[Review] Pioneman K36 SST70

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[Review] Pioneman K36 SST70

Pioneman K36



At the end there will be a summary for those who like only particulars. In each topic I will bold the key sentences, so it will be easier to notice what's the most important. Enjoy!




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I got this flashlight from Pioneman for the review.

 

Check the Official Aliexpress Store



And the Pioneman K36 in official store

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Table of Contents:

- General parameters
- Package content
- Appearance, parameters
- UI, runtime and charging
- PWM
- Waterproofness
- Light pattern, tint
- Beamshots
- Usage and my experiences
- Gallery and Summary





General Parameters

 

Material: aluminum alloy.

Color: Desert yellow, Titanium gray, Grayish white

Oxidation process: White one is micro-arc plating, desert yellow and titanium gray are hard anodizing

Bezel: tactical, stainless steel with ceramic beads

Lens type: double-sided coated lens

Reflector: SMO (smooth) / OP (textured)



LED: XHP50.2 / XHP50.3hi / XHP70.2 / SST70 / SST40 / SFT40



Color temperature:

XHP50.2: 6500K / 5000K

XHP70.2: 6500K / 5000K / 4000K / 3000K

SST70: 6500K (reviewed here)

SST40: 6500K / 5000K

SFT40: 6500K

XHP50.3hi: 6500K

B35AM (R9080): 4500K

 

 

MCPCB: 20mm*1.6mm

Modes: smooth ramping / 4 modes (1% - 10% - 40% - 100%), moonlight / tactical mode with 1 mode: 100%



Mode memory: yes (moonlight mode is not remembered)

Low voltage warning: yes

Low voltage protection: yes

Reverse polarity protection: yes

Temperature regulation: yes

Switch position: side e-switch, illuminated

Battery type: 1x 21700 battery

Tailstand: yes

Waterproof standard: IPX6

Charging current: up to 2A

 

 

Driving voltage and current:

SST70, XHP50.2, XHP50.3hi, and XHP70.2 LED: 6V5A

SST40, SFT40 LED: 3V8A



Size: head diameter: 37mm / battery tube diameter: 27.5mm / total length: 140mm

Diameter of battery tube: 22mm

Net weight: 140g



 

 

Package content

 

There were not much stuff in my package – the flashlight and a lanyard.

Similar style to Convoy flashlight, so a small white box, secured by a bubble wrap.



 

Appearance, parameters

 

Size:

Pioneman K36 is a standard sized, standard looking flashlight. Back in 2018 we would say it is surely powered by a 18650 battery. Since 21700 got popular, more and more flashlights were made to fit this battery. K36 is one of those.



Its compact size is definitely a good thing, making it...well, compact and easy to carry.

 

 

Starting from the bezel, the Pioneman K36 stands out from the rest of the flashlights by having ceramic beads. Pioneman decided the stainless steel bezel is not enough, so they included and extra protection in form of that ceramic beads.

 

 

OP reflector with SST70 (throwy LED) is a unique combination. It helps to lit up the beam sides.

 

 

The LED itself is a new SST70 6500K one!

 

 

Side e-switch, illuminated, indicating the need of charging.

Deep cooling fins helps to dissipate heat.

 

 

Spider is not included

 

 

Driver has a metal pill instead of a spring, it helps with electric conductivity by lowering resistance.

 


21700 cell is not included, but the flashlight can fit all sizes 21700 cell (without USB charging port)

 

 

Square-cut threads by the tailcap are not lubricated, sadly.

 

 

Battery tube has a nice design, I really like the deep knurling and pattern. It gives the light more outdoor and tactical look.

The spring is thick. Necessary thing, because it can generate up to 30W of power

 

 

Tailcap has 2 lanyard holes

 

 

 

UI, runtime, heat dissipation and charging

 

UI

Simple UI with 4 modes: 1% - 10% - 40% - 100% or stepless dimming (but it is not perfect, ramps slowly in high brightness, quickly in low brightness).

There also are shortcuts to the moonlight (0.2%) by long press from off state, and turbo, 2 clicks from off or on.



Runtime

--- runtime will be added as I got back home, currently I am working in another city Smile ---



Heat dissipation

Cooling fins definitely help to dissipate heat. Let’s see how it performs in 10 min test at full brightness in room temperature.

