Yalumi LED 140-Lumen Review
Cons: Average in most ways
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Yalumi LED 140-Lumen
|Price||$29 List||$39.95 at REI|
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|Pros||Good performance for the price, 94 meter beam throw, easy to use||Excellent spot light capability, wide evenly lit flood beam, above average in most ways||Super easy to use, inexpensive, solid performance, compact, and reliable||Lightweight, small size, excellent flood lighting||Lightweight, small size, excellent flood beam, great price|
|Cons||Average in most ways||Below average battery life, claimed battery life is wildly misleading, single button hard to use, lame waterproofing||Good but not great spot beam for trail finding, slightly below average flood beam optics||Below average spot beam, disappointing low-mode battery life||Too weak a beam for trail finding or distance viewing|
|Bottom Line||The Yalumi is a good light, at a good price, that provides basic functionality||A quality, durable, and bright light that hits the sweet spot for most people's needs, despite dubious marketing claims||For $20, the Tikkina offers impressive performance at a great price, that will meet most people's needs||A good light, but caught in a no-mans land between better lights and cheaper lights||Offers great close proximity lighting at a budget price|
|Rating Categories||Yalumi LED 140-Lumen||Black Diamond Spot||Petzl Tikkina||Black Diamond Cosmo||Black Diamond Astro|
|Trail Finding (35%)|
|Close Proximity (20%)|
|Battery Life (15%)|
|Ease Of Use (15%)|
|Specs||Yalumi LED 140-Lumen||Black Diamond Spot||Petzl Tikkina||Black Diamond Cosmo||Black Diamond Astro|
|Measured Beam Distance||94 m||94 m||62 m||66 m||38 m|
|Claimed Distance||90 m||80 m||55 m||65 m||35 m|
|Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI)||4.3 hrs||2.9 hrs||3.5 hrs||3.9 hrs||4.8 hrs|
|Claimed High Mode Run-time||Not specified||30 hrs||60 hrs||45 hrs||20 hrs|
|Measured Low Mode Run-time||47 hrs||9.7 hrs||223 hrs||39 hrs||95 hrs|
|Claimed Low Mode Run-time||100 hrs||175 hrs||220 hrs||180 hrs||80 hrs|
|Measured Weight||2.7 oz, 77 g||3.1 oz, 89 g||2.9 oz, 83 g||3 oz, 86 g||3 oz, 86 g|
|Battery Type||3 AAA||3 AAA||3 AAA||3 AAA||3 AAA|
|Water Resistance||IPX4 splash proof||Splash proof (dubious IPX8 claim)||IPX4 splash proof||IPX8 waterproof beyond one meter||IPX4 splash proof|
|Manuf Claimed Lumens||140 lumens||300 lumens||150 lumens||200 lumens||150 lumens|
|Beam Type||flood/spot||flood/spot||flood||flood/spot, dimmable||flood, dimmable|
|On Switch Lock||no||yes||no||yes||yes|
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.
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.
Battery life is slightly better than average, with 4.3 hours in high mode, and 47 hours in our low mode test.
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.
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
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