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Reylight Pineapple Mini review: EDC Flashlight
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|Brand/model||Reylight Mini Pineapple|
|LED||Nichia 219B 4500K R9080|
|Lumens||90 / 240 lumens|
|Review date||December 2020|
Reylight’s history goes back to roughly 2012 when Rey was one of the first to build BLF special edition flashlights. The earliest I remember was the BLF Mini, an existing flashlight with BLF engravement and a specific LED.
Now, more than 8 years later, Rey has his own lineup of flashlights, including the Reylight Pineapple Mini, which is available in several materials, including brass, titanium, and timascus. The one I’m reviewing is the stonewashed Titanium version.
Reylight’s audience consists mostly of avid flashoholics, and his stock is usually in short supply. You better order when they are available before you miss out! His flashlights are highly regarded. I am glad to say that Rey is a friend of mine, and the Reylight MINI Pineapple was actually a gift. It was not sent to be reviewed, but I wanted to share it with all our readers because Reylight flashlights are special!
Mine arrived in a simple plastic case with some spare o-rings and spare pocket clips. I normally don’t see extra pocket clips shipped with the package, but Reylight did.
- The Reylight Pineapple Mini
- Spare o-rings
- Extra pocket clip
Handling of the light
Being an AAA sized flashlight, it really is small. And because it is stonewashed, the grip is much better than with a regular anodized black flashlight. And besides the stonewash finish, the flashlight has some nice knurling on the body.
In the rear is a reverse-clicky switch. This means that you have to press the swith completely to turn it on. While the flashlight is on, you can easily change modes by half pressing the switch. And since I don’t have any 10440 batteries, I’m using it with Eneloop AAA batteries.
Upon arrival, the Pineapple Mini came with a shiny pocket clip attached. And Rey even included some spare pocket clips, which is a very nice gesture.
The switch itself is protruding, so it can’t be used as a bedside light, tailstanding.
Build Quality, and Warranty
Reylight’s Pineapple Mini is available in a few types of material. One of them is stonewashed Titanium, which I am reviewing and the others are timascus and brass. Since these flashlights aren’t driven very hard, you should be okay with either of these materials, even with 10440 batteries.
Since this is made of titanium, the threads are a little rough. The place to insert your battery is actually from the front of the batterytube, and not from the tailswitch. So, you need to unscrew the head from the body in order to insert it.
The pocket clips looks pretty sturdy, and holds on to my pants pretty well. In case your flashlight has some problems, Rey is always extremely helpful to help you out.
LED, LENS, BEZEL, AND REFLECTOR
For the Reylight Mini Pineapple, he used a Nichia 219B 4500K R9080 high CRI LED. This has been a very popular LED for many people. The tint is a bit on the red/warm side, although it’s 4500K. The reflector is small, shallow, and has a LOP (light orange peel) finish, this gives it a nice and smooth beam pattern.
When you want to reach the LED, you need to unscrew the pill because it doesn’t have a bezel.
- Length: 89.8 mm / 3.53 ”
- Head diameter: 14.97 mm / 0.59”
- Body diameter: 12.5 mm / 0.49 ”
- Empty: 32.5 g / 1.15 oz
- With Eneloop AAA battery: 44.3 g / 1.56 oz
Keychain and Mini flashlight comparison
Size compared to other Reylight flashlights, and other small flashlights.
Driver & User Interface:
By default, it comes with a 4-mode group. Moon, low, medium, and high. But if you want to use a different user interface, you can choose between 4. See for the explanation at the bottom of this paragraph.
It’s even possible to select a mode group that includes Strobe and SOS
- Low, Medium, High, Turbo
- Single-click: Low (but mode memory can be turned on)
- Half-press: Cycle through the menu from Low to High
- Single-click: turn off
- Double-half-press: Turbo
- Yes and No. You can turn this on/off in the hidden programmable settings. 8 half-presses from on brings you to the configuration menu.
Blinky modes menu:
- Yes, but only if you select them in the programmable menu.
- No, this is not necessary with a reverse-clicky switch.
- Not visible by eye
1. Turn on the light.
2. Half-Press the button 8+ times. The light will now blink once, then strobe, blink twice, then strobe, blink three times, then strobe…After 5 blinks and a strobe, the sequence repeats.
- a. 1 blink: mode group selection. Press the button to enter this menu.
- i. 1 blink: (ML)-2%-20%-100%
- ii. 2nd blink: (ML)-10%-40%-100%
- iii. 3rd blink: (ML)-2%-10%-50%
- iv. 4th blink: (ML)-50%-100%-strobe-SOS
- It then repeats. Press the button during any blink to select that mode group.
- b. 2 blinks: mode memory on-off toggle (default off). Press the button during the two blinks or during the strobe after to turn mode memory on. Repeat to turn mode memory off.
- c. 3 blinks: moonlight mode off-on toggle (default on). Press the button during the three blinks or during the strobe after to turn moonlight off. Repeat to turn moonlight on.
- d. 4 blinks: mode order toggle (default LMH). Press the button during the four blinks or during the strobe after to change the mode order from Low Medium High to High Medium Low. Repeat to reverse the order.
- e. 5 blinks: factory reset. Press the button during the five blinks or during the strobe after to reset the light to factory settings.
Batteries & Charging
In terms of batteries, both AAA and 10440 lithium-Ion will fit and work. But not all 10440 are equal and Rey doesn’t recommend button top 10440 with a large protruding positive terminal. Flat tops should work as well.
All output numbers are relative for my home-made 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.
|Mode||Lumens @ turn on||@ 30 seconds|
|High||72.94 lumens||64.90 lumens|
The lux meter wasn’t able to pick up any measurement with the current setup. Hopefully, I will soon have another integrating sphere to measure lower outputs, without the ND filter I’m using.
The runtime test was done with the 50cm integrating sphere, including the Kenko Pro1D ND-16 filter and Extech SDL400 data logging Lux Meter.
I didn’t even bother to test the lowest 2 modes, but I assume they would run for many many hours. This is a specialty flashlight and designed for its appearance and not for the output. High mode drops to roughly 15-17 lumens within 1 minute. I wished for a longer output in high mode.
Measurements were taken indoors at 5 meters with a professional Hagner E4-X Lux Meter. The measurement was at startup. Low and Moon are too low to measure at 5 meters.
|Med||3675 cd||121 meters|
Disclaimer: This flashlight was a personal gift and didn’t need to be reviewed. I have not been paid to review, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.
- Titanium flashlight
- Uniquely designed
- Limited available (collectors value)
- No visibe PWM
- Output drops quickly in High
- No keychain attachment
4 stars: ★★★★
This is a uniquely designed flashlight by someone who has been into flashlights for many years. Reylight’s designs are unique and special at the same time. The Reylight Pineapple Mini is a nice little flashlight. Nice to gift and nice to get.