I haven’t written an article on flashlights in a long time, so I figured this would be a good opportunity to write one since I just got this new flashlight. I’ve been looking for one that’s small enough for every day carry, but still powerful enough. This past weekend at the Rochester gun show, I stopped over at the VRI Tactical booth, and talked flashlights with the owner, Brian.
Brian recommended this flashlight because it is only 3.5″ long and still puts out 230 lumens. It also is powered by one CR123A battery, has 5 different modes and weighs only 1.8 ounces. So far it’s a great addition to my daily gear. It’s certainly small enough for pocket carry, and produces more than enough light for anything I would be using it for. One of the great features is it’s momentary-on / click-constant switch. This makes this light usable for low-light and off-hand weapons light use. The controls are very ergonomic and light activation is easily performed ambidextrously. The kit comes with a pouch for carrying, or you can use the clip which is already attached to the flashlight.
- CREE XP-G R5 LED Bulb
- High quality reflector and good beam pattern
- 5 Different Modes
- Aluminum Body construction, Hard-Anodized Black
- Tactical tailcap switch w/ momentary-on and click-for-constant
- Two-way clip
- Reverse polarity battery protection
- Weatherproof o-ring to seal battery compartment
- Intelligent memory circuitry to remember last-used mode
- Comes bundled with several useful accessories: nylon holster, lanyard, spare o-rings, spare rubber switch boot
Check out some pictures:
|Bulb||CREE XP-G R5 LED|
|Max Output||230 Lumens|
|Low Ouput / Runtime||5 lumens / 68 hours|
|Tactical Runtime||1 hour|
|Bezel Dia.||1.04 inches|
|Body Dia.||0.75 inches|
|Batteries||1 x CR123A|
The flashlight supports 5 different modes: Low, Mid, High, Strobe, and S.O.S. Switching between modes is very simple, and can be done with a quick loosen/tighten of the head. Here is a video of the 5 different modes:
Overall, the Lumintop L1C is a great ultra-compact flashlight, suitable for every day carry. The price is extremely reasonable, at about $65. CR123A batteries are readily accessible, and are used heavily on tactical firearms optics as well. I would definitely recommend this flashlight.