ReyLight Lan Ti, CaptRon25 Special, Flashlight Review

Preface

I’ve liked ReyLight for a while.  I have a Pineapple, and it’s one of my go-to house lights. When CaptRon25 had a custom version of the Lan Ti produced, I was interested.  I reached out, and here is the result!  This is the polished version.


Official Specs and Features

Versions

There are two main versions:  Polished and matte.  Shown here is the polished version.  There is also the option to include tritium vials.  I count 10 slots made for tritium.  CaptRon25 can install these for you, or leave them open for you to do your own.

Price

These ship for $61, with no tritium.


Short Review

I like this as much as I expected to.  I loved the Pineapple, so I expected to like the Lan Ti a lot.

Long Review

What’s Included

  • ReyLight Lan Ti, customized by CaptRon25
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Box with manual/specs

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Package and Manual

The package from ReyLight has improved since the Pineapple.  This box is very printed, with specs and a “manual” of sorts, and photos of the light.  This is a very nice package.  Also very easy to open, since the outer box is just a sleeve over the inner box.

All the info you really need about the light is included on the box.  As such there’s no other manual.

Build Quality and Disassembly

The build quality on these lights is excellent – just like on the Pineapple.  The threads on my sample are nicely lubed.  They have that titanium feel to them – it’s nearly impossible for titanium threads to feel perfectly smooth. But with the right amount of pressure against the spring, these thread on the body just right.

The head has a button, and the tail has a spring.  This looks to be a chrome plated spring.

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Below, see the tailcap with all the many tritium slots.  There are 6 parallel with the length of the light, and one directly in the tail switch.  The tailcap as a whole is mostly decorative, and accounts for a little extra length in the light.  Also note that to change the cells, the head must be removed – cells may not be swapped via the tail.

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I like this look.  I won’t even put tritium in there… it’s a pretty solid look even without!

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It’s both possible and fairly simple to disassemble the light.  The tail parts simply unscrew.  There’s an internal screwed down bit too, but that’s easy to remove with some tweezers. Thus, switch maintenance is a breeze.  If you do unscrew this, be sure to put the pocket clip back on… it’s possible to screw the decorative cover on the tail cap tightly enough that the parts are then hard to get apart.  Or so a friend tells me, anyway.

Same with the head – there’s a retaining ring with dimples that may be unscrewed to access the parts.

The threads are triangle cut.

Size

I measure this light at 95.9mm long and 21.1mm at the head.  This is an AA sized light.  It’s great in-hand, and rides almost invisibly clipped in a pocket.

It’s a little longer than the brass ReyLight Pineapple, but really they feel about the same.

The parts (at least the head and body) between the two are interchangeable.  (And they work in this configuration, too – proper contact is made.)

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Retention

There’s an included (and installed) stainless pocket clip.  It’s the collar variety, and thus very secure.  Opposite the clip, on the collar, is a lanyard attachment point.  (A lanyard is not included.)

The clip may be removed, but there will be a small gap where the collar was.  I believe waterproofness will be maintained, however.

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Power

This is an AA “sized” light.  It also accepts the much higher voltage 14500 li-ion cells.  Older versions of this light were picky about cell length, but I had no problem using this protected Keeppower 14500 in the CaptRon25 version.  I believe this means his lights are all revision 2, which is preferred.  The head is a brass button, and though I have only button top 14500’s, I see no reason it won’t work with flat tops as well.

Performance (output) of 14500’s will be much better.  Performance (runtime) will be much better with AA cells (Eneloops, but likely even more with fresh akli’s).

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I performed a few runtime tests, both with 14500 and AA Eneloops.  All tests were cooled.  It’s stated that this light does not have low voltage protection and that’s a pretty safe blanket statement.  However, I do believe it has a bit of protection, as it seems to shut off at around 1V.  Not much, but not nothing.

User Interface and Operation

There is a single tail clicky on this light.  It’s a reverse clicky.  One very nice thing about this light is that it’s completely uncomplicated.  Click for on.  Once on fully click or half click to advance through the 4 modes.  If you leave the light off for more than a few seconds, it’ll come on in low.  Very reliable!

Modes

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Mode Measured Lux Tailcap Amps (14500)
High 110/390 50m/40m 0/0 1.680A
Mid 23/81 4.5h/2.2h 75/222 0.369A
Low  2.5/6.5 60h/30h 595/1827 0.054A
Moon  0.2/0.2 30d/20d 2230/7920 0.001A

LED and Beam

The emitter of choice in this ReyLight Lan Ti is a Nichia 219C 4000K high CRI.  4000K is quite a bit warmer than I was expecting, but it’s a very pleasant tint, and of course the color rendition is great.  The reflector is lightly orange peeled, and very shiny (that is, reflective).  There’s a hotspot, but a fair amount of spill, too.

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(Low between these two is about the same, they just look different because of photography angles.)

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Tint vs BLF-348

Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

Rey Light Lan Ti
Emitter Nichia 219C 4000K high CRI
Emitter Notes 4000K, 90 CRI
Cell 14500 AA
Glamour Shots Beamshots [0.3″, f/8, ISO 100, 5000k]
Runtime 14500 AA
LVP? No (1V)
Claimed Lumens (lm) 390.0 110
Lux (Measured) 221.0 77
At (m) 3.5 3.27
Candela (Calculated) in cd 2766.4 823.4
Throw (Calculated) (m) 105.2 57.4
Throw (Claimed) (m) 85

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

Other lights worth mentioning in this breath are the other lights by Rey.  Of course the non-customized version Rey sells, and the Pineapple itself.  The main difference in this and Rey’s is that this has a body tube with no space for a logo, and no markings otherwise.  A very clean tube.  The other option would be the Pineapple, which is brass, and a little cheaper too.  I’m pleased to have both. 🙂

Conclusion

What I like

  • Finish on the titanium is great
  • Love the Nichia emitter (though it’s quite warm)
  • Simple UI
  • Great pocket clip (I like the collar type)
  • AA/14500 compatibility
  • Tritium slots!!!
  • Looks like a small lightsaber.  I love lights that look like lightsabers.

What I don’t like

  • Titanium chatter on the threads, as with all titanium threads
  • Clicky switch can get stuck a little if not pressed on-axis

Parting Shot


Up Next

Next I have the Nitecore TIP SS, and after that who knows?  Maybe the SkyRC MC3000, or a number of other lights I have in for review.

Notes

  • This light was provided by u/CaptRon25 for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.wordpress.com.  Please visit there for the best experience!
  • Whether or not I have a coupon for this light, I do have a bunch of coupons!!  Have a look at my spreadsheet for those coupons.  Note I’ve upgraded that sheet so that now, you may subscribe and get notifications when the sheet is edited!!
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