Sunwayman C12CC and C22CC Flashlight Review

Preface

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Sunwayman light, and they’ve put out some interesting things.  The lights I’ve been working on are the CC series.  GearBest was kind enough to send me both the C12CC and C22CC, which are essentially the same light with a difference in cell body.  As such, this review will be a co-review for the two, with the differences noted where necessary.

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Official Specs and Features

Sunwayman’s official site has a tendency to go down, so if those links aren’t working, try back in a day or two.

Versions

Each light is available only in one configuration, as shown in this review.  There are some older versions of this light, but those aren’t considered here.

MSRP

These lights are around the $60 range.  The coupons on this sheet bring them down to 35.99 (c22cc) and 32.99 (c12cc).


Short Review

Aside from slight difficulty tightening the tailcap enough, these are great lights, and quite versatile.  I wish the tint was a little better, ie NW on the main emitter, and WW on the secondary.  Or even an alternate color (red? amber?) on the secondary.  Either way, this is a fun, interesting light!

Long Review

What’s Included

  • Sunwayman C12CC or C22CC
  • Lanyard
  • Spare o-rings (4) (two types of two)
  • Manual

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Pictures

Here are some photos!

C12CC C22CC
Photo album
Beamshots Beamshots
Runtime Runtime
Chargetime Chargetime

Package and Manual

The box is a simple hanging-ready cardboard box.  There is a fair amount of graphics on each box, with specs and text and features.  The lights are held in place with a plastic tray insert.  Fine boxes for shipping.

The manuals are very similar… Identical in fact, except for the graphics.  It’s a nice touch that the manuals get their own specific graphics, even though they are otherwise the same.  Interestingly the blowup of the lights aren’t the same (see for yourself).

The manuals are fairly thorough.  It has an interesting background image which makes it look like I spilled coffee all over it (I didn’t) and makes things a bit harder to read.  Unfortunately much of it does read as if it was pasted into Google translate; the translation on many parts is only so-so.  Ie, one of the features is “Inverted on the plane to be used the candle.”

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Build Quality and Disassembly

Both of these lights are well built.  They’re sturdy, hefty lights.  Bear in mind they have a stainless steel murder strike bezel on the tail end.  The head bezel is a smooth, removable stainless ring.

These two lights are really just alike except the cell tube length.  The heads are interchangeable, and the performance is essentially identical as well.

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These lights are built very well.  My only complaint right off the top is that the threads are triangular – they have a fairly pointed apex.  Since they are also anodized, they still work very well without fear of cross threading.

(The head and tail end of the cell tube are directional – they’ll only fit one way.)

My second issue with the build quality is more a concern with operation – the tailcap must be screwed down very tightly for the light to work.  It’s grippy enough, and lubed enough, but it must be tight to make enough contact to operate.  (This is quite sensible though, since the o-ring for waterproofness really needs to be able to protect the charge port, and the other access inside the tailcap – better safe than shorted.)

The light comes apart in the expected way (that is, to replace or charge the cell.  The head is fairly uninterested in being opened.  The bezel does unscrew easily, and the lens is then loose, but doesn’t really fall out easily, and I’m not one to push my luck.  That said, I believe it’s just being held in by a very secure o-ring.  If you’d like to do an emitter swap in this light, I see it as possible.

Size

C22CC: 118mm x 28mm (head) x 24mm (tail)
C12CC: 84mm x 28mm (head) x 24mm (tail)

The heads are exactly the same in every way.  Clearly these are the same heads with different bodies – the heads are interchangeable between the two.  (I do not believe the bodies are available separately, but it wouldn’t be a bad deal to have both bodies and one head.)

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Does this head/body set up remind anyone of any other light??

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Retention

The C22CC comes with a pocket clip.  The C12CC does not, nor does it have a place to install a pocket clip.  I think the C12CC is intended as a pocket light.  It works ok that way, but it isn’t all that small.

Neither have magnets – the strike tail bezel precludes that.  But this strike tail bezel does include a tripod mount.

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Power

These lights will work with protected and unprotected cells, both flat top and button tops.  The C12CC seems designed for 18350 cells, but it’ll work with 16340 as well.  The C22CC is designed for 18650 cells, but it’ll also work with 2×18350!  (Of course, don’t use on-board charging with cells in the 2-up configuration!)

