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Instagram user Beard_n_Bones has customized a Lumintop Copper Prince. It’s being called the Minotaur flashlight, and the level of detail is amazing.
A user on Facebook has created a special switch for Convoy S2+ flashlights. These feature a single tritium slot, and are available for purchase now!
We’re pleased to pass along the news that Mickey of Brat Guy Enterprises has picked up a mass of old Mr. Bulk parts. Enough to build out 25 or so flashlights. This is great news, and it’s great to know these Mr. Bulk flashlights can see life with new emitters!
Cloud Defensive is bringing back the Moonshine sale! These are mix-and-match parts, but still fully functional flaslhights.
Cloud Defensive is also still producing FDE Reins! These are looking great.
The first edition Hinton flashlight, which features a custom driver hand-made by Copper and Current was stainless steel. It has now been prototyped in titanium!
Speaking of the Hinton, final confirmation emails were sent weeks ago. We look forward to these lights getting into the hands of their owners soon!
There’s been a bit of an update from David of Cool Fall. That includes a price increase, as well as a rebranding of one product.
A user going by simply “Custom_Flashlight” on Instagram has teased more progress on a flashlight we’ve covered here before. In development now is this toggle switch. More details are available on the Instagram post.
Jordy at Focus Works EDC has released a flashlight called the F2. It’s a 14500 cell flashlight that features a single emitter and a TIR optic. Already available in aluminum and titanium too! As a PhotonPhreaks Exclusive Scoop, keep an eye out for news on this light, there are anodized aluminum versions coming, including a reall cool custom OD Grenen color.
Hanko Machine Works “Sign up sales” don’t typically rate as newsworthy (they happen weekly!) but this one is a rare gem. Recently available in the weekly lottery was a single Titanium Damascus Twist Trident with Kirinite inlay. This unicorn metal was handled amazingly by Jeff Hanko, and has already found a forever home!
Dan Thor of HDS Systems EDC updated HDS’ guidelines for the best way to contact them. Dan “will no longer be responding to PM’s for updates.” There are two places for updates: The HDS facebook group and CandlePowerForums.
The popular and stylish Hydra by JC Customs has been cerakoted with three incredible finishes. The Hydra is a 14500 light with a tail clicky.
This is really a Laulima Metal Craft item, but Joshua Byrd took the initiative to obtain a MOFF switch from Oveready, a LuxRC 371 engine and put this all in the Malihini. This is truly a one-of-a-kind flashlight.
Gyorgy has released a new light! This is the TiHany, and runs a single 14500 cell. Also available is the TiHany with the driver made by Copper And Current, which will also accept an AA cell. Here’s a descriptive video.
Gyorgy developed every part that’s used in this light (or nearly so!). Here’s a sketch of the head, including a split view render showing the reflector. Very impressive.
Joshua Dawson has teased some lights in copper that we’re excited about – it’s a new 14500 flashlight called the “Ion Slim.” Looks great so far!
More Ion Slim progress. We’ll end at a final product soon!
Here you can see the Ion Slim parts breakdown. This includes the reflector and single emitter, too.
A non-Ion-Slim update from Laulima Metal Craft. The tiny Hoku has been cerakoted with three options: Northern Lights, Sniper Grey, Tungsten
Along with PhotonX /PhotonPhreaks, the Tala has been in development for a little while. Leo has produced a second Grand Tala in brass and timascus with abalone inlay. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind gorgeous flashlight.
While Leo makes the Grand Talas completely by hand, PhotonX (PhotonPhreaks‘ sister company focused on the design, development and production of flashlights and accessories) is developing a production CNC made Tala that is nearing completion. .
A teaser from LuxRc with a beamshot.
Serge has put a new emitter on the fabled 371 V2.0 driver. It’s a Cree XP-P, and the tiny emitter size coupled with LuxRC’s T11 narrow optic should allow great throw!
More information on the leather pouch we reported on by LuxRC. It’s now available! At least 6 were made, and they all feature a different look.
