First impression of the Lumintop TD16
The Lumintop TD16 is delivered in a plain cardboard box that already contains all the necessary product information on the back. In addition to the Lumintop TD16, it also contained a 18650 Li-Ion battery, which does not necessarily have to be included, a belt pouch, a carrying strap and pouches with sealing rings and an additional replacement cap for the control buttons, as well as a multilingual operating manual including warranty information. Unfortunately, a diffuser attachment is not included.
The processing of the Lumintop TD16 is successful. The anodization of the aluminum parts is uniform and resistant. The threads run without play and grip extremely smoothly. The notches are also neatly worked out and not too sharp-edged. The ring for the "cigar handle" is made of neatly crafted rubber which gives the TD16 a better grip. Both control buttons have a structured rubber cap in a good fit. Overall, the Lumintop TD16 has a very attractive and modern design, which is particularly emphasized by the stainless steel bezel, the rear cap and the ring surrounding the control button.
According to the manufacturer, the Lumintop TD16 is also waterproof up to 8 meters according to IPX-2.
Commissioning and functions
For the Lumintop TD16 you need a 18650 battery, which can be included in the scope of delivery depending on the product selection. The flashlight can also be operated with two CR123A batteries. In any case, you should have a charger for 18650 batteries, because the battery cannot be charged via the flashlight itself!
With the battery inserted and the cap closed, the high-performance flashlight is ready to go. The flashlight can be switched on and off using the control button on the back. The function key is located on the lamp head.
A total of 6 different modes are available. With a normal push of a button you switch through the 3 different light levels. Pressing the button for a longer time activates the flashing modes, which can then be changed with a short press of the button. The flashing modes amount to a strobe mode as well as a short and longer flashing mode. To switch back to the light level selection, simply press the button for a longer period of time. If you switch the flashlight off and on again, the last mode used is adopted.
The Lumintop TD16 is available with a Cree XM-L2 or an XP-L Hi LED. Both LEDs deliver similar performance and mainly differ in terms of the measured values. Overall, the XP-L Hi is slightly more powerful, which is why it shines marginally brighter. I tested the version with the XP-L Hi LED.
At the highest light level, the TD16 achieves a luminosity of 920 ANSI lumens. At a low light level, the luminosity is 20 ANSI lumens and at a medium light level it is 160 ANSI lumens.
The range is specified by the manufacturer as 450 meters. In the nocturnal test on an open area, I was able to understand this range well. The light beam has very little scatter and is very focused. The luminous color is extremely cold, which creates a nice, white light. The heat development is limited at the maximum level. Measured against the total capacity of the 18650 Li-Ion I used, a running time of around 2 hours with maximum light level is also understandable.