Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack Lantern Review
The Obulb MC Christmas Pack is a lantern kit by Olight with two multi-color Obulbs! It uses the standard Olight charger, and has a Santa!
Official Specs and Features
Here’s a Shareasale link to the Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack lantern product page.
There’s just one Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack. As you probably know, there are multiple iterations of the Obulb, though.
Olight has a sale going right now that puts the Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack at $53.87 BUT these are unfortunately sold out at this time.
I already have Obulbs. I have two. I have two Obulbs that I love…. When I saw these, I knew my kids would love them. My kids love them. I love them. My wife loves them. Everyone loves them. I can’t recommend them heartily enough! I just wish there was still stock!!
The Big Table
|Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$53.87 (Shareasale link – check, maybe they’ll be back in stock!)|
|Charge Port Type:||Proprietary magnetic (MCC 1A)|
|Power off Charge Port||Yes all modes|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||75|
|Candela per Lumen||0.4|
|Claimed Throw (m)||–|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||4lux @ 1.813m = 13cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||7.3|
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^ Measurement disclaimer: Testing flashlights is my hobby. I use hobbyist-level equipment for testing, including some I made myself. Try not to get buried in the details of manufacturer specifications versus measurements recorded here; A certain amount of difference (say, 10 or 15%) is perfectly reasonable.
- Olight Obulb MC Multi-Color Lantern Red base
- Olight Obulb MC Multi-Color Lantern Green base
- Googly eyes (4)
- Olight MCC 1A charger (2)
- Metal mount with sticky back (2)
- Manual and papers
Package and Manual
I’m not going to test the Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack Lantern with runtime graphs, and charge graphs… The cuteness should probably support the purchase, even at ~$50. Even if you have opinions about Olight. Even if you don’t need one.
It’s really just too fun to pass up.
I only learned after using my previous lanterns for a while, that despite having exposed charge contacts, this thing is “so fully waterproof” that it can be used as a floaty light in a bathtub!!
Size and Comps
For just the Olight Obulb MC Christmas Lantern itself.
Here are a few of the items in hand.
Santa is adorable.
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 formats.
Retention and Carry
I honestly thought this little metal coin was just that – an Olight challenge coin of sorts.
But no, this thing cleverly has a sticky back and can be stuck somewhere… Couple that with the magnet base of the Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack Lantern, and you have a “stick anywhere” (once) base for placing the lantern! I find that to be exceptionally clever.
Of course, the magnetic base of the Obulb MC itself can be stuck to more places than just this metal sticky thing. The magnet holds the Obulb MC very securely.
There are a few places you might not have thought of which can be used as a magnetic base. Drywall corners are usually edged with a metal corner. This is a perfect hanging point for an Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack Lantern!! (And many other magnetic base flashlights, to be honest.)
The charging base for the built-in battery in the Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack Lantern is the standard Olight MCC 1A. This is the same as any other MCC charger, and any of those will work too.
Both the lanterns come with their own charge base, which is USB to proprietary magnetic.
This Christmas pack also ships with this little….. Obot? I am not sure what it’s called. But it’s a storage item that has a charge port in the head base, and a backpack that connects to the charger. Very nicely considered!
Despite this being “sort of” tall and “sort of” weighty, it doesn’t seem like there’s an extra battery in here. To wit: this isn’t for “wireless” charging.
This little guy is called the “Obuddy.”
Previous versions of the Obulb I have (2) can not be pressed from the top while on a flat surface to change the modes. Those two will change modes while on the charger. However, these new two, the Christmas set, will change modes while on a flat surface (and also while on the charger).
There are also other charging bases available now in the MCC format. One is built into the side of a wall wart, such that the Obulb MC can be used very much like a nightlight. Unfortunately, in what testing I could do (without this type of charger), it does not seem to come on when the power goes off. This would be a great feature.
One more option for charging this Olight (or really “any” Olight with this type of connection) is a charging base that has room for four items at one time. I don’t have one of those either, so no testing on that, too.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime|
Pulse Width Modulation
None of the outputs have PWM.
For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor. Also, here’s the light with the worst PWM I could find. I’m adding multiple timescales, so it’ll be easier to compare to the test light. Unfortunately, the PWM on this light is so bad that it doesn’t even work with my normal scale, which is 50 microseconds (50us). 10ms. 5ms. 2ms. 1ms. 0.5ms. 0.2ms. In a display faster than 0.2ms or so, the on/off cycle is more than one screen, so it’d just (very incorrectly) look like a flat line. I wrote more about this Ultrafire WF-602C flashlight and explained a little about PWM too.
User Interface and Operation
The switch is on the bottom of the device.
It’s an e-switch, and I think the user interface will be very familiar.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Click||On (Mode Memory)|
|Off||Hold||On (White Low)|
|On||Click||Mode advance (White Low > White High > Red > Green > Blue > “Fade between colors” > Cycle between colors > Flashing Red > Off|
|Off||Click >20x||“Special mode” where “flowing colorful light appears, and the speed slows down over time.” Switches to White Low after 30s.
At random. (I was unable to activate this mode!)
|Off||Hold >2s||Lockout (indicated by short flash)|
|Lockout||Hold >1s||Unlock to White Low|
LED and Beam
Nothing about the emitters is specified by Olight. There are some interesting results below, though.
Santa might have been in the North Pole a bit too long before the photo below…
LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)
I tested all the steady colors. They’re in order of appearance through the mode cycle (which can be seen in the UI table above.
White Low > White High > Red > Green > Blue
My spectrometer didn’t know how to report the Green and Blue, so I made those two reports in a more manual way. I’m extremely pleased that the white mode is around 2500K. It’s …. super perfect. I could not be happier with that emitter. CRI is 86 too, so not even all that bad.
These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure. You’re not expecting much. Even the 75-lumen output level is so floody, it’s nearly impossible to see on the ceiling.
Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)
I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right.
I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
Go buy the Olight Obulb MC Christmas Pack Lantern at $23.96, including Osling!!
What I like
- The robot (Actually “Obuddy”) charge base is pretty neat too
- Easy access to White Low
- 2500K CCT on the white is fantastic
- Easy user interface
- There are some fun modes with the colors
- Actually, the whole thing seems kind of gimmicky, but honestly, it’s great
- Magnet base works very well
- Very floody output
- Low cost
- Can mode change while on a flat surface (unlike my previous Obulbs!)
What I don’t like
- Special mode sounds neat but I couldn’t access it
- Pretty much nowhere to hold on to the thing, except to completely hold the thing.
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