Lumintop Thor PRO

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Lumintop Thor PRO review: LEP & LED hybrid flashlight

Lumintop Thor PRO specifications

Brand/modelLumintop Thor PRO
LED+LEPLED: CREE XPL-HD +LEP
Max. LumensLEP: 300 lm / LED: 12,100 lm
Max. Beam intensity / distanceLEP: 426,200 cd / LED: 57,800 cd
Battery config.4*18650
Onboard chargingUSB-C + powerbank
Modes5
BlinkiesN/A
ReflectorSmooth
WaterproofIPX8
Review dateApril 2022

Introduction:

It’s great to have an LEP flashlight, reaching a few miles. But what about the times you need a light to use for close up work? An LEP beam definitely won’t be the right choice for this. So how about a combination of LED (for a wide beam, for close-up stuff) and LEP (for maximum beam distance)?

That’s probably what Lumintop thought about, creating the Lumintop Thor PRO. A hybrid flashlight with 2 different kinds of light sources, LED, and LEP.

They are also the brand that has produced most LEP flashlights in the last couple of years. So they were already taking quite a bit chunk of the LEP market, and now they built this. A 12,000 lumen LED flashlight combined with a 1300 meters LEP flashlight. Sound good, right?

Dave tested a prototype of this light and shared his findings here: https://budgetlightforum.com/node/80153

Well, here’s how the production light performs. And let’s see if this is a great hybrid.

Package quality.

I’m a little disappointed by the packaging of a nearly $400 light. It’s a very simple, and typical, cardboard box, with the following accessories:

  • The flashlight: Lumintop Thor PRO
  • 4*18650 batteries (Samsung 30Q) (optional)
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manual
  • Tripod mount ring

I would have liked to see a holster included, a high-quality lanyard, a USB charger, and possibly some spare o-rings.

Flashlight in use

The Thor PRO doesn’t have any of the traditional knurlings and feels a bit slippery. But I must say, that its design looks and feels like we are used to from Lumintop.

It’s well made and designed, and the extra metal (stainless steel) lanyard attachment ring helps a bit with grip. You could always attach a lanyard to that ring to safeguard it from dropping. Unfortunately, Lumintop didn’t include a lanyard in the packaging. And for the money, they could have easily added one.

The switch is easy to find, even with the backlit turned off. (BTW. that backlit button really helps find the switch in the dark). That’s because the switch is on the opposite side of the tripod mount.

The flashlight has 3 options for light sources. You can triple-click to toggle between them. 1 is just the LEP, the second is just the LEDs, and the last is a combo of LED and LEP.

Another interesting detail about the switch: it has 2 colors; blue, and green. Both represent a light source. Blue is on top, and refers to the LEP. Green on the bottom of the bunny, and represents the LEDs. If both colors are visible you are using the combo feature: LED + LEP. That’s quite neat because you can see what is currently selected.

The tripod screw mount had an attachment ring inserted. But that seems to be a bit unusual because just below it, is a lanyard attachment point. It’s great you can use either of the attachment points, but not so sure about the added value.

Having the option to choose between flood and throw (and a combination of both) is really interesting. Many people look for 1 flashlight for a specific purpose, for example, camping, hiking, around the house, etc. But the Thor PRO has both flood and throw, and is therefore great for many situations.

Like all jack of all trades, it’s neither the brightest nor the farthest reaching. It’s a great in-between light, that works well for flood and throw.

Build Quality, and Warranty

In writing this review, I often wanted to type Lumintop GT, because of how it looks like. But this one doesn’t belong to the GT series, it belongs to the Thor series.

Lumintop’s LEP lights are all named Thor, so perhaps they could have named this the Lumintop GT Thor PRO, because it looks more like a GT.

The black anodizing has a relatively matte finish and looks nice. There are no sharp edges and even the fins around the head are chamfered and smooth.

