Wurkkos FC12: Why It Will Replace My Olight M2R Pro On Duty:

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Wurkkos FC12: Why It Will Replace My Olight M2R Pro On Duty:

After more than 100 night shifts I am 100% fed up with the Olight and will switch to a light that follows a different design philosophy. The Wurkkos FC12 is a conservative 2000 lumens light which has reliability and simplicity written all over it while still offering great advanced features like active temperature regulation and small details that make it a joy to work with. Please enjoy my full review and discussion:

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Thanks for your perspective on the FC12 and also the “comparison” with the M2R Pro. Thumbs Up
I was curious to know which were the reasons why you would let the M2R go, but now I know. For me, the “Warrior” line of Olight is top in terms of UI, probably what I “always” seeked in a flashlight and I only regret that they haven’t made a “Warrior Mini Mini” (yet).

I do understand, though, the issues you pointed out concerning the switch (dust inside and accidental activation) and the TIR. I have the M2R (not Pro) and never had an issue with the switch, and I have no scratches on the lens (not TIR), but my use is not in EDC.
As for the Warrior Mini. it is one of my EDC lights and I had accidental activations, though. I’ve found better ways to carry it since then, but I know it can be a bummer (that model was later updated to prevent that).

I like those lights particularly for night walks due to the momentary Turbo and Strobe, to make my presence more visible in some spaces or for instant illumination.

I’d be curious to see what you think of the FC12 when you have the shifts and see how you’re using it Wink

Thanks once again and hope you enjoy the light Beer

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The UI of the M2R Pro is incredible, I really, rally like the tailswitch and how it operates. The reliability, however, is an issue. Add to that the proprietary battery (expensive) and charger (expensive) and it starts to bring the whole thing down a notch or two.

The FC12 on the other hand is a bit boring, just like most of the lights Sofirn/Wurkkos build (save the WK30 perhaps). But it does what it does without fail (if I may extrapolate past experience with their lights onto the FC12).

The problem with Olight is that they want to establish their own ecosystem and kind of become the “Apple of flashlights”. This comes with positive and negative sides. Wurkkos is more a very good specimen of the “Android-fraction of lights”.

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Markus wrote:
The UI of the M2R Pro is incredible, I really, rally like the tailswitch and how it operates. The reliability, however, is an issue. Add to that the proprietary battery (expensive) and charger (expensive) and it starts to bring the whole thing down a notch or two.

The FC12 on the other hand is a bit boring, just like most of the lights Sofirn/Wurkkos build (save the WK30 perhaps). But it does what it does without fail (if I may extrapolate past experience with their lights onto the FC12).

The problem with Olight is that they want to establish their own ecosystem and kind of become the “Apple of flashlights”. This comes with positive and negative sides. Wurkkos is more a very good specimen of the “Android-fraction of lights”.

Yeah, the proprietary battery is also a bummer, specially because you cannot replace the one in the flashlight so easily for another that you have around. The M2R (not Pro) was better on that because it can use non proprietary batteries (like the S1R Baton I vs the S1R II).

The Warrior Mini also takes proprietary only, which is… Tired However, the charging cable is free (not the wall dock).

Hum, Wurkkos has been establishing a name on the market, and this FC12, despite “boring” seems to be reliable. I bought an FC11 for my aunts and so far it has been doing great. And they are not into flashlights Big Smile

Again, thanks for your input on this and I hope the FC12 serves you well Beer

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@MascaratumB

Thank you!

I have given quite a few FC11’s to folks who needed a decent light but are not into lights.

If you want a Wurkkos light to get excited about as a flashlight enthusiast get the WK 30. Nothing comparable in the market for about 40 USD. The latest version has a true 365NM UV-Led and a perfectly machined tailcap plus some smaller improvements but this is my review of the original version:

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It’s beyond me why anyone would buy a light with a proprietary battery. Batteries have followed standards for decades now. You are going back back in time by using a proprietary battery.

Makes absolutely no sense when 99.9% of the lights out there take standard batteries.

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Thanks Markus!

I’d been looking at the WK30 but was turned off by the UV emitter. 395nm ran too much into the purple of the spectrum.
New version with the 365nm makes it more worthwhile.
Ordered.

