Greetings to all who looked at the light. The review will focus, as you probably already guessed, on a compact single-jar “fluder” Lumintop ODF30C with an impressive 3500 lumens and built-in 2A charging. Of the interesting «goodies» can be noted the presence of a powerful LED Cree XHP-70.2, a luminous flux of 3500lm in Turbo mode, the presence of a built-in battery and an adapter for 18650 cans, a 2A charging module, as well as simple and convenient control. Who cares how the flashlight showed itself, you are welcome …

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Lantern terminology:

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To avoid misunderstanding, I will give a transcript of some of the «lantern» terms that will be found in the article:

  • Lantern head — the front part of the lantern, responsible for the distribution of light. Often there is a control electronics (driver), emitter (LED), reflector and protective glasses;
  • Lantern body/tube — serves to connect all parts of the lantern into a single whole, as well as to accommodate power supplies;
  • Tail/tail cap (Tailcap) — serves as a kind of «cover» of the lantern. By unscrewing it, you can remove the batteries for replacement / charging;
  • LED/emitter/diode — LED (light emitting diode), the main element of any lamp that emits light. In most cases, Cree LED is the undisputed market leader. It is followed by three less common firms: Nichia Chemical (Japan), OSRAM Licht AG (Germany) and Philips Lumileds (USA). Well, there is a whole army of completely «green» and not very companies, even several Russian companies. Xenon lamps can also be used as an emitter, but this is a completely different topic;
  • Hops/second hop – refers to Cree LEDs, in particular Cree XM-L (hop) and Cree XM-L2 (second hop);
  • Pill — head element that receives heat from the LED and removes it to the body. It is usually screwed into the head of the lantern (“folk” Convoy old versions or some branded lanterns) or simply pressed / inserted and pressed with a retaining ring, like in cheap shitfires. Recently, more and more often there is a pillless version, where the star lies on the body element (partition), as, for example, in the new Convoy and most branded flashlights. In the people, this design option is sometimes called — «solid head». The pill is made either from a copper alloy (bronze/brass) or from aluminum alloys. Pure copper is used / machined only by «lamplighters»;
  • Driver (current limiter) — used to power the LED with a fixed (limited) current. There are pulsed and linear ones, the latter often have low efficiency (with a high battery level), but are many times cheaper than pulsed ones. There are also 3 types: step-down, step-up and step-up (only in branded flashlights);
  • Carcass (Host) — in the usual sense, the head, body and tail are assembled, without electronics and LEDs. Designed mainly for self-assembly of a lantern with individual elements. In relation to finished lanterns, the term «carcass» means only the body, i.e. removal of old elements, usually drivers, LEDs, buttons and optics, and installation of new ones;
  • clip — serves to hold the flashlight on a belt or pocket, less often on the visor of a baseball cap / hat, if the flashlight is small in size;
  • Button seal — serves for moisture protection, usually made of silicone or soft rubber. It can be luminous (glows in the dark);
  • O-ring/gasket (O-ring) — also designed for moisture protection, usually installed in front of glass, or in places of threaded connections. It also happens to be luminous;
  • knurling – designed to create a more aesthetic appearance of the flashlight, as well as to hold it more securely in your hand;
  • Thread — designed to connect the parts of the lantern. With o-rings, a very strong hermetic connection is obtained;
  • Anodizing — creation of an oxide film on the surface of the material by electric method — designed to protect against external influences, increase the strength of the coating, as well as to protect against traces of luminum (aluminum tends to get dirty);
  • Switch/Button — to control the flashlight modes, there is a power button (designed for switching high currents) and a clock button (for switching low currents). There are forward and backward clicks, i.e. inclusion before and after fixation. Some with a latch, some without a latch. Tact buttons are often used in flashlights with impulse drivers, power buttons with linear ones;
  • Bezel/crown – designed to protect the edge of the head (shape) from impacts, as well as for more convenient maintenance without disassembling the entire lamp (in Convoy S2/S2+/S5/S6/S8, to access the LED or optics, you need to disassemble the entire head). Well, for aesthetic reasons, because. someone likes carcasses with a shiny edging more;
  • glass/lens – to protect the interior of the flashlight from dust/dirt/water. There are glass and plastic (PMMA, polycarbonate). The latter are very fragile, easily scratched and have a transmittance of about 90-93%. Ordinary glass ones let in 99% of the light, do not scratch, and can also have an anti-reflective coating (in branded flashlights);
  • Reflector/reflector — responsible for the distribution of light. There are short-range, medium-range and long-range. The deeper the reflector, the more long-range it is (shines far). On the reflective surface, there are both smooth coated (SMO) and textured (OP). The latter have a not so pronounced border of the hotspot transition to side illumination, as well as a slightly wider central spot, well, there are no artifacts. Smooth reflectors usually have peculiar rings along the side illumination;
  • TIR lens/optics — used to form a beam of light. There are also both long-range and melee. With the same dimensions, the angle may be different. The most common are from 15 to 120 degrees (the most popular TIR is 60 degrees). The latter, in turn, have a wide uniform illumination, which is simply necessary in headlamps;
  • Central spot / hotspot — a spot of light that has an increased brightness compared to side illumination. Usually, the hotspot is pronounced for long-range flashlights and looks like a central bright spot in the center, and on the sides there is a barely visible side light with artifacts. Completely devoid of hotspot TIR lenses 45-120 degrees;
  • EDC flashlight (Everyday carry — wear every day, translated from English) — compact flashlights, in the Convoy line this is the S series;
  • Runtime — lamp glow time
  • Stock/stock version – version supplied by the manufacturer.
  • Brightness stabilization – maintenance of the specified brightness level by the flashlight electronics. There is full and partial stabilization. Full stabilization involves maintaining a given output power regardless of the battery charge level — the output is always, say, 450lm. In this case, as a rule, the driver is a down-up-up, i.e. while the battery is fresh — the driver works as a step-down. As soon as the battery is dead, the driver starts to work as a step-up. Flashlights on such drivers are quite expensive. Partial stabilization involves maintaining a given output power up to a certain point, usually up to some battery discharge limit. Often these are switching/linear buck drivers;
  • Stepdown — a sharp or smooth decrease in the output power of the LED according to a certain algorithm, i.e. in simple terms, reducing the output current per diode. There is a temporary stepdown (a decrease in current after 3-5 minutes), a multistepdown (a decrease in output power, say, after 5 minutes from 950lm to 600lm, and after a couple of minutes, and even, for example, up to 450lm), thermal stepdown (a decrease in current depending on lamp heating).

