Reylight Pineapple v4

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Reylight Pineapple V4 Review: EDC Flashlight

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Specifications

Brand/modelReylight Pineapple V4
LEDNichia 219C
Lumens206lm / 727 lm
Beam intensityN/A
Battery config.AA/14500
MaterialBrass
Modes4
Blinkies(only in hidden mode group)
ReflectorLOP
WaterproofN/A
Review dateJanuary 2021

Introduction and first impressions:

After reviewing the Reylight Pineapple Mini, Rey sent me the new Brass Pineapple for review. And because it’s made of brass, this thing is heavy, compared to the general AA flashlight. This is the 4th version of this particular light.

Package quality.

The Reylight Pineapple v4 brass came in a nice black box. Inside the box were 2 little plastic bags. 1 was a vacuum sealed bag for the flashlight, and a little plastic bag for 2 spare o-rings. Besides these o-rings, the pocket clip was already attached to the flashlight.

  • The Reylight Pineapple V4 Brass flashlight
  • 2 spare o-rings

Handling of the light

The Reylight Pineapple Brass feels different from the average AA flashlights. One of the first impressions is: wow, this is a hefty flashlight. It feels like you can throw it really far… not the beam, I’m talking about the flashlight itself…

Besides its weight, it looks a little different because of its design and type of material. I don’t have any other brass flashlights from the top of my head, but it feels like brass sticks to the skin, more than anodized aluminum. Especially if your hands are moist.

The switch is at the tail end, and is a reverse-clicky switch. This means that you have to press the switch all the way till you hear the click before you can see any light. Inside the tail switch is a little slot especially for a trit. Trits are small vials with chemicals that glow for 10+ years without the need to recharge.

The pocket clip has a nice lever that makes it really easy to slip it on your belt or pocket.

Tailstanding: Yes

Build Quality, and Warranty

Rey has been in the flashlight business for probably 6-7 years since his first BLF project. He built a sold base of followers over the years that enjoy his products a lot. His stock is usually limited, so you better get a flashlight as soon as you see it available. It’s possible that the combination you liked will not get back into production.

Because of that, Reylight flashlights are becoming collectibles over time. I presume that in about 5 years, many people are searching for a particular ‘Reylight’.

The build quality is really good. Although you can unscrew the tailcap (nothing is glued) you are not supposed to do that. And even if you unscrew the tailcap, you won’t be able to insert a battery, because that can only be done from the front. The threads are very solid, and screwing the parts together feels really nice.. lol.. If you ever feel how titanium flashlights unscrew, you will love how smooth this one unscrews.

Warranty?

If you’re following Reylight on Instagram, or FaceBook, you’ll notice that all long-term buyers are very confident about Rey’s business. Although, he doesn’t have an official warranty guide on his website, he is really generous and helpful. So warranty is no issue.

LED, Lens, Bezel, and Reflector

When it comes to the the type of LED, Rey often uses Nichia 219’s in his flashlights. This goes back many years when the Nichia 219B’s were very popular amongst flashoholics. For the simple reason that they had the highest CRI you could get.

Still, Rey’s flashlights are powered by Nichia 219’s, and these days, they are the 219C’s. But in case you want more power, he offers the CREE XP-L with 6500K. And in case you want to replace the LED, you simply unscrew the pill and you’ll get access to the LED without a problem. Nothing is glued.

The bezel (or at least where the bezel normally is located) isn’t flat, but has some indented parts. In case you put the flashlight down with the bezel first, you’ll be able to notice that the flashlight is still activated..

There’s are glass AR lens in front of a light orange peel reflector. The reflector is not really deep, so the beam is relatively wide. The beam has a visible hotspot, but there is a smooth transition between hotspot and spill.

Dimensions

  • Length: 96.1 mm / 3.78 ”
  • Head diameter:  21.6 mm / 0.85 ”
  • Body diameter: 17.6 mm /  0.69”

Weight: 

  • Empty: 93.1 g / 3.28 oz
  • With AA Eneloop battery: 119.5 g / 4.22oz

Kechain / EDC Flashlight

Size compared to other popular EDC flashlights, AA Flashlights.

