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Wuben P26 500lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

1 x Cree XP-G3 LED, 1 x 365nm UV LED
500 lm output
4200 cd intensity
3 x AAA battery or 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Wuben P26 flashlight released in 2019. It uses 1 x Cree XP-G3 LED, 1 x 365nm UV LED, SMO reflector and 3 x AAA battery or 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 500 lm output, 4200 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 130 m.

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Wuben P26 / P26

The P26 flashlight is an essential tools for emergency preparedness. In disasters or blackouts, when electricity is unavailable, a flashlight is crucial. It helps you navigate dark areas. This light has 2 modes of lighting. The lack of mode memory means you need to adjust the flashlight's settings each time you turn it on.

Wuben P26 specifications

BrandWuben
NameP26
TypeP26
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1421 user votes.
Launch2019
Formflashlight

The P26 flashlight allows you to light dark areas. It helps you find hazards or stop threats by shining light on them.

Wuben P26 / 2

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight117 g
Length130 mm
Head diameter40 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight weighs 117 g. It is generally comfortable to hold for a long time, and it is also easy to carry in pockets or bags. A smaller flashlight is easier to carry in a pocket, bag, or pouch. This makes it more convenient for everyday use or when you're on the go. The aluminium body of the P26 has excellent thermal conductivity. This means it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components.

The HAIII process makes a hard and wear-resistant surface on the aluminum. This makes it more resistant to scratches, abrasions, and impacts. The P26 flashlight comes in a stylish black color.

Wuben P26 / 1

System, LED, lens, reflector

Emitter1 x Cree XP-G3 LED, 1 x 365nm UV LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchdual electronic side

Lighting professionals trust Cree LEDs. Cree LEDs have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The color temperature choice depends on the light's use and personal taste. The smooth reflector creates a well-defined hotspot at the center. This hotspot provides a concentrated beam for long-range use. The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features. They allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight.

Wuben P26 / 3

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux500 lm
Intensity4200 cd
Throw130 m
CD/LM factor8.4

500 lm can provide a decent amount of brightness and be suitable for many everyday tasks. The P26 flashlight has 4200 cd. It provides a much brighter and more intense beam. The throw is the distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes2 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno
Strobeno
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences.

Features, battery, protections

Battery3 x AAA battery or 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPno
Thermal regulationno
ProtectionIP68
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno
SpecialsUV light
white light

The P26 flashlight utilizes 3 x AAA battery or 18650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. The P26 cannot charge batteries. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. Use a protected battery. This flashlight lacks low voltage protection (LVP). Flashlights without thermal protection may rely on other design elements to dissipate heat. These elements include heat sinks, fins, or body materials with good thermal conductivity.

The "6" in the IP68 rating shows the level of protection. It's against solid objects, like dust and foreign particles. The "8" in the IP68 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress. UV light is known to cause scorpions to fluoresce or emit a distinctive glow.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents18650 battery tube
2 x spare o-rings
3 x AAA batteries
battery magazine
lanyard
nylon holster

The included battery lets you immediately use the flashlight for your desired applications. It saves time and allows you to focus on your tasks or activities. The holster keeps your flashlight secure. It provides a reliable and easy way to do this when not in use. The lanyard prevents accidental loss of the flashlight. Instead of searching for matching O-rings, having spare O-rings allows quick fixes.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the P26 flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Wuben flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • multiple modes
  • battery indicator
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • UV light
  • battery included
  • protective holster

Cons

  • cool light
  • moderated performance
  • low intensity
  • no mode memory
  • no built-in charger
  • no LVP
  • no thermal regulation
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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