Both, the battery tube and tailcap can be removed, and the threads are anodized. So a short twist will mechanically lock the light out. The o-ring, as well as the threads, are lubricated, so they screw nice and smooth. The batteries need to be loaded from the front of the batterytube, because the rear is closed, and has 2 USB ports and a display. 1 USB-C port for charging, and a USB-A for discharging (powerbank feature).

The display show Voltage, a percentage, and the current.

Warranty according to Lumintoplighting:

  1. 30 days free replacement: Lumintop will replace or repair products with manufacturing defects within 30 days of purchase.
  2. 5 years free repair: Lumintop will repair the products free of charge within 5 years (accessories 1 year, products with built-in battery 2 years)of purchase if problems develop with normal use.
  3. Lifetime warranty: If repair is required after the guarantee period, we’ll charge for parts accordingly.
  4. This warranty does not cover normal wear or tear, abuse, force major damage, or defaults by human factors.

LED, LEP, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector

This is where the rubber meets the road.

The Thor PRO is a lumenmonster and a great thrower in 1 because of its 2 different light engines. It has 8 LEDs positioned in a circle, with an LEP module in the center. So you can have high lumens and flood, or just 100% throw. You can easily switch between just the LEDs for flood, the single LEP for throw, or both of them combined.

Lumintop’s specs mention CREE XPL HD, but I doubt these are XP-L HD. They are likely XP-L2 HD. Not sure

There are 8 of them, well centered in their reflectors, which have an orange peel finish to smoothen the beam. And likely to hide the CREE rainbow.

The LED beam is cold at the center, with the following measurement in High mode:

  • CCT:6937
  • Ra (CRI): 72.4

Around the hotspot is a ‘greenish’ circle that has a temperature of about 5200-5500K. And the outer ring of the beam is again a bit purplish.

Dimensions and size comparison

  • Length: 155 mm / 6.1 ”
  • Head diameter: 68.4  mm / 2.693 ”
  • Body diameter: 51 mm / 2 ”
  • Tilcap diameter: 55mm / 2.17

Weight: 

  • Empty: 632.9 g / 22.32 oz
  • With 4* 30Q batteries: 820.2 g / 28.93 oz

Flashlight size comparison

Size compared to other high power flashlights

Image 1, from left to right: Imalent MS12 Mini, Olight Marauder 2, Lumintop GT3, Lumintop Thor PRO, Acebeam X50, Acebeam X80 GT2

Driver & User Interface:

Lumintop’s UI is easy to understand and pretty straightforward.

Available modes:

  • 0.1%, 3%, 30%, 100%.
  • Moon, Low, Medium, High, Turbo

From OFF: (this works the same in all 3 light source configurations: Led only, Lep only, Combo

  • Single-click: back to last used mode (mode memory)
  • Double click: High (another double click would be Turbo)
  • Triple-click: switch between LEP, LED and Combo
  • Press and hold: moon mode
  • 4 clicks: battery check
  • 5 clicks: lockout mode (repeat to unlock)
  • 7 clicks: turn on/off the backlit switch

From ON:

  • Single-click: turn off
  • Double click: Turbo
  • Triple-click: switch between LEP, LED and Combo
  • Press and hold: cycling from low to high (3 modes only) or when release the switch and press again, it will reverse, from high to low

Shortcuts:

  • To Turbo: double click from On, or 2 times double click from off
  • To Turbo momentarily: click 2 times, and hold the second from off to have momentary access.
  • To Moon: long press from off

Mode memory:

  • Yes, a single click from off will return to 1 of the main modes

Blinky modes menu:

  • None

Low battery warning:

  • Yes, the light starts blinking, and then the side switch keeps blinking.

Lock-out mode:

  • Yes, with 5 clicks from off to activate, and repeat for deactivation. When you click the switch while being locked out, the light will momentarily turn on in Low mode.

PWM:

  • Couldn’t notice it by eye.

Firmware / UI Conclusion:

The UI is nice and easy to understand, and the switching between LED, LEP, and Combo wasn’t as bad as I thought. I was thinking I’d like to have a dedicated separate switch for each light source, but I was wrong. It’s working actually pretty well.

