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    Default [Review] ReyLight Copper Pineapple AAA (Nichia 219c, 1x AAA/10440)

    Battery: 1x AAA / 1× 10440
    Modes: 3 (L, M, H)
    Switch: Twisty
    Date: September 2017

    One of the new torches that Massdrop platform is offering is the ReyLight Copper Pineapple, a compact, copper-machined AAA torch with a rather original look.

    The flashlight comes in a plastic box, identical to the one we saw in the Massdrop Brass AAA, also used by some well-known manufacturers such as Lumintop or Ultratac.

    NOTE: As it is a sample that has been previously used before reaching my hands, the flashlight shows the first signs of patina formation on its surface. The ordered units will arrive preserved from oxygen and moisture in an airtight plastic bag.

    Included with the flashlight are a couple of spare o-rings, and the pocket clip for the flashlight.


    Externally, the flashlight is certainly peculiar. Completely finished in copper, the ReyLight Copper Pineapple has a peculiar machining, and according to the manufacturer’s comments its knurling resembles that of a pineapple, hence its nickname.

    Being such a heavy metal, the flashlight feels heavy in the hand, a feeling that differs from typical anodized aluminum flashlights.

    The total weight is around 30g (40 with AAA battery), body diammeter is 14mm and total length is 70mm.

    The torch optics consists of an AR glass lens, rugged reflector and a Nichia 219C neutral tinted LED correctly centered. The dimensions and geometry of the reflector are very similar (if not identical) to those found in the K18-A5 family of Ultratac, which at the same time are quite similar to the Lumintop Worm-Tool.

    The clip is pressed against the flashlight body. The body is equipped with two tracks to hold the clip in opposite directions. The same clip can be found in the Ultratac K18.

    The threads are properly machined and run smoothly. Thanks to the knurled head track, the torch can be operated with one hand without any problems.

    The tailcap design is reminiscent of the one we saw in the Ultratac K18 v2017, with a folding hanger that will allow us to place the torch in tailstand and at the same time offers us a very comfortable anchorage point.

    At the base of the tailcap we will find a slot to optionally install a 6 × 1.5mm tritium vial.

    The dimensions of the slot allow to install a vial of DQG SPY-FAIRY, so locating a suitable vial will not be a problem if we decide to install it.

    The ReyLight Copper Pineapple is a twisty flashlight with a three-mode user interface and no memory mode, so that the flashlight always turns on in the lowest mode.

    • Power On/Off: ReyLight Copper Pineapple is turned on and off by threading or unscrewing the head. With the head screwed in, the flashlight turns on, with the head slightly unscrewed the flashlight turns off.
    • Switching modes: To switch between the different modes, with the light on, we have to switch off the flashlight momentarily and then switch it on again in the next 3 seconds, when the flashlight will switch on as follows. The order is ascending: L->M->H.
    • Memory: The flashlight lacks memory mode, so after 3 seconds from its switch-off it always switches on by default in Low mode.

    (All measurements are taken following the ANSI NEMA FL1 procedure, taking as a value the highest reading point between the second 30 and 120 after switching on. More details here.)

    The low mode could well be called firefly-ultralow-moonlight… since with its 0.1 lumen it can be very useful for occasions when there is complete absence of ambient light, but in most cases we will need to ascend a mode in the sequence to have usable light under normal conditions. The correlation between specified and measured is quite good, with the exception of the high mode with 10440, which is probably due to the battery I have used and not the flashlight. (following my problems locating quality 10440 batteries…)


    Let’s expand to better appreciate the qualities of regulation in each of the modes and types of battery:

    With a NiMH the flashlight shows an uneven discharge curve, although considering the initial output this behavior is surely due to the high demand of the circuit.

    In the medium mode, with almost 16 real lumens, the flashlight behaves very differently, with a completely flat regulation for almost 5 hours that has maintained the regulation.

    With a 10440 the initial output exceeds the actual 400lm, but falls quickly stabilizing slightly above 250lm, to then enter a kind of flat regulation phase around 225lm. Shortly after 6 minutes, the flashlight loses this regulation and falls, to continue for a few minutes in an unregulated manner, gradually decreasing its output gradually becoming switched off shortly before the half-hour of continuous use, leaving the battery below 2V.

    The medium mode with 10440 is more contained, and shows a complete lack of regulation.

    Compared to other commercial flashlights, the ReyLight Pineapple stands out for its high initial output with Eneloop, although it lags behind in efficiency. The performance with 10440 is upgradeable.


    Although the optics of this torch are already well known to most people, the main attraction is the LED emitter used. Instead of the typical CREE XP-G2 the ReyLight employs a Nichia 219C, which with a neutral-tone pulling-slightly-to-warm offers a truly pleasant illumination.

