Review Lumintop SD20: compact EDC-light, max 900 lumens, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A

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Review Lumintop SD20: compact EDC-light, max 900 lumens, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A

We will have a closer look at one of Lumintop’s latest releases, the compact SD20. For me, this is the most compact 900-lumen-light I owned until now.


SD20, compact high output EDC..
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As usual, we’ll start with taking a look at the specs: (given by Lumintop):

Features:
- Utilizes a premium XM-L2 U2 LED that emits 800 lumens max output with up to 50,000hours life time span
- Three selectable brightness to satisfy your illumination needs plus hidden strobe
- A peak beam intensity of 4599cd and a throw distance of up to 136 meters
- Side switch in the head for fast and convenient operation
- All aluminum “unibody” construction design
- Purposed design for hiking, climbing, camping and other outdoor activities
- Powered by 1*18650 lithium-ion battery
- High efficiency circuit to maintains constant brightness
- Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass with anti-reflective coating
- Reverse polarity protection

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Unboxing:

The SD20 comes in well finished, good looking carton box. Most of the specifications are mentioned on it. I prefer this boxes above blisters, think I’m not the only one…J

SD20 and box
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nice package
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contents the light and holster, lanyard, spare o-ring and user manual
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First impressions:

The light is real compact for a 1x18650. First thing I noticed, was the “big” side button. The built quality is good, anodizing and lubricating well done. Only the tailcap (the spring) is not that sturdy.


Some impression pictures:


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the “big” side button
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nice finishing
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the spring looks not that sturdy
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orange peel reflector with xm-l2 (U2) led
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real compact…
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1x18650 or 2xCR123 light
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a flexible ring with a hole….
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to add the lanyard / handstrap
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the holster
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together with Lumintop-brother EDC21
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User interface:

As expected with this kind of light. Press and hold for on/off, cycling through the modes by short clicking, double click (only when on) for strobe. You have to press firmly the button, maybe Lumintop has made this to avoid accidentally on when EDC-ing this light. Personally I prefer a lockout mode and a better-functioning button.

Size comparison:


I’ve compared the SD20 with another 900-lumen-light, the Fenix E35UE. Now you can see how compact the SD20 is!


1 x CR123A, 1 x 18650, Lumintop SD20 and Fenix E35UE
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E35UE and SD20
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SD20 and U35UE

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E35UE and SD20
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Beamshots:

SD20 has an orange-peel reflector, so as expected, the beam is a mix of flood than throw. What I noticed is that the tint is (to) blueish. You can see this clear on the wallshots…

camera settings: ISO100, F/2.7, 1/125 sec, 35mm, WB daylight
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Outdoor shots:

First some shots with the SD20 and after that some comparison with the Fenix E35UE.

camera settings: ISO100, f/2.7, 4 sec, WB daylight, 35mm
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Comparison with Fenix E35UE, both lights on highest mode..
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Conclusion:

SD20 has a lot of output for such a compact light. Finishing is nice, user interface easy. Tint is (to) bluish. Wish it came with a moonlight mode. Hope Lumintop will add a better (side) button, those is hard to press. On the other way, it prevents against accidentally turn-on. Overall, a nice EDC!

- SD20 provided by Lumintop for review -
 
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