Batteries & Charging

My copy arrived with 4 fresh Samsung INR18650 30Q batteries installed. And each battery had a sticker (insulator) on the positive terminal, so they wouldn’t accidentally turn the light on, or discharge by accident.

Only non-protected, button-top batteries will work.

But I also had a little problem with them. All 4 batteries arrived at 4.09V, which is good so you can use the light straight away, but for long-term storage, it’s not the best. So I charged the batteries inside, and when the light stopped charging, I measured all 4 batteries again, and 3 out of 4 were at 4.18V, while 1 stayed at 4.09V. I noticed that after removing the stickers (insulators) there was still some glue left on the batteries. I removed it with some isopropyl alcohol, and then all 4 charged just normal.

Make sure you remove all the glue from the batteries before you use or charge the flashlight!

Talking about charging.

The tailcap doesn’t give access to the batteries but rather to 2 charge ports and an LCD screen. The LCD screen shows a percentage (discharging?) charging Amps, and Voltage… for discharging. The LCD can be turned on by using the little button , and automatically turns off after 37 seconds. The percentage reduces when the flashlight is turned on. But while charging it shows 99% or 100% even when the batteries are only charged for less than 50%.

The manual says about the percentages: (only for charging status, not for real-time battery percentage indicator)

Lumintop includes a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging, and charges at about 18-20Watts. It also works fine with USB-C to USB-C, at even higher Voltage, but a little lower amps.

Total charging time with the built-in charger is about 3 hours and 42 minutes.

Lumintop Thor PRO Power bank feature

Next to the USB-C port is a USB-A port for discharging. This can charge any kind of device with a USB port, not just phones. You could even charge your keychain light or EDC light on the fly.

The manual says it can discharge up to 3A. I just tested it with charging my phone (which was at 71%), and it charged at 6.3V, and 1.6A using a USB tester and USB-C to USB-C cable. (The USB tester has several ports, so you don’t need to use the USB-A out, and can use the USB-C out as well, which I did. I also tested it with the USB-A out, and got about 9V, and 1A (about 10Watts. That’s what I got, even though it might be possible to get 3A, I just don’t think I have any device that can pull that much.

Performance test

Lumen measurements:

All output numbers are relative to my homemade Integrating Sphere. It is set up with an Extech SDL400 Lux Meter for measurements including a Kenko PRO1D ND-16 filter. The base measurement is done with a Convoy S2+ that has been tested at 255 lumens.

Most of the readings were taken with 4 fully-charged Samsung INR18650 30Q’s.
All Turbo, High, and Medium modes, and didn’t recharge between Moon and Low.

I manually measured the output at turn on, and after 30 seconds. the 10minutes measurements were taken from the runtime graph.

LED Lumens:

Moon is too low to measure, so that must be far below 1 lumen…definitely not 2 lumens.

Modespecificationsat turn on30 seconds10 minutes
Moon20.000.00
Low320314318313
Med1600180417851699
High5100595856541687
Turbo12100 lm15,98413,496 lm1613 lm

LEP Lumens:

Modespecificationsat turn on30 seconds10 minutes
Moon406362
Low85817877
Med150164161160
High230261256252
Turbo300 lm340329 lm324

LEP + LED combined Lumens:

I only did a runtime test in Turbo mode.

Modespecificationsat turn on30 seconds10 minutes
Moon456362
Low400394395
Med1,5001,6851,661
High5,2006,1205,828
Turbo12,600 lm15,984 lm13,807 lm1468 lm

Parasitic drain:

  • Couldn’t measure

Runtime:

The runtime test was done with the 50cm integrating sphere, including the Kenko Pro1D ND-16 filter and Extech SDL400 data logging Lux Meter.

LED RUNTIME:

That first graph is pretty boring, so the next 2 graphs (first 10 minutes and first 60 minutes) give a better impression on the total output for LED and Turbo mode LED+LEP.

