Manker MC13 Ultra-Throw Flashlight Review

The Manker MC13 Ultra-Throw flashlight is a tiny light with many emitter options (white/color) and massive throw! It can have an 18650 or 18350 body, and has an interesting user interface, too! It’s part of the “Muscle Combo” from Manker. Read on for testing!


Manker MC13 Ultra-Throw Flashlight Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There’s just one body (as in, “black only”) but as you’ll see in this review, there are two sized bodies: 18350 (default) and 18650 (additional purchase).

But there are options for the emitter.  They’re all Osram, but white, green, red, yellow, and blue can be had.  Really this is more choice than we usually see….  Impressive!

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight versions

Price

Base price is $52.95, and all emitters are same price.  The price jumps to $64.95 with 18650 tube (which I completely recommend.)  I paid less for this because I was an early adopter and bought the Muscle Combo.  I’m not sure if those are available still, but I fully recommend the combo.


Short Review

I love this light.  It’s fantastic.  I loved the E14 III, and I love the MC13 as much for many of the same reasons, and one completely opposite one:  the throw is incredible.  Build is great, user interface is great, and I love having the combo.

Long Review

The Big Table

Manker MC13 Ultra-Throw Flashlight
Emitter: OSRAM KW CULNM1.TG (1mm^2 )
Price in USD at publication time: $52.95
Cell: 1×18350
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 950
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 626 (65.9% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 237.2
Claimed Throw (m) 760
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 3380lux @ 6.098m = 125687cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 709.0 (93.3% of claim)*
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Manker MC13 Ultra-Throw Flashlight
Emitter: OSRAM KW CULNM1.TG (1mm^2 )
Price in USD at publication time: $52.95
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 950
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 523 (55.1% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 241
Claimed Throw (m) 760
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 3910lux @ 6.062m = 143684cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 758.1 (99.8% 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 MC13 thrower flashlight what's included

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

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight muscle combo

Package and Manual

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight box

Again, Muscle Combo packaging.  If you buy only the MC13, it’ll likely be different.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight open box

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

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

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 feature photo

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.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 tailcap

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 body

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

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 head

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.  Clicking the switch doesn’t seem to change this.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 feature photo

Like the E14 III, the body has ridges, but no knurling.  This is probably one thing that makes the light very attractive to me!  I don’t dislike knurling, but also sometimes there’s not much point.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight emitter photo

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight switch

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 tailcap

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 body

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 cooling fins

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 head

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 head off

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 threads

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight spring in head

Both the head and the tail have springs.

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 MC13 thrower flashlight both bodies and head

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight head

There’s something about this light that just appeals to me.  It looks “right.”  It looks like a flashlight.  It holds like a flashlight “should” hold if there is such a thing.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350

Size and Comps

  • Size: 90.75mm(3.57″) length x 41.7mm(1.64″) head dia. x 25.8mm(1.01″) body dia.
  • Weight: 108.6g(3.83 oz) w/o battery, 136.7g(4.82 oz) w/ battery

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).

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 in hand

Neither 18350 or 18650 are “better.”  They both are exceptionally comfortable to hold and use.

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.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 beside torchlab boss 35

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 beside torchlab boss 35

Retention and Carry

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

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.  It’s actually a special star shaped screw so…. not sure what tool you’ll need for that!  I don’t think it’s Torx.

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

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 pocket clip

This clip only fits on the tail end, so bezel down carry only.

Clip hug!

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 pocket clip hug

There’s also a lanyard hole on the tail end of both bodes.  The lanyard hole is the same on both bodies.

 

Power and Runtime

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight cell tubes

With the default 18350 body, the MC13 runs on a single 18350 cell.  Since both ends have springs, various 18350 cells should work just fine.

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 MC13 thrower flashlight cell tubes with cells

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 body with cell

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

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 body with cell installed

Here are some runtimes.  The sawtooth below is just very active thermal management (apparently, despite us not seeing any real change in the temperature readings).

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 runtime graph turbo

Below Turbo, the output is extremely well regulated.  The drop off toward the end of the run isn’t to “off” but just to some very low output. It might as well shut off though – at the level it steps down to, it’s not usable for much of anything.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 runtime graph high

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18350 runtime graph medium

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

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 with cell

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 with cell installed

Here are runtimes for the 18650 body, too.  We see practically the same exact profile as above, just a longer duration.  Notably the output with this 18650 was slightly better.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 runtime graph turbo

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 runtime graph high

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight 18650 runtime graph medium

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

Modes and Currents

These data points are taken from the 18350 setup.

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 950 35m 523
High 450 45m 291
Middle 240 1h47m 139
Low 120 4h50m 50
Moonlight 5
Moonlight 4
Moonlight 3
Moonlight 2
Moonlight 1 0.5 82h

Because of the e-switchness of the tail, I am unable to test the current for any mode.

Pulse Width Modulation

There isn’t any pwm to be seen.  It’s possible the lower modes aren’t even being picked up by my sensor, though.  They are very very low.

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 MC13.  This switch is an e-switch, and has very low action.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight e-switch

Don’t forget that there’s a tritium slot in this switch!

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight e-switch with tritium slot

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

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.

The UI on the MC13 is the same as the E14 III.

LED and Beam

There are some choices, as I mentioned above, but I opted for the white emitter.  This is an Osram KW CULNM1.TG (1mm^2) emitter, and of course fantastic for throw.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight emitter

That emitter is behind a pretty standard TIR optic, often used in this type light.  It’s a great setup, and works quite well.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight emitter

Here’s a better idea of why this flat white emitter is such a great thrower.  More “normal” emitters are the same size (ie the whole emitting area) of the square to the farthest right below.  That is, around 3.8mm or so – in fact these are often called 3535 emitters (a reference to the pad size).  The larger the emitting area, the less throwy an emitter will be.  So bigger emitters which have a 5050 pad, are by nature less throwy.  But on the flat white, the pad is still around (“around” only – not exactly.  I think the pad may be a 3030 here) the same size as on other (common) emitters, but the emitting surface is much much smaller – 1mm square!  So this approaches a “point source,” and gives great throw.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight emitter

The TIR helps, of course.  But the emitter lifts the heavy weight for throw.

Manker MC13 thrower flashlight emitter beamshot fence

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

As I’ve said above, the lower modes of moonlight, are positively remarkably low.  I can look straight into the light and turn it on to the lowest mode of moonlight, and just barely discern that the light has come on.

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 about the Manker MC13 Ultra-Throw Flashlight

What I like

  • The look.  Very flashlighty!
  • 18650 and 18350 support
  • Tritium slots!
  • The muscle combo was a great deal, while available.  And still a great choice!
  • Throw is fantastic

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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