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Zanflare F3 150lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XP-G2 LED
150 lm output
1406 cd intensity
1 x AAA battery

The Zanflare F3 flashlight released in 2017. It uses Cree XP-G2 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x AAA battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 150 lm output, 1406 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 75 m.

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Zanflare F3 / F3

The flashlight is a must-have tool for outdoor activities. These include camping, hiking, and night-time exploration, it offers guidance and safety. This light has 3 modes of lighting. The lack of mode memory means you need to adjust the flashlight's settings each time you turn it on.

Zanflare F3 specifications

BrandZanflare
NameF3
TypeF3
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1407 user votes.
Launch2017
Formflashlight

The F3 flashlight allows you to light dark areas. It helps you find hazards or stop threats by shining light on them.

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight30 g
Length90 mm
Body diameter16 mm
Head diameter16 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The F3 is small, compact, and designed for ultra-portability. A balanced flashlight has even weight. It can be more comfortable to hold for longer and reduce hand fatigue. The aluminium body of the F3 has excellent thermal conductivity. This means it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components. The HAIII coating is often matte or textured. This finish improves grip and feels nice in the hand. The F3 flashlight comes in a stylish black color.

Zanflare F3 / 1

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XP-G2 LED
Color temperature4500 K, 6500 K
ReflectorSMO
LensAR coated glass
Switchmechanical rear

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.

Mechanical switches are usually robust. They resist wear and tear and work in many environments. A simple press or click of the rear switch turns the flashlight on or off. This removes the need for complex button combinations or multi-step processes.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux150 lm
Intensity1406 cd
Throw75 m
CD/LM factor9.37

150 lm can provide a decent amount of brightness and be suitable for many everyday tasks. 1406 cd can make things quite bright. It's enough for many everyday tasks. 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

Modes3 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

Battery1 x AAA battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPno
Thermal regulationno
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The F3 flashlight utilizes 1 x AAA battery as its power source. The F3 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 "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
clip
key ring

The clip provides flexibility in how you carry your 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 F3 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 Zanflare 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
  • warm light
  • AR coated lens
  • tactical switch
  • multiple modes
  • waterproof
  • clip

Cons

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

Photos

Zanflare F3 / F3 photo 1.
Zanflare F3 / F3 photo 2.
Zanflare F3 / F3

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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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