[Review] Fitorch MR26

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[Review] Fitorch MR26

Review copy was sent in by Fitorch to me here in the Philippines, whom I thank for the confidence afforded to me.

Preface:
The MR26 is the newest innovative light from Fitorch which features its unique ergonomic triple tail paddle switch with lock feature.

 


Packaging:
It comes in a black and orange retail packaging which includes the accessories and the light itself neatly packed.

Inclusions:
1x Fitorch MR26
1x Spare o-ring
1x Lanyard
1x Micro USB cable
1x Holster
1x Manual
4x Color filters

 

Quick Features:
* 4 colored light filter discs to change the tint of the light (Red, Green, Blue & Orange)
* 3-Way tail switch to activate the Strobe and Turbo modes in one easy step
* Side switch controls 5 illumination levels (Turbo, High, Medium, Low, & Ultralow) and Strobe
* Micro USB port for recharging
* Built in power level indication LED in green, amber and red color
* High-strength aerospace aluminum body
* Mil-Spec hard anodized for extreme durability
* Coated tempered glass lens resists impact while providing high light transmittance levels
* Metal filmed reflector to create a high intensity beam
* Maximum output of 1800 Lumen and 302-meter beam distance
* IPX-8 water resistance
* 2-meter impact resistance tested

Manufacturer Specifications:
* LED: Cree XHP-35
* Power Input:DC 2.75V - 6.0V
* Light Output: Max 1,800 Lumens
* Reflector: Precision Metal Filmed
* Lens: Filmed Mineral Glass
* Body Material: Aluminum Alloy
* Body Finish: Premium Black Type-III Hard-Anodized Anti-Abrasive Finish
* Switches: Side Switch, Tail Cap Paddle Switches, & Tail Cap Center Switch
* Powered By: 1x - 3.7V 18650 Li-ion
2x - 3V CR123A Lithium Primary
* Physical Specifications:
Width: Head: 1.37 in. / 35.00 mm
Housing: 1.00 in. / 25.4 mm
Length: 5.78 in. / 147 mm
Weight: 4.68 oz./ 131 g (excluding battery)

Operation:
From OFF:
-1 click the Main tail clicky to turn ON
-press and hold any of the paddle switch to go to strobe (make sure the rotary lock is on the UNLOCK position)

From ON:
-press the paddle switch to change modes (make sure the rotary lock is in UNLOCK mode) - TURBO->HIGH->MID->LOW->ECONO

Form Factor:
The light is very ergonomic and fits well in hand. It is very well machined from head to tail, with high quality materials. The design of the light to interchange the filters
is well enough that it doesn't compromise waterproofness.

Head:
The head comes with a silver detachable strike bezel that is fairly aggresive.


It houses the filters if you opt to put one depending on the situation or your preference. It also has deep polished smooth reflector for a more throwy profile.

 

The deep cooling fins are ample enough and helps with heat dissipation.

On one side, you can find the micro usb charging dock which also has an LED indicator light to easily show the user the remaining battery life.

 

Inside is the driver with a gold spring installed instead of a contact plate.

 

Barrel:
The barrel is one with the head, it has parallel knurling design with two flat surfaces alongside which clearly shows the brand written and model of the light.



It also has a black stainless steel clip which is not reversible.

The threads appear to be triangular and not anodized with the o-ring installed and well lubricated.

 

Tail:
The tail on this light is unique as it has a triple tail switch, the main switch to turn ON the light, and the two paddle switches on either side for ambidextrous operation.

There is also a rotary mechanical lock for the paddle switches to avoid accidental turn ons.

Inside the tail is two thin gold springs and like the barrel, the tail threads are not anodized.

 

It has two large enough holes for lanyard placement, the main tail clicky button has a dotted pattern for grip, and the two paddle switches has embossed small rectangular grooves for grip. The tail also has similar parallel knurling to match the barrel. Due to its tail switch design, it is impossible for this light to do a tail stand.

Size comparison with the MR15:

Beam shots:

Control tree is at 150 feet away:

ECO:

LOW:

MED:

HIGH:

TURBO:

Blue filter - ECO - tree is at 150 feet away:

LOW:

MED:

HIGH:

TURBO:

Red filter - ECO - tree 150 feet away:

LOW:

MED:

HIGH:

TURBO:

Yellow filter - ECO - tree 150 feet away:

LOW:

MED:

HIGH:

TURBO:

Green filter - ECO - tree is 150 feet away:

LOW:

MED:

HIGH:

TURBO:

 

Control - far tree is at 400 feet away:

Blue filter TURBO:

Yellow filter - TURBO:

Green filter TURBO:

Red filter TURBO:

No filter - TURBO:

 

Conclusion:
To sum up, I believe that the most important part of any review is if given the chance to purchase the same light for my own EDC, would I still purchase it?
For this light, it is a definite YES. Specially if you are looking for a complete tactical light with complete unique functions depending on your usage and needs.
Scrutinizing the light over throughout the review, I am hard pressed to find any flaws at this price point. If I were to nit-pick, it would be the rotary mechanical lock, my copy has a rather loose rotary lock, and me having large hands, accidentaly turns the lock whilst changing modes, therefore making it difficult to change the modes. Another would be the battery which is only 2800mah, for a 1800 lumen output light, I think that is not enough maybe the bare minimum would be 3000mah cell. And lastly that is worth mentioning is that this light doesn't heat up quickly on TURBO, well not for me anyways as I am living in a tropical climate. But against most 18650 lights I have tested lately, I can say that this is worth mentioning. Definitely a bang for the buck given all the features and capabilities of this light. Fitorch really made good on this one! Kudos to that!

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Edited by: sacrileizei on 11/24/2018 - 00:28
Anthon
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Excuse me but where is the side switch? The manual also talks about a side switch but I don’t see one

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Anthon wrote:
Excuse me but where is the side switch? The manual also talks about a side switch but I don’t see one

There is none, only a tail switch. Maybe the manual was referring to the paddle switches at the side of the main tail clicky ^^
Sorry for the confusion Wink Thank you for watching/reading.