Some incredible news for LuxRC fans. There’s a new optic available directly from LuxRC, and it has a couple of nice features. First, it’s narrower, for better throw. Secondly, it has glow bits!!
Here’s a bit more detail about the T12. Two choices are available – T12 Glow or T12 Carbon. Looks like Serge went with a mix of both.
A great update from Serge about soldering on the LuxRC boards. Soldering is no longer needed because the female connectors have been revised.
It’s been a while since we saw Mirage Man, but he’s back and active on facebook!. Here’s a sneak peek of his new host!
More parts by Mirage Man, coupled with an Oveready 18350 body. This head and tail are easily recognizable as Mirage Man parts!
This is a bit of old news, but way back in September, Don McGizmo reported such a lack of part availability that one of the engines (HIVE) for McGizmo lights was put on hold!
Menton Boss made his first flashlight not long ago. Just a prototype at that time. But he hasn’t stalled. Now there’s a Menton Boss flashlight made of Superconductor material!
There’s a new light available by Mr. Tube (Phongtep Supajinda). Apparently just made as a fun project, it looks great in this brass finish!
Jeff continues to work on the DC0 flashlights and has shown off a timascus version.
More news about the DC0. Now we can look forward to a bronze run. Jeff already has the bar stock!
Jeff continues to push the envelope on both customer service and product development. The DC0 has seen many revisions, and Jeff decided to just make a list! It’s very impressive.
Long ago there was an “original” engraved Hanko Trident. Panja has taken the time to engrave another one, and wow does it look incredible. It was made for the owner, so is not available for sale.
Jesse Hayes of Reaver Arms produces one of the most unique flashlights available today. Now he’s teasing a new knife! Details are bit thin at this point, but here’s the great blade shape.
A little bit more news from Reaver Arms. Jesse teased us with another metal shot. This one is probably for the knife mentioned above, but would look amazing in his Citadel flashlight too!
Richard has made tiny lights before, but not for a while. He dipped his toe back in the water with this 1 of 1 bullet-shaped coin-cell flashlight. Unfortunately, it’s not for sale.
More handiwork from Richard John Hipwell – here are some parts for the Frelux Synergy2. “Accent buttons” but they seem like so much more! Each has multiple slots for tritium. It’s fantastic work.
While these Sinner Customs flashlights are out of stock on UrbanEDCSupply, take note of the new clip being used on these lights! This style has been popular before, and that’s because it’s great! For example, Okluma has had great success with this style clip.
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If you need All Of The Output, consider these Cree XHP50.2 boards by Sky Lumen. These have 7 emitters per board, and two (for 14 emitters) can be put in a light like the Emisar DT8. Running these at the full output would be blindingly fun!
There’s a one-off by Sky Lumen of the FW1A. This has been modified to have a thicker copper mcpcb and a single Luminus SBT90.2 emitter for massive output.
We’ve reported on Tim’s work with some LuxRC products before, but now Tim has added a switch! What a clever (and beastly) cap-light!
With winter comes shop time, and Tek Lights will likely be putting work into their very robust EDC Twisty. Looks great so far!
Regular flashlight magician Tom Harlow has had a triple emitter mcpcb designed, and filled it with the magical Nichia 219b emitters – a mix of CCTs, too! We like where this is going.
A bit of good clean fun from Tom Harlow is this MCPCB hat. It covers the wires that come up from the driver and serves simply to give a cleaner look when your flashlight fan friends look down into your optic.
Here’s a bonus shot of that mini-hat PCB thanks to Andy Zhu. You can’t deny it really cleans up the look!
Project Cosmic Cat. This is a flashlight made especially as a Christmas present for that special someone and displays quite a level of effort that must be appreciated. This light started as a Lumintop FW3T.
Alright, that was a lot of info. Before we continue with the flashlight news, take a deep breath and a bathroom break, self-care is important.
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The Acebeam X50 was a “ZeroAir” favorite (review of the Acebeam X50), but now Acebeam has one-upped the 5000K version. Now available is a GT-FC40 version, which has high CRI, and a 4500K output. There is no doubt that this light will be fantastic.
