Flashlight Reviews

Orb Raw NS

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Orb Raw NS is good looking two light level Nickel Silver Flashlight from Lummi. Powered by single rechargeable 1/2 AA size Li-Ion battery (ICR14250 Li-ion). Raw NS is small, pocket able, bright and high quality flashlight. The solid state illumination source of Raw NS is Cree 7090 XR-E Premium Q5 binned LED. Orb Raw NS uses simple twin level direct drive electronic circuitry. It offers very simple yet reliable operation. Switching between high and low output is achieved by twisting the bezel. There is a micro switch installed on the inner side of head. The micro switch is activated first for low and further twist activates the high mode. The maximum light output with fully recharged battery is around 160 Lumens at the LED. Orb Raw NS body is machined from beautiful metal alloy Nickel Silver. You can also order Orb RAW NS with pre installed with ice blue colored tritium locator vial as an option. Raw NS has O-Ring seals at various places for water resistance. Orb Raw NS is designed small pocket able Every Day Carry (EDC) light. The Raw NS package comes with accessories that include Nano battery charger, metal wire based lanyard / key chain assist and rare earth magnet spacers to assist connectivity during battery charging.

Light Features:
  • Cree 7090 XR-E Premium Q5 binned LED
  • Twin Output Levels
  • Solid Nickel Silver Construction
  • Reliable Operation
  • Tritium Locators that will glow for years and years, no charging required! (Optional Accessory)
  • Flat Tail Cap allows 'Candle Mode'
Light Operation & Output:
Light Operation: Simple, holding the head/bezel, twist the tail cap clockwise to turn on the light. The light first switches on in low mode. If you twist more to tighten the light switches in to max light output mode. To switch off the light twist the tail cap anticlockwise direction.

Below is the chart showing total output levels for 14250 Li-ion Rechargeable battery

Orb Raw NS
Level 14250 Li-Ion
High 2210
Low 153
Light Info:
General Info
    Light Model Raw NS
    Manufacturer Orb Lummi
    Review Page & Image
 Raw NS
Raw NS
    Country  United Kingdom
    Review Date 2008-06-24
    Review Update 2008-06-24
Light Vitals
    Length 43 mm
    Width / Bezel Diameter 19 mm
    Width / Tube Diameter 17 mm
    Height (if applicable)  mm
    Weight (without battery) 33 gm
Light Source
    LED Format Power LED
    Number of LEDs 1
    LED Name Cree XR - E
    LED Power 3  Watts
Light Management
    Lens Material Mineral Glass
    Lens Coating (if any) None
    Lens Transperency (typical) 88
    Lumen Management Reflector
    Material Aluminium Metal LOP
    Beam Type Mostly Throw with good side spill
Power Management
    Converter Type Direct Drive
    Properties Resistored
    Features Simplest
Batteries Supported, Output & Runtime
    Battery Size
    Nominal Voltage
    # Used
    Total Output
    Runtime to 75%
    Runtime to 50%
    Runtime to 25%
Switch Options
    Switch Type
    Switch Properties
Simple, Reliable
Body Material Options
Nickel Silver
Strong and Tough
Light Rating
85 85
    Build Quality
80 80
60 60
80 80
40 40
70 70
    Bang for buck
65 65
    Overall Rating
In-Depth Review & Pictures:
Packaging: Orb Raw NS comes beautifully packaged in deep ocean blue metallic bubble wrap.

Inside you will find 3 things. First the Mineral Glass Crystal envelop locked with two rare earth magnet spacers. The Orb Raw NS flashlight packaged in translucent 'bolt' case and lastly the Nano Li-ion battery charger.

So what's inside the Mineral Glass pocket? This thing, the metal wire based key ring attachment. Now where is the mineral glass crystal? Well, it's on the flashlight of course!

Nano Charger: Nano charger as the name suggests is indeed one of the most compact and smallest Li-ion charger available in the market. This charger is basically designed for CR123 cells but you can charge other cell sizes as long as the charging current is safe with the battery being charged.

Size Comparison: Comparing size with standard AA cell on the left Raw NS is tad smaller than AA cell in height and a tad thicker in diameter. The Li-Ion Rechargeable 1/2 AA size battery that goes in to Raw NS is placed on right. Raw NS is twice the size of 1/2 AA size battery.

