Fitorch MR35: CREE XP-L and RGB+UV LED in one compact flashlight

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Fitorch MR35: CREE XP-L and RGB+UV LED in one compact flashlight

Disclosure: I received Fitorch MR35 from Fitorch for reviewing purpose.

 

There are a few brands who made flashlight with RGB color LEDs in a single body, one of the few is Fitorch with its MR35 model. Fitorch MR35 utilises CREE XP-L plus RGB + UV LED in a single and neat housing.

Fitorch is currently sells their products through Gearbest (aff link) and Banggood (aff link).

 

It arrived in a cardboard box with following content:

  • Flashlight
  • Nylon holster
  • Micro USB cable
  • Spare rubber switch & O-ring
  • Lanyard
  • Operating manual

They was also very kind to include a diffuser (sold separately, not pictured) into my door step.

 

 Fitorch MR35 Specification

Emitter Type : XP-L2 + RGB + UV
Material : HA-III military hard-anodized finish aluminum alloy
Mode : High, Med, Low, Red, Green, Blue, UV, Strobe
Lumens : 1200LM, 300LM, 30LM
Runtime : 1.5h, 3.8h, 120h
Battery Configurations : 1×18650 (included) or 2xCR123A (not included)
Voltage Input : DC 2.75V-6V
Switch Type : Clicky + electronic
Switch Location : Side (electronic) and tail (clicky) of the Flashlight
Peak Beam Intensity : 13300cd
Impact Resistant : 2m
Max Output : 1200 Lumens
Range : 180 m
Lens : Filmed mineral glass
Reflector : Precise metal filmed
Waterproof : IPX-8 Waterproof
Color : Black
Weight : 170.2g(Without Battery)
Size : 147.5mm x 40mm (Length x Head Diameter)

 

Fitorch MR35 Overview

Fitorch MR35’s body is knurled in a ring shapes, including the tail cap. Fins that clearly visible on head section is also looking nice and useful for heat dissipation.

The dimension is just fit into my hand and pocket clip helps with the grip. The funny shaped rubber shown under my finger ring is cover for micro USB charging port.

Following picture is size comparison of Fitorch MR35 with Nitefox UT20(with additional Thyrm Switchback).

Quality of anodization is great, including the thread part. The thread is square and perfectly lubed out of the factory. A 18650 battery is also included in the package and the battery can be charged directly using micro USB cable.

Upon opening the head and tail parts, I found that they install springs on both driver and switch board. It’s a nice thing because the flashlight will adapt various length of 18650 and minimising the impact on battery.

Now this is the interesting part.  Five LEDs are arranged in its with “cross” position, main emitter (CREE XP-L) in the center and the rest (RGB + UV) are surround it.

Orange peel reflector is used to get beam spread thus useful for close range illumination even by using big reflector.

And speaking about bold bezel pictured above, that bezel is removable and we can install a diffuser into the thread. Don’t worry, the lens won’t fall off just because the bezel is removed.

Just don’t forget to keep the bezel in proper place or you’d get unbezeled flashlight.

 

Operating Fitorch MR35

Operating Fitorch MR35 is pretty straight forward. Use tailcap switch for power on/off and use side switch for changing modes. The modes will cycle from Turbo – High – Medium – Low, and then back to Low – Medium – High – Turbo on each click of the side switch. It has memory so it will remember the last mode used.

To activate RGB and UV light, press and hold the side switch. If we hold the switch long enough, it will cycle from Red – Green – Blue – UV.

When the UV mode is activated, I found that some LEDs seems to also powered on. I’m wondering if they really powered on or just because of the UV illumination.

If you need strobe function, it can be activated by quick double click/press on the side switch. There are two strobe functions: white only and RGB only.

Aside than those modes, this flashlight also has built-in battery check and locator beacon feature.

 

Fitorch MR35 Beamshot Pictures

Following beamshot pictures was taken in the night around 10-11 PM using manual apperture mode on my Pentax Q camera: 0,5 sec; f/1,9; ISO 400.

Distance of camera to the electric pole at the end of the street is about 60-63 meters, or roughly 200 feet if you’re in America.