The Acebeam P15 EDC Tactical flashlight has been available for a little while (and ZeroAir has been busy reviewing it). This is a novel tactical light with multiple (many!) attachments, and a unique interface. It’s even available in orange!
Acebeam stepped up the limited edition game a bit more for the P15, though. Available were three limited editions, including white, light gray, and gray. These are great-looking tactical flashlights!
The Astrolux A03 is a small single-emitter flashlight that can run both AA and 14500 cells. it’s available in these nice colorways, too!
The Brinyte HL16 is a 16340 cell flashlight that has a head that can go from being a forward light to a right angle light! It’s a clever design. ZeroAir has tested the Brinyte HL16.
The Brinyte HL28 has been announced and looks to be a finished product. Maybe quirky, but looks to have a replaceable 18650 cell, which is great!
Brinyte has announced the A01 Apollo, a “four-color signal light.” We don’t have a ton of details, but it looks like a good camping light!
The Convoy 4X18A has been a popular light. Its lifetime has stretched too, because of many emitter options. Now we have many body colors, too! Have a look at blue, orange, and red. ZeroAir has reviewed (and liked!) the Convoy 4X18A.
Convoy is now offering the updated driver for AA/14500 cell flashlights that are perfect for the Convoy T2. This driver is important because it can use both 1.5V cells as well as the lithium-ion 4.2V.
The Convoy H2 is a new headlamp that is going to feature charging right in the head! This is a nice update to the Convoy H1 headlamp which we’ve already seen.
While these lights are essentially rebranded Lumintop products, they make some notable changes. The knurling that’s been added here really increases the usability on these lights! This is the Compact Tri Flood 14500 LED Flashlight.
Another Lumintop rebranded but with these same few changes – the Pro Tri Flood 21700 Kit LED again has added knurling exactly where you’d want it.
Fenix congratulates ultra runner Jiaju Zhao for winning the Inthanon 6 UTMB race! He did it while wearing the Fenix HM65R-T. ZeroAir has tested the Fenix HM65R-T.
Fenix has introduced another anniversary light. This is the Fenix Apex20, a titanium alloy keychain flashlight, with two emitters and a very fancy body!
The Fitorch EC30 is available now. This light boasts USB-C charging, runs a single 21700 cell, and has one Cree XHP50.2 emitter. It should fit nicely into some larger EDC categories.
Producer of exceptionally high output flashlights, Imalent has now released a handheld version nearly small enough for EDC! The Imalent MS08 uses eight (8) Cree XHP70.2 emitters and has a shroud with a built-in fan to keep your hands cool during use.
The new JETBeam tactical flashlight has an aggressive grip and an aggressive bezel! Other details are scarce, though.
Never one to shy away from new products for old flashlights, Lumens Factory has released the Surefire Z58, Z59 Silicone Tailcap Boot Set. These are simply switch covers, but are importantly available in four colors!
Lumintop now has a bunch of 14500 cell flashlights on the market. It makes sense for them to have a 14500 cell on the market too, and now they do! This one has USB-C charging, too!
The Lumintop LEP+8 is a multi-cell flashlight featuring both a LEP (centeR) and ring of eight Cree emitters (various options). This may be the first LEP mixed light!
Reviews are already starting to drop on this very small LEP flashlight, but here’s the Lumintop Ant Man! It’s an LEP that uses one 14500 cell and has just one output level There is no smaller LEP available but reviews seem to be mixed!
The Lumintop ODL20C V2.0 will have Anduril and feature USB-C charging. This is a nice update to the original ODL20C!
The FWAA is available in a titanium/copper combo. This is just exactly how fancy flashlights should be. (ZeroAir also tested a Lumintop FWAA TiCU, and it’s his favorite of the FWAA series!)
We reported on the Lumintop Thor III a while back, but now it’s available! And looking quite more finished than the previous iteration. This should throw very far.
You need more Thors? You need more Thors. Here’s the Thor 5, a titanium LEP that can throw over 1200 meters!
