Olight iXV Ti Keychain Flashlight Review

Olight iXV Ti Keychain Flashlight Review

Olight has updated an older keychain light and released the 15th anniversary iXV Ti, This little twisty light uses USB-C charging!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

It seems that there’s just one version of the Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight but this is another iterative design from Olight. In fact, this iXV Ti shares a manual with the i1R 2 Pro!

Price

The Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight is currently selling for $39.95 at olightstore.com (referral link).  Because of a sale going on at Olight right now you might find the price is a little cheaper, or you could bundle some things and get this light for free!


Short Review

Making this keychain light out of titanium as an anniversary celebration seems like a good choice!  And despite whatever else you think about the CCT Olight usually uses, this one hovers in the 5100K range, which is perfectly great.  It’s a very simple flashlight offering USB-C charging.  Especially if you get it with some other purchase at a discount, it seems like a fun light to have.

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight iXV Ti
Emitter: CSP LED
Price in USD at publication time: $39.95
Cell: 1×10220 (Built-in)
High Runtime Graph Low Runtime Graph
LVP? ?
Switch Type: Twisty
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port Can’t use while charging
Claimed Lumens (lm) 180
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 209 (116.1% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 3.6
Claimed Throw (m) 48
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 81lux @ 3.283m = 873cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 59.1 (123.1% of claim)^
Claimed CCT
Measured CCT Range (K) 5000-5200 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Olight
All my Olight 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

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight what's included

  • Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight
  • Charging cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

The i1R 2 Pro manual is linked from the official iXV Ti product page, so that’s what I’ll include here.

manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight

This is a fairly simple light, I’d say.  Maybe that’s because it’s just a two-mode twisty.  But actually, it offers USB-C charging, so it’s not that simple internally.  The build quality seems great, with a design choice here or there that is a bit annoying.

I love the titanium look, and it does feel like real titanium, too.

The tailcap has a spot for a split ring to be attached.  This bump out does not come off.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight tail end

These grooves you see in the exposed part of the body are not threads.  The threads that hold the light together and that you’ll tighten and loosen for operation are hidden away in the head.  I’m not sure what’s the purpose of these ribs…

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight open not threads

Size and Comps

Weight: 1.08 oz / 30.7 g (Including Battery)
Height: 2.02 in / 51.3 mm
Body Diameter: 0.64 in / 16.2 mm

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).

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight in hand

Just a random comparison, but I happened to have an AA battery handy. The Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight is approximately the same size, but a little thicker.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight with AA cell

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.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight beside torchlab boss 35

Retention and Carry

The only means for carrying the Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight is this split ring on the tail end.  The part where the split ring attaches is not removable – even if you remove the split ring, that little knob will still be there.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight split ring attachment

The split ring is tiny but perfectly sufficient for attaching the Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight to a keychain!

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight split ring

Just like on the Surefire Titan Plus, I’d rather this little knob be gone.  It’s probably possible to permanently grind that off!

Power and Runtime

The cell that powers the iXV Ti is built-in.  It’s a 130mAh 10220 cell.  As far as I can tell, there’s no way to access it or change it.  Thus, when the battery reaches end-of-life, the light essentially does too.

Here are runtimes for both modes, High and Low.

runtime graph runtime graph

 

Charging

On-board charging on the iXV comes thanks to a built-in USB-C charging port.  To access this port, loosen the head completely.  The head is captured – it will not fall off and get lost.  However, it’s captured to exactly the point you can see below – the USB-C port is “fully exposed” here.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight usb-c port

That level of exposure is not quite enough for me.  Yes, the charging cables I used work fine, but they’re a bit hard to get into the port.

Near the charging port is this charging indicator.  When the iXV Ti is charging, this indicator is red.  When charging is complete, this indicator turns blue.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight charging indicator

An appropriate cable is included: USB to USB-C.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight charging cable

Here you can see that the charge port really needs more access.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight charging cable attached

And here’s one charge cycle.

charging graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 180 23m 209
Low 5 12h 9

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

The Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight is a twisty.  There are markings on the tailcap to help a user know what to do, but of course it’s very simple.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight user interface printing

The markings are shiny, so from the wrong angle, they’re nearly invisible.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight user interface printing

Using the light with one hand is fairly easy.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight is a twisty

Below you can see the gap in a state of “just” for each mode.  Left is “just off” – the biggest gap.  Middle is “just Low” – the mediumest gap.  And the rightmost photo is when the light is in High, which is the smallest gap.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Tighten head Low
Low Tighten head High
High Loosen head Low
Low Loosen head Off

LED and Beam

Olight surprisingly does state what emitter is used in the Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight, though I am completely unfamiliar with it.  They say it’s a “CSP LED.”  Anyway we can see the tests below and know what we need to know.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight emitter and tir

The new-to-me emitter is paired with a TIR optic.

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight emitter on and tir Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight emitter on

Olight iXV Ti keychain flashlight emitter on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Olight went with this new/unknown LED, but it’s nice to note that the CCT is around 5100K.  That’s great!  Perfectly acceptably great.  Thank you Olight!  The downside is that the CRI is not great, but still above what I typically just straight out call “low CRI.”  This one clocks in around 75 CRI, which is probably “low to middle” CRI.

Beamshots

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

I love this type beam profile – the nearly solid circle of uniform brightness – the Olight Warrior 3 and Warrior 3S and Warrior M2R Pro all have similar profiles, and it’s great to see it in this small light.

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

  • Nice titanium construction
  • Very simple user interface
  • 5100K output!
  • Great beam profile

What I don’t like

  • Low to medium CRI
  • Battery is completely inaccessible

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