Manker MC01 Flashlight Review
The Manker MC01 is an interesting little flashlight with a built in 18650, simple user interface, and USB-C charging! Read on for more!
Official Specs and Features
I think there’s just one body available of the MC01, but it’s available with either neutral white emitter (seen here) or cool white. More on this later, but note that the neutral white is much more of a warm white!
Flashlightgo.com has the Manker MC01 flashlight for $24.99 right now.
I didn’t initially know that the MC01 has a built-in battery. That’s a downside but I’d realy say that’s one of the few downsides. Despite that built-in cell, I actually really like this light! I could handle a lower low, but I can live with every other concession it makes. And the price is low!
The Big Table
|Manker MC01 Flashlight|
|Emitter:||Samsung LH351d (Neutral White – 4000K, 90CRI)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$24.99 at flashlightgo.com|
|Quiescent Current (mA):||?|
|Charge Port Type:||USB-C|
|Power off Charge Port||All modes|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||1030|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||496 (48.2% of claim)^|
|Candela per Lumen||5.4|
|Claimed Throw (m)||120|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||135lux @ 5.003m = 3379cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||116.3 (96.9% of claim)^|
|Measured CCT Range (K)||3900 Kelvin|
|Item provided for review by:||flashlightgo.com|
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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).
- Manker MC01 flashlight
- Charging cable (USB to USB-C)
Package and Manual
Build Quality and Disassembly
The Manker MC01 is a very nicely built, simple flashlight. Despite looking quite traditional, it’s different in that the cell is built-in and not (really) user-serviceable. That makes it a good and safe option for those users who might otherwise not be comfortable with lithium-ion cells, though.
As the light is sealed, there’s no disassembly to show. If you were inclined to tear the light down, I think you’d have to go in from the front by removing the TIR!
Size and Comps
4.03″ / 102.3mm (length) x 0.98″ / 25mm (head of diameter)
3.31oz / 93.8gram (built-in battery)
If the flashlight will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo). If the flashlight will tailstand, I’ll also show that (usually in the fourth photo).
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.
Just so that I’m sure to say it somewhere – the Manker MC01 is a great sized EDC flashlight. It’s in the realm of some Zebralight 18650 lights, and that’s saying something!
Retention and Carry
A pocket clip ships attached to the MC01. It’s a friction fit clip though, so can be removed.
The clip is what I call a “standard Lumintop” clip.
Power and Runtime
The Manker MC01 flashlight is powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery. This cell is not replaceable for the average user. Because of all that, I don’t have any photos of the cell (or even inside the light, for that matter.)
I would imagine the specification of output claim is made for the cool white version, and this “neutral white” (more of a warm white) is much lower. This is to be expected. That it’s this much lower only supports that the output is warmer than “neutral.”
The charging area has an indicating LED, but that doesn’t seem to indicate the charge state when the light is on.
Along with the built-in 18650 cell comes built-in charging. On the Manker MC01, this is by way of a USB-C charging port in the tail. In fact, the charging port cover is quite like the e-switch – the differ in profile (with the e-switch having a very slight dome – higher than the charge port cover).
I found the charging port cover to be difficult, and always required a tool to get under the flap.
An appropriate cable is included – USB to USB-C.
C to C charging works fine, too. It is ever so slightly quicker.
While charging, a red indicating LED under the e-switch cover is lit. When charging is complete, a green LED is illuminated.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens|
Pulse Width Modulation
Every mode uses PWM. It’s fast PWM though, so nothing to really worry about.
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). 10ms. 5ms. 2ms. 1ms. 0.5ms. 0.2ms. 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
As stated above, on the tail is an e-switch. This switch shares space on the tailcap with the charging port. The two are very similar, except that the e-switch has a slight dome.
It’s possible to differentiate the two by feel, despite their similarity.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Click||On (Mode memory of Low/Middle/High)|
|On||Hold||Mode advance (LMHML)^|
|Turbo||Double Click||General Modes (Low/Middle/High)|
|Any||Triple Click||Special Modes (Strobe/Beacon/SOS)|
|Special Modes||Triple Click||General Modes (Low/Middle/High)|
^ When holding the switch to advance modes, the output ascends through three modes, then descends through the modes. The MC01 will continue this cycle up and down.
LED and Beam
In the Manker MC01 is a Samsung LH351d emitter. My review copy is the “neutral white” version (cool white is also available). This emitter is coupled with a dimpled TIR optic and gives a fairly diffuse beam pattern.
LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)
As you can see from the photos above, this is a warm emitter! I read the output at a CCT of around 3900K, and that’s steady for all four modes. CRI is also high, at around 90. The CCT claim is 4000K, so I’d say Manker did it about right with this one.
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!
What I like
- Nice CCT (neutral or warm, the “4000K” is nice)
- High CRI
- Simple user interface
- Great size for edc
What I don’t like
- Built-in batter is not user-serviceable
- Low of “60” lumens is much too high
- Charge port cover is fiddly
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