I think these terms will suffice.

General view of the lantern:

Brief performance characteristics:

  • — Manufacturer — Lumintop
  • — Model name — ODF30C
  • — Lantern color — black
  • – Material – aviation aluminum with HA-III coating (for military equipment)
  • — Light source — LED Cree XHP-70.2
  • — Maximum luminous flux — 3500 lumens (Turbo mode)
  • — Reflector — «crumpled» aluminum (OP)
  • — Driver — pulse
  • — Power — 26650 (or smaller with an adapter)
  • — Operating voltage — 2.5V-4.2V
  • — The maximum range of the light flux is 280m
  • — Waterproof — yes (IPx8 standard)
  • — Operating modes — 3 brightness levels (L / M / H) + 3 hidden modes (T / E / S)
  • — Mode memory — yes (volatile)
  • – Dimensions – 123mm*42mm*32mm
  • — Weight — 161g (without battery)

Equipment:

  • — lamp Lumintop ODF30C
  • — Li-Ion battery Lumintop f / f 26650 with a capacity of 5000mah
  • — nylon case
  • — lanyard
  • — adapter for 18650 batteries
  • — 2 spare O-rings
  • — instruction in several languages, including Russian
  • — warranty card

The flashlight comes in a traditional gray cardboard box with the company logo on it:

The box is very durable and looks quite presentable, so we can recommend this model as a very good gift. On the reverse side there are the main specifications of the model:

To protect the product during transportation, there is a kind of protective box inside the box, in which the flashlight is placed:

The box is made of foam material and perfectly absorbs the mechanical impacts that may occur during the delivery process:

Given the fact that the design of the flashlight itself is impact-resistant, you can absolutely not worry about safety. The flashlight control manual is presented in five languages, including Russian.

In total, the equipment is good, everything is available for work “out of the box”. Pleased with the presence of a 5000mah lithium battery, an adapter for 18650 cans and a convenient case.

