EBL 18650 Flashlight

Preface

I got a message from an amazon seller to review their light.  I accepted, and here’s that review!


Official Specs and Features

Versions

Just this one!

Price

The amazon price is $10.  I don’t imagine it’ll waver too much from that anywhere else.


Short Review

This is a light that should be avoided.  The emitter is old tech at best, has a horrible beam profile, and the host itself is cheap.

Long Review

What’s Included

  • EBL 18650 Flashlight
  • Lanyard
  • Manual

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Package and Manual

The light ships in a small cardboard box, with some nice printing.  The printing includes specs and features, and a photo of the light.

The manual is very brief, but gives an overview of the very simple light.  Unfortunately it’s seems to be a bad translation of potentially (or purposefully) misleading information.

With smart chips from Cree company from US, it can work for 5000-10000 hours.

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Build Quality and Disassembly

This 18650 light is not unlike most other 18650 tube lights.  However the metal is fairly thin and light.  The host/body doesn’t feel as quality as, say, a Convoy S2+.  The bezel does have some glow… something – not glow tape.  Probably unevenly applied glow paint – it’s not all that glowy.  But it’s there.

That said, there are some individually good parts here.  The threads for example, are nice thick square cut threads.  The switch is very responsive and the boot is also a pretty green.

The light is also very easy to completely disassemble.  The switch assembly is held in by a retaining ring, which has two friendly divots, and unscrews quite readily.  The driver is the same – the board itself has two cutouts which allow pliers to unscrew it readily.  The pill is aluminum, and the mcpcb is a 16mm variety.

Size

I measure 24mm in diameter, and around 117mm long.

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Basically the standard size for this style light.

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Retention

Included is a lanyard, which arrives already installed.  The lanyard is on a ring on a ring…. a little excessive for my taste, but it works fine.

There is no pocket clip, nor is there really any place on the body to attach one.

Power

The EBL light is powered by a single 18650 cell.  Both the head and the tail have springs, so any type cell will work fine.  (The “brass button” on the tailcap is sprung too.)  The manual doesn’t mention 2×18350 support, and I doubt the light has it.  Nor does the manual mention a working voltage.

Here’s a runtime on a protected Keeppower 3500mAh 18650.

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If I’m completely honest, I couldn’t tell the high and mid modes apart enough – there’s a chance that I started the runtime on medium, and when I checked the cell voltage at 100 minutes, reset the light to high.  There’s also the possibility that I did things right, and the output is just higher the second go around because that’s about how good this light is.

User Interface and Operation

One mechanical tail switch is used in the EBL light.  It’s a reverse clicky.  This makes for a very simple UI, since all five modes must be cycled every time.  High, Med, Low, Strobe, SOS.  And the light has next-mode memory.

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LED and Beam

There’s an emitter in this light.  EBL claims it’s Cree, but I won’t bet on it.  This emitter reminds me of my very first flashlight purchased from dealextreme, about 12 years ago.  It’s not a current generation emitter, and it’s not good for our purposes.

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The reflector is a shallow smooth reflector.  That reflector provides the user with a ringy, cool-if-not-purple beam.  To be avoided.

Tint vs BLF-348 Olight S Mini Brass NW

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(Yes, the beam is that ringy.  This is possibly the ringiest beam I can recall.)

Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

EBL Flashlight
Emitter “Cree”
Emitter Notes No real claim is made
Cell 18650.0
Glamour Shots Beamshots [0.3″, f/8, ISO 100, 5000k]
Runtime 18650
Claimed Lumens (lm) 350.0
Lux (Measured) 233.0
At (m) 5.1
Candela (Calculated) in cd 6077.0
Throw (Calculated) (m) 155.9
Throw (Claimed) (m)

 

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

Just about anything is going to be a better option than this light.  The emitter just really seals the deal, as I could overlook most other failings of this light.

Conclusion

What I like

  • Glow bits
  • Green boot

What I don’t like

  • Ringy beam
  • Old emitter
  • Can’t avoid strobes (2) in the UI
  • Cheap host
  • No clip or clip option
  • Poor manual

Up Next

I hope to finish up the MC3000 review soon (that’s been a tough one).  And I have a light from Fenix that I hope to wrap up by next week too!  Lots to get done before the holidays!!

Notes

  • This light was provided by EBL 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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