As a collector of AAA flashlights, I’m always looking for something new. The BlackShadow Eva caught my eye because it’s a simple design coupled with higher end fit and finish, which is something I’m not used to seeing. So, I bought one from llumination Supply. They are currently offering 25% off on all BlackShadow flashlights, and with their reasonable shipping rates, I got the Eva for only $17 shipped!
Price: $20 online
The Eva is a single mode, twisty AAA flashlight. BlackShadow seems to be going for the simple and elegant vibe with this one. Single mode lights like this one are nice because it’s not possible to be confused when operating it. Twist to get light, twist the other way to turn the light off. It’s stupid simple.
Weight: 35g(Without battery)
Emitter: 1×CREE XP-G R5 LED
Battery: 1/ AAA
Circuit: Digital CC circuit
Mode: High, one brightness mode
Dimming: Screwing the head to turn on or off
Material: Aluminum alloy, Hard-III type surface finish
Lens: Impact-resistant optical lens
Reflector: Metal reflector
Head & Tail: Stainless steel head, keychain hole
Waterproof: IPX-7, unable to support dive use.
Accessories: Spare key chain, Spare O-ring, User manual and Warranty card.
The Eva has a fairly elegant design. First off, it appears that this is just another pretty looking light with a slippery bezel which makes the light a pain to get enough grip on twist on/off. But the stainless steel ring is just part of the head. Right below it is a band of nice, grippy knurling. So, the light is easy to operate one you figure out that the knurling is part of the head. The stainless steel looks good but doesn’t get in the way of operation. You get form and function.
|It has a smooth reflector with some sort of texturing|
The R5s tend to have a cool white tint, which this sample has. The emitter uses a centering ring, which is normally found on larger, higher end lights.
The beam on the Eva has a fairly tight hotspot for this class of AAA light. Not as tight as the throwy Thrunite Ti or the Streamlight Microstream, but a little more throw than I would expect for this type of EDC light.
Run Time Test
The run time seems pretty typical of lights in this class running on high. I hope they make an XP-G2 version, which would kick up the run time even more.
Fit And Finish
The Eva looked beautiful in the photos and it’s just as nice in person. This thing looks like it belongs in a tuxedo pocket or something. There’s no discernible flaws in the anodizing, scratches or tool marks. The lettering on my sample is crisp and the LED appears to be intentionally well centered as part of the reflector design.
The threads look good. They are typical triangular, anodized and lubricated like they should be. There does however appear to be a little bit of dirt on the threads from looking at the pictures.
|I couldn’t get it to tail stand. Clearly it’s designed for keychain use|
|Here you can see that the textured reflector is not perfectly uniform, giving the Eva an interesting beam pattern|
|Shown with a Tenergy Ni-MH AAA battery|
|From Left: BlackShadow Eva, Olight I3S, Solarforce X3, Thrunite Ti2, L3 Illuminations L10 (Nichia), L10 (XP-G2)|
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