The Lumintop Frog is a GT Nano variant. It has a single emitter (Luminus SST-20) and runs either a 10180 or 10440. Quite the neat little thing.
There’s a new Magicshine flashlight on the market! The name looks to be “Ray 2600” and it’s a bike light. More than just a bike light though – it can also serve as a powerbank!
The Manker MC13 has been available in only aluminum. Well, that changes now, with the release of this MC13 in full copper, sporting a Luminus SFT40 emitter. This would be a great addition to the famed muscle combo! ZeroAir loved his Manker MC13, and the Manker E14 III made a great combo. Maybe we can hope to see an E14 III in full copper, too!
Mecarmy posteda picture of a fairly innovative tiny flashlight!
Nextorch may not be known for making LEP flashlights, but now they can be! The Nextorch T20L is available now, runs on a single 21700 cell, and can throw an amazing 2000 meters!
The new Archer by Olight is their “newest and least expensive thrower!” It sports an unusual anti-roll shape, and is good for 535 meters of output!
The Olight Ostation was a popular powerbank style piece of equipment, but out of the gate was priced higher than other “very similar” (read: identical) items. Olight took the initiative to make that right with consumers!
Our congratulations to Rey Ye of ReyLight on his recent marriage!
Rey is considering making a Twisty Mini! What do you think?
Rey has been working on many things lately! Here you can see an updated Ti LAN, or maybe a new model called “Leaf” (we’ll see). Whatever the name, the renders look very stunning. Polished, and tritium slots! Fantastic!!
More news about these 14500 cell lights – after years of testing, Rey has a finished AA/14500 driver!
Another variation of these small lights by ReyLight. Here’s a “naked” Pineapple Mini.
The RovyVon A3 has seen an update! Now available is the A3 Pro, which has a 6500K and 5000K option, and can be had in two body colors: black and desert tan.
Sofirn has been popular for the LT1 lantern, but now there’s an even smaller option! The LT1S apparently runs on magic – we can’t even see where the cell goes!
We’ve seen a few lights from knifemaker Two Sun in the past. It looks like the TS-LED04 is a new model though. Very interesting design here.
The Vapcell U2 is a simple two-bay charger suitable even for protected 21700 cells. This is important because those cells are long, and don’t fit in many bay-style chargers.
Vapcell has introduced the G62, a 6200mAh IFR cell with the dimensions of 32mm x 70mm. It’s not a small cell; maybe we’ll see some lights using this cell soon!
In other cell news from Vapcell, the P2150A will have a charging port on the positive end. It’s USB-C and can accept fast charging!
Mooch tests the F34 by Vapcell, and deems it a worthy replacement for the F35 (which is now out of stock.)
More Mooch testing on Vapcell cells – this time the K15. The K15 is an odd size at 18500, but there are some great lights that use this cell! The K15 should be a great choice.
Vapcell has teased some new packaging, and also possibly some AA cells – the V28.
There’s a new lighted tailcap for Surefire E-series/Scoutlight bodies! This item by Weltool glows red when the light is off and stops any output when the flashlight is on. This is a fancy little addition to the Surefire ecosystem!
The Wuben E62 is a new penlight that has many accessory features. Those include a scalpel blade and a glass breaker, among other things! This little penlight charges via micro-USB.
The TS21 is now available in grey and sand colors! ZeroAir tested the Wurkkos TS21 earlier, and it tests very well.
The Wurkkos TS32 is another big output light from Wurkkos. It will have dual e-switch control, and most likely will also offer throw and flood.
One more teaser from Wurkkos – this time in the form of a tiny right-angle dual emitter flashlight. This little light is called the Wurkkos HD15.
More novelty from Wurkkos, but novelty is great! This is a nightlight that has a sensor and is powered by USB. Quite an interesting light!
More new colors from Wurkkos. This looks to be various models, but the colors include some splatter patterns, solid red, and even a camo. Very nice looking finishes.
XTAR usually makes great chargers, and the VC4SL Charger looks to fit right in. This four-bay charger works with cells as long as 21700, which is important for many flashlights today!
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