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There’s a power indicator just above the switch.  If you’re charging a cell in the light, the red indicator will be solid.  When charging is complete, the red light will flash.  There’s nothing in the manual about any other action by this indicating light.  I didn’t write it down, but I’m practically certain that the red emitter also has some actions during running the light – if the cell gets low then the red indicator will blink (the manual doesn’t seem to corroborate this, so don’t take my word for it).

C12CC Runtime: Turbo (cooling started about halfway through.)  Red 18350.  Terminal voltage 3.08.  Chargetime started at 3.08, terminate at 4.20.V

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C22CC Runtime: Turbo cooled full run. KP 18650 protected. Term. voltage 3.21V.  Chargetime started at 3.21V.

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These graphs further indicate that the heads are exactly the same between these lights.  I’m a fan of this setup.  I’d love if a single head was available with two cell tubes, though.

Note that the 18350 charging – the current isn’t stepped down for the smaller cell.  For an 800mAh cell, I might like a slower charge rate than the ~0.6A being used here.  Not that it’d hurt the cells (it’s still under 1C for most cells, even 16340s), but I just want the electronics to be smarter.

User Interface and Operation

Since these lights have two completely separate emitters, the UI might be complex.  It’s actually not, and is very user friendly.

There is a single side e-switch on the light, for operating both emitters.  The emitters can be on simultaneously.

State Action Result
Off Click On (Main, Mode memory)
Off Hold On (Secondary, Mode memory)
On (Either) Click Off
On (Main) Hold Mode cycle (H>T>M>L)
On (Main) Double Click Strobe
Strobe Double Click SOS
On (Secondary) Hold Mode cycle (H>M>L)*
On Click then Hold Both emitters on.**

* Typo in the manual here – States Turbo is available for the secondary light, but it does not seem to be.
** It is not possible to change the output when both emitters are on in this way.

Note that the UI is practically the same for either emitter once the light is on.  So if you remember how to turn the light on to your emitter choice, you really only have to remember one UI from there.

Modes

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Mode Measured Lux* Calculated Output (lm)
C12CC Low 35 10h 734  31
C22CC Low 35 42h 691 29
C12CC Med 3740  157
C22CC Med  – 3640  153
C12CC High  – 9350  391
C22CC High  – 10300  433
C12CC Turbo 820 30m 10950  460
 C22CC Turbo 820 2h  11400  479

LED and Beam

The main emitter is a Cree XM-L2 U2, and the secondary (side) emitter is a Cree XP-G2 R5.  The man emitter is quite cool, and the secondary is quite warm.  It’s a good combo, but the main could be a little warmer for my tastes.

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20170819-IMG_3349.jpgAn orange peel reflector is in both of these lights, but the beam is still quite a spot.  Not throwy, but a distinct spot.  There’s a fair bit of spill on the higher modes.  The secondary emitter is behind an opaque lens of sorts, and is completely diffused.

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Tint vs BLF-348

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Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

Sunwayman C12CC Sunwayman C22CC
Emitter Cree XM-L2 U2
Emitter Notes Cree XP-G2 R5 secondary
Cell 18350 18650 18350×2
Runtime 18350 18650 18350×2
Chargetime 18350 18650 18350×2
Beamshots [0.3″, f/8, ISO 100, 5000k] 18350 18650 18350×2
LVP? ? ? ?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 820 820 820
Lux (Measured) 318 219 380
At (m) 4.076 5.266 5.06
Candela (Calculated) in cd 5283.2 6073.0 9729.4
Throw (Calculated) (m) 145.4 155.9 197.3
Throw (Claimed) (m) 210 310 310

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

Who else has light with a secondary emitter? Well the TorchLAB BOSS has, but it’s really not a comparison here (red or amber secondary, no on-board charging).

The most similar light to these is really the previous version, the C22C.  There’s no compelling reason to consider that model, as this is a solid upgrade.

Conclusion

What I like

  • Multi-emitter setup
  • On-board charging
  • Warm floody option second emitter

What I don’t like

  • Main emitter temp/tint.  I’d like warmer here, and warmer still on the side
  • Tailcap is a little hard to screw down.
  • Side switch is very proud.

Up Next

I have a bunch of flashlights up (notably the Thrunite Neutron 2C, and the DQG Tiny Brass AA), and a couple of one-off items (flood light?).  I hope to make a lot of progress on my list this week!  Stay tuned!

Notes

  • This light was provided by GearBest for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.wordpress.com.  Please visit there for the best experience!
  • Whether or not I have a coupon for this light, I do have a bunch of coupons!!  Have a look at my spreadsheet for those coupons.

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