Skilhunt M150v3 Flashlight Review

Skilhunt M150v3 Flashlight Review

Skilhunt has updated the M150 flashlight to the M150v3 edition! This one features a great user interface and has a high CRI Nichia 519a.


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight product page.

Versions

Of course, this is v3, so there are previous versions. I’ve tested one before (Skilhunt M150). Currently available are three emitters; cool white, Nichia 519A, and Samsung LH351d.

There are also two body colors: black (seen here) and grey.

Price

This specific version of the Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight is $44.90. Other emitter versions vary in price a bit.


Short Review

I love the other M150 I have. The only way I could probably love it more is if it had a better emitter. And the M150v3 does!! This Nichia 519a emitter is just fantastic. I like the user interface too – it’s very similar to what’s on the EC300 (which I also love!)

Long Review

The Big Table

Skilhunt M150v3
Emitter: Nichia 519a (NW, High CRI)
Price in USD at publication time: $44.90
Cell: 1×14500
Turbo 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 “With cell: all modes
Without cell: all but T1”
Claimed Lumens (lm) 750
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 410 (54.7% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 6.8
Claimed Throw (m) 110
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 126lux @ 4.74m = 2831cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 106.4 (96.7% of claim)^
Claimed CCT
Measured CCT Range (K) 4300-4400 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Skilhunt
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Skilhunt M150v3
Emitter: Nichia 519a (NW, High CRI)
Price in USD at publication time: $44.90
Cell: 1xAA
Turbo Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 240
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 140 (58.3% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 6.8
Claimed Throw (m) 61
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 40lux @ 4.883m = 954cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 61.8 (101.3% of claim)^
Claimed CCT
Measured CCT Range (K) 4200 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Skilhunt
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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

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight what's included

  • Skilhunt M150v3 Flashlight
  • Skilhunt 800mAh 14500 cell
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Lanyard
  • Pocket clip
  • Manual

Package and Manual

manual manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight

Skilhunts are usually well-built lights, and this one is no exception.

The threads are square-cut and lubed an appropriate amount. That spring is also removable so that the magnet can be removed, too.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight tailcap off

Inside the cell tube is a sticker indicating that the cell should go with the positive end toward the head.

The head end doesn’t have a spring; just a brass button.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight into cell tube

The tailcap has a ring to allow a lanyard attachment and also room for the magnet.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight tailcap

Size and Comps

Officially:
Length 84.0mm
Head diameter 21.0mm
Body diameter 18.0mm
Weight: 34 g (without 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).

Skilhunt M150v3 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.

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

A pocket clip is included.  It’s a pretty nice clip and updated from my previous version of the M150. This is a marked upgrade from the other version

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight pocket clip

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight pocket clip

Also included is a lanyard, which attaches either through the pocket clip (less recommended) or the tailcap, where there are two holes for this express purpose.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight lanyard holes

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight lanyard

The tailcap has a magnet, too, which is plenty strong to hold the light. As stated above, this magnet is removable.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight tailcap magnet

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight tailcap magnet

Power and Runtime

The M150 runs on a single li-ion cell.  It uses a 14500 cell, and Skilhunt includes an 800mAh version.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight included 14500

That cell is a button top, but any type cell that fits should work fine – the positive end doesn’t have any physical protection that will prevent it. Any type cell you use goes in with the positive end toward the head.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight included 14500 installed

The M150 also operates on a 1.5V AA-sized cell such as NiMH or Alkaline.  The output with these will be greatly reduced, but every mode is available.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight with AA cell

Using a 14500 cell, the light exhibits LVP, shutting off around 3V.  Output steps down along the way, but the output is very flat.

runtime graphs

You may note that these outputs (nearly all of them) are much lower than what is written in the manual. I wonder if that specification is for some other non-Nichia-519a emitter. I don’t have a way to know that though.  I will say, though, that these outputs are “just fine.” I don’t need 2000 lumens (or 750 as stated in the manual) out of a little light like this. I’d much rather have steady output for longer (and this one has that!!)

runtime graphs

runtime graphs

runtime graphs

runtime graphs

runtime graphs

runtime graphs runtime graphs

Charging

The light also has built-in charging.  There’s a connector opposite the switch.  One end is a USB plug, and the other is a proprietary magnetic connector.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight charging cable

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight charging cable

The connection works well.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight charging cable attached

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight charging cable attached

Charging on a 14500 cell commences at around 0.9A, which is plenty fast for an 800mAh 14500 cell.  Charging looks very good.

charging graph

Modes and Currents

14500 first:

