Review: Skilhunt M150

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Review: Skilhunt M150

I sincerely like Skilhunt flashlights. I dont know how thing are outside Russia, but for the last 3 years Skilhunt H03 has been people`s choice headlamp here.

 

Unfortunately, Skilhunt release new models really seldom, but for me they leave an uniquely good impression with the balance of functionality / UI and price.

New one, the Skilhunt M150 is essentially the same M200, reduced to the size of 14500 \ AA

>You can buy SKILHUNT M150 in the official store or at aliexpress

 

Package and appearance
 


Package is not bad, but nothing more. No gloss or UVprint. On the other hand, all this beauty inevitably affects the cost of the flashlight. I have no interest in paying for something that goes to garbage anyway.

Be that as it may, once again - it looks decent. There is not the slightest feeling of cheap product. Personally, the M150 package reminds me of a tool`s package.

 
Inside is the flashlight itself and a separate, neat orange box with includings.


The latter consists of: 14500 battery, charging cable, manual, lanyard, o-ring and clip

 

 

The flashlight itself looks like a smaller copy of the full-size M200. The design is decent, albeit without frills. See for yourself.

 

As for the size, the flashlight is really compact. This is not 16340 tinies, but it looks much smaller with the same output comparing to my old faithful Xtar WK41. The same can be said about the size ratio of the Skilhunt M200 and the most of the other 18650 flashlights. 84mm length - it's really a not that much. I tell you, the 14500 Xtar is much closer to 18650 M200 than to the M150, by the way.

A strong magnet is located in the tailcap; it holds the flashlight at any angle without problems. What I didn’t like is that dirt will probably fill up in this round groove.

The spring is pretty thick, just like the 18650 models. From the side of the head there is no spring, it is understandable. In this size, manufacturers fight for every millimeter of length, and the spring in the head would not add anything except this excess of length.

 

The threads are generously lubricated


For the alternatively gifted, there is a sticker to point out to the correct battery location.

 

The clip can be put in any direction. But I would not abuse it - it is really tight. It is clear that the real use will gobble up any anodizing, my Xtar has become very gray in 5 years in my pocket. But this point is still worth mentioning

 

 

 

The concentric knurling is quite large and tenacious.

Actually, as you can see, the diameter of the middle of the body is slightly smaller than the tail and head. This saddle + the presence of a clip makes the grip of the flashlight very reliable. In fact, the flashlight is hiding in your fist. And if we are talking about cigar grip, then the small size and weight make it again quite convenient.

 

 

I was not the first to notice that the azure ring around the bezel and the button reminds of...well, Anyway, this looks really nice, I'm ready to forgive skilhunt. In the center of the button is the indicator backlight window.

The button itself is flat, flush with the base.

 

 

As with all other skilhunts, the charging port is magnetic.

This is a plus for waterproof and overall size, but a minus in the sense that the absence \ loss \ breakage of the native cable means that the battery will have to be charged as usual. For me, however, this is not a problem at all.

The magnet here is not bad, I remember in the first issue of H03R magnets were really weak.
 
  As usual, the status of charging is indicated by the backlight in the center of button.

 


 

 

 

Cooling fins with such a size are rather decorative.

 

 

The bezel, like the button, is also beautiful, azure. The reflector is small, textured with XP-L2 at the bottom. In general, there is nothing unusual. It looks good, and that's enough.

 

UI

Although this is a new Skihunt, the control is essentially the same as in the M200 \ H03 with some major change.

I copied manual from MascaratumB review of Skilhunt M150.

CHARGING PROCESS & VOLTAGE INDICATION

The charging process happens when the magnetic charger is connected to the magnetic port in the side of the flashlight.
When charging the LED on the charger head will be RED; when almost fully charged, it will be BLUE. Please note:
a) the charger LED will turn BLUE before it reaches the 4.2V!
b) according to specs, Ni-MH batteries shall not be charged inside the flashlight!

The Voltage Indication Led is activated during 5 seconds when the flashlight is turned ON. During this period, this is what may happen:
CONSTANT BLUE – Battery between 100%-80%
BLINKING BLUE – Battery between 80%-50%
CONSTANT RED – Battery between 50%-20%
BLINKING RED – Battery below 20%

When the battery is below 3.0V, the indicator LED will flash 3 times every 2 seconds.

NOTE 1: The battery indication works only with 14500 Li-Ion batteries! I tried it with AA Alkalines and Ni-MH and the switch LED doesn’t activate!! So…careful with Ni-MH cells inside! 3.6V/3.7V Li-Ion cells are recommended!

NOTE 2: I didn’t do any test to see at which voltage the blinking BLUE and the REDs activate. When I do, I will post the data.

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USER INTERFACE

The Skilhunt has what can be a called “Double User Interface”, constituted by the Group Mode A and the Group Mode B. I will describe below the operation and composition of each group. 
Although it is not simple in the paper, it is simpler when using!

It is also important to say that this flashlight has a mix of “last level memory” and “no memory”.
It has electronic lock-out (despite physical lock-out is also possible).

NOTE: According to Skilhunt schemes for this light, let’s consider that the L/M/H/T with 1 are the higher outputs and those with 2 are the lower.