BTW only found it on the Wurkkos Store on Aliexpress. The Sofirn store only had the older version.

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zoulas wrote:
It’s beyond me why anyone would buy a light with a proprietary battery. Batteries have followed standards for decades now. You are going back back in time by using a proprietary battery.

Makes absolutely no sense when 99.9% of the lights out there take standard batteries.

Not everyone has special lithium batteries and you can recharge it using the light. Its a rebrand of a good battery not garbage like noname lights.

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Just curious. How good is good… How do we know what is the actual battery underneath the wrapper… Just base on or because of branging???

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zoulas wrote:
It’s beyond me why anyone would buy a light with a proprietary battery. Batteries have followed standards for decades now. You are going back back in time by using a proprietary battery.

Makes absolutely no sense when 99.9% of the lights out there take standard batteries.

Not everyone has special lithium batteries and you can recharge it using the light. Its a rebrand of a good battery not garbage like noname lights.

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@MascaratumB

Thank you!

I have given quite a few FC11’s to folks who needed a decent light but are not into lights.

If you want a Wurkkos light to get excited about as a flashlight enthusiast get the WK 30. Nothing comparable in the market for about 40 USD. The latest version has a true 365NM UV-Led and a perfectly machined tailcap plus some smaller improvements but this is my review of the original version:


Thanks for the suggestion Markus Wink
Indeed the FC11 is quite a nice and easy to use light that it can be great for “regular users” (non enthusiasts).

As for the WK30, I’ve thought about it, I read and viewed reviews but somewhat the overall concept doesn’t appeal to me. I use other UV lights (smaller) so maybe it is a great flashlight but I am not much of a fond of it. Maybe I need to give it a second chance Wink

zoulas wrote:
It’s beyond me why anyone would buy a light with a proprietary battery. Batteries have followed standards for decades now. You are going back back in time by using a proprietary battery.

Makes absolutely no sense when 99.9% of the lights out there take standard batteries.

Well, let’s invert the reasoning and think: maybe it makes sense buying a flashlight that has the UI that you really want/need (like the Warrior Mini I really wanted), but that happens to come with a proprietary battery, which you can still charge and replace if needed, and that – as Omega_17 said – does not seem a rubbish battery.

Despite I would like to use “normal” batteries on it, for me “that” flashlight is what I wanted/needed, and I wouldn’t pass on it ‘cause of the battery.
But to each, its own!

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I get so disappointed when Markus doesn’t blow up a light…

 

That said, proprietary is okay IF you can still use a regular cell. Eg, some lights will only have both poles brought to the front to be able to charge it in situ vs having to remove the cell to charge externally (or do things the old way and have to turn the light on in order to charge it).

 

And I love the old WK30. I thought it was a “gimmick” light at first, but when I played with it a while, man, it’s a hoot!

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Markus wrote:
The UI of the M2R Pro is incredible, I really, rally like the tailswitch and how it operates. The reliability, however, is an issue. Add to that the proprietary battery (expensive) and charger (expensive) and it starts to bring the whole thing down a notch or two.

The FC12 on the other hand is a bit boring, just like most of the lights Sofirn/Wurkkos build (save the WK30 perhaps). But it does what it does without fail (if I may extrapolate past experience with their lights onto the FC12).

The problem with Olight is that they want to establish their own ecosystem and kind of become the “Apple of flashlights”. This comes with positive and negative sides. Wurkkos is more a very good specimen of the “Android-fraction of lights”.


Infuriating. I don’t know why Olight thinks that THEY can get away with this. SONY tried it with Betamax and their proprietary memory sticks. Apple tried it with MacOS and had to eventually make iOS actually Linux under the covers. Proprietary replaceable batteries are kind of a death sentence, unless the maker offers them more cheaply and with promised abundance. Olight charges MORE for the same equivalent cell type and mAh than you can get with other 3rd parties. No, batteries are all about standardizing… and if you select an under-spec battery you simply get under-spec performance (e.g. 20A vs. 2A).

