review: Black Water Kite keychain lights

veröffentlicht am 2. December 2015 in Allgemein, Reviews von

Hello my friends!


today i want to show you the

Black Water Kite 10180 USB Rechargable Mini LED Flashlight

which is available in Stainless Steel (SS) and Titanium (Ti) from banggood (who sent me the samples for this review)

with the code: 7811ac  you get a discount : 30%off

and here is what you receive:


the lights are nicely packed – banggood added a beadchain and put it together in a zipbag

Specification: (from the shop)

Product name:Black Water Kite.SS Stainless Steel Mini LED Flashlight
Brand:Black Water
Emitter Brand/Type:CREE XP-G2
Material:Stainless Steel
Total Emitters:1
Battery Configurations:1 x 10180 Rechargeable Battery (included)
Switch Type:Rotation
Switch Location:Head
Impact Resistant1.5m
Brightness:130 Lumens Maximum Brightness
Runtime:6 hours (Max)
Weight:8.9g (without battery)
Size:41mm(L) X 12.8mm (D)

1. Micro USB charging, two-color LED indicates charging status
2. 1 hour quick charge, quickly to meet demand
3. Circuit anti wear protection
4. CNC precision manufacturing optical lenses, optical excellence, excellent spot
5. Gold-plated contact points within, the internal resistance is smaller, low loss
6. Hanging hole unique ring designs

Package inlcuded:
1 X Black Water Stainless Steel 130LM 10180 Mini LED Flashlight
1 X O-ring
1 X 10180 battery
1 X Stainless Steel ring
1 X Bead chain


patient as i am i ripped the first open….

…. and the keyrings and both Orings jumped to the floor ….

with the second one i was more carefully and all parts stayed on the desk.

all included parts: chinese/english user manual, a note, 2 spare Orings, a split-keyring and the bead chain



here you can see the black plastic disks which prevented the light to work right out of the box….

(guess how i found out? – exact! i never read manuals ….)

see the black disks? (one right outside the tailcap – the other inside the tailcap on the left)


here are all parts of the flashlight


the SS came with a black cell


the wall “thickness” of the head is only half a millimeter!


Titanium is light…

solid stainless steel


sorry – the tailcaps was not tightened completely in this shots


the Titanium has a bit darker appearance (i like that)


very well made square threads and  the USB charging connector (which makes this lights so useful)


the Ti is as greasy as the SS


now and then there are some marks from machining


a look into the battery tube


you knew i cannot NOT open it up…

thats the charging circuit


the other side of the charging part in action

red is charging  – green is full


and yes – i opened the head also 😉


the TIR lens has a groove for the front Oring


the driver is part of the PCB where the LED sits on


the contactplate works as a switch..

which leads me to the


its eeeasy!

if you tighten the head until the plus of the charger makes contact with the head you get LOW

tightening further until the “switch” contacts in the middle gives HIGH




the cells came charged to 3,75V (both)

the charger brings them up to 4,19V (both lights) drawing 110mA from the power supply

(which fits to fill the aprox. 65 mAh cell in an hour as specs say)

low26,8 mA10 Lm
high231,5 mA109 Lm



i only did one on high (manually taking the values every 30 seconds is no fun at a estimated runtime of 6 hours on low…

sorry friends – not without automaic equipment!

here is the high:

cell started @ 4,19V and at the end it had 2,71V (which i consider safe)



(Sony NEX-F3 / ISO400 / F5 / 1/4sec )



from 0,5m


from 1m:


size comparison….


some of my flashlights that can be EDC-ed

Thorfire PF03 (AAA) – Lumintop tool AAA – acebeam L10 (AA) – Olight S1 Ti (RCR123A) – the Black Water Kites – Lumatec K18 (AAA) – Manker Boney (AAA) – Olight S10R (RCR123A) – BLF A6³



i liked:

great light for the keychain

looks so nice my wife “let me gift one to her”

TIR lens makes a useful beam

very well built

charger and cell “built in” so everyone can use it out of the box

keyring and beadchain as well as spare Orings included


i did not like:

due to the simple design of the driver i doubt a low voltage warning (did not see something in the runtime test) or a cutoff i possible

so running the light unattended the cell might be drained completely

-> that can be happen if you turn it just until is OFF – but whiggeling the head a bit can switch it ON again


so after the light is OFF turn the head another half turn to be sure it stays OFF 😉

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