    We have a medium-large hotspot that blends smoothly with the spill, with complete absence of rings or artifacts. The chromatic difference in the color difference in the photos is due to the way my camera’s white balance (in auto to minimize the dyeing effect) has interpreted the light tone as a function of shutter speed.

    The tint of the Japanese LED emitter is simply a delight, and I would say that its color temperature is between 4000K and 4500K.

    It’s a good idea in my opinion to have used this LED with this tone as opposed to cheap alternatives like the green XP-G2 that is so widespread among today’s flashlights.

    Beam geometry is practically common with the Worm, Tool, K18 and A5.


    Massdrop is specializing in offering a good handful of unique flashlights, with finishes in rare materials or exclusive details at prices more than contents. This ReyLight is a good example of this: Copper flashlight, exclusive machining, Nichia 219C, AAA compatible and 10440 compatible, optional tritium slot… all for an affordable price.

    Lumintop Tool AAA Cu – Lumintop Worm Cu – ReyLight Cu Pineapple – Maratac AAA Cu REV3 – Olight i3E Cu

    Negative aspects:
    It is always a discussion whether the order of modes should be ascending or descending, whether a “sub-lumen” mode can be considered as low, or whether a flashlight intended for EDC use on a key fob or not have memory… They are all personal tastes or preferences that each person has… I personally would have preferred that the lowest mode, in this case sub-lumen, would have been second in the sequence of modes. Simply because its 0.1lm is insufficient for 99% of the time, and forces me to turn on/off/on to access the middle mode.

    Positive aspects: The ReyLight Copper Pineapple AAA has left me a very good taste in the mouth thanks to the combination of a very original machining, the use of an LED with a great dye and the regulation that allows us to use 10440 in addition to AAA are, in my modest opinion, the best values of this flashlight. I really liked the fact that the tritium slot has been machined, but the final decision was left to the user because these small vials, although less and less, are usually expensive and make the final set more expensive.

    ReyLight Copper Pineapple AAA Flashlight provided by Massdrop for test & review. Thank you!

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    Default Re: [Review] ReyLight Copper Pineapple AAA (Nichia 219c, 1x AAA/10440)

    How to get one?

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    Default Re: [Review] ReyLight Copper Pineapple AAA (Nichia 219c, 1x AAA/10440)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nichia! View Post
    How to get one?

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    Default [Review] ReyLight Copper Pineapple AAA (Nichia 219c, 1x AAA/10440)

    Already found it thank you
    Last edited by Nichia!; 09-18-2017 at 06:38 PM.

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    Default Re: [Review] ReyLight Copper Pineapple AAA (Nichia 219c, 1x AAA/10440)

    Beautiful photos
    outstanding review
    is there NoPWM?

    I looked at the pineapple link and note the brass tool is available again.. almost 6000! of them sold.. wow, massdrop is moving very large quantities

    I note you're quoted on the brass tool page:
    ""The brass, as a copper alloy, has an high density and therefore a weight significantly greater than the one would be obtained with light metals such as aluminum, but on the other hand offer excellent thermal conductivity..." - UPz (Candle Power Forums contributor) "

    in my research, aluminum conducts heat and current twice as well as brass. Ive never understood why popular belief is that brass is a good conductor. my limited searches show copper beats aluminum, but brass does not beat aluminum.

    The Copper ReyWorm looks like a nice collection of features, including a reversible clip
    I agree I would prefer MLH modes on a twisty with a Firefly low
    but no light is perfect and a copper ReyWorm is nice to add to the selection
    especially one that is factory stated as 10440 capable, if someone wants to be extra bright for a short burst
    Last edited by jon_slider; 09-18-2017 at 09:10 PM.

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    Default Re: [Review] ReyLight Copper Pineapple AAA (Nichia 219c, 1x AAA/10440)

    Hi jon,

    No PWM I can detect, none with AAA nor 10440:

    Also, before anybody asks: protected 10440 fit, or at least 47mm long ones fits in my sample.


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    Default Re: [Review] ReyLight Copper Pineapple AAA (Nichia 219c, 1x AAA/10440)

    Quote Originally Posted by _UPz View Post
    No PWM I can detect, none with AAA nor 10440
    Another Copper AAA ReyLight Winner, like the Reylight Copper Tool

    only improvement I would want, is a regulated high mode like lumintop offers in the AAA Maratac, and the Copper Worm.

    otoh, thumbs up on the copper body, the Nichia LED, the reversible hat clip, and trit slot

    Lego note
    the head of a worm, hence the head of an AAA ReyWormApple, will work on a tool body and on a Maratac body
    (reverse lego won't work though, the maratac and Tool head won't work on the ReyWorm Body, worms have fewer threads than Maratacs and Tools.)

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