Review: Klarus Mi7

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Review: Klarus Mi7

Greetings,

This is my review for the Klarus Mi7 and it’s a red one. This light was provided by Gearbest for review.

Where to purchase it:

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The Mi7 is programmed as a tactical torch, so it has no memory, meaning the light will always turn on high. You can hold the switch to turn it on moon light mode. You do a quick double click from off or on to get into strobe and double click it again from strobe to go into SOS. Three clicks from off will tell you how much capacity your battery has. It has no momentary on. It can tail stand, and you can use it for photography.

 

My sample looks more of matte finish than glossy that appears from the Klarus website. Maybe it was only mine that came that way? If anyone has a different experience, please share.

I received this torch on the 25 of July 2016. I have been carrying it as a keychain torch ever since, and it has hold up well. I was using the Nitecore MT10C as a key chain light and it was a bit heavy. If you do not want to scratch the finish, I would not recommend carrying this light a key chain, but if you can accept that this will happen, it is a great key chain light. With this Klarus Mi7, I can confidently let the light hang from my set of keys while the car key is on the car’s ignition. To me, in terms of weight, feels like I have another key in my pocket.  The switch was easy to find in the dark.

 

Let us start with what matters most, the lumens. This tiny pocket sized light produces 700 lumens from a single 14500 battery or 330 from a single standard AA size battery. The moonlight mode is 5 lumens for both 14500 and AA battery, the medium for 14500 battery and AA is 90 lumens.

 

Emitter: Cree XP-L HI V3

Tint: White Light(I compared it to my Nitecore MT10C which has cool white and Mi7 tint looked more white than cool white.)

Beam Distance: 110 Meters

Candela:3025

Water Proof: IPX8 up to 2 meters(around 6.56 feet) under water

Impact resistance: 1 meter(about 3.28feet).

Polarity Protection: Yes

Lock Out mode: Yes

Battery Power indicator: Yes. Three fast clicks from off will give an estimate of your battery capacity. 3 flashes: over 70% 2 flashes: between 70%-30% 1 flash: less than 30%

 

Run Times:  *14500(800mAh) Battery:

700 lumens (high) is 53 minutes

90 lumens (medium) is 47 minutes

5 lumens (moonlight) is 67 hours

Strobe at 700 lumens is 1 hour and 46 minutes

SOS at 90 lumens is 11 hours and 21 minutes.

Run Times *AA (Alkaline) Battery:

330 lumens (high) is 55 minutes

90 lumens (medium) is 50 minutes

5 lumens (moonlight) is 40 hours

Strobe at 300 lumens is 1 hour and 50 minutes

SOS at 90 lumens is 5 and 30 minutes.

* I am only assuming that they are using their own Brand (Klarus) 14500 to conduct these run times and they used Pairdeer industrial alkaline battery, since it is included with the torch (flashlight.)

The voltage rate is 1.0V-4.2V. It also has over discharge protection, meaning you can use different chemistry of 14500 batteries and AA batteries. According to their site: http://www.klaruslight.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=134&id=131

You can use a rechargeable or primary LiFePO4 batteries, rechargeable AA batteries, AA lithium or alkaline primaries, IMR Li-ion. Even if the Klarus Mi7 has these protections in place, please do not over discharge your batteries for your safety.

The finish of the torch differs from what they advertise:

 

This is what mine looks like:

 

This is the how torch comes packaged:

 

 

The accessories: It comes with a lanyard, spare o ring, key ring, S carabiner, and one AA battery.

 

 

 

For those interested what the manual looks like:

 

 

 If you want to read it click here:

http://i.imgur.com/X2zyOF5.jpg?1

(I noticed that if you click on link and zoom in, the picture looks blurry on a smart phone, but if you save the image, it's clear to read.)

 

 

The threads on the light look squared:

(My sample did not come with any lubrication. I added lithium grease.)

 

Size comparison:

 

Inside of the head:

 

Inside the Tube:

Emitter:

 

Beam Shots:

14500 battery on high:

 

14500 On Low and AA on low(both are at 90 lumes and both looked the same to me):

(AA Low)

 

 

 

AA on high:

 

Moonligh(both 14500 and AA since both are at 5 lumens and both look the same to me):

 

Comparison  beam shots:

 

S10RbatonII(white tint in my opinion) @ 500 lumens:

 

Manker U11 @ 1000 lumens NW:

 

Thrunite TC 12 @ 1000 lumens NW:

 

Reflector Size Comparison:

 

 

Overall, it is a great torch and it comes down to personal choice. I personally could not use it as a work light, since I need momentary light on. Instead of a lanyard, I would have preferred a pocket clip so I can have the choice in placing in my shirt or pants pocket. My wife liked the torch, but was concern with the heat that it was creating. I reassured her that this was normal considering this light is emitting 700 lumens. I showed the light to other people, some didn’t like the fact that it had no memory function and another did not like the fact that it had no magnet. They were all impressed on how bright it is, there is no debating that. I do get use out of this torch and that is why I bought one in blue.

 

Edit- I have canceled my order on the blue Mi7. I have waited enough and cannot wait anymore. I have waited three weeks for it. I have purchased a Nitecore IMR 14500 and will update if it looks brighter. I also added beam shots for 14500 low and AA low for comparison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by: bdogsp on 08/29/2016 - 00:00
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Nice comparison with the beam shots. Too bad the klarus seems to be the least impressive to my eyes.

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Liber8 wrote:
Nice comparison with the beam shots. Too bad the klarus seems to be the least impressive to my eyes.

Do you own one or this is the impression you gathered from the pictures?

I reckon the reason it does not look that impressive is because of the size of the reflector. To me it does seem pretty bright for it’s size, but I cannot confirm the actual lumens that Klarus claims.

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Not yet but I want to get a pink one at some point. I didn’t realize earlier that the manker and thrunite take 18650. So makes sense that those would look much brighter. I read in another thread that this Klarus hits about 580 lumens, which honestly isn’t too shabby for a single 14500. I’ll def be getting one of these when I can find a sale. I have a couple Keeppower 840mah that are too long to fit anything I currently have. Figured I could pop them in this.

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Liber8 wrote:
I didn’t realize earlier that the manker and thrunite take 18650.

For a AA/4500, you might also check out the Manker E11

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Thanks for the review.

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Liber8 wrote:
Not yet but I want to get a pink one at some point. I didn’t realize earlier that the manker and thrunite take 18650. So makes sense that those would look much brighter. I read in another thread that this Klarus hits about 580 lumens, which honestly isn’t too shabby for a single 14500. I’ll def be getting one of these when I can find a sale. I have a couple Keeppower 840mah that are too long to fit anything I currently have. Figured I could pop them in this.

Yes, I also used Keepower protected 840mAh for this review. They will fit nicely when you get the chance to purchase this light.

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MG wrote:
Thanks for the review.

Thank you, I hope it has helped you to make an informed choice on weather to buy it or not.

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