[Review] Manker T01 (XP-L HI V3, 1x AA / 14500)

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Witterings wrote:
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I like also how it works on NiMh, a lot of light from a single AA battery.

Yes, the only 1xAA light I have that beats it in output is the Zebralight SC5w.

How do they compare in terms of beam pattern …. I’m guessing the ZL is much more flood in comparison to the throw on these????

Yes, the Zebralight is much more floody, and doesn’t throw nearly as far as the Manker. I think the Zebralight makes a much better EDC, but the Manker is great for carrying a small pocket thrower when you need one outside.

I still use the Manker indoors, but strictly as a ceiling-bounce light. The beam is too narrow for direct lighting at close range.

When I cycle at night, I normally mount the Zebralight on my handlebars, and carry the Manker in my hand for spotting things outside the illumination of the zebra headlight, or further away than the zebra reaches.

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I found mine quite sensitive to whether NiMH’s are freshly charged … has anyone else found this as well???

Also … has anyone seem an estimate of run times with a 14500 anywhere … I’m guessing it’d be a bit over half the run times of a AA but be good to know roughly before I get “caught short” somewhere.

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WalkIntoTheLight wrote:
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Yes, the only 1xAA light I have that beats it in output is the Zebralight SC5w.

However, the Zebralight is a little more finicky about having a fresh quality cell in it to produce full output. If the cell is old, or it’s getting depleted, the Zebralight will step down from ~500 lumens to ~300 lumens. It’s a very sudden step-down, so it’s very noticeable.

In contrast, the Maker T01 doesn’t have a sudden step-down. It will gradually ramp-down if it can’t produce full output. You can most easily measure this in the special full-output mode. After about 10-15 minutes, it’s only producing about half the output from when it started. But it’s hard to tell, because it’s very gradual. I think I prefer this.


Indeed, the step down I noticed that is gradually, also with 14500, is only noticeable when you know how powerful it is with a fresh cell.

But is matter of taste, I would prefer to be like at Zebra, one single step down when can not maintain the level, and not gradually.

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Indeed, the step down I noticed that is gradually, also with 14500, is only noticeable when you know how powerful it is with a fresh cell.

But is matter of taste, I would prefer to be like at Zebra, one single step down when can not maintain the level, and not gradually.

Normally, yes, I prefer the zebra approach too. However, the SC5 demands a really good cell to maintain the max output for most of the run. Otherwise, it drops down when the cell still has well over half its energy left. It’s probably best run on Eneloop Pro’s. I use regular Eneloops in mine, and on my older cells it drops down pretty quickly.

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Is there any GB or deal you know about? Unfortunately the T01 doesn’t seem very popular on shops. I like it but the price is a bit high for my standards and I was waiting for a deal… that maybe will never come again Sad

Also I liked the grey colour better, but the version II is black only, too bad.

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Just got this little jewel (version 2 in neutral white) and am impressed with the build quality. I haven’t tested it yet and I am hoping my Fenix 14500 will fit in.

My 1st post BTW.

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amf14 wrote:
Just got this little jewel (version 2 in neutral white) and am impressed with the build quality. I haven’t tested it yet and I am hoping my Fenix 14500 will fit in.

My 1st post BTW.

Where did you bought it? do you know of any good price maybe?

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fedcas wrote:
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Just got this little jewel (version 2 in neutral white) and am impressed with the build quality. I haven’t tested it yet and I am hoping my Fenix 14500 will fit in.

My 1st post BTW.

Where did you bought it? do you know of any good price maybe?

Bought locally here in Manila.

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The Fenix protected 14500 does not fit. I have to remove the protection circuit to properly use it with the T01.

For some reasons using a 14500, it cycles through each function and programs without any hitch except that whatever I program in the pro mode gets carried to the general mode. I understand that the general and pro modes are independent of each other. The general mode is L1, M2, H2, T3 and the program mode should be what I programmed it with. But if say I program L3, M3, H3, T3 in pro mode, that same modes appear in general mode.

Also, I can’t seem to make it work with Eneloops. I only get moonlight and another level of brightness plus the SOS, Beacon and Strobe. What gives? Is there any way to reset the FL to factory/default settings?

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amf14 wrote:
The Fenix protected 14500 does not fit. I have to remove the protection circuit to properly use it with the T01.

For some reasons using a 14500, it cycles through each function and programs without any hitch except that whatever I program in the pro mode gets carried to the general mode. I understand that the general and pro modes are independent of each other. The general mode is L1, M2, H2, T3 and the program mode should be what I programmed it with. But if say I program L3, M3, H3, T3 in pro mode, that same modes appear in general mode.