When compared to Orb Wee NS & AA Battery

The consortium of AA Battery, Orb Raw NS, Li-ion 1/2 AA size Battery, Orb Wee NS, Li-Ion 10180 Rechargeable battery

Bezel: Reflector in Orb Raw NS is custom built Solid Aluminium with LOP finish. Cree XR-E LED is almost perfectly aligned and centered within reflector. The beam pattern with this reflector is mostly wide throw with smooth transition from hotspot to side spill, yet there is distinct difference between hotspot and side spill.

Comparing the integrated Wee NS reflector with Orb Raw NS reflector.

Body: Raw NS is built from Nickel Silver. Nickel Silver (NS) is primarily a metal alloy of copper(65%), nickel(18%) and Zinc(17%). Orb Raw NS is machined out of solid NS Alloy Stock. The Machining is excellent and without any major flaws. At the bezel end you will notice a black colored O-Ring sitting just inside the bezel. The mineral glass crystal is placed over the attractive LOP reflector. You cant see it, because it's clear glass crystal.

The head has three machined cosmetic grooves giving an exquisite look to the Raw NS flashlight. The grooves also help in providing the firm grip.

The body consist of two parts. Head, which houses mineral crystal Lens, reflector, Cree LED and tail cap accommodates the Li-ion 1/2 AA size Rechargeable Battery. On battery tube, the light name "Raw NS" is machined. Just above the machined name over the battery tube, there is a slot machined to carry Tritium Glow tubes. Ice blue tritium glow vial is an optional accessory that you can order extra.

At the tail end, there are slots machined to allow installation of key chain attachment. Alphabets "NS" depicting light material are also machined on the tail cap.

Orb Raw NS Components: Showing from left to right components of Orb Raw NS include battery tube, Rechargeable Li-Ion 1/2 AA size Battery sized battery and the Head. Threads on battery tube are machined perfectly. O-Ring is placed just behind the threads. O-Ring acts as a seal and prevents entry of dust and water. It also acts for twist motion damping ensuring a smooth twist acton. Ensure that you lubricate the threads with a good silicone based grease.

Side view of Orb Raw NS: Again showing from left to right, Orb Raw NS battery tube, Rechargeable Li-Ion CR Battery and light head. If you haven't already noticed, there is a metallic spring placed inside battery tube. It not only prevents battery rattle but also provides contact from negative terminal of battery to the body. the battery tube acts as carrier of current to the head.

Head: Here is 360 view of head of Orb Raw NS flashlight.

The most interesting part of the is the micro switch.

Battery Tube: NS machined on back side of battery tube.

Glow Shots:
Glow Shows of Orb Raw NS: The ice blue tritium glow fairly bright. Please note that the picture is over exposed. In practice, the tritium glow will not appear this bright.

Beam Shots:
Orb Raw NS beam is with very good balance of hotspot and side spill. Beam shot Matrix shows Orb Raw NS with Li-Ion battery. All beam shots are taken at f/8 aperture with varying shutter speed.
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Extreme Closeup Pictures: Orb Raw NS
Looking extreme closeup's for Orb Raw NS near perfect machining and very good quality work is prominent. The Bezel is first, excellent machining.

The battery tube of Orb Raw NS is finely machined. Craftsmanship is just superb. Picture shows ice blue tritium vial installed in the slot and "Raw NS" machined over the battery tube.

The tail cap end.

The Li-Ion battery (ICR14250 Li-ion) battery was fully charged prior to performing the runtime test. The runtime of Orb Raw NS to 75% is 9 Minutes, to 50% is 17 Minutes and to 25% is 18 Minutes. As you can see from the below runtime graph, graph curve has semi flat discharge curve characteristics, similar to a standard Lithium-ion battery discharge curve. The runtime of Orb Raw NS may seem less, but if you look at the total light output from such a small light, it's just mind boggling to see it start at over 210 Lumens. Well over 150 Lumens out front for first 10 Minutes is just amazingly superb.

Buy Lummi Orb Raw NS Flashlight at www.lummi.co.uk
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