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Yalumi LED 140-Lumen Review

The Yalumi is a good light, at a good price, that provides basic functionality
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Price:  $29 List | $9.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Good performance for the price, 94 meter beam throw, easy to use
Cons:  Average in most ways
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By RJ Spurrier ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 28, 2018
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  • Trail Finding - 35% 6
  • Close Proximity - 20% 5
  • Battery Life - 15% 6
  • Weight - 15% 6
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9

Our Verdict

The Yalumi LED is a quality and easy to use headlamp sold at a competitive price. We found it to offer average or above average performance on every category. It throws a good quality beam 94 meters, which is unusual performance for a light that sells for around $20 online. And, we love that it is so easy, and simple to use, with single button control. It is a yeoman light, a good light, at a good price, that provides basic functionality in a quality way.


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Pros Good performance for the price, 94 meter beam throw, easy to useBright wide beam, good battery life, durable design, rechargeableExcellent trail finding and close proximity beam, waterproof, above average battery lifeExcellent spot light capability, wide evenly lit flood beam, above average in most waysExcellent brightness and beam control, often available online at discount
Cons Average in most waysExpensive, 18650 Li-ion battery is not included, heavier than averageMore expensive, heavier than average, claimed battery life is very misleadingBelow average battery life, claimed battery life is wildly misleading, single button hard to use, lame waterproofingAverage battery life, heavier and bulkier than most
Bottom Line The Yalumi is a good light, at a good price, that provides basic functionalityAn impressive, powerful light in a small package that won't disappoint if you can get past the priceA durable light that will last for years with a bright high-quality beam, slightly higher in cost and weightA quality, durable, and bright light that hits the sweet spot for most people's needs, despite dubious marketing claimsPreviously one of our favorites, but hasn't kept pace with competitor's innovations
Rating Categories Yalumi LED 140-Lumen Zebralight H600w Mk IV Black Diamond Storm Black Diamond Spot Coast HL7
Trail Finding (35%)
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Close Proximity (20%)
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Battery Life (15%)
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Weight (15%)
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Specs Yalumi LED 140-Lumen Zebralight H600w... Black Diamond Storm Black Diamond Spot Coast HL7
Measured Beam Distance 94 m 121 m 91 m 94 m 112 m
Claimed Distance 90 m Not specified 85 m 80 m 119 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 4.3 hrs 3.1 hrs 5 hrs 2.9 hrs 3.1 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time Not specified 2.9 hrs 40 hrs 30 hrs 1.5 hrs
Measured Low Mode Run-time 47 hrs 232 hrs 42 hrs 9.7 hrs 25 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 100 hrs 203 hrs 120 hrs 175 hrs 70 hrs
Measured Weight 2.7 oz, 77 g 4.5 oz, 127 g 4 oz, 112 g 3.1 oz, 89 g 4.5 oz, 127 g
Battery Type 3 AAA 18650 rechargeable Li-ion 4 AAA 3 AAA 3 AAA
Water Resistance IPX4 splash proof IPX8 waterproof to 2 meters, 30 minutes IP67 waterproof to one meter and dustproof Splash proof (dubious IPX8 claim) water resistant
Manuf Claimed Lumens 140 lumens 1400 lumens 350 lumens 300 lumens 285 lumens
Beam Type flood/spot flood flood/spot flood/spot flood/spot
Red Light yes no yes, red/green/blue night-vision modes yes no
On Switch Lock no yes (tailcap lockout) yes yes no

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Yalumi takes a "just the facts, Maam" approach to performance. It doesn't excel in any way, other than offering great simplicity in use, but instead delivers performacne that is good to better across the board, at a good price.


Likes


The Yalumi is one of the easiest to use lights we have tested. Part of that comes from its restraint, in offering basic, core, functionality, and nothing more. With a single button that is easy to operate, even with gloves on, controlling the light is very simple and obvious.


For a light selling around $20 street price, the Yalumi offers a long beam throw of 94 meters. While it doesn't have as wide a beam as our favorites, it is more than adequate, and we scored it just above average at 6 of 10 for trail finding. We found the Yalumi to be just a tad better for trail finding than the Petzl Tikkina, which typically sells for a lower street price, but no match for the BD Spot which typically sells for a little bit more.


Beam Distance Photos
Beam photo of Yalumi LED 140-Lumen
Beam photo of Black Diamond Spot

Yalumi LED 140-Lumen
Black Diamond Spot

Battery life is slightly better than average, with 4.3 hours in high mode, and 47 hours in our low mode test.



Dislikes


There is not much to dislike about this solid, base-hitter, of a headlamp. But, close proximity lighting is something of a weak suit, where performance is only average. The flood light is wide, which we like, but dim around the edges and with moderate light distortion. Not bad, and certainly functional, but not outstanding in any way.


Conclusion


You would not make a mistake by buying the Yalumi. It offers a simple, no-nonsense approach; a quality, basic headlamp, sold at a reasonable price.


RJ Spurrier