Folomov 18650S LED Flashlight - Nichia 219D - 900/960 Lumens - Includes 1 x 3.7V 2600/3400mAh 18650 - Black or Grey
Folomov 18650S Flashlight
6 Brightness Levels | 3 Tactical Outputs | 2 Usage Modes
The Folomov 18650S flashlight is a modern engineering feat with dozens of features all accessed by a single tactical tailswitch. Six brightness modes ranging from a 960 lumen turbo to a .5 lumen moonlight offers up to 700 hours (over 29 days!) of versatile illumination. The 170m (557ft) throw paired with a quality IPX8 waterproof design and 1m impact resistance makes the 18650S a solid choice for outdoor activities.
The tailswitch can instantly access a set of tactical outputs including SOS, strobe, and beacon. You can switch between illumination or tactical mode to match your personal use, or hit the lockout function to prevent accidental activation. If that wasn't enough, a timer mode allows for automatic shutdown and can be extended to 30 minutes in increments of 3min. We could go on about the well-crafted anti-roll design, included accessories, or the (included) USB-rechargeable battery, but we need a minute catch our breath.
Note that the 18650S-GRAY features higher lumens but reduced runtime than the BLACK; accurate specs for both are below.
Features✓ Choose between Illumination and Tactical modes
✓ Six brightness levels ranging from 960 to .5 lumens
✓ Well-mapped single-push button for one-handed operation
✓ Timer mode for automatic-shutdown; up to 30 minutes
✓ Memory mode provides quick-access to last brightness
✓ Strobe, beacon and SOS modes provide tactical use
✓ 170m (557ft) throw lights up your path/trail with ease
- Brand: Folomov
- Battery: 1 x 18650 (2600mah) (3400 for Gray)
- Rechargeable: Rechargeable Battery
- Peak Intensity: 7,300cd (6,940 for Gray)
- Max Throw: 170m (167m for Gray)
- IPX Rating: IPX8 Waterproof
- Impact Resistance: 1m (3.28ft)
- Switch: Tactical Tailswitch
- Length: 99mm (3.9")
- Diameter: 25.4mm (1")
- Weight: 50g (1.764oz)
Brightness Outputs (GRAY)
- Turbo: 960 Lm - 4 Hr
- High: 320 Lm - 4.5 Hr
- Med: 160 Lm - 10 Hr
- Low: 50 Lm - 22 Hr
- Ultralow: 10 Lm - 150 Hr
- Moonlight: .5 Lm - 350 Hr
Brightness Outputs (BLACK)
- Turbo: 900 Lm - 5 Hr
- High: 300 Lm - 7 Hr
- Med: 150 Lm - 12 Hr
- Low: 50 Lm - 30 Hr
- Ultralow: 10 Lm - 200 Hr
- Moonlight: .5 Lm - 700 Hr
|Output Modes:||3 Minute Timer, 3+ Brightness Levels, Beacon, SOS, Strobe|
|Compatible Batteries:||1 x 18650|
|Flashlight Usage:||Every Day Carry|
|Throw Distance (Max):||170m|
|Warranty:||Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, Folomov 5 Year Warranty, Folomov Limited Lifetime Warranty|
|Return Policy:||Battery Junction Return Policy|
|Product Dimensions:||3.9" (L) x 1" (Diameter)|
|Country of Origin:||CN|
If you turn the light on in moonlight mode and then do a quick press to access your last mode, any subsequent quick press of the button will lower the output until you get to the 10 lumen mode, then of course output will increase. If you turn the light on in moonlight mode and its at the 10 lumen mode, a quick press of the button will have no effect on output so you accidentally increase the output if you did not intend to.
Turning the light on in memory mode, a quick press to turn the light on as opposed to the long press to go to moonlight, any subsequent quick press will increase the output from the last memory settings. Once you get this concept down, this is actually a great light.
The size is nice and l like the fact that you can lock out the switch with a triple press although I have yet to have it accidentally turn on in my pocket. I plan to get a larger capacity battery for it as right now it only has a 2600 mAh battery.
I ran a runtime test on the light (with an Olight 18650 2600 mah battery at 4.20v) on Turbo/900 LU. The stats claim five hours on Turbo. (I found this hard to believe.) After two minutes, the flashlight became too hot to hold, especially the head/bezel. After a total of five minutes, the light turned off by itself. Most likely an overheating protection feature. I took the battery out and let the light cool down for about three minutes then tried it again. It functioned fine, but shut down again after about five minutes. At this point, I discontinued my testing on Turbo.
I decided to try a runtime test on High/300 LU with another fully larger Olight 18650 2600 mah battery at 4.20v. The light still got very hot, but not as hot as in Turbo. After 30 minutes, it was hot enough to want to either wear gloves, or not hold it for more than a few seconds. The stats claimed 7 hours on High. I found it dimmed considerably after 2.5 hours. All modes were still available at that time. I checked it again at 3 hours and no other level modes were available. Only the current dimmed High. I also found, once I turned it on, it would not turn off unless I took the battery out. I let the light cool down for a couple minutes then put in another fully charged 18650 battery and the light functioned correctly. Disappointed, I decided to end my testing at that time.
I found the UI different. In ILLUMINATION mode, you cycle through each level, from Ultra low, Low, Med, High and Turbo. While still on, you continue to cycle through Turbo, High, Med, Low and Ultra low. There is a memory mode where you can access that memorized mode with a quick single press of the tailcap. Cycling through modes also picks up where it was turned off. Quickly pressing the tailcap twice will access the SOS/Strobe/Beacon modes. The Beacon mode was strange also. It wasn’t like most flashlights that blink every few seconds. The Folomov took five seconds between blinks. The blink is more of a ramp up to Med level and then ramp down to off. It takes over a second to turn on and off instead of the usual spilt second. The other mode is called TACTICAL mode. In this mode, the light only has one mode of Turbo. SOS/Strobe/Beacon are not available in TACTICAL mode. There is a lockout feature that works well. The light comes with a timer feature (not available in TACTICAL mode either). You have the option to have the light turn off in either 3, 6, 9, 27 and 30 mins. The timer worked just fine.
The beam tint is Neutral White and very much on the warm side. The center hotspot is defined, but not overly so. I was disappointed the spill light was not very bright.
This was my first Folomov flashlight. I liked the price-point. It has some nice features and comes with all the accessories one would expect (except a holster). The fact that the runtime stats claimed were so different from my testing, bothers me enough to not want to buy another Folomov at this time.
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