Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight Review

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight Review

Manker has released the MC12 II, a tactical flashlight. Mine has green output and a simple High/Low output selection. Read on for testing!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Manker MC12 II tactical flashlight product page.

Versions

Only one body is available, but it comes with three emitter options:

1* OSRAM KW CSLNM1.TG LED – White Light
1* OSRAM KW CSLNM1.F1 LED – Green Light (seen here)
1* OSRAM KW CSLNM1.23 LED – Red Ligh

Price

The price ranges froM $49.95 to $54.95 depending on if you get with the 18650 cell seen here and if you get a white or other emitter option.


Short Review

I think this is my first green emitter flashlight and wow is it green! I know there are hunting applications that benefit from a green emitter light, and most of those are likely to need a throw beam profile – the Manker MC12 II tactical flashlight certainly suits that need! The cost is fairly low and a good quality cell with USB-C charging is included.

Long Review

The Big Table

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight
Emitter: Osram KW CSLNM1.F1 (Green)
Price in USD at publication time: $54.95
Cell: 1×18650
High Runtime Graph Low Runtime Graph
LVP?
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C (On Cell)
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port
Claimed Lumens (lm) 950
Measured Lumens (at 30s) – (My setup isn’t calibrated for green!)
Candela per Lumen 174.6
Claimed Throw (m) 650
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 3530lux @ 6.058m = 129549cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 719.9 (110.8% of claim)^
Item provided for review by: Manker
All my Manker 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

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight what's included

  • Manker MC12 II tactical flashlight
  • Manker 18650 with USB-C charging
  • Charging cable (USB to USB-C with USB output)
  • Lanyard
  • Spare o-ring
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight

Threads on the Manker MC12 II tactical flashlight are smooth and appropriately lubed.  The switch is mechanical so there’s no need to loosen the tailcap for lockout. In fact loosening the tailcap doesn’t work for lockout!

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight tailcap threads

Both the head and tail have nice beefy springs. That’s how a tactical light should be, I think. This one is probably suitable for weapon mount, too.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight dual springs Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight head contact spring

The cell tube is reversible, and the light does work with the tube in the reverse orientation.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight cell tube

I didn’t drop the optic out but the bezel does remove easily.  If you wish to perform emitter swaps on this light, it’s probably fairly straightforward.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight bezel removal

One thing I love about the Manker MC12 II tactical flashlight is this tailcap. Something about this tailcap is simply perfect for removal. The grip is fantastic and the threads are very smooth.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight tailcap knurling

Size and Comps

Length: 126.9mm
Head diameter: 40.6mm
Body diameter: 25.4mm

Weight 147.2g (with battery)

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).

Manker MC12 II Tactical 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.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight beside the TorchLAB BOSS 35 (custom engraved)

Here’s that shorty short tactical flashlight…

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight shawty

Retention and Carry

A belt clip is included. This is a very simple clip, much like many Lumintop clips.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight pocket clip

I like this style clip though, so it being somewhat standard is great.

It’s a friction fit clip.  There’s only one location to fit the clip, but the cell tube is reversible.  Thus, if you wish to have the clip going the other orientation, that’s possible by flipping the cell tube.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight pocket clip hug

Also included is this lanyard, which seems to really only attach in the pocket clip.  Since it’s a friction fit clip, that might be the most ideal attachment point.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight lanyard

Power and Runtime

The Manker MC12 II tactical flashlight runs on a single lithium-ion cell.  If you buy the package, you’ll get the 18650 seen below.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight with included 18650 Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight included 18650

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight included 18650

The cell goes into the MC12 in the usual way.  That is with the positive terminal (button) toward the head.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight included 18650 installed

Here are runtimes for both modes.

Charging

While the Manker MC12 II tactical flashlight doesn’t have built-in charging, the included cel does.  That’s by way of a USB-C port.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight charging port Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight charging port Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight charging cable Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight charging cable

While charging, there’s a red LED flashing on the positive terminal of the cell.  When charging is complete, the red LED stops flashing and stays solid red.

Powerbank

Because of the cable included, which has a female USB (A) port, the included cell can be used as a powerbank.  I didn’t record any output, but the cell will output moderate current while maintaining USB voltage.  Over around 1A though, the voltage drops dramatically.

When being used as a powerbank, the LED indicator on the cell is blue.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 950 2h10m
Low 75 21h30m

Pulse Width Modulation

Neither mode uses 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

Manker uses a very proud mechanical forward clicky in the MC12.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight tailswitch

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click High
Off Tap Momentary (repeated taps cycle between low and high)
On Click Off
Off “Double half-press” Momentary Strobe (Click for steady strobe)

LED and Beam

In this copy of the Manker MC12 II tactical flashlight is an OSRAM KW CSLNM1.F1 LED – Green Light.  That green emitter is coupled with a TIR made for throw.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight Tir and emitter

With the smooth bezel, there’s no way for light to escape while the light is headstanding.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight headstanding Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight headstanding and on

The throwy TIR provides a very tight beam profile! The green is quite intense.

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight beamshot

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Here’s the CRI report for just one mode – I tested both but couldn’t process the data.  It looked about the same as this one anyway. (The data kept crashing my program! Eek!)

It’s a green emitter, so this is probably what you could expect.  Low CRI, high DUV, N/A CCT but very green!

Manker MC12 II Tactical Flashlight cri and cct

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

  • Very tight beam profile
  • It’s exceptionally green
  • Simple user interface
  • Complete package for relatively low cost
  • Proud tactical switch
  • Available in white and red, too (good emitter options)
  • Very high-quality knurling on the tailcap

What I don’t like

  • Lanyard attachment point is questionable

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