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps (4.2V)
T1 750/340/200 1/30/60 410 1.64
T2 480/340/200 3/30/60m 286 1.06
H 340/200 30/65m 206 0.73
M1 100/50 2.5h/2h 63 0.20
M2 15 25h 9.8 0.03
L1 1.5 100h 3 ~
L2 0.2 50d 0.1 ~

AA NiMH last:

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
T1 240/100 70/60m 140 (rt) 1.24
T2 150/100 160/10m 89 (rt) 0.68
H 100 280m 57 (rt) 0.41
M1 35 12h 19 0.13
M2 7 49h 4.7 0.03
L1 1.5 105h 2.6 0.02
L2 0.2 55d 0.10 ~

Pulse Width Modulation

No PWM at all.

14500 is in the top row and AA is in the second row.

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 a single switch on the M150v.  It’s a side e-switch, with an indicator in the center.  It’s a big secure switch, with a very positive but quiet click.  I very much like this switch. The switch seems unchanged from the previous iterations.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight e-switch

The cutout for the switch in the head is the same size as the charge connector, and while it’s hard to distinguish between the two while holding the light, I found that it didn’t matter; I’ll just pinch the light with both spots between my fingers, and activate the light.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight e-switch indicating blue

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight e-switch actuation

The user interface could be a bit daunting, but it’s very straightforward when you get used to it. It’s also very logical and provides access to low from off, which is as close to a requirement from a user interface as I have.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Hold Low (Memory between L1 and L2)
L1 or L2 Hold Iterate between L1 and L2
L1 or L2 Click 2x No change in level
Off Click 4x Lockout (Three blinks of main emitters to confirm)
Lockout Click 4x Unlock to Low group (memory, can be L1/L2)
Lockout Click 2x Iterate lockout indicator^
Lockout Hold Momentary Output (Appears to be approximately L1)
L1/L2 Click Off
Off Click On in “Main Group” (Mode memory M2/M1/H)
Main Group Hold Mode advance (M2 > M1 > H)
Main Group Click Off
Main Group or Off Click 2x Turbo Group (Mode memory T1/T2)
T1/T2 Hold Iterate between T1 (higher) and T2 (lower) output
T1/T2 Click Off
T1/T2 Click 2x Main Group (memory output)
Main Group or Off Click 3x Strobe Group (with memory)
Strobe Group Click 3x Previous Group (T1/T2 or M2/M1/H, depending on how you accessed Strobe Group)^^
Strobe Group Click 2x^^^ Strobe Advance (S1 > S2 > S3)†
Strobe Group Hold No result

^ Lockout indicator blinks a red switch every 2-3 seconds.
^^ Aside from just general mode memory (which you know I don’t like) this seems to me to be the only place where you may need to immediately remember what mode you were in so you have the experience you expect. However, the difference is getting the two highest white outputs, or the three main white outputs – it won’t be that dramatic even if you don’t remember. Also note that if you access the strobe group from off, triple-clicking will not return to off. For continuity, it should! In fact, if you accessed the strobe from an off state, a triple-click sends the light to the Main group!
^^^ Seems like the strobe group is the only group that isn’t advanced by a hold. Since there’s no hold anywhere else into or out of Strobe, I am not sure why that user interface continuity wasn’t maintained here.
† Strobes are like this:

S1: Disorienting strobe of White (turbo, ish)
S2: SOS (main white, some mid-High output)
S4: Beacon (one highish blink every second or so)

LED and Beam

The emitter of choice here is a Nichia 519a and offers High CRI.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight emitter

That’s of course a fantastic choice, and everything about this light’s output is great because of it.

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight reflector

Skilhunt M150v3 flashlight on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Check out those circles – the red and black circles. Black is “perfect” or “ideal” and the closer the red (test light) circle comes to the black, the better! This one is one of the best. Great CCT (around 4200K) and very high CRI, at around 97. 14500 first, then AA.

Beamshots

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure. 14500 first, then AA.

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. 14500 first, then AA.

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
  • Runs on both 1.5V cells, and 3.7V (lithium-ion) cells
  • This new Skilhunt UI has something for everyone (and I like the UI)
  • The button is perfectly clicky and ‘pinch to click’ opposite the charge port works nicely too
  • Nice charging built-in
  • Updated pocket clip is fantastic

What I don’t like

  • The output is way below the specification in the manual (I wonder if the manual is written for another emitter?)
  • Charging requires a proprietary charger cable

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1 thought on “Skilhunt M150v3 Flashlight Review”

  1. It appears that manufacturers are getting away from those incredible huge lumen counts. The turbo mode on those inflated lumen flashlights are useless so why do they even have a turbo mode?

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