Mijomi J81 Flashlight Review

IMijomi J81 Flashlight Review

The Mijomi J81 flashlight offers a dual-switch interface with an indicating e-switch. It has USB-C charging, and includes an 18650! Read on!


Official Specs and Features

I am not sure that Mijomi has an official site yet, and I can’t seem to find the product on Amazon right now.

Versions

There is only one version as far as I know.

Price

Mijomi has updated the listing for this light on Amazon.  Here’s an affiliate link.  The light is 50% off right now, which put the price of the Mojimi J81 under $15!!!


Short Review

I think there is a price for the Mijomi J81 that makes it a compelling flashlight.  The J81 is feature-rich.  USB-C.  Mechanical tail-switch.  Indicating e-switch.  Includes a cell.  All in all, it’s a great package.  The build quality sort of puts it into a price range under $50, though.  So if you can score one for $30 or so, and you like the other aspects of testing you can see below, then I’d call it perfectly great.

Long Review

The Big Table

Mijomi J81 Flashlight
Emitter: Osram P9
Price in USD at publication time: $15 (50% off price) on amazon.com
Cell: 1×18650
High Runtime Graph Medium Runtime Graph
LVP? Switch Warning
Switch Type: Dual Switch
Quiescent Current (mA):
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1300
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 972 (74.8% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 9.3
Claimed Throw (m) ?
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 415lux @ 5.069m = 10663cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 206.5
Claimed CCT
Measured CCT Range (K) 5600-6300 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Mijomi
All my Mijomi reviews!

^ 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

Mijomi J81 flashlight what's included

  • Mijomi J81 flashlight
  • Mijomi 2600mAh 18650
  • Charging cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Lanyard
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Mijomi J81 flashlight manual Mijomi J81 flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Mijomi J81 flashlight

Broadly speaking, the build quality of the J81 is “fine.”  It isn’t exceptional, and at the right price would be acceptable.

In my hand, the grip area of the body section is a little sharp.  Not in the way knurling can be “sharp” and is effectively “grippy.”  But sharp in a way that isn’t totally pleasant in hand and probably more importantly, will allow the anodizing to flake off more easily.

The second thing I don’t care for on the J81 is the thread feel on the tailcap.  It’s not smooth.  It’s not gritty – despite these threads being anodized, they feel unanodized.  That’s a big downside for me – like nails on a chalkboard.

Mijomi J81 flashlight tailcap off

Both head and tail have a spring though, which is a nice touch.

Mijomi J81 flashlight showing head spring

Size and Comps

 

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

Mijomi J81 flashlight in hand

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.

Mijomi J81 flashlight beside torchlab boss 35

Retention and Carry

A friction fit pocket clip is included.

The clip has a nice little flared end.  This is a nice touch – I’m not sure why it appeals to me as much as it does, but I really like the flared tip here.  Functionally there might be a very slight advantage to it.  But probably not much.

Mijomi J81 flashlight pocket clip

Mijomi J81 flashlight pocket clip hug

Also included is a lanyard, which attaches through these two holes in the tailcap.

Mijomi J81 flashlight lanyard holes Mijomi J81 flashlight lanyard installed Mijomi J81 flashlight lanyard installed

Mijomi J81 flashlight lanyard installed

Power and Runtime

The Mijomi J81 flashlight is powered by a single 18650 lithium-ion cell.  This 2600mAh button top is included.

Mijomi J81 flashlight with included 18650 Mijomi J81 flashlight included 18650

The cell goes into the J81 with the positive terminal toward the head.

Mijomi J81 flashlight included 18650 installed

Here are three runtime tests.  It looks like the output is well below the claimed 1300 lumens.  The stepdown is fairly quick too, but fortunately doesn’t look to be quick in a “game the standard” way.  Around 1 minute at the highest output is “fine.”

The indicating e-switch does provide a warning when the cell voltage is low.  Also, the light steps down dramatically too, so you’ll be able to see that the voltage is low.  The switch indicates as follows:

Green: 50-100% power
Yellow:  20-50% power
Red: 5-20% power
Red blinking:  1-5% power

Charging

The J81 has built-in charging, too.  This is by way of a USB-C port in the head.

A USB to USB-C cable is included.

Here’s a charge graph.  I noticed the charging indicator on the e-switch turns green well before power stops flowing to the cell.  I also noted that the final voltage on one test was 4.21V, which is a little high.

C to C charging does not work.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 1300 3h 1001 3.44
Medium 400 4h 421 1.21
Low 150 5h 150 0.40
Econo 50 15h 49 0.14
Firefly 1 20d 1 ~

Pulse Width Modulation

None of the modes use 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, with is 50 microseconds (50us).  10ms5ms2ms1ms0.5ms0.2ms.  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

First up is the mechanical tail switch.

Mijomi J81 flashlight tail clicky

It’s easily accessible with gloved hands, but not so proud that it prevents tailstanding.

Mijomi J81 flashlight tail clicky

Next up is the indicating e-switch.

Mijomi J81 flashlight e-switch

Here you can see the switch in green, but it can also indicate in yellow and red.  I actually quite like this e-switch.  It’s big and textured and accessible.

Mijomi J81 flashlight e-switch indicating in green

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click Tail Switch On (Mode memory including strobe)
On Click Tail Switch Off
Off Click Side Switch No action
On Click Side Switch Mode advance (low to high direction, all 5 steady output levels)
On Double click Side Switch Standard mode advance (ie no special action)
On Hold Side Switch Strobe
Strobe Click Side Switch Slow flash
Slow flash Click Side Switch Reenter main (steady) modes at Econo level
Off Tap Tail Switch Momentary memorized mode

LED and Beam

In the Mijomi J81 flashlight is an Osram P9.  Mijomi does not seem to state a CCT.  The emitter has a smooth reflector around it.Mijomi J81 flashlight emitter

With the smooth bezel as seen below, light doesn’t escape when headstanding the J81.

Mijomi J81 flashlight emitter on

The bezel does unscrew easily.

Mijomi J81 flashlight emitter on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Surprisingly the lower modes have a CCT of around 5600K.  But as the modes go higher, so does the CCT – all the way up to the mid 6000K’s.  CRI is not spectacular, at around 68.

Beamshots

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)

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!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Complete package
  • Dual switch interface
  • The e-switch has a very good cover
  • Indication from the e-switch is very good too
  • Uses USB-C charging

What I don’t like

  • Osram P9 with the low CRI and creeping CCT
  • C to C charging doesn’t work

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