Lantern appearance:

The flashlight is almost similar to the previous model (ODF30) and, in fact, differs from it only in the presence of a charging module, a blue bezel and a slightly longer length. It also looks nice and solid enough:

On my own, I’ll add that I like this model more and in appearance resembles Olight branded flashlights, where a characteristic design feature is a blue bezel in the head part, designed to protect the end of the head. Additionally, a transport film is glued on the glass from the factory:

The layout of the lamp remains the same, the control of the glow modes is also carried out with one button. The button stroke is quite soft and elastic at the same time, so accidental pressing will be excluded:

The button has an LED indicator that can warn you when the power supply is low and act as a charging indicator:

On the opposite side of the case, only a charging port was added, covered with a metal swivel plug:

The solution is interesting in terms of design, but from a practical point of view it is very irrational, because there is no fixation of the plug and in field conditions it can easily move, opening unhindered access of dirt to the microUSB socket.

In connection with the addition of a charge module to the design, the total length of the lantern has slightly increased and is 123mm. The tube (the middle part of the lantern) has characteristic protrusions, with the help of which the lantern lies confidently in the hand and does not slip even in wet palms:

Since the flashlight has a high output power, the design of the head part provides for pronounced cooling fins that allow you to effectively remove the generated heat. In addition, to protect against overheating and degradation of the LED, a thermal sensor is installed inside, which smoothly reduces the output power when the temperature reaches 55 ° C:

The ribs are really deep, in some places their height is 5mm:

As for the body coating, all elements are covered with a strong oxide film (3rd degree anodizing), the tube has no knurling.

Thanks to the shallow reflector, near-light illumination is good, and the “wrinkled” shape perfectly smooths out transitions from a bright central spot (hotspot) to side illumination. Here it is worth noting that the lantern is oriented as a flooder, i.e. has a bright near illumination, but at the same time allows you to confidently shine into the distance:

Cree XHP-70.2 LED (second generation) is installed as a light emitting element, and the luminous flux in Turbo mode is 3500lm:

By the way, the «folk» lights of the Convoy M and C series with a 2.8A driver in the maximum mode give out 950lm. More modern analogues on Cree XP-L LEDs give out no more than 1100-1200lm.

Lantern dimensions:

The dimensions of the lantern are small — length 123mm, head diameter — 42mm, tube diameter — 32mm. To assess the dimensions, I will give a comparison with the «people’s» Convoys M and C series. On the left is the Convoy M1 (18650), then the “predecessor” Lumintop ODF30 (26650), followed by the monitored subject Lumintop ODF30C (26650) and the rightmost Convoy C8 + (18650):

I already used the ODF30 model and liked the flashlight. It lies comfortably in the hand, a kind of compact “barrel”, there is enough light in the middle mode for most tasks, while the autonomy is much higher than that of flashlights on 18650 cans:

The weight of the flashlight with and without battery is only 256g / 163g:

Design description:

The main elements of the lantern and design features are shown in the photo below:

Due to the fact that most of the threaded connections are glued, it is not possible to completely disassemble the lantern. Although by simple manipulations you can still unscrew the bezel, but in this case I don’t need it. As a result, only the tail is removable in the flashlight, unscrewing which you can remove the battery:

Unlike the previous model, a double spring is used here instead of a massive petal, which minimizes losses:

The threads, like the entire body, are anodized, which allows you to protect the flashlight from accidental pressing during transportation by slightly unscrewing the tail. The threads are lubricated (the bare minimum) and equipped with o-rings, two spare rings are included:

The reverse side of the tail cap is flat, which allows using the flashlight in the «Candle» mode. This can be useful, for example, during a power outage or in a country cottage, because by pointing the lantern at the ceiling, the whole room will be lit.

The LED is well centered:

Protection against external influences:

The manufacturer claims IP68 protection, which means that the flashlight can be easily immersed in water to a depth of more than a meter for a long time:

For those who are not in the know, here is a little reminder about IP standards:

Let’s do a little water test (lantern at the bottom of a small bucket):

The battery inside does not «short», because the output pins of the connector are de-energized (see the section «Built-in charging module»), there are also no air bubbles in the area of ​​u200bu200bthe connector. No air bubbles were found in the area of ​​the threaded connections and around the button perimeter, which once again confirms the good protection of the lantern from external influences.