From left to right: Reylight Pineapple Brass v4, Convoy T2, Lumintop EDC AA, Lumintop Tool AA 2.0, Lumintop EDC05, Enogear/Fireflies SS AA, Fenix E12 v2.

Driver & User Interface:

By default it has 4 modes,

Available modes:

  • Moon, Low, Medium, High

From OFF:

  • Single-click: Moon mode
  • Double click: off again

From ON:

  • Half-press: Cycle through the menu from Moon mode to High
  • Double half-presses: High

Shortcuts:

  • To Turbo: double taps from On (tap=half press)
  • To Moon: turn on from Off

Mode memory:

  • No, by default it will always start in Low

Blinky modes menu:

  • Only in the 4th mode group. You have to select the hidden 4th mode group to have access to Strobe and SOS.

Low battery warning:

  • There is no real warning

Lock-out mode:

  • Not necessary with a mechanical switch. Unscrewing the battery tube has no meaning, because of the continuous circuit.

PWM:

  • Not visible by eye

Batteries & Charging

You can use AA and 14500 lithium-ion batteries. If you choose for AA’s, don’t use alkaline, but use NiMH batteries instead. One of the best NiMH AA batteries are Panasonic Eneloop.

This can cause problems. Flat tops will work as well as button tops. If you are using 14500’s, make sure that the positive terminal isn’t too long as per Rey’s announcement on his website.

Performance

Lumen measurements:

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 and 265 lumens (I now use 2 integrating sphere, so I can do more runtime tests at the same time. And 1 is with an ND filter for high power flashlights, and the other without so it can measure low output. )

All of my readings were taken from a fully-charged Eneloop AA and Vapcell 10H 14500. Amps were measured with a Fluke 77III, at the tailcap.

Eneloop AA:

ModeAmps@ 30 sec@ start
Moon0.01 A0.180.18
Low0.07 A7.197.19
Med0.54 A63.0662.51
High2.04 A206 lumens247 lumens

Next up is the Vapcell 10H.

ModeAmps@ 30 sec@ start
Moon0.01 A0.551.11 lm
Low0.09 A27.6627.66 lm
Med0.59 A178183 lm
High2.31 A727 lumens825 lumens

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.

I know these long runtimes are really boring, but I didn’t even do the lowest output. When I see that moon mode only pulls 0.01A, you can image it takes many many hours to empty a 1900mAh battery. Probably 190 hours..

Because the first few hours are more interesting, I cut the runtime graph short, so you can better understand the runtime graph.

  • High (4/4) has a total runtime just short of 1 hour.
  • Medium (3/4) has a total runtime of just short of 3 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Low (2/4) has a total runtime of 25 hours and 10 minutes.

Next up is a comparison between a 14500 lithium-ion battery and an Eneloop AA.

Throw Measurement

Measurements were taken indoors at 5 meters with a professional Hagner E4-X Lux Meter.

Battery type:CandelaMetersYards
Eneloop AA @ start1000 cd 6369.17
Eneloop AA @ 30 sec875 cd59 meters64.70
Vapcell H10 @ start3500 cd 118129
Vapcell H10 @ 30 sec3175 cd113 meters123 yards

When I was measuring the throw with the Vapcell H10, soon after the 30 seconds mark, the light started dropping, so I just had enough time to write down the measurements at 30 seconds.

Beamshots

For the following beamshots I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk2 and a 50mm lens. manual settings: ISO1600, 1/30sec , F4, 5000K

The wall is about 4-5 meters away. 

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

Final Verdict

Pros

  1. 4 useful modes, and a really low Moonlight mode
  2. Plenty bright on Eneloops and 14500

Cons

  1. Brass is heavy.
  2. Performance-wise, not the brightest or longest runtime on AAs
Author: Marco

5 stars: ★★★★★

I can be pretty short about it. It’s a great little (but heavy) EDC flashlight, with 4 useful output modes. You can use NiMH and 14500 batteries interchangeably. Get it while it’s still available.

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