Olight Arkfeld Flashlight Laser Combo Review

Olight Arkfeld Flashlight Laser Combo Review

Olight released an orange Arkfeld flashlight laser combo! This interesting rectangular light has built-in charging and a green laser!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo product page.

Versions

There are two versions of the Olight Arkfeld flashlight and they’re available in at least five body colors. A cool white (as seen here) and neutral white emitter option are available – both have green lasers. The five body colors are Black, OD Green, Desert Tan, Blue, and Orange (seen here).

Price

The Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo in orange comes in at $80.99 (referral link). Looks like MSRP is $89.99, so now is a good time to get one! Here’s my ShareASale link for the Olight Arkfeld flashlight.


Short Review

The Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo is a neat little light! I would say it’s basically an S2R Baton II with a built-in LiPO in a very friendly and anti-roll shape. The green laser is a nice bonus! I’m pleased that Olight is now offering neutral white emitters, and this one is very consistently in the claimed range.

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight Arkfeld Flashlight Laser Combo
Emitter: Unstated (Cool white (5700K-6700K))
Price in USD at publication time: $80.99
Cell: Internal
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port Yes, all modes
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1000
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 838 (83.8% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 3.7
Claimed Throw (m) 101
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 153lux @ 4.557m = 3177cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 112.7 (111.6% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 5700-6700
Measured CCT Range (K) 6000-6700 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Olight
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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

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo what's included

  • Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo
  • Charging cable (Proprietary magnetic Olight MCC 0.5A/1A/2A version)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Olight Arkfeld flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo

If you like Vapes, this is the Olight for you. The Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo has a very vapey feel… Or maybe that’s just my opinion. That doesn’t take away from the light, though – the Arkfeld has a very robust feel. It’s solid.

Of course, there’s no cylindrical cell in there to rattle around or be removed, or whatever. The cell is 100% built-in. That’s good and bad of course. Building the cell in means Olight can get reliable performance, but it also means you can’t change the cell when it wears out in a number of years.

Whatever the case about the battery (which is almost certainly a LiPO of some capacity), the built here is great. I love the very anti-roll shape. Not only that, but the Olight Arkfeld flashlight slips into the pocket where I normally carry an 18650 light in a much more comfortable way. It’s approximately the same width as my wallet, depending on if I’m carrying my AmEx Gold or not.

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo laser icon

Having already disassembled my brown version, I did not do so for the Orange. You’re invited to check out the photos from that review, though.  Here’s a link. (Note: I didn’t get too far with disassembly.)

Size and Comps

Weight: 3.07 oz (87 g)
Height: 0.59 in (15 mm)
Length: 4.33 in (110 mm)
Width: 0.98 in (25 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 Arkfeld flashlight laser combo 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.

Also above is 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 already mentioned the clip a bit. The clip is a screwed-in clip with plenty of clearance under the body.

This clip is surprisingly thin but I wouldn’t say that’s a bad thing. Tension is basically perfect, and placing the Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo on a pocket works so well.

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo pocket clip screws

The only other way to retain the Arkfeld is with the magnetic base. While mostly for charging, the magnet is strong enough to hold the light in place, too.

Power and Runtime

Olight states this as a “Built-in 1050mAh Lithium Polymer Battery” and that’s perfectly logical. I was unable to gain any access to the LiPO but did run a few output tests. There is a battery indicator below the switch and it indicated when the voltage is low. The light finally shuts off, too. Output is nice and flat, even there at the start at around 900 lumens. That’s 3 or 4 minutes at around 900 lumens…

runtime graph

runtime graph

I do note that (surprisingly) the output logged on the cool white version is lower than the output I logged on the neutral white version. That’s quite unusual! I checked this one a few times to confirm that reading, and I don’t have any special reason to doubt this difference. Ultimately it’s a small difference (under 10%).

Charging

There’s also on-board charging, by way of a magnetic charge base and a magnetic charge connector in the tail (both parts are magnetic!).  The charging base is the common Olight MCC, which can charge at 1A, 1.5A, or 2A.

