The Manker E14 III 18350 flashlight is a flashlight for all flood.  As part of the muscle combo, it is more of an EDC type light.  Read on for some testing, and thoughts!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There’s just one type of E14 III.  However, it’s available with 18350 (default) and 18650 tubes.  Also, there are two emitter temperature options:  cool white, and neutral white (seen here).

Price

Alone, this light is $54.95.  That is a pretty great deal alone.  As a “Muscle combo,” which includes both cell tube sizes and the MC13 head, the price is $109.95.  That’s not a terrible deal, too.


Short Review

I have a long history of loving this style light – I had the Astrolux versions (still have!).  Something about the black anodized aluminum body with the copper mid section – I just love it.  This one is no exception.  I love it!

Long Review

The Big Table

Manker E14III
Emitter: Samsung LH351d (4000K CRI>90)
Price in USD at publication time: $54.95
Cell: 1×18350
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 4000
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1311 (32.8% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 2.6
Claimed Throw (m) 155
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 303lux @ 3.398m = 3499cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 118.3 (76.3% of claim)*
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Manker E14III
Emitter: Samsung LH351d (4000K CRI>90)
Price in USD at publication time: $54.95
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 4000
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1421 (35.5% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 2.5
Claimed Throw (m) 155
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 320lux @ 3.273m = 3428cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 117.1 (75.5% of claim)*
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  • 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).

What’s Included

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight what's included

Again this is the Muscle Combo package!  So what I got might not be the same for just the E14 III.

  • Manker E14 III Quad Flashlight
  • Manker MC13
  • Lanyard
  • Charge cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Spare o-ring
  • Manuals

Package and Manual

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight box

Again, Muscle Combo packaging.  If you buy only the E14 III, it’ll likely be different.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight open box

The lights ship like this – very close together.  They don’t mar each other, though.

And since there’s so much copper in the E14 III – exposed, uncoated copper – this light is in a sealed package.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight wrapped in plastic

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight muscle combo pair

The 18350 is the marketed way this light exists, so from here down I’ll basically show that option first and the 18650 body second.  Since I got the Muscle Combo, the 18650 tube was part of my package, but you can purchase it individually and separately too.

There’s a good bit of copper exposed here – this is really the lineage of the Manker E14 series lights.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight

The head looks equally at home on either the 18350 or 18650 body.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight 18650 setup with 18350 body

The threads on both tubes are anodized, lubed, and smooth.  One thing you’ll notice when putting the head on this light is that it seems to cycle through the modes…. I haven’t figured out a way to avoid this.  It’s a little annoying.  More than a little.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight threads

There’s minimal branding, but it does include the model and BLF, and a serial.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight head and serial

The body has ridges, but no knurling.  This is probably one thing that makes the light very attractive to me!

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight body ridges

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight 18650 body

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight 18650 body side view

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight lanyard hole

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight tritium slot

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight emitter view

Both the head and the tail have springs.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight head off showing spring

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight 18650 tube, showing threads

Here you can see the inner sleeve.  Since this light is a tail e-switch light, there has to be a power supply to the switch at all times.  This sleeve accomplishes that.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight 18650 tube showing inner sleeve

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight three main sections apart

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight 18650 body with 18350 body

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight on low

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight pressing switch

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight turbo

Size and Comps

Size: 71.2mm (2.8″) length x 28mm (1.1″) head dia. x 25.8mm (1.01″) body dia.

I measure it as 72.24mm (long, 18350) x 28.05mm (head) x 25.79mm (body), and 100.31mm for the 18650 setup.

Weight: 82.8g (2.92oz) w/o battery, 109g (3.84oz) w/ battery

I weight it as the following: 42g (head), 38g (18350 body), 52g (18650 body).

If a light will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo).  If a light will tailstand, I’ll show that here, too (usually the fourth photo).

Honestly, both sizes of this light are absolutely perfect.  They’re “right” in the same way a TorchLAB BOSS appeals to me.

Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+.  Mine’s a custom “baked” edition Nichia 219b triple.  A very nice 18650 light.

And here’s the light beside my custom engraved TorchLAB BOSS 35, an 18350 light.  I reviewed the aluminum version of that light in both 35 and 70 format.

Here’s the “old version” (which isn’t really much similar) – the Astrolux S41.  This one has Nichia 219b, and of course is great!  But the E14 III is much smaller, and much more refined.

