Lumintop EDC18 Flashlight
The Lumintop EDC18 is a small yet ultra high-intensity EDC LED flashlight. It inherits the firmware of Lumintop FW3A and emits a max 2800 lumens amazing output by a single 18650 battery. The side switch easily controls all functions of the flashlight. The magnetic tail cap and the reverse stainless steel pocket clip make it easy to carry and capable of being hands-free. Multifunctional, durable and IP68 rated protection, EDC18 is a must-have for outdoor, backup, and EDC gears.
What batteries should you use with the Lumintop EDC18?
For the Lumintop EDC18 to operate properly, you should use a 18650 unprotected high drain flat top cell rechargeable battery capable of 10A or greater. The batteries you choose should be no longer than 66mm. Button top cells or protected cells are not recommended. The Samsung 30Q, Sanyo NCR18650GA, Murata VTC6 batteries are what Lumintop recommends and what we see customers most often go with. The Lumintop EDC18 does not have internal charging so an external charger will be needed.
Lumintop EDC18 LED Options:
The Lumintop EDC18 EDC light comes in four different LED Options. You can purchase it with the CREE XPL-HI CW cool white version, the CREE XPL-HI NW neutral white version, the Luminus SST-20 4000k high-cri version, and the Nichia 219C high cri 4000k warm white version. The CREE XPL Hi Flux is ~2800 lumens with a max beam intensity of around 10,000 candela and it is rated at around 200 meters of throw.
What firmware is used with the Lumintop EDC18 Flashlight
The firmware installed in the Lumintop EDC18 flashlight is called Anduril and it was created by ToyKeeper who is active on the BLF Budget Light Forum and also active on Reddit. You can find her Patreon page here if you would like to contribute to her work and also find a nice user diagram of the user interface. The firmware is free to use and update if the flashlight allows it and you have the technical know-how to do it.
What makes the user interface of the Lumintop EDC18 light special?
The Anduril user interface is unlike any flashlight UI you may have come across and is quite feature-rich with many different options to use. The EDC18 defaults to a smooth ramping of the brightness levels making it easy to go up and down to find just the right brightness level you want. It provides instant access to turbo mode. You can also configure it for stepped ramping, momentary mode, muggle mode and it has an electronic lockout mode to help prevent accidental activation. Some of the other features of the user interface include battery check, sunset, beacon, tactical strobe, party strobe, bike flasher, candlelight, and lightning storm mode.
Why choose the EDC18 over the Lumintop FW3A?
That is a good question and it will come down to personal preference. The EDC18 is a light controlled by a side switch and the FW3A is controlled with a tail switch. The EDC18 also has a magnet in the tailcap where the FW3A does not. Both lights are very similar in other aspects.