Zanflare F10 Tactical Pen Flashlight Review

Preface
Official Specs
Versions
Price
Short Review
Long Review
  What's Included
  Manual and Packaging
  Build Quality and Durability
  Size
  Retention
  Power
  User Interface and Operation
  Modes
  LED and beam
  Tint vs...
  Beamshots, Runtime, etc table.
Conclusion
  What I like
  What I don't like
Up Next
Notes

Preface

Sometimes items show up that I don’t really know much about, and didn’t really plan on reviewing.  This is one of those items.  Fortunately it’s a flashlight too, so I can certainly evaluate that aspect of it….  The rest I’ll mostly leave to photos to describe.


Official Specs and Features

Versions

Just one version!

Price

The going price for this looks to be $12.33, but it’s showing out of stock at GearBest right now.  Since Zanflare is a GearBest house brand, it’s unlikely to be in stock, or cheaper elsewhere.


Short Review

If you’re in need of a tactical pen, this is a good starter version.  Better yet, if you’re unsure if a tactical flashlight pen is something you’d need, this $13 version is a good choice.

Long Review

What’s Included

  • Zanflare F10 Tactical Flashlight Pen
  • Manual

Package and Manual

All credit to Zanflare; their packaging is nice.  The pen ships in a nicely printed slip-fit box, which opens easily.

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The manual covers use of the light.  It’s one (pamphlet sized) piece of paper, printed both sides.

Build Quality and Disassembly

The flashlight pen has fine build quality, but it’s an unusual (cumbersome?) build.  There’s a lot going on in this device!

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I’ll consider this primarily as a flashlight, since flashlight is in the name.  Pen is too, and it’s not a pen in any capacity, so…..

As a flashlight it is a little weird in hand.  It works, and it could be considered a “right angle” light , but it’s unwieldy.

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The center portion has what I’d normally consider cooling fins, but these aren’t in a place needing cooling fins.  So they amount to grip, which is ok.  The light itself doesn’t have any cooling fins.

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The body has some interesting rifling, on what amounts to a marlinspike tip.

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The tip isn’t strictly sharp, but it’s useful for it’s purpose.

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As pennish as the top end of this pen looks, that’s actually a glass breaker.

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Disassembly wise, the light comes apart a few ways.  The flashlight body unscrews from the spike.  I didn’t get the head of the light, so I can’t speak to the possibility of an emitter swap.

The marlinspike also unscrews to reveal the whistle.

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Size

This tool is 16cm long, and around a cm in diameter at max.

Sometimes the wind has other intentions for photos….

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Retention

There’s a pocket clip, which comes installed.  It’s a friction clip, and works quite well.  Good tension, nice retention.

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That’s it for carry possibility!

Power

The F10 accepts a single AAA cell.  I tested with a LADDA 900mAh AAA.  I measure the output at around 120 lumens (rated at 150).  The output is unregulated, and just tracks the cell voltage all the way down.  There is no low voltage protection, but at the point the light has such low output you’ll know it’s low.

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User Interface and Operation

The interface is a simple twisty.  Twist for low, twist further for high.  The “low” point is very small and to be honest, practically impossible to get the light to stay in low.

Another issue is that the head must actually be twisted.  The head is around 1cm long, and has no gripping points at all…..  it’s a bit hard to twist.

Modes

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 150 0.7h 103 1.75
Low 5 26h 0.75

LED and Beam

The emitter is a Cree XP-G3, behind a very shallow reflector.

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The beam is spot with gradual fade to spill.  The rings in the beam are artifacts of compression, and in real life that’s not really noticeable.

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Tint vs BLF-348

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Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

Zanflare F10
Emitter Cree XP-G3
Emitter Notes
Cell AAA
Runtime Chargetime N/A
LVP? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 150
Lux (Measured) 87 lux @ 2.348 m
Candela (Calculated) in cd 479.6
Throw (Calculated) (m) 43.8
Throw (Claimed) (m) 52

 

Conclusion

What I like

  • The build is solid

What I don’t like

  • Overall unwieldy build
  • Low is too hard to hit
  • No grip on the head for twisting the modes

Up Next

I’ll have a charger this week, and some other stuff!  Stay tuned!

Notes

  • This light was provided by GearBest 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. It’s possible to subscribe and get notifications when the sheet is edited!!

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