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Composition Group Mode A :
8 output levels: Low 2 – Low 1 / Mid 2 – Mid 1 / High 2 – High 1 / Turbo 2 – Turbo 1
3 special modes (S1 – Flash, S2 – Signaling beacon, S3 – Strobe)

Operation:

  • Single click from OFF = turns ON (in the last memorized level)
  • Single click from ON = advances in the memorized output levels in the sequence L > M > H > T > H > M > L
  • Press 0,5s from ON = turns OFF from any mode
  • Press 0,5s from OFF = enters L1 or L2 (depends on the memorized Low level)
  • Double click from ON = alternates between the output (1 or 2) within a given level (L, M, H or T) and memorizes that output level for the cycling sequence.
    • EX: LOW = When in L2 – the lowest mode – double click changes to L1. If after this there is a single click to advance level or if the light is turned OFF, the L1 will be memorized in the cycling sequence for the next time you use the Low level.
  • Double click from OFF = enters Turbo 1 (the highest mode)
    • After being on Turbo 1: 
      a) single clicks decreases brightness (From T to L) in the memorized output levels
      b) double click alternates between T1 and T2
  • Triple click from OFF or ON ( any mode) = enters Special modes (S1 – flash)
    • After being on S1: 
      a) double clicks alternate between S1 > S2 > S3 > S1…
      b) single click returns to the last regular output level used.
      [ c) 4 clicks also return to the last regular output level used.]

Special modes “description”:
S1 = Flash = short flash each 1s. [blinks maybe in L1 brightness]
S2 = Signaling beacon = blinks every 0.5s [forgive if the times is not accurate; blinks maybe in M1 brightness]
S3 = Strobe = double frequency [blinks in maybe in H2 brightness]

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Composition Group Mode B :
5 output levels: Low 1 – Mid 1 – High 2 – High 1 – Turbo 1 
1 special mode: SOS

Operation:

  • Single click from OFF = turns ON (in the +last memorized level)
  • Single click from ON ( any mode) = turns OFF
  • Press 0,5s from OFF = enters L1 (lowest level in this Group Mode sequence)
  • Press and hold from ON = advances in this group mode sequence L1 > M1 > H2 > H1 > T1 > H1 > H2 > M1 > L1
  • Double click from OFF = enters Turbo 1 (highest level in this Group Mode sequence)
  • Double click from ON = enters SOS

 

if you dont want to browse fast throught modes, that`s well...ok, not really good as it was in M200\H03 but - ok. 

disadvantage of up-down mode order is rooted in it`s advantage. 

the real trouble is useless blocking. u have to unscrew tail in reality. 

 

How the skilhunt M150 shines.

There are options of CW and NW, I got CW.
I will be against CW at large distance, but its` ok for me for closer one.


Given the small depth and texture of the reflector, it is clear that there will be no throw. Yes, in this type of flashlight, it is, in my opinion, unnecessarily. It is much more practical to get relatively diffused light to illuminate path under your feet - and this is exactly what such compact flashlights are made for.

 

 

charging current is excellent. I did not expect to see 0.8A here. Skilhunt wisely put the charging speed above the distant prospect of losing some percent of the longevity resource.

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stabilization is good, runtime - as promissed. nothing to complain about.

As for light, within the usual range for such flashlights, a distance of half a hundred meters, the Skihunt M150 shows itself to be quite a working tool. The turbo is definitely long enough to see everything in detail at a relative distance. And the middle and low modes are quite convenient for near range use. Their scatter (m1 \ m2, l1 \ l2) makes it possible to fine-tune the flashlight for yourself for any situation. In my Xtar, the maximum brightness is about 350 lumens, and for these 5 years I do not always turn it on to maximum, walking in the evening. And then there is a twofold margin of brightness, which is actually comparable with the same S2 + 4x7135 and the mass of other ordinary 18650 flashlights. In short, the flashlight shines well, far from the background of people’s construction, it will be able to surprise pretty much with a combination of compactness and brightness.

 

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720 dacha modes 1

 

 

720 dacha vs 1

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720 dacha modes 2

 

720 dacha vs 2

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720 dacha modes 3

720 dacha vs 3

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720 dacha modes 4

 

720 dacha vs 4

 

also see video review, there is alive video in the very beginning

 

Overall impression.

Nice thing. Skilhunt made, in my opinion, the right decision by reducing the M200 (want a compact 18650 flashlight? Here it is, the same M150 adjusted for size and duration) to the size of a compact pocket flashlight.

From the position of the functional, I have nothing to complain about, except in addition to the order of modes and useless locking .

 

brightness i way more than u need for walkaround needs. I seriously like 14500 stuff and `ve been using  one as my pocket light in last 5 years.

 

and not to copy of impression - check review of MascaratumB, he wrote down all what i would do. 

 

 

"How to choose flashlight, Main things in simple words":http://budgetlightforum.com/node/68418

Edited by: Narmattaru on 08/29/2019 - 09:41
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sorry for big pics

i simply cannot insert smaller ones with links to bigger ones as before. 

 

 

"How to choose flashlight, Main things in simple words":http://budgetlightforum.com/node/68418

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Thanks for the review Narmattaru Wink

The night beamshots are elucidative of what this does Wink I still have to do my night comparison:x

About the big images, I managed to shrink the image!
Go to the image in the tool bar and put link for the image and the % you would to show:
example:

Or you can go through the review again and add this – !{width:50%} – before the image link and a exclamation mark – ! – after the .jpg .
example:
!{width:50%}https://-INSERTLINK-. jpg!

They are indeed very big even for a 15 screen Shocked

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Thanks for the review! Interesting light, except there appears to be no choice for NW [anymore].