Review : Utorch UT01 Flashlight (XP-L V6 / AA & 14500 / e-switch)

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evankouros wrote:
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I’ll write about the performance between protected and unprotected , probably tomorrow (Been busy today , sorry) .
Giorgos, am I missing something here? Didn’t you write that protected 14500s don’t fit in your UT01?

Who said it needs to fit in there to test the performance ? Wink

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giorgoskok wrote:
evankouros wrote:
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I’ll write about the performance between protected and unprotected , probably tomorrow (Been busy today , sorry) .
Giorgos, am I missing something here? Didn’t you write that protected 14500s don’t fit in your UT01?

Who said it needs to fit in there to test the performance ? Wink

Thanks for taking the time to do that, George whenever you get around to it.

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Freedom wrote:
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evankouros wrote:
giorgoskok wrote:
I’ll write about the performance between protected and unprotected , probably tomorrow (Been busy today , sorry) .
Giorgos, am I missing something here? Didn’t you write that protected 14500s don’t fit in your UT01?

Who said it needs to fit in there to test the performance ? Wink

Thanks for taking the time to do that, George whenever you get around to it.

With a Xtar 14500 protected , i read about 100 lumens less than using the Efest .

(For all batteries : )
Also , highest mode seems to be able to perform better , it is programmed in the 1st or 2nd level from the factory ( from the 3 output leves of the highest mode , see “Light has programmable output levels for every mode” section in the OP ) .

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UT01 have a private option for choose the power of each mode between 3 options, Turbo continuously, check battery,…. LOL

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UT01 have a private option for choose the power of each mode between 3 options, Turbo continuously, check battery,…. LOL

how do you do this?

I have been on holiday travel spending time at various relatives houses the past 1.5 weeks with the UT01 and its been great. I have my modes set up for the two lowest modes and then the two highest modes. Perfect for me… CANDLE > LO > HI > TURBO. So I don’t really have a MED mode. Love the cream white, green-free tint. Of all my NW cree tints this one has the least yellow too… which is good. My cousins friend has a black lab and we went out on a night hike along one of the local creek-side trails, and the UT01 did a great job. I mostly had it on hi and used turbo for short bursts, where it doubled up as a hand warmer too. (win-win !!!)

Travel rig. Solid performer with eneloops too, particularly around the house and I don’t need that much light.

EDC, compact and lightweight with a 14500 cell.

Size comparison with other lights I brought with me, thorfire TG06, 4Sevens Quark AAT.

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kramer5150][quote=Trevi_lux wrote:
UT01 have a private option for choose the power of each mode between 3 options, Turbo continuously, check battery,…. LOL

how do you do this?

I just got this light today and was searching for the answer also. Seems like the UI is the same as manker t01, I found a review on reddit which had a description of the UI https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/comments/4gve2b/review_manker_quinlan_t01_review_by_evo_spec/

works the same for me, hope this helps.

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redhawk][quote=kramer5150 wrote:
Trevi_lux wrote:
UT01 have a private option for choose the power of each mode between 3 options, Turbo continuously, check battery,…. LOL

how do you do this?

I just got this light today and was searching for the answer also. Seems like the UI is the same as manker t01, I found a review on reddit which had a description of the UI https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/comments/4gve2b/review_manker_quinlan_t01_review_by_evo_spec/

works the same for me, hope this helps.


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x2 !! thanks. I Really like this lights UI… and the Manker E11 too

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IMHO they should delete all those disco modes and isolate the battery status indicator by itself, so its out infront of the program mode. That way you can double tap to check the battery and double back out.

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IMHO they should delete all those disco modes and isolate the battery status indicator by itself, so its out infront of the program mode. That way you can double tap to check the battery and double back out.

Yes yes. +1

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Just a quick comment on the UI programming aspect.

To enter programming mode just double tap from either on or off state.

The light will strobe, but just click past all the blinky modes and you will reach what appears to be the low-firefly mode. This is the programming mode however. The light will automatically cycle through:

Firefly – L/M/H (tap the output level you want for firefly)
Low – L/M/H (tap the output level you want for Low)
Med – L/M/H (tap the output level you want for Med)
Hi – L/M/H (tap the output level you want for your Hi)

It will go back to strobe, just double tap to get back out to the normal operating mode.

This works for the Manker E11 as well.

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Thanks kramer for the explanation .
I have it in the OP too Smile

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Got mine today. Nice.

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Thanks for the review! Just one question. Can you recommend some ~800mAh 2.5-3A 14500 IMR battery that would fit in E11?

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Loki29A wrote:
Thanks for the review! Just one question. Can you recommend some ~800mAh 2.5-3A 14500 IMR battery that would fit in E11?

Same question, guys which better? https://www.fasttech.com/products/1287511 or https://www.fasttech.com/products/1420/10002173/1804004-trustfire-imr145...