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo charging port

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo charge adapter

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo on charge base

Charging looks pretty good. The max rate is around 0.9A. I would guess the LiPO could handle way more, so I’d love to see this utilize the full capability of the 2A MCC charger.

charging graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1000+300 4m+110m 838
High 300+60 126m+34m 265
Med 60 11h50m 52
Low 15 41h 13
Moon 1 8d 0.78

Pulse Width Modulation

Nothing really to mention here.  None of the modes seem to be using 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

There’s just one e-switch on the Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo.  Surrounding that e-switch is a selector knob of sorts, which points to either white LED output or green laser output.

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo switch

The e-switch isn’t proud at all. The selector has two nubs that help flip between outputs.

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo switch

All of that said, the user interface is basically the same as the Olight S2R Baton II, which I’ve covered before.

When you turn the light on, these indicator LEDs briefly indicate what the general charge state is.

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo switch

Here’s a UI table! This only applies when the selector is in the LED position. For laser output, the switch is simply on/off.

State Action Result
Off Click On (mode memory)^
On Hold (release at desired mode) Mode cycle (L, M, H) (no Moon or Turbo)
Off Hold Moonlight
Any Double click Turbo
Any Triple click Strobe
Strobe Click Off
Strobe Hold Previous Mode
Off Long hold (past Moonlight) Lockout (indicated by a single red line on the battery indicator)^
Lockout Hold Unlock to Moonlight
On Click then Click and Hold (quickly)^^ Timer (Single blink: 3 minutes, Double blink: 9 minutes)
Timer Click then Click and Hold (quickly)^^ Switch between 3- and 9-minute timers.

^ Moon, Low, Medium, and High are memorized.  Turbo is memorized as High.
^^ The manual states this as “Double click and hold” but I think “Click then Click and Hold” quickly.  Any form of double click ends in Turbo or Strobe.

LED and Beam

Olight doesn’t state what emitter is in the Arkfeld flashlight laser combo. I would guess it’s an Osram P9, but it doesn’t matter too much since we’ll see a characterization of the emitter below.

The emitter is in a small TIR, and beside that is a Laser output module. The laser is green.

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo emitter Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo emitter on

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo laser on

Olight does state what the emitter CCT for this cool white light is though: 5700K- 6700K.

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo cct label

On the laser side is a laser icon. Probably required by law… I can’t measure laser power, but it’s along the lines of “laser pointer” type. It’s very good though. And based on how the Arkfeld is held in general, it’s possible to hold the laser very stable. I find that to be an uncommon characteristic in laser pointers. The package does say how fun this will be for use with pets and I’m sure Olight will get hate for that – allowing your cat to chase the dot from laser pointers is said to give them anxiety or whatever.

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo laser icon

The output is very floody!

Olight Arkfeld flashlight laser combo beamshot

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

The CCT claim is 5700K to 6700K and this emitter hits that mark. I measure it between 6000K and 6700K. The CRI is low, at around 70. More disappointingly though, is that the Duv is well above the BBL, demonstrating that the output is a bit greenish.

Let’s not forget that Olight is answering the call to offering neutral white, though. I like it, and I appreciate it. Maybe when they run out of this batch of Osram P9’s we can talk about some Nichia 519a’s. 😀

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

  • Interesting shape!
  • Good output
  • Meets throw specifications
  • The laser option is neat (and also easy to avoid)
  • User interface will be very familiar to anyone with a Baton
  • Slips into “the 18650 spot” in a pocket with more comfort than an 18650 light
  • Neutral white option

What I don’t like

  • Very floody
  • Low CRI
  • Non-replaceable battery
  • Proprietary charging (seriously, USB-C would be fantastic!)

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2 thoughts on “Olight Arkfeld Flashlight Laser Combo Review”

  1. Concerning the proprietary charging port, there is a solution called Oport. It’s a olight magnetic charging port to USB C adapter in the form factor of a key chain pendant.

    It’s pricy, but works great.

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