Turbo: Starts off at almost 16,000 lumens, and drops to roughly 5,000 in 1 minute. At 2minutes it’s down to roughly 1600 lumens (which is officially the runtime, lol, because that’s 10% of the initial output). From then onward, it reduces output until it drops from 400 lumens down to 67 lumens at 3h55min. It doesn’t turn off at that point though. I stopped the runtime at 8h30min when the output was down to 27 lumens. (Specs: 45s+4h)

This behavior is pretty similar for the LEP+LED combo.

High mode: starts at about 6,000 lumens. The first real drop starts at 1min40sec down to roughly 1700 lumens. It continues dropping slowly, till it drops from 400 lumens down to 67 lumens at 3h55min. That’s not officially the end of the runtime yet. At 4h42min it reaches 10% of the initial 5800 lumens (30-second measurement). At 5h57min I stopped the test.
(Specs:1min40sec+4h10min)

Med mode: starts at around 1800 lumens, and starts to reduce output slowly over time. At 4h03min it drops from roughly 400 lumens down to 61 lumens. That’s the total runtime, according to ANSI FL1 standards. At 7h04min I stopped the test, although the output was still 32 lumens.
(Specs: 7 hours)

Low mode: starts at around 320 lumens, and reaches 32 lumens at 29h29min, but continues running. At 30h19min I stopped the test.
(Specs: 30 hours)

Moon mode was at 0 lux because of the ND filter installed on the sensor, and is supposed to run for 90 days.

LEP Runtime

LEP runtime Turbo: after 6 hours 30 minutes I noticed blinking.. probably started a bit earlier, but that shows the low voltage warning. At the end of the runtime, the LEP source turned off, and turned into Moon mode with LEDs only. It ran for a few more hours that way.

The rest of the runtimes are pretty easy to understand.

Turbo: total runtime measured: 6h51min (specs: 18min+5h45min)

High: total runtime: 6h51min (specs:6h30min)

Med: total runtime: 10h32min (specs: 10h)

Low: total runtime: 18h16min (specs: 16h)

Lumintop Thor PRO throw measurements

LEP measurements were taken outdoors at 20 meters, and LED measurements indoors at 5 meters with a Hagner E4-X Lux Meter. Recorded 30 seconds after turn on.

ModeSpecificationsCandelaMetersYards
Turbo (LEP)426,200 cd429,200 cd13101433
High (LEP)355,60011931304
Turbo (LED)57,800 cd63,500 cd504551
High (LED)26,500326356
Med (LED)8,000179196
Low (LED)1,4007582

Comparison to other LEP flashlights, especially compared to the smaller ones (because of the diameter of the convex lens).

You can see that after about 15 minutes, it outperforms the rest, and is close to the throw of the Lumintop Thor II v2. That’s not bad at all.

Beamshots

The first few beamshots are with a 50mm lens. Shed is about 65 meters away.

For the throw beamshots, I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk2 and a 100mm lens. manual settings: ISO1600, .5sec , F4, 5000K

The tower is about 450 meters / 492 yards away.

Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to me for review at no cost by Lumintop Lighting. I have not been paid to review, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.

Final Verdict

Pros

  1. Nice design
  2. Hybrid: LEP and LED in 1 light
  3. No PWM
  4. Built-in charging (fast)
  5. Good runtimes, especially for LEP
  6. Powerbank feature

Cons

  1. Cheap packaging for the price of the light
  2. No accessories

Explanation on star ratings:

1: Avoid: my phone flashlight would be a better choice – 2: Poor: significant defect or issues; almost unusable – 3: Average: some defects or issues; but still usable 4: Good: recommended (minor issues) – 5: Great: highly recommended

Reviewer Marco
Author: Marco

4.5 stars: ★★★★⋆

It was hard to come up with any real cons besides the poor packaging (and lack of accessories) for such an amazing light. That’s the only reason for removing a half star because it’s a really great combination with lots of runtime and good performance.

Lumintop Thor PRO discount code

Use the following discount code to get 28% off: THORP28

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