Zanflare F1 Rechargeable Flashlight Review

Zanflare (Zanbase) is a new company. The Zanflare F1 is their new flashlight.

Zanflare F1

Full Package

Zanflare F1 flashlight package

Zanflare F1 package

A rather well “endowed” package comes with the F1. There’s a zippered belt holster, an instruction manual, a micro USB charging cable, a pocket clip and an adjustable lanyard.

Features and Specifications 

Posing w/an 18650 battery

Zanflare w/an 18650 battery

Length; 5.3″
Weight (including battery); 144.5g
Beam distance; 252 meters
Waterproof to 2 meters; IPX-8
Impact resistant to 1.5 meters

Mode memory recalls the last mode used.

Fully integrated charging circuit. Built-in USB port.

Reverse polarity protection guards against improper battery installation.

An efficient regulating circuit keeps output as high as possible even as battery voltage weakens.

Two switches; one controls power, the other changes modes.

Batteries;

The suggested battery (and the only one for which can be charged internally) is an 18650. Other battery options are either (2) – 3.7v 16340; (2) – 3v CR123; or (2) – 3.7v 18350

LED, Modes and Output 

Cree XP-L V6 LED

Cree XP-L V6 LED

At the heart of the F1 is a Cree XP-L (V6) LED. This, combined with a smooth reflector, is what affords the F1 its excellent beam throw.

Modes;

  • Moonlight;  1 lumen
  • Low; 50 lumens
  • Medium; 290 lumens
  • High; 590 Lumens
  • Flare; 1240 Lumens

Regarding runtimes, constant use for 550 hours is estimated when on moonlight mode. In contrast, high mode will yield 2 hrs and 30 minutes, which is quite good. Meanwhile, “flare” mode will only remain constant for about 1 minute. It ramps down to high mode to prevent the components from getting too hot.

Operating the Zanflare F1

Zanflare F1 side switch

The side switch

Zanflare F1 tail switch

The tail switch

So there are two switches. One on the side, one on the bottom. The tail switch is what turns it on. To change modes, flick the side switch. It has a memory, so the last mode will always be memorized.

“Flare” is the top mode. Most lights would refer to this as “turbo”… but since we have a Zanflare… then that’s what it’s called. To activate flare, DOUBLE-CLICK from any mode. It puts out a lot of light on flare, but not for long. Even after it cuts back to high, you can put it BACK to flare if you want. But if you need it as bright as that for a few minutes, you’ll need to do that several times in a row. For the safety of the LED, I wouldn’t recommend it more than a couple of times.

To activate strobe, press and hold the switch in any mode. Once in strobe, you can switch to SOS by just clicking once. A second HOLDING press is required to return to the previous regular mode.

Charging an 18650 Internally 

The USB port exposed

The USB port exposed

Charging in progress

Charging in progress

Directly beneath the side switch is a ribbed-ring. Unscrew it to reveal a USB port. Insert the included micro charging cable into the port, and charging will begin. Confirmation of the process is a very small light to the right of the port. It’ll be red while the battery is charging and will turn green when finished. I tested the charging current of the light, and it was reasonably good… at 500-600mA on average.

Low Battery Voltage

As the battery weakens significantly, the Zanflare will “blink” to alert you of its condition. As voltage drops below 3.0 it will blink once every 60 seconds. If you ignore the warning and the voltage drops any further, the light will blink THREE times in a row and shut off!

Follow that Beam

A click on each, will open the image full-size

Zanflare F1 on moonlight

Moonlight mode

Zanflare F1 on low

Low

Zanflare F1 on medium

Medium

Zanflare F1 on high

High

Zanflare F1 on low mode

Low – outside

Zanflare F1 on high mode

On high – 17 ft

Zanflare F1 on low mode

Low – 65 feet

Zanflare F1 on high mode

On high

Zanflare F1 on flare mode

Flare mode

Zanflare F1 on flare mode

Flare – on tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Arguments

The Zanflare F1 is very nice flashlight. It’s simple in its design and user-interface.

Zanflare and GearBest have a unified association. I won’t take any credit on how the Zanflare presents itself, but I was consulted last year on the types of features I look for in a flashlight, by my rep at GearBest. Overall, I think they did a fine job.

If given enough consumer exposure, the F1 can compete with certain models from several of today’s leading flashlight manufacturers.

Switching on the F1 is quite smooth… although my only criticism to that, is with regards to the rear switch… which although works great… is a tad “stiff” to push. In other words, it has a far amount of tension. I could see an elderly person, or someone with arthritis in their thumb or index finger, having a very hard time clicking the switch. One thing for sure, it will NEVER activate by accident!

The modes are very effective, and moonlight (often one of my favorites) is dim enough to be useful when your eyes have adjusted to complete darkness. “Flare mode” on the opposite end of the spectrum, is extremely bright. And Zanflare has made it certain that the mode is not to be used in excess.

The rechargeable feature is appreciated, and I’m sure because of all the lights that have USB ports these days, Zanflare wanted to compete competitively.

If you’re looking for a flashlight of simple operation, which also includes several of today’s most sought after features, I suggest you consider the Zanflare F1. The price on GearBest is very competitive, and by clicking here, you can take full advantage of that. For additional savings enter coupon code F1GB at checkout.

The F1 is also now available on Amazon!

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance with regards to this post.

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2 Comments:

  1. Hi,

    I see there are two types of zanflare f1, a 4500-5000k and a 6000-6000k.
    Which one did you review?
    Which one do you recommend?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi! My reviewed light is a cool white — which would be the 6000k version. 4500-5000k would be “warm white”. The choice is entirely up to you, and which color LED tint you prefer. Many flashlight experts prefer a warmer tint, because it has better color rendering on natural objects outdoors. When I was offered the F1, I don’t believe the warmer tint was available, so I’ve not seen it yet.

      Thanks for asking!

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