Control and operating modes:

Lumintop ODF30C has very simple controls and well-chosen operating modes. The flashlight driver remembers the last used mode of operation and activates it the next time it is turned on. When the battery is replaced or the power supply circuit is broken (unscrewing the tail), the memory of the last mode is reset (volatile) and the flashlight starts from the minimum mode. The control is carried out by a single side clock button located in the head of the flashlight:

In addition, the button acts as a low battery indicator when charging.

There is a main and hidden group (special signals):

Mode->brightness->glow time from Lumintop ICR26650 5000mah battery:

The main group of modes — 3 main glow modes:

  • — low (150 lumens) — 21h
  • — medium (540 lumens) — 5h 45min
  • — high (1800 lumens) — 2h 15min

Additional (hidden) group of modes — 3 special signals:

  • — turbo (3500 lumens) — 3min ~ 2h 5min (thermal stepdown)
  • — Eco (8 lumens), aka «micro / moonlight» — 250h
  • — police signal («fast» strobe, flashing several times per second)

The modes are chosen quite competently and do not differ from those that were present in the ODF30 model. The control remains the same: short press — on / switch, long — off. By the way, the same control can be found in Skilhunt flashlights.

General management information:

Flashlight off:

  • — short press on the button — turn on the flashlight in the last used mode
  • — long press on the button (2 seconds) — transition to a hidden group of modes. By default, the «Eco» mode, aka «micro / moonlight», is always activated. Switch to «Strobe» by double-clicking (double-click), switching back to «Eco-mode» by short-pressing. A second short press will return the flashlight to normal mode.
  • — long press on the button (4 seconds) — blocking the flashlight, although I would not say so. In this mode, the flashlight is allegedly blocked, but when the button is pressed, the low mode is switched on from 150lm and burns as long as the button is pressed. No combinations work here. You can only play morse code and indicate your location by infrequent blinking, i.e. a sort of symbiosis of «manual» modes «SOS» and «beacon». Unlocking occurs by breaking the supply circuit, i.e. unscrewing the tail

Lantern included:

  • — short press on the button — switching modes in a circle from weak to strong
  • — double pressing the button (double click) — activation of Turbo from any mode (L / M / H). Go back — short press
  • — long press on the button (2 seconds) — turn off the flashlight

All in all, the controls are very simple. There are only three main modes of operation in the main group, there are no moonlights that are unnecessary for most (hidden). In my opinion, an intermediate mode with «traditional» 900-1100lm would not hurt. Given the design of the head part, there would be no runtime restrictions. Turbo is present in quick access from any main mode, so if necessary, in half a second you can “blind” or “highlight” anyone and anything.

Power supply and current measurements:

The flashlight is powered by one lithium battery f/f 26650 (3.7V):

If necessary, you can power the flashlight from the usual batteries f / f 18650 or «newfangled» 21700 with an adapter (adapter), but you need to remember that they may not pull the «High» and «Turbo» modes. The exception is medium and high current models.

By default, the kit comes with a branded protected (with a protection board) Li-Ion battery f / f 26650 Lumintop with a declared capacity of 5000mah:

The weight of the battery is almost 93g:

Here is a comparison with common formats (AAA, AA and 18650):

18650 adapter included!

In past reviews of Lumintop flashlights, I have already tested this battery. Then, when discharged with a current of 1A, it showed a capacity of 5350mah:

Next in line is the measurement of current consumption when powered by a regulated PSU Gophert CPS-3010. Flashlight operating modes “Low -> Mid -> High” when emulating the nominal voltage of a lithium battery (3.7V):

In the «Turbo» mode, the consumption is about 9.5A (less on the screen due to the weak pressure of the crocodiles):

In total, almost 35W of power consumption, with a rated LED power of 30W.

On the stand with a real battery, the performance is similar, with the exception of Turbo. As an example, the «High» mode:

Neither the complete battery nor the original Sony VTC6 could “pull out” the turbo — with a double click, the current drops to 2.5A. And here there is one paradox: without additional tying the lamp with measuring instruments, the electronics work in the normal mode and in terms of illumination, the Turbo mode differs markedly from the “High” mode. Yes, and one gets the feeling that the consumption currents are lower there, somewhere at the level of 0.25A -> 0.95A -> 1.9A -> 4A (Turbo). Alas, I don’t have a luxmeter, so only guesses “by eye”. It is possible that additional wires in the circuit somehow affect, so I will leave this information for reference only.

