As far as focusing-head flashlights go, they’re usually confined to the cheapest products on the market. This time however, the Lumintop Zoom, shows that with a certain amount of quality, you can get a “zooming” flashlight that’s actually worth buying!
The Box and Accessories
Lumintop usually delivers enough accessories to make the package worthwhile. Here, you get a user manual, a USB charging cable, two spare O-rings, warranty card, and a lanyard. The manual claims there’s a 18650 battery included, but my package did not have one.
- Weight; 6.19 ounces
- Length; 4.9″ (5.3″ extended)
- Beam distance; 210 meters
- Impact resistant to 2 meters
- Water resistance; IP65 (splashing water only)
- Battery; (1) 18650, (2) CR123, (1) 21700 w/separate tube
- Uses a CREE XP-L HD LED
- Focusing mechanism and optical lens allows for beam adjustment
- Internal charging port
- Body made from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy
- Mode memory
- Illuminated side switch for easy operation
Modes and Output
There are four regular modes plus Strobe & SOS.
- Low; 10 lumens for 88 hours!
- Medium; 200 lumens for 6 hours
- High; 400 lumens for 2.5 hours
- Turbo; 850 lumens for about 2 hours **
** The flashlight has over-heat protection which causes it to downshift to ‘high’ when left on ‘turbo’ for an extended period
The Lumintop Zoom has a single side switch, which also illuminates in green when the light is in ‘standby mode’.
To switch on, give the button a quick press. To turn off, press and hold for 1 second. While on, click to change the mode. In the standard sequence, it’ll go low, medium, high. For Turbo, you need to double-click…and can do that from any of the three modes. It’s a bit deceiving because during the double-click, it goes “dark” before it hits Turbo. A single click from Turbo returns to the previous mode.
To activate Strobe, start with the Lumintop Zoom, OFF, then press and hold the button for three seconds. Clicking during Strobe will turn on SOS. A holding press will turn it off.
As always, mode memory will make sure that when it’s turned on, it’ll be in the last mode used.
Tighten it Up!
At any time during any operation, the head may be adjusted by about 3/4″ either forward or backward to alter the shape and coverage of the beam. (refer to the photos above) Beam distance is reasonably good when fully focused.
One of the many complaints that people have with generic, low-quality, focusing flashlights, is the “squared” shape of the fully “zoomed” beam. Admittedly, it’s pretty useless, but unavoidable due to the length of the zoom. In contrast, because the Lumintop Zoom is a higher quality light, the zoom length is shorter, and therefore produces a more useful (rounded) beam.
Lumintop Zoom Beam Pictures
There’s also an electronic lock-out to ensure it won’t be popping on when you least expect it. To lock it, start from OFF, then press and hold for five seconds (it’ll seem like an eternity). Naturally before it locks, it needs to activate Strobe for a second…which seems dumb…but whatever. When it finally DOES lock, it blinks twice to confirm. To unlock, repeat the procedure.
As with any other rechargeable flashlight, connecting the USB cable will start the process of charging a 18650 battery internally. The charge is pretty intense, using close to a full 2A current as long as it’s connected to a 5v/2A plug. While charging, the power switch will glow RED…then changes to BLUE when finished.
Summarizing the Lumintop Zoom
I admit to being somewhat of a flashlight snob, so focusing lights have always been something that I’ve turned my nose up at. But this is based mainly on the poor quality that most focusing lights are subject to. But as I said, since the Lumintop is BETTER quality, it simply does a BETTER job at basically doing the same thing.
What’s better about the Lumintop Zoom?
- It’s brighter
- It has mode memory
- The LED is more efficient
- Higher quality components