Lumintop Elfin Flashlight Review

Preface

While I was reviewing the Lumintop Torpedo 007, Anny at GearBest sent me a message saying that the Lumintop Elfin was on it’s way to me.  I was excited, because that’s a neat looking light.  Truth be told, the Elfin and the Torpedo are quite similar.


Official Specs and Features

Versions

There’s just one version of this light itself, but as stated, it shares many characteristics with the Lumintop Torpedo 007, which gives you at least one more body option.

There are two options in the sense that one can order with tritium, or no tritium at all (though the slot is still milled into the cap).

MSRP

$49.99 for the tritium version, $39.99ish for the non tritium.


Short Review

This is the first flashlight I’ve ever had that my wife has already claimed as her own.  I actually like it quite a bit too, and it seems to perform fairly well.

Long Review

What’s Included

  • Lumintop Elfin
  • GITD diffuser cap
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Lanyard attachment
  • Manual

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Pictures

Here are a bunch of photos, a runtime, and indoor beamshots.

Package and Manual

The Elfin is presented in a nice flip top cardboard box, with printed onion paper inside.  The light has a ribbon pull for easy removal, and the goodies are contained inside a smaller box.  All of this is seated in custom cut foam, and protected well.

Build Quality and Disassembly

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This is another stainless steel light like the Torpedo, but this one is “electroplated” (GearBest’s wording, not Lumintop’s).  Actually Lumintop’s ad copy looks to be copied from the Torpedo, because they mention “gold plated flames” which this model clearly does not have.

Like the Torpedo, the Elfin is well built.  The threads are well lubed and being stainless, thread very nicely.  The inside of the tube is not electroplated (or colored) but the threads do have a little.

The head end does not have a spring – it’s just a brass contact point for the positive cell terminal.  The tailcap of course has a spring and a tritium vial!

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The light also comes with a diffuser, which just slips over the head of the light.  It’s a GITD diffuser, and quite flexible.  A neat little inclusion in the package.  20170518-IMG_1328

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Now see where these two differ in build:  The bezel on the Elfin is shorter, and not two pieces.  The Torpedo has a gold (“gold”) band and that’s where the flames are on the Torpedo, but that’s a separate piece (likely copper for heat dissipation).  This Elfin, with the one piece bezel (and no copper ring) has the flames all the way on the bezel itself.  Still deals with heat ok (gets hot on high, of course).  But stainless isn’t going to be great for heat in the first place.

One other minor but non-trivial difference is that the Elfin has divots on the tailcap.  Though they are few and not deep, they do help a lot with tailcap removal for cell swap.  They help a lot.  They also look cool.

Size

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Quoted as 64.8mm by 18.7mm, this (like the Torpedo), is just about the size of an unprotected 18650 cell.

Retention

The tailcap has holes for lanyard attachment.  Included is a hook, on to which to attach a lanyard, but no lanyard.  There’s also no pocket clip or magnet.  This is a deep-pocket light (or maybe coin pocket if you’re inclined) and I’m happy with it there.  I’ve carried it a good bit in pocket and the finish still looks pristine, but I’ll be honest; I did baby the light.  I made sure to have it in pocket with only soft items, and nothing that would scratch it.

Power

High runtimes cut off (twice) for reasons I can’t readily explain. So I ran the test on medium, and the runtime terminated at 3.74V.  Medium is about 15% of the output of High.

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User Interface and Operation

One tail switch operates this light.  And while it might seem like a forward clicky, it’s actually an e-switch.  Unfortunately there aren’t any magical additions to the UI due to this being an e-switch.  Not only that, it seems designed to function exactly like a forward clicky, too.  The UI is simple – in fact just exactly like the UI of the TorchLAB BOSS.  Click for on.  If you want a different mode, click off then on until you get to the mode you want, and leave the light on in that mode.

Modes

Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lux* Draw (Amps)
Moonlight 0.5 25d 9 0.018
Low 15 40h 283 0.037
Mid 100 7h 1772 0.152A
High 520 1.5 11850 1.51

* This category basically meaningless since I don’t have a calibrated sphere.  I’m still recording these values, and working on calibration.  They are useful in the sense that they give actual mode spacing information.

LED and Beam

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The emitter here is a Cree XP-L V5.  The emitter sits behind a lightly orange peeled reflector.  The reflector isn’t very deep.  The beam has a broad spot but not a ton of spill – it’s actually similar to a TIR (which I love) except for the small bit of spill.

Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

Lumintop Elfin
Emitter Cree XP-L
Emitter Notes V5
Cell 16340
Runtime 16340
Beamshots [0.3″, f/8, ISO 100, 5000k] 16340
Claimed Lumens (lm) 520
Lux (Measured) 212
At (m) 3.591
Candela (Calculated) in cd 2733.80
Throw (Calculated) (m) 104.57
Throw (Claimed) (m) 87

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

The only other available stainless steel cr123a light I can think of is the Olight S Mini.  That’s definitely a fun light.  It’s shorter and thicker than the Elfin, and lacks a certain… look.  Both are e-switch lights but the S Mini has a side switch, and a pocket clip, and has the beam profile of a TIR (because it has a TIR!).  Deciding between these two will probably come down to how you’ll actually use it, not the features set.  The Torpedo wins for “gentlemanly carry” type use.

Conclusion

What I like

  • Stainless steel body
  • The finish is very unique, and quite neat
  • The flame engraving is cute
  • The design (ie, the shape)
  • Tritium (included, if you choose)

What I don’t like

  • UI is a bit primitive for an e-switch
  • No clip whatsoever

Up Next

  • I’ll have some thoughts on the Rofis TR-10 up pretty soon, and a few other items as well.

Notes

  • This light was provided by GearBest.com for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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