Review: Manker E14 II Pocket Dragster Floodlight (18650/18350 - 4 XP-G3)

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Review: Manker E14 II Pocket Dragster Floodlight (18650/18350 - 4 XP-G3)

I received the E14 II from Manker for the review.

The E14 II is an upgrade to the previous E14.
The light shares the overall look of the previous model, with the big and heavy copper head (with a transparent coating that protects the material from oxidation) that hosts 4 emitters with flood tir optics, but there are several differences.

The light comes in this box. I got the light with clip, spare o-ring, lanyard.


Here is with the old E14

Compared to the old E14, the new E14 II has several differences:
There are 4 XP-G3 emitter, instead of the XP-G2 of the old E14.
The switch is now an electronic one and it is positioned at the head.
The central part of the 18650 body can be removed, obtaining the 18350 body.
The body hosts a charging circuit that is powered with a micro USB port.
Different UI and modes.

Here with the 18650 insert, 113 mm long, and wide 28 mm at the head and 25 at the tailcap.


Here in the 18350 configuration: without the 18650 insert, the light gets shorter and is 78 mm long


The tailcap has a double nested spring

Here’s the micro USB charging port at the head. On the the wide square cut threads will always be some residue from the twisting-untwisting of the head.

Here’s the deep pocket carry clip.


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UI
The UI is the classical Manker UI

There’s a led in the charging circuit that is red when charging

And solid blue when charging is completed. Blue flashing in event of not recognized cell.

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Output and runtime
Tested with 18650 IMR LG HG2 3000mAh cell.

Note that using non IMR but 10A capable cells, like LG MJ1 will result in significantly lesser output.



At the end of every test the batteries were found around 3 volts, above the minimal voltage recommended for li-ion batteries.
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Beamshots at 0.5 meters from the wall.





The 4 emitters give a very wide beam, with a wide bright spill and a big brighter spot.
Without a doubt, a light made for close distances.
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My thoughts

  • The light is well built and finished.
  • The light is heavy, but believe me, the higher weight is well compensated by the fact that this light can produce a very high output without melting. It will still become VERY WARM (temporized stepdown).
  • I like the deep pocket carry clip, and the switch at the head makes the light easier to operate.
  • I like the interface that allows quick access to minimum output (that can be personalized as well), turbo and last used mode.
  • I’d like that the turbo mode stepped down to a higher output mode, maybe around 1200-1500 lumen mode. And a thermal control wouldn’t hurt either.
  • I’d like an higher high mode and with better regulation.
  • I’d like the charging colors to be red (solid charging, flashing when battery is not recognized), and green (charging finished).
  • I’d like the electronic switch to be bigger and more stiff to operate.

The E14 II adds some improvements to the old E14:

  • Smaller size
  • Integrated charge
  • No need to purchase the separate 18650 tube
  • Better Interface

But remains a “dragster” flashlight, pushed on the edge of its capability at the turbo mode. Remember to use high quality IMR cells in this light.

Thanks to: Antoled for the camera advices, the camera help, the E14 and the luxmeter.

More (thermographic) tests will follow.

All my reviews, in italian and english, here: Lumenreviews.com

Edited by: Budda on 05/07/2017 - 19:28
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This looks good, would be nice to know how does the LVP and thermal regulation work, what is the USB charging current? Glued?
Dragon breath mode, love it LOL

Would be a great light with a different driver.

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Stepdown from 2700 to 133 lumen in less than a minute? I think the UI is a total deal breaker…It lacks a thermal regulated mode of around 1200 lumen where turbo stepdown should stay

Great review, thank you for showing use these two new models

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Very nice photo’s, but do they have to be 1 MB each?
Page loads a little slowly over here..

About the light, i think the guy who designed the copper part didn’t care about the rest of the parts or the Manker (mateminco utorch astrolux) look.
Looks a bit like it doesn’t belong together.
(i.m.h.o.)

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5” parabolic reflector (for recoil light)

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Dragster?
Or Pre mature Ejack?

40 sec of spunk.
Fail

Nice review however!
Saved me $

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Beautiful light. Thanks for the lenghty review and pics!

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the switch is in the hottest point in the whole light?

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Iv’e grown fond of “E-switches” I like it.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

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Thanks for the nice review!

Can it show the charge level?

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Thanks for the review. This time there’s more differences between the Manker and Astrolux variant.

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maukka wrote:
Thanks for the review. This time there’s more differences between the Manker and “Astrolux variant”:https://www.banggood.com/Astrolux-S42-4xNichia-219CXP-G2XP-G3-A6-2023LM-....

Hmm, no copper and probably different driver (retaining ToyKeeper’s UI, which is excellent).

It sure makes you wonder how the relationship between Manker/Mateminco/Banggood/Astrolux works…

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Muto wrote:
Dragster?
Or Pre mature Ejack?

40 sec of spunk.
Fail

Nice review however!
Saved me $

yup…I just bought another S41. That’s the 4th one for me. It’s so mod friendly!

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Holy step down Batman!

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my s41 w/vtc6 gets so hot I can’t hold the endcap after a few minutes
so how the hell can I access the finger burner switch on that copper head in order to turn it off?

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OK, another use for my stylus/pen

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Interesting light .

I hope output on turbo could be better .

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So, anyone see a price yet? Plus, Budda are the threads inter-changeable with the BLF/Astrolux. Specifically all of them from the bezel down. I’ve got the BLF A6 and four Astrolux; one S41, three S41S. Big selling point is all parts interchange. This would be a nice Lego addition.

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Thanks for the review and photos. Thumbs Up

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stephenk wrote:
Holy step down Batman!

Gone in 60 seconds

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BatDude prolly don’t need “roll of quarters” in his utility belt, butt I do!

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On your photos of the two lights the head of the E14 II looks more yellowish, like brass. Is Manker saying somewhere that it is copper?

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Hm. I love to have the last word but this is a bit scary.

They do not even claim it is copper? So we carry around three times the weight for nothing?
At least it looks good.

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What unit are the temperature reading? Tell me it’s no Celsius degrees! Evil

I have the full aluminum Astrolux S42 on order… I’m curious to see if it behaves the same on turbo… or how fast it melts.

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A batch of these Manker E14 II’s have made their way the the U.S. this week, Wednesday. But with the Blade Show going on in Atlanta, Friday through Sunday. No one has had time to unpack them yet. Tired

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Jerommel wrote:
About the light, i think the guy who designed the copper part didn’t care about the rest of the parts or the Manker (mateminco utorch astrolux) look. Looks a bit like it doesn’t belong together.

Yeah, gotta confess I like the original way better’n the II.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Jerommel wrote:
About the light, i think the guy who designed the copper part didn’t care about the rest of the parts or the Manker (mateminco utorch astrolux) look. Looks a bit like it doesn’t belong together.

Yeah, gotta confess I like the original way better’n the II.

Agree.
I alteady have the original E14 with 219C, so I will pass on the new one.

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I passed on the first one, because the copper alone was not enough to sway me all on its own. It had a run of the mill lumen count, and we had to purchase a second tube, to run a 18650.

Now this one does it for me. I am not after the usb charging, but it’s a nice perk!