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I would take the Sanyos Wink

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Thanks for the reply and review!
Sanyos ordered Smile

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I got one yesterday and immediately modded it to fit protected button top 14500.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/52332

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RAZRus wrote:
Same question, guys which better? https://www.fasttech.com/products/1287511 or https://www.fasttech.com/products/1420/10002173/1804004-trustfire-imr145...

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I would take the Sanyos Wink

I bought 2 pairs of both Big Smile (from KD, cause they ship free to GR). Didn’t see any noticable performance difference. These 14500 TFs must be good. Time (and use) will show.

What surprized me (as my eyes see it – don’t have any instruments to test/verify it), is that comparing with a couple of 2-3 y.o. (but unused) IKEA green-silver Ni batteries, UT01 provides about the same light with the above two Li batteries. Using the same batteries with a ThorFire TG06 and an Olight S15, there’s noticable light difference (in favour of the Li batteries ofcourse). Can’t explain/understand why I see no obvious light difference when using Li batteries in UT01… Question

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
I had the same problem you mention but in the Klarus Mi7. Lithium batteries were no brighter than NIMH or AA primaries. Turned out to be a defective driver. Klarus USA sent me a replacement head…then there was brightness.

Your UT01 may have a defective driver.

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evankouros wrote:
RAZRus wrote:
Same question, guys which better? https://www.fasttech.com/products/1287511 or https://www.fasttech.com/products/1420/10002173/1804004-trustfire-imr145...

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I would take the Sanyos Wink

I bought 2 pairs of both Big Smile (from KD, cause they ship free to GR). Didn’t see any noticable performance difference. These 14500 TFs must be good. Time (and use) will show.

What surprized me (as my eyes see it – don’t have any instruments to test/verify it), is that comparing with a couple of 2-3 y.o. (but unused) IKEA green-silver Ni batteries, UT01 provides about the same light with the above two Li batteries. Using the same batteries with a ThorFire TG06 and an Olight S15, there’s noticable light difference (in favour of the Li batteries ofcourse). Can’t explain/understand why I see no obvious light difference when using Li batteries in UT01… Question

Are you sure your turbo mode is in fact THE turbo mode? Out of the box the UT01 / E11 is not set to the brightest turbo setting. On mine I had to program them manually. Even then it won’t be a night and day difference going from ~400 to 775 Lumens. Its a ~logarithmic scale in this output range, doubling lumens does not appear twice as bright.

Also your eyes can play tricks on you as they auto-dilate for different brightness levels. So shining a 775 Lumen floody light around outside may not appear all that different than a 400L because your eyes and brain adjust. If you have a cell phone you can download a Lux-meter app, and perform ceiling bounce measurements in the bathroom. Its not the absolute-absolute of light measurement, but as long as you compare directly A to B, it will help quantify things.

Yes the thorfire TG06 is significantly brighter stepping up to a 14500, same goes for my 4sevens AAt. So not all lights behave the same.

[EDIT]
Here are some crude wall-bounce-bathroom measurements of my UT01 using first a NiMH and then 14500.

And just for kicks and giggles, here is the reading with the bathroom lighting blasting away.

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finges wrote:
Received it today, unfortunately the switch on mine is very bad. It only works if I press it in a special way with the nail of my finger. So far it is unusable. I hope I can get it fixed.

Hi, I got a couple with this issue and would like to know if you ever found a fix for this?


Any suggestion for a switch boot replacement?

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MAD TM26 wrote:
finges wrote:
Received it today, unfortunately the switch on mine is very bad. It only works if I press it in a special way with the nail of my finger. So far it is unusable. I hope I can get it fixed.

Hi, I got a couple with this issue and would like to know if you ever found a fix for this?


Any suggestion for a switch boot replacement?

Someone posted that the driver can spin pulling the switch off center. Pulling off the boot and realigning the switch solved his problem.

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LR, yes already did that but for some reason the problem remains (click only registers at certain angle). Tried trimming the switch boot too but didn’t help and now a bit too thin..

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LR, yes already did that but for some reason the problem remains (click only registers at certain angle). Tried trimming the switch boot too but didn’t help and now a bit too thin..

Ah, that stinks! You may have a defective switch then. How does the switch work without the boot? Is it the same issue if you use a pencil eraser to poke at the smd switch button?

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The switch responds much much better when directly pushed but still having issue at certain angles.

I would like to try with stiffer switch cover if someone could suggest any…

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You could try to diy a fix if you felt like it. You could cut a small disk out of plastic the size of the switch opening. On the back of the disk, glue a small nub in the center. Kind of like a mini spinning top. Then whatever way you press on the boot it presses down on the disk and the nub always presses directly on the button. Idk if it would work or not? Just an idea that popped into my limited brain space. Smile

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I also got one with faulty switch. I tried the trick with removing the cover and centering but it did not help. Even with the cover removed and pushing the micro switch directly it acts very badly. There is nice clicking sound but the switch is not working.

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