES:
It is quite small, has a magnetic “close” and is Lumintop branded.
Unlike the one that comes with the GT Nano, this adapter takes USB-C cable, and the port is on the top, instead of the side. It works with both tubes and batteries. It will be RED when charging and GREEN when charged.
Clasp w/ split ring
Like the GT Nano, the Frog brings a clasp with split ring to attach to that large lanyard/keychain hole on the tubes, to make it a keychain flashlight. Its’ size allows it more than the Nano. There is no lanyard included.
The clasp is almost as big as the Frog…or maybe the Frog is almost as small as the clasp
Like the one of the GT Nano, it is well written and provides the essential information on how to operate the flashlight and other general specifications (presented above). It has the English and Chinese version.
This tube is sold separately. It is supposed to be used along with the 10440 tube, in order to use 3xAAA batteries , either 1.2V Ni-MH or 1.5V Alkalines. I am not sure if 1.5V Lithium primaries will work, so…if someone tries it, let us know, but do it at your own risk. }) This tube can be used both in the Frog and the GT Nano.
Also, the “flashevolution”
You can see in the top that the lights are ON.
USER INTERFACE, OUTPUT and RUNTIME
The Lumintop Frog uses NarsilM firmware, by TomE. NarsilM provides both the possibility to use the flashlight with SMOOTH RAMPING or MODE-SET.
In any case, it is possible to have a very low Moonlight level and also Turbo levels. Strobes and beacons (5 types) can also be activated…or not
Depending on the interface you prefer there are configurable features such as Auto Stepdown, Mode order, Memory mode, and the number of levels (Mode-set).
You can also check the battery level, e-lock the flashlight, and have momentary TURBO .
Battery blinks and the RED indication LED (e-switch) can also be enabled or disabled.
This information is clear in the user manual so I will not enter in details.
Also, given that the flashlight can be used in different levels and it is almost impossible to verify each one of them (at least with proper tools, know-how, calculation, etc….all of which I don’t have, including time ) I will not specify OUTPUT and RUNTIME. The major specs were pointed out above, so please check them.
Soon I will make a video showing how to alternate between these interfaces and how to configure them…for my taste Despite, NarsilM has been detailed and explained before in charts, threads and videos, so search for them in case you don’t want to wait for my video…that may not arrive soon
I’ve tried both and I can tell that I prefer the Ramping settings, and I enabled the moonlight mode to be the lowest possible! I really like how low it can go!
I wish there was the possibility to use other levels as “momentary modes”, including moonlight, but it doesn’t seem to be possible.
Apart from this, the Ramping setting provides a simple and “no-brain” interface, with ramp up and down and quick access to turbo! Me likes
Time for some flashlight comparison, showing how tiny the Frog can be :o
Vs AAA Flashlights (Sofirn CO1S / Tool AAA Ti)
Vs Keychain flashlights (RovyVon Aurora A8 / Nitecore Tip 2017 / Trustfire MiniX / GT Nano / RovyVon A5R)
Vs True Utility Nano Lite :LOVE:
Vs My Lumintop Family…with some members missing
(FW1A / Tool AA V2.0 / GT Nano 10440 / Frog 10440 / FWAA / FW1AA / FW3A 18500 / Tool 25)
I haven’t been on my village for a while, so I couldn’t take outdoor beamshots…yet
I hope to add them next week, so stay tuned tuned to see what the FROG does in outdoor environment!
Below what I will present are the beam patterns ( that along with the REAL TINT cannot be completely protrayed in these photos given the type of the lens and my cellphone ) and tint comparisons.
There is no visible PWM, both at human sight and on camera.
The lowest moonlight level is usable within 10-20cm from an object :o I still need to check the max range it gets!
The beam pattern has a very defined hotspot – that on the lowest levels is the only thing visible – and also some spill – which is more visible as soon as you start ramping. The corona, with this led, is a bit pronounced with a mix of white and eventually…green (?).
When using the flashlight on high levels or turbo, specially with a 10440 battery will make it get very hot, fast. I didn’t get any blueish tint when using 10440 battery.
COMPARISON (beamshots taken with WB @ 5000K)
VS GT Nano (Osram W1 w/ SMO reflector)
VS `*Olight S1R Baton II* (XML2 6500K w/ TIR)
VS FWAA (Triple Nichia 219C 4000K w/ TIR)
VS Jaxman E3 (Triple Nichia 219C 5700K w/ TIR)
VS Sofirn SP10B (Luxeon V2 3000K w/ OP reflector)
GROUP TINT COMPARISON
Order: GT Nano > Olight S1R II > FROG > FWAA > Jaxman > Sofirn SP10B
And the Moonlight level comparison!
Frog & SP10 Pro (triple) and:
Jetbeam RRT01 (the BEST!!! ^:) )
Well, the FROG is quite a flashlight! First of all, it is versatile
-You wanna EDC it? Grab a 10440 = done!
-You wanna KEYCHAIN it? Use the 10180 = done!
-You wanna PENLIGHT it? Grab the extension tube and 3xAAAs and call it a day!
This is one of the smallest lights with true use you’ll be able to find, currently.
I will use it more with the 10440, since it gives me more grip and more runtime. I see myself carrying it for some fun but also for something more than that, despite the short capacity batteries and the fact that it gets hot fast on Turbo. I find it funny to use, but not gimmicky, though.
I wish it it had other possible configurations in terms or UI and functionality, but I am spoiled by Anduril 2, I’m sorry! Still, NarsilM is a solid FW and offers good configuration possibilities and a very friendly UI
Despite the included tubes do not allow tailstanding , one can always pick the tubes from the GT Nano and it’s done
The most positive aspect, besides the size and weight, UI and output, is that it can also be modded, since the LED is 3535
If you have any questions or comments, let them come!
[P.S: Soon…the outdoor beamshots ]