Review: Haikelite MT07S, a high-output light with 620m throw

The MT07S is a moderately throwy, 4x18650 high-output light to compete with the likes of the Nitecore TM16, Fenix TK75 and Acebeam K60, but at a much lower price. This is a light to bring to situations where a lot of light is required, or where light may be needed for a long period of time.

read more ...

Review: Haikelite HT35, a high-powered zoomable spotlight

The HT35 is a large, 2x26650 zoomie with an XHP35 emitter. While beginners often think they want adjustable focus, I consider it a specialty feature better suited to those situations where a spill-free spot is desirable. Applications that come to mind are photography, signaling to indicate a specific object or location, some types of hunting and use as a makeshift followspot. The HT35 is much more powerful than what's typical of this category.

read more ...

Review: Fenix HM50R, a compact angle headlamp that adjusts its brightness whether you like it or not

The Fenix HM50R is a small right-angle flashlight/headlamp using an included 16340 rechargeable battery and USB charging, or disposable CR123A battery. The HM50R features an intentional slow rampdown of its brightness during use designed to prolong runtime despite having hardware capable of sustaining full brightness. There is no way to turn this feature off. It seems like the HM50R is designed for inattentive users, or to compete with low-quality headlamps that advertise absurdly unrealistic runtimes.

read more ...

Review: Klarus XT2CR, a slim dual-tailswitch light with USB

The Klarus XT2CR is a pocket friendly 18650 light with USB charging and dual tailswitches offering shortcuts to useful modes or strobe. It is hampered by output falling well short of advertised, visible flickering, poor thermal regulation and cool white tint.

read more ...

Review: Acebeam L16, a rechargeable tactical light with long throw

The Acebeam L16 is a long-throwing tactical light. I usually avoid the T word, but this thing fits. It's intended to be a police duty light, or to be mounted on a rifle, and it fits that role well. What I found most compelling for the use case is that pressing the tailswitch always results in max output, with all other functions controled by the side switch. I strongly recommend looking for the 5000K neutral white version, as the cool white model reviewed here is very harsh.

read more ...

Review: Armytek Wizard Pro XHP50

The Armytek Wizard Pro is a multipurpose right-angle flashlight/headlamp/worklight with magnetic charging and an 18650 Li-ion battery. Nearly two years after the original publication of this review, a modified (high-CRI) version remains my favorite and most-used all-around flashlight.

read more ...

Review: Wuben T102, a large 1x26650 light with USB-C

The Wuben T102 is a 1x26650 light with an XHP70 emitter, large reflector for respectable throw, sensor-based thermal regulation, USB-C charging and a boost driver that could provide stable output as the battery drains. Unfortunately, it doesn't, dropping to half output unless the battery is fresh off the charger.

read more ...

Review: Haikelite MT-01, a 3x18650 workhorse

The Haikelite MT-01 is a 3x18650 general-purpose light the size of a Red Bull can. Its large battery capacity and stable output make it a good choice for extended use. It also provides the option of using fewer 18650s if necessary.

read more ...

Review: Fenix TK25 R&B, an 18650 flashlight with high-output red and blue secondary emitters

The TK25 R&B is an unconventional design with a rotating head to switch between two white, and one each red and blue emitters. It offers very high red and blue output, but no low-output modes to preserve dark adaptation. It's intended for hunting animals that don't react to red light, and following blood trails with blue. It should work well for that application, though better color quality for the white emitters would be most welcome.

read more ...

Review: Armytek Prime C2 Pro XHP35, a versatile 18650 EDC light

The Armytek Prime C2 Pro XHP35 is an 18650-powered EDC light with 8 brightness levels, shortcuts to low, medium, high, and last-used from off, a removable magnet in the tailcap and a choice of color temperature. It only has one major issue: the optic it comes with was not designed for the LED it uses, resulting in terrible output and efficiency. A third-party optic fixes this.

read more ...

Review: Klarus G30, a 3x18650 workhorse

The Klarus G30 is a light for extended use. Its 900 lumen mode lasts 3.5 hours with no change in brightness over time. It's predictable, reliable, and better for getting work done than showing off. I don't care for the user interface with long-press for off and a high chance of accidental strobe, but this is a light meant to be turned on and left on for a long time, making the UI less of a concern than on an EDC light.

read more ...