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Yalumi LED 140-Lumen Review

The Yalumi is a good light, at a good price, that provides basic functionality
yalumi led 140-lumen headlamp review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:  $29 List | $19.95 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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RANKED
#6 of 27
  • Trail Finding - 35% 6.0
  • Close Proximity - 20% 5.0
  • Battery Life - 15% 6.0
  • Weight - 15% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9.0

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 useExcellent spot light capability, wide evenly lit flood beam, above average in most waysSuper easy to use, inexpensive, solid performance, compact, and reliableLightweight, small size, excellent flood beam, great priceAttractive price, good flood lighting, easy to use
Cons Average in most waysBelow average battery life, claimed battery life is wildly misleading, single button hard to use, lame waterproofingGood but not great spot beam for trail finding, slightly below average flood beam opticsToo weak a beam for trail finding or distance viewingBelow average spot beam, below average quality
Bottom Line The Yalumi is a good light, at a good price, that provides basic functionalityA quality, durable, and bright light that hits the sweet spot for most people's needs, despite dubious marketing claimsFor $20, the Tikkina offers impressive performance at a great price, that will meet most people's needsOffers great close proximity lighting at a budget priceGood enough performance, at a good price, but the Tikkina is a better long-term value
Rating Categories Yalumi LED 140-Lumen Black Diamond Spot Petzl Tikkina Black Diamond Astro Energizer Vision HD
Trail Finding (35%)
6.0
8.0
5.0
3.0
3.0
Close Proximity (20%)
5.0
9.0
4.0
7.0
5.0
Battery Life (15%)
6.0
4.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Weight (15%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Ease of Use (15%)
9.0
6.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Yalumi LED 140-Lumen Black Diamond Spot Petzl Tikkina Black Diamond Astro Energizer Vision HD
Measured Beam Distance 94 m 94 m 62 m 38 m 45 m
Claimed Distance 90 m 80 m 55 m 35 m 40 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 4.3 hrs 2.9 hrs 3.5 hrs 4.8 hrs 8.7 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time Not specified 30 hrs 60 hrs 20 hrs 8 hrs
Measured Low Mode Run-time 47 hrs 9.7 hrs 223 hrs 95 hrs 74 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 100 hrs 175 hrs 220 hrs 80 hrs 8 hrs
Measured Weight 2.7 oz, 77 g 3.1 oz, 89 g 2.9 oz, 83 g 3 oz, 86 g 3.1 oz, 89 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 IPX4 splash proof water resistant
Manuf Claimed Lumens 140 lumens 300 lumens 150 lumens 150 lumens 180 lumens
Beam Type flood/spot flood/spot flood flood, dimmable flood/spot
Red Light yes yes no no no
On Switch Lock no yes no 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.

yalumi led 140-lumen headlamp review
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.


yalumi led 140-lumen headlamp review
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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
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