In today’s flashlight market, there are so many look alike products that it can be hard to know what brand you are looking at. And ever since Asian lights began flooding the market this statement has become even more true.
I give Lumintop credit. While they have many of the familiar looking 2 cell lights, they also have quite a few unique products. Here in TFB I reviewed Lumintop’s “Prince” (brass and carbon fiber) and the copper “Tool”. And now I present to you the stainless steel Torpedo 007.
Short review – this is a single 123 cell pocket or key ring sized light. 4 user selectable levels: .5 lumen, 15 lumen, 100 lumen and a 520 lumen level that steps down to 320 lumen after a minute. Output is from a Cree XPLV5 emitter that produces a nice, off-white beam with just the slightest touch of green.
Activation is by the simple tail switch, and levels are switched by repeatedly pressing the button. The tail switch is flat allowing tail standing, and my sample came with a tritium vial in the tail. (Some people who purchased the light at Amazon claimed that theirs did not include the tritium.) It also includes 2 extra o-rings, a key ring and a 3.0V 1500 mAh CR123 cell. You can operate the light using a RCR123 3.7V battery (not included).
It’s a bit heavy at 4 ounces, but the weight is understandable – as mentioned, the light is made of stainless steel plus there is a copper sleeve inside the tube that helps dissipate heat.
I’m not a huge fan of stainless steel lights, nor am I big fan of lights this small. Having said that, it’s interesting, bright, different and a relative bargain at under $50 at Amazon and other retailers.