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Items: 1x Manker MK35 LED Flashlight
4x Manker 3400mAh 18650 rechargeble battery
Posted by Paul C on 22nd Jun 2017
I actually purchased this light for myself after seeing an online review of the manufacturing prototype by 'budda' on CandlePowerForums.
This light is a good, solid piece of equipment. Build overall is excellent. The anodizing seems very clean and smooth - although it does seem easily scratched - and the printed lettering is clear. Having the steel bezel means that you can put the light 'head-down' and not accidentally leave it on without knowing, and bumps with it aren't going to scratch the aluminum of the body. Balance is good in the hand - the light never feels like it's heavier at head or tail while carrying it. But it is a substantial piece of hardware, feeling heavier than lights I have from other manufacturers.
As the first 'thrower' light I've purchased, I feel I got good value for money, especially in the package with the included batteries (look for discount codes online, and it becomes almost a steal!). The UI is very good - answering a need I have for quite simple but useful lighting power level control. The fact that the single button lights up while the light is on is an interesting choice. I wonder if an option to have it light for a minute after shutting the light off might be handier though, allowing you to find the switch more easily in the dark.
The batteries have to be removed from the light to charge them, but I find that this often gives a better indicator of each cell's status than an internal charging unit might be able to. The batteries seem to have good capacity and power sufficient to make the higher output levels useful for long periods. One note I have is that the wrapper on the cells was easily scratched and torn in the integral holder in the light's handle. This really only has cosmetic impact, but it does make me wonder if a gentle rounding of the top edge of the cell slots might be in order.
I haven't had opportunity to really test the distance claim of 1420m, but the centre spot is quite clean at distances over 300m that I have tested. The centre 'hot spot' is quite tight for close-in use, with a lot of the light energy focused into it. That doesn't leave a lot of spill for wider-angle use. Definitely a long-distance light. The large, smooth reflector is well suited to that purpose and produces a clean, tight spot with very few artifacts to suggest that the LED is not properly centred or positioned to create that really long throw. There's enough light in the perfectly circular spill to see peripheral things, but that hot spot can be overwhelming at close range and higher output levels.
Carrying the light, I prefer to have it in hand rather than in the included holster. The light seems too heavy to have it attached to a belt that way. I also think that the included lanyard is too small - my hand barely fit into the loop, and with it attached to the light's tail, it wasn't long enough to easily allow control of the light switch. The slim piece of wire that attaches the lanyard to the light also seems too flimsy to hold a piece of equipment this heavy; more suited perhaps to one of Manker's smaller lights. I purchased a more substantial lanyard and clipped it to the tail instead, improving my feeling of security while using the light.
A minor quibble that showed up immediately when removing the included batteries to check their charge was that the pins in the tail cap were not well anchored into the circuit board in the tail. This meant that one actually came completely free on the first movement of the cap, the other after repairing the first. Not auspicious, perhaps, but easily fixed. Better soldering of the pins would help with this issue.
This flashlight really does have a good solid feel and presence about it, definitely recommended if you have any kind of need for long-distance searching or just the desire to have a killer 'throwing' piece of kit.
All prices are in USD.