Olight makes some great hosts. I like their mostly simplistic, predictable UI’s. You grab an Olight and most of the time the clicks and click+hold commands are homogeneous. In their arrogance, Wurkkos will eat their lunch… or at least the more delectable side dishes not as costly as the entree. Wink Party

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MascaratumB wrote:
Well, let’s invert the reasoning and think: maybe it makes sense buying a flashlight that has the UI that you really want/need (like the Warrior Mini I really wanted), but that happens to come with a proprietary battery, which you can still charge and replace if needed, and that – as Omega_17 said – does not seem a rubbish battery.

Despite I would like to use “normal” batteries on it, for me “that” flashlight is what I wanted/needed, and I wouldn’t pass on it ‘cause of the battery. But to each, its own!

I’ll accept a proprietary battery if it’s a built-in one and there IS a path to DIY replacement if so inclined. Olight does make good batteries, but $/mAh ratio is not very good.
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I get so disappointed when Markus doesn’t blow up a light…

And I love the old WK30. I thought it was a “gimmick” light at first, but when I played with it a while, man, it’s a hoot!

I did flamethrower it and I took it for a warm shower. That has to be enough for a start. Within a few weeks it will have hit the ground many times but maybe I will still strap some explosives to it just to make sure Wink

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Lightbringer wrote:
And I love the old WK30. I thought it was a “gimmick” light at first, but when I played with it a while, man, it’s a hoot!
Sooo….it is a gimmick? You said it was a hoot not that it was useful! Silly

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When recharging, the FC12 doesn’t require the tail switch to be clicked on. Does this mean it’s not truly mechanical and does not provide a physical lockout? Not necessarily a major concern for a duty light but something to be aware of.

I shoot magic into the darkness!

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I’ll accept a proprietary battery if it’s a built-in one and there IS a path to DIY replacement if so inclined. Olight does make good batteries, but $/mAh ratio is not very good.

I’d also rather use non proprietary batteries, but given the flashlight “has” what I want, it is a risk I’m willing to take in that model.
Klarus is doing the same thing regarding their similar model (E1).

From the manufacturer standpoint, they are creating and feeding a niche [good for them…] while for us customers it is another PITA, not having easily available cheap batteries that can be used in that/those flashlight(s). And we know that most manufacturers care about the customers’…money!

I also agree that their non-proprietary batteries are overpriced and we can easily find other substitutes. Only a true fan/fool would buy them. Maybe like Nitecore batteries too.

We can only hope that the market doesn’t become flooded with lights w/ proprietary batteries. But if they have what I need/want, I may risk it…

Sorry Markus for derailing the thread Facepalm

BTW, Markus, can the FC12 be charged with any regilar USB-C cable or only the included one? TraiTrek had some complaints regarding the SC21 only taking the included cable, so I wanted to know, too! Thanks again!

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When recharging, the FC12 doesn’t require the tail switch to be clicked on. Does this mean it’s not truly mechanical and does not provide a physical lockout? Not necessarily a major concern for a duty light but something to be aware of.

When I screw off the tailcap and create a contact between tube and negative terminal the light comes on as I would expect from a mechanical switch system. It seems to charge no matter what position the mechanical switch is in. I have to check. Interesting.

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MascaratumB wrote:
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I’ll accept a proprietary battery if it’s a built-in one and there IS a path to DIY replacement if so inclined. Olight does make good batteries, but $/mAh ratio is not very good.

We can only hope that the market doesn’t become flooded with lights w/ proprietary batteries. But if they have what I need/want, I may risk it…

Sorry Markus for derailing the thread Facepalm

BTW, Markus, can the FC12 be charged with any regilar USB-C cable or only the included one? TraiTrek had some complaints regarding the SC21 only taking the included cable, so I wanted to know, too! Thanks again!

Not a derailing as it was a big part in my original review. I am feed up with the proprietary battery system but I see the advantage in a professional user context. For emergency prep, survival, general use it is a nightmare though.

I am charging the light right now with a generic USB-C cable and it works fine, did not even unpack the original one yet. I have used a few different cabels on it so far. No problems unless perhaps u use a very fat one Wink

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Sooo….it is a gimmick? You said it was a hoot not that it was useful! Silly

Naw, it’s really handy. Normal creamy-white light, handy-dandy red to not get et by bugs when going outside, UV to make opossums fluoresce red.

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Sooo….it is a gimmick? You said it was a hoot not that it was useful! Silly

Naw, it’s really handy. Normal creamy-white light, handy-dandy red to not get et by bugs when going outside, UV to make opossums fluoresce red.