Overdischarge protection also pleased — the flashlight turns off when the voltage drops to 2.5V.

Built-in charging module:

The Lumintop ODF30C flashlight has a built-in charge module for Li-Ion batteries, so you can charge such batteries directly with the flashlight:

To protect against the ingress of dirt and moisture inside the charging port is covered with a swivel metal plug:

The solution is very ambiguous. On the one hand, it looks aesthetically pleasing, giving the lantern a more sophisticated look. On the other hand, such a design solution is not very practical, since the plug itself is not fixed in any way, which is why it can easily move in field conditions, giving unhindered dirt access directly to the microUSB connector. Picking out dried dirt from there is very problematic. Be that as it may, I am for the old proven silicone plugs and I consider this moment a minus.

There is no adapter in the kit, but there is a good USB cable 45cm long with a microUSB connector at the end:

The cable pinout is standard, i.e. Almost any charging cable with the appropriate connector will work.

A nice bonus is the most optimal, in my opinion, charging current of 2A, which allows you to quickly “tamp down” any modern banks:

The charge indicator is very simple. If the indicator located in the button flashes red, the battery is charging, if it lights red, it is charged. The voltage measurement immediately after the end of the charge showed a result of 4.191V. There is a “through” charging, but when charging, the flashlight can only shine in the minimum mode.

The charging port has output protection, most likely implemented using Schottky diodes, so there is no voltage on the output contacts:

In this regard, you can safely immerse the flashlight in water, but after that you must definitely dry the connector so that the contacts do not oxidize.

Optional accessories:

The flashlight comes with several additional accessories: a nylon case, thread sealing rings and a lanyard. The most important accessory, in my opinion, is a convenient nylon case that allows you to carry a flashlight without pulling your pockets:

The cover was very pleased with both the quality of sewing and the fit, although it could have been made a little longer:

A common problem in such cases is that the case is a little shorter, which is why the strap “sticks” weakly.

Lanyard, finally, black, not orange:

In past models, for some reason, it was always orange in color and, against the background of black lamp housings, looked like a saddle on a cow. Well, two spare o-rings will never be superfluous.

My «artisanal» beamshots:

Since I don’t have a normal camera, and I’m a complete layman in photography, I’ll shoot as usual — with a smartphone camera.

The side illumination angle is about 110-120°, i.e. some «middle»

The tint of the LED is cold, but without a nasty “blue”, i.e. normal white light. Here is a comparison with different flashlights (top -> bottom): Lumintop SD26 (cold Cree XP-L HD) -> Lumintop ODF30С (cold XHP-70.2) -> Convoy S3 (neutral Cree XM-L2 T6 4C) -> EagleEye X2R ( neutral Cree XM-L2 T6 3C). The smartphone’s camera cannot correctly convey the shade, but Lumintops shine with pure white light, the Convoy is closer to yellow / brown, the Eagle Eye has no noticeable shade at all:

Well, beamshots in the field. Minimum mode:

Medium close mode:

Maximum near mode:

Turbo mode near:

Turbo mode on the road:

Total: like the previous model, the lantern turned out to be quite interesting. Quite compact for such high performance, without obvious stepdowns, with simple controls and well-chosen glow modes — everything you need to use it for its intended purpose at the right time. The exception is sofa «survivors» with their banal nit-picking, which, by and large, only collects lanterns, and does not use them. It should also be noted that there is a built-in 2A charging port, which will allow you to quickly charge any modern banks, but you need to take care that the adapter can handle such a load.

Of the minuses, I would note the “impractical” design of the plug and the lack of neutral shades of light. Of the controversial points — the lack of an intermediate mode of 900-1100lm (for me personally).

The model turned out to be very successful and will be useful to rescuers, machinists, railway workers, law enforcement officers and just security guards, because it “highlights” everything that is possible. Definitely recommend to buy…

You can buy in the official store here

Or in the official store on Ali (with fresh coupons 5/25) here

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