 

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Temperature:

At 2min mark: 52°C

At 5min mark: 49°C

At 10min mark: 50°C

Brightness after 10min (starting from 100% brightness): 943lm

 

Battery tube and the tailcap temp: 45°C

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It looks like the thermal protection kicks in at 50°C, which is definitely a safe temperature



Charging

USB type C charging port. Battery is not charged to top (4.20V) but rather to 4.13V

Good thing if you don't need a long runtime and carry about the battery health.



 

PWM

I did not observe any flickering. Good!





Waterproofness

 

IPX6, so I don’t expect it to not let any water in when submerged. IPX6 means protection against high pressure water stream from any angle (no protection against continual water submersion). So I won’t submerge it.







Just kidding, let’s do it

 

--- but again, let's do it as I got back home ---

 

Looking at o-rings though, I assume it will be waterproof. If you need a light to carry during rain, don't worry, it won't leak.







Light pattern, tint

 

SST70 6500K. And no, in case you don’t know SST70 is not like XHP160 or XHP199.9 (yes, you can buy those “new” LEDs on Aliexpress… but please, don’t do that – you know, it is dangerous and you could get blinded in a fraction of a second by whopping 1 000 000 lumens).

Anyway…

 

The SST70 is a real LED, and Pioneman has some more new LEDs, so if you like that kind of stuff, definitely check the Aliexpress store, again here’s the link: https://pioneman.aliexpress.com/store/5878787?spm=a2g0o.store_pc_home.1000001.12.64b86b8fs26KFu



Photo was taken with a sunlight white balance, flashlight is exactly 70cm of the wall, each black dot is 15cm apart.

A little greenish tint. Once I got back home I will be able to share a CCT and CRI values measured by me. Stay tuned, I will definitely update it this month.

 

 

Beamshots

 

ISO200, t2s, f/3.5 sunlight white balance

 

General picture of what the forest looks like:

 

 

Beamshots of the Pioneman K36:

 

Long distance beamshots:

 

I was impressed by how far it can throw. The beam is not that narrow, so it can lit sides, and can throw far away as well. It is a good overall-hiking-purpose flashlight.

 

 

 

Short distance beamshots:

 

Good for that purpose as well, but I don't recommend using it if you only need a short distance light. In this case, better get a TIR flashlight or a more floodlight LED, ideally a triple LED one.

 

 

 

Usage and my experiences

I really like the design of Pioneman K36. Deep knurling on the handle, decent cooling fins, stainless steel bezel and those interesting ceramic beads. Never seen that before.

Great for them to include new LEDs, like SST70 or XHP50.3HI. It is a good everyday use flashlight. Ramping could be better though. Because of that, I am using it on 4 mode setting.

Maybe it will be fixed, because there is a lot of smooth ramping fans.



Gallery







Summary

 

Pioneman K36 is a good flashlight. My sample is quipped with SST70 6500K, but you can get XHP70.3 or other new LEDs. If you have a 21700 battery, that’s good, because it is not included. But you don’t even need a charger – built in USB type C gets you covered. If you like walking in the pouring rain, getting wet, being soaked, walking with water in shoes, the Pioneman K36 is your best companion. And you probably need to talk about it with someone… But IPX5 standard protects the flashlight from (almost) any rain. And a side note, from dust. So if you live on desert… ok you get it, is is dust and waterproof.

Stainless steel bezel in the front gives it more protection, and sort of military look. But Pioneman goes further, adding ceramic balls on top, so it is super tough.





Pros:

+ USB type C charging port

+ new SST70 LED



Cons:

- smooth ramping is not that smooth, ramping fast in low brightness, and slow in high brightness

- greenish tint, if you are allergic to it, better get a different LED option





If you have any questions, put them below, thanks for sticking for a while Smile

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Edited by: Mocarny on 08/19/2022 - 04:50
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Nice review. They have started to sell upgraded version of this light. Probably mainly aesthetic changes.

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A-a-n-nd mine just died. Ramped up to 100% a couple of times, flashed top of ramp and it immediately dropped down to a mid low level with wicked PWM. Next ramp up to full and it shut off. Will not turn on at all now. Tried another cell, same thing…it’s dead, Jim.

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TIFisher wrote:
A-a-n-nd mine just died. Ramped up to 100% a couple of times, flashed top of ramp and it immediately dropped down to a mid low level with wicked PWM. Next ramp up to full and it shut off. Will not turn on at all now. Tried another cell, same thing…it’s dead, Jim.

Sad to hear… Email Pioneman, and we’ll see.

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