Review: Manker MC12 (EDC Compact Thrower, 1x18650, Micro USB rechargeable, Osram)

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Review: Manker MC12 (EDC Compact Thrower, 1x18650, Micro USB rechargeable, Osram)

MC12 was sent to me from Manker for the review.
The MC12 is a small EDC thrower, powered by a 18650 cell and with a OSRAM KW CSLNM1.TG emitter. .
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It comes in this box, with a micro USB Rechargeable Manker 18650 with 2600mAh capacity, clip, lanyard, manual.





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The light is longer that most regular EDC lights (134mm long and 40 mm of head diameter), and with a wider head because the MC12 is dedicated to throw. You can see the very small OSRAM emitter, in a smooth and wide reflector. The glass has AR coating.

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The tailcap (only part you can take apart from the light) is U shaped and offers a compromise between easy of access to the forward mechanical clicky, and tailstanding.
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The positive contact pole is a spring

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The threads are square cut and anodised, so physical lockout is possible

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UI
The UI is pretty straight forward: You keep progressing between the modes (Low, Medium, High, Turbo, Strobo, in loop) with a soft press, and then click fully when you reach your desired level. After 5 seconds, the light will memorise the output. .
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Output and runtime
Measured with the provided battery



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Beamshots
Three at 140 meters.

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The house is at around 300 meters.

Note that I use the 3.2” exposure time for most pics, but this time was lowered to roughly match the what my eye saw. .
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My thoughts
The light is well built and finished.
The Output matches the specs and the runtime curves are flat. Note that the battery I used is a 2600mAh battery, using a higher capacity battery will produce noticeably longer runtimes.
The outputs are well spaced and the UI is fine, although I would prefer not to go through strobe each time I pass through the levels.
I was surprised by how much does this little light throw, without resorting to huge reflectors or high output. A relatively low output, small LED focused in a well designed reflector, is able to reach considerably long distances even at high mode (around 300 lumens). The spill is narrow and starts a few meters from the user, but it is quite bright for a thrower light.

I would like this light to come with a pouch and a NW emitter.

Thanks to AntoLed, P.P, Won, Zampa.

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

Edited by: Budda on 01/01/2020 - 16:43
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The horrible Manker UI that groups turbo with strobe is what prevents me and a lot of people from buying their lights. Manker is killing their own business with their UI that almost everyone dislikes. Otherwise, they have interesting flashlight designs.

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Thanks for your review.

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