Also, I can’t seem to make it work with Eneloops. I only get moonlight and another level of brightness plus the SOS, Beacon and Strobe. What gives? Is there any way to reset the FL to factory/default settings?

I think the general and pro modes are programmed together. At least, mine works the same way as yours. So, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with yours on that issue. The only thing pro mode does is give you access to more stuff.

On your other issue, it has some quirks when the battery gets low (I use Eneloops in mine), and modes won’t work properly and it won’t shut off, etc. But removing the old battery and putting in a fresh one has always worked for me. Are you sure you’re using a good Eneloop, with a good charge?

BTW, there is a hidden engineering mode. I don’t think it will “reset” your light, as it’s used to program the brightness of moonlight mode. I forget the sequence to get into it, but a search should turn up the post from Manker explaining it. You could always give it a try.

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amf14 wrote:
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amf14 wrote:
Just got this little jewel (version 2 in neutral white) and am impressed with the build quality. I haven’t tested it yet and I am hoping my Fenix 14500 will fit in.

My 1st post BTW.

Where did you bought it? do you know of any good price maybe?

Bought locally here in Manila.

I see, thanks

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Where did you bought it? do you know of any good price maybe?

Gearbest sells it, but, at full price. I don’t know if there’s a discount code for it, but I recall that Manker complained when it was originally being sold at discount. Manufacturers don’t like distributors to sell below MSRP, unless authorized.

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The Fenix protected 14500 does not fit. I have to remove the protection circuit to properly use it with the T01.

For some reasons using a 14500, it cycles through each function and programs without any hitch except that whatever I program in the pro mode gets carried to the general mode. I understand that the general and pro modes are independent of each other. The general mode is L1, M2, H2, T3 and the program mode should be what I programmed it with. But if say I program L3, M3, H3, T3 in pro mode, that same modes appear in general mode.

Also, I can’t seem to make it work with Eneloops. I only get moonlight and another level of brightness plus the SOS, Beacon and Strobe. What gives? Is there any way to reset the FL to factory/default settings?

I think the general and pro modes are programmed together. At least, mine works the same way as yours. So, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with yours on that issue. The only thing pro mode does is give you access to more stuff.

On your other issue, it has some quirks when the battery gets low (I use Eneloops in mine), and modes won’t work properly and it won’t shut off, etc. But removing the old battery and putting in a fresh one has always worked for me. Are you sure you’re using a good Eneloop, with a good charge?

BTW, there is a hidden engineering mode. I don’t think it will “reset” your light, as it’s used to program the brightness of moonlight mode. I forget the sequence to get into it, but a search should turn up the post from Manker explaining it. You could always give it a try.

Thanks for the reply and for the clarification about the different modes and programming. Really appreciate it!

I am using the white Eneloops (1900mah), they are fully charged but a bit dated. I’ll try to get my hands on the black ones and see if it works.

About the engineering mode, I read about it and tried it but it does’nt work with 14500. Reports say you can get into it with AAs only.

Thanks!

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amf14 wrote:
I am using the white Eneloops (1900mah), they are fully charged but a bit dated. I’ll try to get my hands on the black ones and see if it works.

That’s what I use in mine. If they work in other high-powered lights, they should be fine in the Manker. I’d try different cells just to be sure, but it sounds like your light may be interpreting the NiMH 1.2v cells as lithium-ion 3.7v cells. Or, maybe the boost driver is dead.

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WalkIntoTheLight wrote:
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I am using the white Eneloops (1900mah), they are fully charged but a bit dated. I’ll try to get my hands on the black ones and see if it works.

That’s what I use in mine. If they work in other high-powered lights, they should be fine in the Manker. I’d try different cells just to be sure, but it sounds like your light may be interpreting the NiMH 1.2v cells as lithium-ion 3.7v cells. Or, maybe the boost driver is dead.

Thank you! Will try different cells as you suggest.

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For information of other who wants to buy and also to ask some advice: the lowest price I have found so far is at hkequipment, using the general 8% discount is 45 USD. Do you think it’s possible to find a lower price?

Also, do the output improves using an IMR or it’s the same with a non protected UR14500P?

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Hey guys
Anyone had the Manker T01 II ?
I was looking for some small 1xAA thrower and this looks good but the previous model had some issues and now i don’t know what to do Question
Maybe this version II of T01 is better quality ? If someone can help me, please answer if this model has any issues from the previous one ?

