[Review] Klarus Mi7 Ti (AA/14500, XP-L Hi, Titanium) ~ My new EDC light

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[Review] Klarus Mi7 Ti (AA/14500, XP-L Hi, Titanium) ~ My new EDC light

The flashlight was sent to me by Gearbest for review.
No additional compensation was received.

Here’s the product’s page (non affiliate link): Klarus Mi7 Ti

As always, we will start with the packaging.
The Mi7 Ti arrived inside a luxurious textured cardboard box.

The flashlight is seated inside some firm foam which protects it during transportation.

Despite the minimal dimensions of the box, there were quite a few of accessories included.
In total, you get an adjustable Klarus-branded lanyard, a keyring, a spare o-ring and a matte black double gated carabiner clip.
It’s also worth noting that the light arrived with an alkaline AA battery installed.

Thanks to the detailed manual, the operation of the light is thoroughly documented.
The manual also includes the official output and runtime ratings, which I found to be on point.
As seen, the Mi7 Ti can push 700 lumen with an 14500 or 330 lumen with an ordinary AA.

The whole body of the flashlight, even the side switch, is made out of a titanium alloy.
If you have ever handled a Titanium flashlight in the past, you will know the awesomeness of the material.

The machining is flawless throughout the light.
The diamond cut pattern is nicely detailed and provides quite a bit of grip, while the three heating grooves in the head definitely add to the aesthetics of the light

The square cut threads are super smooth and arrived well lubricated.
Thanks to the o-ring and the sealed head, the flashlight can be submerged up to 2 meters of water.

A benefit of the flashlight is the fact that it can be used with a variety of cells (14500, Ni-MH, Alkaline).
The flashlight also supports over-discharge protection for all battery types.

A thing that I really liked about this Klarus is the deep pocket carry clip that it comes with.
The clip provides great retention and allows the flashlight to sit flush with the pocket.

There is not a tailcap in the flashlight.
Rather, the thick brass spring is directly installed in the rear portion of the body.

The positive contact of the head is consisted out of a raised brass pillar.
As a result, both flat and button top cells can be utilized.

The tail of the flashlight is raised and as a result it can tail stand.
Thanks to the dual cutout holes, it can also accept a lanyard

The front glasses is hardened and AR coated, while the reflector has a mild orange-peel texture.
Of course, the centering of the emitter is excellent thanks to the use of a very thin centering ring.

The Mi7 comes with a Cree XP-L Hi V3 LED that is cool white tinted.

It’s important to clarify that the driver that’s being used is constant current and that PWM flickering is absent from all of the lighting modes.

Despite the tiny dimensions of the flashlight, it can actually throw quite a beam.
The 110m throw claim of the manufacturer is more than accurate thanks to the factory dedomed emitter that’s being used.

The bare weight of the light is around 41gr.
The low weight combined with its small dimensions and high output makes the Mi7 Ti one of the best EDC lights that I have come across.

*User Interface
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The operation of the flashlight is quite easy.
I have definitely become a fan of the dual purpose of the lock-out mode.

  • Turn on: Quick single press (High > Low > Off)
  • Moonlight: Long press while off
  • Lock-out Engage: Five second long press while off. Once lock-out is engaged, the emitter will flash twice
  • Lock-out Disengage: Triple press. Once the lock-out is disengaged, the emitter will flash 1-3 times in order to indicate the battery’s capacity ( 3 times > 70%, 2 times 70% – 30%, 1 time < 30%)
  • Strobe: Double press within any mode, even when off
  • SOS: Double press while on strobe

Beamshots

In order to help you understand the output difference between the modes, I captured some wall beamshots.

Control Shot

Moonlight (5 Lm)

Low (90 Lm)

High (700 Lm)

Update
High @ 18m

High @ ~45m from the roof

In order to sum up my review, I would like to say that I am very impressed by the light.
Its build quality is excellent, while its luminous flux is more than enough for EDC purposes.
The Mi7 Ti is probably going to be my daily carried light for the months to follow Smile

Edited by: bilakos10 on 11/05/2017 - 13:27
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Nice review!
M4dm4x has a very good coupon for it!
I think i have to buy one and do an emitter swap directly, since 6500K is a no go for me in an EDC

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Ah, your are a fan of warn tinted lights Big Smile
Are you going to go with a warmer XP-L Hi or go the 219c route?

What discount does M4dm4x’s coupon provide?

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The main rule is DO NEVER post the codes or prices anywhere to protect the deals!
you can share my mail adress to help your friends save $$$: m4dm4x@aon.at

If you subscribe, you can see the price, which is really nice

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Glad to see its a good light, i ordered one a few days ago with a -40% coupon, looking forward to getting it.

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Yokiamy wrote:
The main rule is DO NEVER post the codes or prices anywhere to protect the deals!
you can share my mail adress to help your friends save $$$: m4dm4x@aon.at

If you subscribe, you can see the price, which is really nice

Whoops, I didn’t know about the rule Cool
I wasn’t meant to try and sneek into madmax’s deals without permission…!

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I have the aluminium version and I love how it looks, size and weight (very light).

Buuut the tint is too cold and the low is too high for me. Also I think the Utorch UT01 UI is far better.

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anycolourfloyd wrote:
I have the aluminium version and I love how it looks, size and weight (very light).

Buuut the tint is too cold and the low is too high for me. Also I think the Utorch UT01 UI is far better.

Well I do like cool tints so that’s no problem for me.
As for the modes, I find myself using either high or moonlight most of the times.

Maybe a 30 lumen low mode would suit more people, but then the light would also need a 100ish medium mode.

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Recently purchased the regular version of this light for a gift. It’s mostly great, but I have 2 issues with it.

1) The regular version does not include a pocket clip. And this thing rolls really easily on flat surfacea.

2) When used with 14500s, it desperately needs a medium mode. Not having an option between 90 lumens and 700 is just… ugh. An extra 300-400 lumen mode would do wonders.

But the lack of PWM is nice, and it had a surprising amount of throw thanks to the XPL-HI. Just wish it had a neutral white option.

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Thanks for the review, I really like mine mainly for its UI. If it had a warmer emitter it would be near perfect

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I have updated the OP with a couple of outdoor beamshots (18m and 45m).
This little thing has quite a bit of throw.

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I find the switch is too soft on mine. It is easily pushed when dropping in a pocket/clipping to things. I know it has a lockout, but that is extra button pushes to pocket or use it. Otherwise it is a great light.

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nvanlaar wrote:
I find the switch is too soft on mine. It is easily pushed when dropping in a pocket/clipping to things. I know it has a lockout, but that is extra button pushes to pocket or use it. Otherwise it is a great light.

Well most side switch lights that I have used have this design flaw, which is expected.

If I decide not to utilize the lockout, a good trick I use is to mount the pocket clip in a 45 degree angle from the switch.
That way the switch sits between the two sides of the pocket and can’t be pressed.