Retention and Carry

Each body has its own clip.  Not only that, the clips are different.

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight showing both pocket clips

The 18350 body has a single-screw clip, which in itself is pretty unusual.  The clip fits into a slot, so it won’t twist or wander.  And there’s a hole in the center which allows for removal.

The 18650 body clip is just a standard friction fit variety.  It’s nicely finished though, and provides great ease-of-use.

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight lanyard holes

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight lanyard holes

There’s also a lanyard hole on the tail end of both bodes.  The lanyard hole can be seen above on the 18650 body.

Power and Runtime

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight all cells all bodies

With the default 18350 body, the E14 III runs on a single 18350 cell.  Since both ends have springs, various 18350 cells should work just fine.

The cell is installed in the usual orientation:  positive terminal toward the head.

I should note that some of the kits do ship with a cell.  Mine did not.  There was an option to select “with cells” and I didn’t select that option.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight head off showing cell orientation

Here are a couple of runtimes with the 18350 body.  Again, the 18350 is the default body, so this is what you should expect.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight runtime graph turbo

The thermal management on the High output is quite active!

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight runtime graph high

Output on medium is very stable.

manker e14iii 18350 flood flashlight runtime graph middle

Since I have the combo, I also have the 18650 tube.  The cell of course still is installed the normal way.

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight head off showing cell orientation

Here are runtimes for the 18650 body, too.

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight runtime graph turbo

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight runtime graph high

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight runtime graph medium

Even though I didn’t order cells with my kit, I still received the charge cable – USB to USB-C.

But there are no charge graphs, since charging is on-cell, and not on-light.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 4000 55m 1421
High 1000 1h15m 646
Middle 400 1h34m 312
Low 180 4h39m 153
Moonlight 5 45
Moonlight 4 26
Moonlight 3 7
Moonlight 2 ~1
Moonlight 1 0.5 82h well under 1

Pulse Width Modulation

No PWM on any mode.  Just one more thing to like about this light!

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned.  Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!

User Interface and Operation

There’s a single tailswitch on the Manker E14 III.  This switch is an e-switch, and has very low action.  There’s also a tritium slot in the center!

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight tailswitch

The action is very low, and the switch is clickable from any part or angle.

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight user interface graphic

Here’s a UI table!  The user interface is a bit unusual…

State Action Result
Off Click Memorized mode (LMH only)
Any Double Click Turbo
Off Hold Memorized Moonlight mode (one of 5 “moonlight” outputs)
On Click Off
On (Moonlight Group) Hold Moonlight cycle (lowest to highest)
On (LMH Group) Hold LMH cycle (lowest to highest)
Any Click 4x Lockout (noted by 3 flashes of emitters)
Lockout Click 4x Unlock to LMH group (Mode Memory)
Any Click 3x Strobe group (Strobe memory)
Strobe Group Hold Strobe advance (Strobe > Beacon > SOS)

I’ll be honest, the graphic provide by Manker is hard for me to process.  But it seems to work fine.  It’s very unusual for the Moonlight to be set up like this, and all but the lowest two don’t really seem like “Moonlight” to me.  Would I change it?  It’s novel, that’s for sure, and I really don’t hate it.  It’s like direct access to two separate groups at almost all times, instead of having to switch between them.

LED and Beam

The emitters seen here (four) are Samsung LH351d, in neutral white.  Cool white is also available – and probably what the light is rated with.  As a result, I’m not surprised that the output measured is grossly below the claims.  There’s a lightly frosted optic (which I intend to replace with the narrowest spot optic I can find – the Carclo 10621).

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight clicking emitter photo

While still great, and I’m happy Manker offered a NW version, they’re a little bit off color for me.  Green or yellow, I can’t quite put my finger on it.

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight low

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight on turbo

Also included is a glow gasket!

manker e14iii 18650 flood flashlight glow gasket

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.

Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)

Test light is on the left!

I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Conclusion

What I like

  • The look.
  • Copper is great for dealing with heat.
  • 18650 and 18350 support
  • Tritium slots!
  • The muscle combo was a great deal, while available
  • Size for a quad is respectable

What I don’t like

  • Output is much (much) lower than claimed.
  • The User Interface is very unusual
  • Yellow emitter temperature

Notes

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2 thoughts on “Manker E14 III 18350 Quad Emitter Flood Flashlight”

  1. Hi, so is the 6000k version gives the same result in terms of lumens like you mentioned (much much lower than claimed)?

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