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I have the original version, and so far it’s been a very reliable light. It has a couple of minor quirks, but nothing I would consider to be bad quality. What issues are you referring to?

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Mankert01 can be programmed for each mode brightness like ut01.

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Has anyone else found theirs has a high parasitic drain??

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Witterings wrote:
Has anyone else found theirs has a high parasitic drain??

No, mine is only 7.3 uA. Even Eneloops self-discharge faster than that.

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Has anyone else found theirs has a high parasitic drain??

No, mine is only 7.3 uA. Even Eneloops self-discharge faster than that.

That’s strange then … unless it’ a dud battery tat won’t hold it’s charge although I was pretty sure I changed it last time it did it in case … I have a couple of their E11’s and they don’t suffer from it at all.

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Hello,has anybody ever modded a T01 and swapped the LED?

Thinking about putting in a Nichia 219c for better CRI and warmer tint at the expense of some throw.

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Bogdan wrote:
Hey guys Anyone had the Manker T01 II ? I was looking for some small 1xAA thrower and this looks good but the previous model had some issues and now i don’t know what to do Question Maybe this version II of T01 is better quality ? If someone can help me, please answer if this model has any issues from the previous one ?

I’ve got two of the T01 II’s on order. So I will report how they turn out when I get them.

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Flashlights:

x6 Sk68 modded 3 Nichia 319AT, 3 Cree XP-G3 - x1 Solorforce P60 drop in custom XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver - x2 Lumintop EDC05 CW - x2 Jaxman E2L tripple XP-G2 S4 
x1 Jaxman Z1 Zoomie, w/ Cree MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Acebeam K40m thrower with MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Xintd SC-82 V5 Limited Edition C8, XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver
x1 Convoy L6 moded with a Cree XHP-70.2 P2 1D LED - x1 Rare Olight x7 Maurauder with a Nuetral White LED - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Nichia 219c - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Cree XP-G3 - x2 Zebralight SC5w MKII  

x6 Lumintop Tool AA - x1  x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - x1 Lumintop ODL20C - x1 Lumintop GT mini - Olight i3E EOS - x2 Zebralight SC600w Plus MK IV XHP 50.2 4500k 80 CRI - x1 Fenix CL30R - x1 Lumintop C01 Bike Light - x1 Lumintop Zoom 1 - x2 Zebralight Sc700d

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I have a few t01 II. One has a preflash which the others don’t have. They’re all cool white so someone is getting a nichia upgrade when I find someone to do it. I have them all in programmed mode and they work on eneloops, and Li-ions just fine. On alkalines it won’t go turbo, so I think quality control might be getting better.

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I received both of my lights and they both have problems.

These issues are with fully charged Eneloop Pro cells.

Flashlight #1, Has low mode programming problems. I am unable to set low modes as it goes low low, then flickers bright for a second and goes back to low low, then when I go to the last mode in the low mode group it goes to high high! That’s not even a mode that should be in the low mode group!

Flashlight #2 Only goes into High mode and won’t let me change to low or medium. It also won’t let me program it. When I hold the button down to program it for 5 seconds the light shuts off. It wont go into program mode at all.

Here’s the kicker… When using a 14500 cell, both lights behave normally on all accounts!

This is unacceptable. I want to use a AA in it not a 14500. 14500 is just a bonus.

This is my first Manker product and it will be the last. Quality control is pretty lousy.

I’m just going to buy a couple Zebralight SC5c Mk II and hope I have better results.

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Flashlights:

x6 Sk68 modded 3 Nichia 319AT, 3 Cree XP-G3 - x1 Solorforce P60 drop in custom XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver - x2 Lumintop EDC05 CW - x2 Jaxman E2L tripple XP-G2 S4 
x1 Jaxman Z1 Zoomie, w/ Cree MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Acebeam K40m thrower with MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Xintd SC-82 V5 Limited Edition C8, XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver
x1 Convoy L6 moded with a Cree XHP-70.2 P2 1D LED - x1 Rare Olight x7 Maurauder with a Nuetral White LED - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Nichia 219c - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Cree XP-G3 - x2 Zebralight SC5w MKII  

x6 Lumintop Tool AA - x1  x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - x1 Lumintop ODL20C - x1 Lumintop GT mini - Olight i3E EOS - x2 Zebralight SC600w Plus MK IV XHP 50.2 4500k 80 CRI - x1 Fenix CL30R - x1 Lumintop C01 Bike Light - x1 Lumintop Zoom 1 - x2 Zebralight Sc700d

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