Here’s another new Olight! This is a very simple little cr123 light, billed as “tactical.” I’ve been using it for a while; read on for more!
I think there’s only one version of this light. However there are some product shots which show a smooth bezel. Most product shots show a crenelated bezel. I’m not sure which is available or how to be sure which one you receive. But generally you should presume you’ll get the crenelated version.
This one’s going for $40 right now.
This is a very simple light. I don’t care for the UI (always going through High to get to Low) and the tint isn’t great. I like the size and shape, and the TIR beam profile suits me, too.
The Big Table
|Olight M1T Raider|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$40.00|
|Turbo Runtime||High Runtime|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||500|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||570 (114% of claim)*|
|Claimed Throw (m)||97|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||152lux @ 4.351m = 2878cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||107.3 (110.6% of claim)*|
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* Standard measurement disclaimer: I am an amateur flashlight reviewer. I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment. I test output and such in PVC tubes!! Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).
- Olight M1T Raider
Package and Manual
Consistent with the new Olight packaging, this M1T has a tear strip to open, a photo of the product on the front, and specs and features on the back. It’s a nice package.
The light is in a tray that slides right out of the box.
Here’s the pdf manual. It’s a good enough manual.
Build Quality and Disassembly
Nice build quality, with anodizing that seems a little shinier than normal Olights.
The “double helix” is the new thing Olight is promoting. That’s the spiral wrap around the sides in the middle. I have to say that the double helix doesn’t really do all that much for me, but it doesn’t hinder my usage of the light. It provides some grip, which is enough.
I didn’t take the light down further than this. I thought the bezel would come off fairly easily, but it did not. The crenelations should help with that, but I still couldn’t remove the bezel.
Interestingly the contacts aren’t how they look, below. The tailcap is a button, but springy. The “spring” on the head isn’t actually a spring, but is just a coiled wire. Not a big deal, just a funny anomaly. The light didn’t seem to flicker upon moderate impacts, so the tail button spring seems to work just fine.
Close up of the tailcap button spring.
Officially this light is (L)91 x (D)21 mm. It’s a small light, but not really all that small for a CR123 light.
Below view the M1T with the venerable Convoy S2+.
A pocket clip comes on the light. It’s removable, but not reversible. The “reversible” aspect of this clip is that it can be pocketed in either orientation, while just clipping to the light in one place. I like this clip when being used button-up, but I don’t care for using it in the bezel-up orientation. Much harder to use.
The clip attaches to the light very securely.
The included lanyard may be attached on a cutout hole in the tailcap. That’s the only option; there is no spot on the clip (which is fine with me, since I don’t ever like that option anyway.)
Officially supported cells are CR123 cells and RCR123 cells. I tested the light with an Efest 700mAh 16340, which works fine.
This light has only two modes, and I tested a runtime for only the Higher mode (I don’t believe my logger would even cover the time of the low mode, and it’s a little too low to be tested reliably on my setup.)
After a number of minutes (5ish), the light steps down from ~550 lumens to around 325 lumens. At this point it’s very stable for another 50 minutes or so. Then output drops dramatically. The light never seems to shut off, indicating a lack of low voltage protection. That’s probably better in a tactical light anyway, so no real concerns there.
User Interface and Operation
The M1T Raider has a single tailswitch. It’s a soft press forward clicky, allowing for momentary usage of either mode. The button is extremely proud (again, something you’d want on a tactical light). I like this switch quite a bit, particularly for the momentary function of it.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Two quick clicks||Low|
|Off||Tap then hold||Momentary Low|
That’s right, just two modes! No strobe, no nothing else. I will say that I do not like having to go through high to get to low (it’s almost like a preflash, which is universally hated). And many users will complain that a tactical light should have strobe. Since I won’t use it as a tactical light, that’s of no concern to me, but worth mentioning.
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
LED and Beam
The emitter chosen here by Olight is a Luminus SST40. I have not loved this emitter in the past, and unfortunately the tint here is quite green/blue. I do love the beam profile, though, which is mostly spot. It’s a broad spot though, with little spill. (This is my favorite beam profile, in fact.)
Tint vs BLF-348
Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….
Here’s a relevantly filtered page on parametrek.com. SST-40’s are “rare” enough that that’s all the qualifiers I need to get the list to “quite manageable.” There are two other tactical lights on that lights. Both JETBeams – RRT1 and RRT2. They are both 18650 lights. So if you desire the SST-40 in a CR123 format, this M1T Raider is a great (your only?) choice!
What I like
- Great built quality
- Very simple User Interface
- TIR beam profile of this style is my favorite
- Outdoes throw claim
What I don’t like
- Underdoes runtime quite dramatically
- UI is equivalent to “preflash” when accessing low.
Next week, I have a bunch more lights to review! I have a few other things; not sure yet what’ll make the list for next week though! Stay tuned!
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