Control shot:

Low mode: 

Medium mode:

High mode:

Turbo mode:

There’s a little challenge on the RGB+UV mode. Since the LEDS aren’t located in the exact center of the reflector, there’s a doughnut in the center of the beam.

This doughnut may not be a problem in close range illumination. But on the long range one, it makes the center part of the illumination is barely visible.

If there’s no doughnut in the center of the beam shot area, surely we will see the electric pole at the end of the road.

Blue LED:

Green LED:

Red LED:

I struggled trying to capture UV LED in frame because, as its common name: black light, human eyes can barely see the color.

 

Summary

Fitorch MR35 is  a good flashlight with plenty useful features like RGB+UV LED, 1200 lumens max output, locator beacon, voltage checking, USB charging, and holster included. The only challenge I found in this flashlight is the dark area inside the beam (doughnut). If Fitorch can address this problem in the future, it will be a perfect flashlight.

Pros:

  • Five LED emitters (White, RGB, UV)
  • Nice brightness spacing
  • Dual switch (tail cap switch and side switch)
  • It has locator beacon and battery voltage check feature
  • Bright (1200 lumens) and nice throw up to 150+ meters
  • USB charging
  • Attached diffuser (sold separately)
  • Holster & micro USB cable included

Cons:

  • Dark area (doughnut) inside the beam on RGB+UV LED
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Thanks for the review!

That is a pretty special flashlight and the way it is operated sounds well thought out.

There is no way that with one reflector they can have both a pretty high output white beam and colour beams without donut holes, this is as good as it gets with this setup.

The RGB leds look like XP-E2’s, any idea what brand the UV-led is? Or do you perhaps have an enlarged picture?

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Interesting light, thanks for the test!

How fast do you have to double click to activate strobe? Is it easy to accidentally go to strobe when cycling normal modes? Does the RGB strobe activate whatever color you were in before the double click or does it strobe all the colors at once or alternating between them?

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This video shows the color strobe alternating red and blue: https://youtu.be/rvs6wMtZ-3U?t=11

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djozz wrote:

There is no way that with one reflector they can have both a pretty high output white beam and colour beams without donut holes, this is as good as it gets with this setup.

The RGB leds look like XP-E2’s, any idea what brand the UV-led is? Or do you perhaps have an enlarged picture?

Thank Djozz. Same here, I couldn’t think of any other way to put those LEDs together better than this.
I have no idea what UV LED it uses, but I’ll try to get macro picture of the UV led later tonight.

maukka wrote:
How fast do you have to double click to activate strobe? Is it easy to accidentally go to strobe when cycling normal modes? Does the RGB strobe activate whatever color you were in before the double click or does it strobe all the colors at once or alternating between them?

I rarely get into strobe by accident when changing modes, but once or twice I get there when trying this flashlight for the early time.

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Comparing 2 units Fitorch MR35, an older and a newer batch.

 

The old ones's UV LED (top) looks like this: (4 lines in a square box)

 

The newer MR35 UV LED looks like a 4x4 grid.

 

Both seem to be UV365 (just basing on what can show up in our local currency.

The older (4 lines) UV365 (assumed to be UV365) has more visible white light.

The newer (grid) UV365 seems to have slightly less visible white light (but still not 'clean' compared to Nichia UV365 LED).

 

But when I try to place  ZWB2 UV filter (I only held the filter in front of the LED) and try it to show some features of our local currency, the older (4-lines) UV365 + ZWB2 filter seems to show the 'hidden features' (of our local currency) a slightly more clearly compared to the (grid) UV365 + ZWB2 filter though.

(Using UV395, won't show those features on our local currency, so this is why I guess they may be UV365 or somewhere close, maybe UV375 if there's such a thing?)

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Tried a quick image search of the above UV LEDs, the "older" "4-lines" LED seems to look a bit like the  LedEngin LZ1-10UB00-00U5,

while the newer "grid" LED looks a bit like the LedEngin LZ1-x0UV0R.

I mentioned "looks a bit like" because it may be different LED or clones... (the LedEngin have a dark 'background' while the ones on the MR35 have a white 'background')