It is hard to overstate how awesome the WK30 is: The primary light is creamy neutral white perfect for close-up and midrange. Floody, good color rendition. Perfect to explore stuff and take pics, make a movie. The UV (now 365NM!) and redlight are very powerful and with a good, floody beam each. All of that is powered from a 26650 cell giving long runtimes. All of it in a very compact and super robust package. And there is a red/white strobe for the child in each of us with the UI as perfect as it gets with a single electronic switch.

The WK30 has a slot in my EDC-backpack and it will go with me everywhere there might be something to discover. The best light for the money, more or less a true must-have.

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Markus wrote:
I am charging the light right now with a generic USB-C cable and it works fine, did not even unpack the original one yet. I have used a few different cabels on it so far. No problems unless perhaps u use a very fat one Wink

Thanks for your feedback on that Wink
Perhaps the smaller body of the SC21 has less space for different (fatter/larger) cables. My RovyVon A23 doesn’t take all cables as well, and also other lights with micro USB, so I asked for that and it’s good that it can be charged by different ones Wink

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Markus wrote:
JagerLion wrote:
When recharging, the FC12 doesn’t require the tail switch to be clicked on. Does this mean it’s not truly mechanical and does not provide a physical lockout? Not necessarily a major concern for a duty light but something to be aware of.

When I screw off the tailcap and create a contact between tube and negative terminal the light comes on as I would expect from a mechanical switch system. It seems to charge no matter what position the mechanical switch is in. I have to check. Interesting.

Yep. I was able to fully charge a battery in the FC12 with the tail switch in the off position. There’s a PCB visible below the tail spring so clearly not a simple mechanical switch.

Edit: Using an amazon cable, not the included cable. Works fine.

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Here is my 3D printed tactical ring for the FC 12:

The ring is designed so you first pull it into the clip and then move it over the battery tube. Screw on the tailcap. If someone would like the stl-file I can share it.

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Lightbringer wrote:
CollectEverything wrote:
Sooo….it is a gimmick? You said it was a hoot not that it was useful! Silly

Naw, it’s really handy. Normal creamy-white light, handy-dandy red to not get et by bugs when going outside, UV to make opossums fluoresce red.


UV makes opossums glow? Very interesting! Is it as creepy-looking as it sounds?

I guess I’ve hesitated to get a UV light because I’m worried I’d somehow inadvertently make my crummy vision even worse. Also, why does this model have no knurling? It looks like a diving light and I’m not a big fan of that look.

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Thanks for review. I ordered one. And not be the last.

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UV makes opossums glow? Very interesting! Is it as creepy-looking as it sounds?

The white parts of their fur glow pinkish-red, yeh. Got it on video, too.

CollectEverything wrote:
Also, why does this model have no knurling? It looks like a diving light and I’m not a big fan of that look.

The WK30? It’s hourglass-shaped, so you ain’t gonna be losing it anytime soon if you grab it around the middle.

I like it. It’s not too “busy”.

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Lightbringer wrote:
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UV makes opossums glow? Very interesting! Is it as creepy-looking as it sounds?

The white parts of their fur glow pinkish-red, yeh. Got it on video, too.

CollectEverything wrote:
Also, why does this model have no knurling? It looks like a diving light and I’m not a big fan of that look.

The WK30? It’s hourglass-shaped, so you ain’t gonna be losing it anytime soon if you grab it around the middle.

I like it. It’s not too “busy”.

You kann still wrap it or ask your grandma to knit something nice for the WK30 Sick

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UPDATE Here are a few pics showing how my FC12 looks like after many drops to the hard floor and more than a dozen shifts. It has run now for many hours, mostly on medium settings. I also had to use it as searchlight on runaway folks. The range of the light made a difference in the effort. 100% reliable and pleasant to work: It just works, a great tool. BTW: It greatly benefits from the tactical ring at least the way I use it. To my surprise the PLA (+) print does not even break Wink

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You can 3d Print GITD? Cool!

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You can 3d Print GITD? Cool!

Yes, many different colors. And it holds up great. I don’t know if it is a PLA+ variation of PLA but it really does well.

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