The ProductLumintop sent me the HLAAA 2.0 for review. This is a single AAA cell right angle light made of stainless steel, with a magnetic tail, a clip, and a headband included. This light uses a Cree XP-G3 behind a honeycomb TIR. This version is an update to the original HLAAA, which had an XP-G2 emitter and did not include a headband.
During my use, I found this was a handy light for working inside small spaces, such as a PC case or appliance. I found it a very functional headlamp as well.
BuildThe build on this light is great. The entire body is milled out of a single piece of stainless steel - the head and cell tube are all one piece. The body is smooth for the most part, with a few grooves carved out for grip. There are a some thick fins at the head, and some reeding to help make it easier to unscrew the tail cap. The tail is also stainless steel, with a strong magnet inside it. The magnet will hold the light on most ferrous surfaces. I was pleased to see nice springs at both ends of the cell tube as well. The brand and product name are etched onto the cell tube, and the Lumintop logo is etched into the tail.
Modes and InterfaceThis light has 3 well spaced modes. Lumintop describes them as low (1.5 lm) medium (30 lm) and high (120 lm). These modes are as good as can be hoped for in an AAA light, and I wouldn’t change them if I could. I’m glad there aren’t any strobes or flashing modes.
The UI is simple, as it should be with a basic 3 mode light. From off, a single click turns the light on in low. A single tap will cycle through to the next mode, going to mid and then high, before cycling back to low. The light is turned off with a long press. There are no double or triple tap options, and holding from off doesn’t do any special actions.
The long press for off is a bit of an issue with this light because the light doesn’t turn off until after the switch is released. This means you don’t know if you’ve been holding long enough until you let go and check, and you could easily jump to the next mode instead of turning it off. This was my biggest issue in my time with the light. It would be nice to see a lockout mode as well, but I didn’t have any issues with the light turning on in my pocket during my usage.
Light Quality and BeamThe light is a cool white XP-G3. The floody beam it puts out through the honeycomb TIR is relatively diffused and very functional. I found it was great for working in very tight places like inside equipment or appliances. I also found the light was plenty bright for navigating a well marked trail while being used as a headlamp.
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RetentionThis light comes with a strong magnet installed in the tailcap. It looks like you may be able to wiggle free the tail spring and pull this out if you really didn’t want it there, but I wasn’t able to get the spring out easily in my unit. The light also comes with a nice clip, that can be installed for either head up or head down carry. The clip has a nice ramp on it and slides onto pocket fabric easily. There are no ramps where the clip attaches to the body of the light, so it may mar the surface during installation.
Power and RuntimeThe light is powered by a single AAA light. Lumintop doesn’t recommend Li-Ion cells, and I didn’t test them in my unit. I used Ikea’s Ladda NimH cells for all my tests. On high, the light stayed perfectly steady for 50 minutes, and didn’t drop below 10% output until almost 55 minutes. This exceeded the stated run time of 40 minutes.
On medium, a freshly charged cell lasted 4 hours and 12 minutes, exceeding the 4 hour rating again.
- Great stainless steel build and design
- Good modes and spacing
- Magnetic tail, pocket clip, and headband all work well - I like the colors, reflective details, and non-slip accents on the headband
- Small form factor is great for working in tight spaces
- I’m a fan of the orange colored accents
- Long press to turn off with no indication that the press has been long enough
- No mechanical or electronic lockout
- Strange behaviour with dead cells