Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel Gunmetal Flashlight Review

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel Gunmetal Flashlight Review

Olight released the Pinwheel Gunmetal Grey Arkfeld, a new colorway of this popular flashlight! It still has the great laser, too! Read on!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight product page via ShareASale.

Versions

There are a bunch of body color versions of the Olight Arkfeld flashlight. A cool white (as usual) and neutral white (as seen here) emitter option are available – both have green lasers. And four body colors: Black, OD Green, Desert Tan, Blue, Orange, Lime green, and this Pinwheel Gunmetal Grey. Also available are specialty models – copper and titanium.

Price

This Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight sells for $71.99 or you can go for the kit for $5 more and get a nice bonus flashlight, too!


Short Review

The Olight Arkfeld flashlight 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 (Checked)
Emitter: Probably Osram P9 (Neutral White)
Price in USD at publication time: $71.99
Cell: Internal
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port All modes
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1000
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 870 (87% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 3
Claimed Throw (m) 101
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 125lux @ 5.106m = 3259cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 114.2 (113.1% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 4000-5000
Measured CCT Range (K) 5000-5300 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Olight
All my Olight reviews!

^ Measurement disclaimer: Testing flashlights is my hobby. I use hobbyist-level equipment for testing, including some I made myself. Try not to get buried in the details of manufacturer specifications versus measurements recorded here; A certain amount of difference (say, 10 or 15%) is perfectly reasonable.

What’s Included

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight what's included

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

Package and Manual

Here’s how you can tell if you have NW or CW – there’s a sticker on the side of the box!

The box still has the tear off strip. 🙁

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight box

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight box

Olight Arkfeld flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

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

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight design

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.

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight design

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 how many hundreds I have in there at the given moment.

No disassembly on this one. I attempted that on another model and it didn’t really go anywhere. 

 

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight design detail

The pinwheel design is very neat! Probably done with a laswer, which means Olight can probably really do a ton of neat stuff with their laser setup. Maybe this is just the beginning!

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight laser icon

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight side view

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 also show that (usually in the fourth photo).

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal 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

The clip is a screwed-in clip with plenty of clearance under the body.

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight pocket clip

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 on a pocket works so well.

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight pocket clip

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…  While that’s below specification, I’d guess that Olight spec’d the Cool White version, and I’m testing the Neutral version.

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight runtime graph

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight runtime graph

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight runtime graph

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight runtime graph

There are a couple of photos below of the battery indicating feature.

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 Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight charging port

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight charge connector

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight on charge base

Here are the photos of battery indicator. First, you can see red.

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight power indicator

Next up is green:

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight power indicator

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.

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight charging graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1000 4m+110m 870
High 300 126m+34m 260
Med 60 11h50m 47
Low 15 41h 13
Moon 1 8d 0.8

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, which 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 Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight.  Surrounding that e-switch is a selector knob of sorts, which points to either white LED output or green laser output.

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight e-switch

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

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight e-switch

The e-switch isn’t proud at all. The selector has two nubs that help flip between outputs. All of that said, the user interface is basically the same as the Olight S2R Baton II, which I’ve covered before.

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight e-switch actuation

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. 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 Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight emitter

Olight does state what the emitter CCT is though: 4000K-5000K.  Very great!

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight emitter info

The output is very floody!

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight emitter on

Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight laser on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

The CCT claim is 4000K to 5000K and this emitter hits that mark. I measure it between 4600K and 4900K. It’s very good and neutral! 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

Go buy the Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel gunmetal flashlight!

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!)

Notes

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1 thought on “Olight Arkfeld Pinwheel Gunmetal Flashlight Review”

  1. I purchased a blue Arkfeld several months ago, and somehow lost it. I thought I had it clipped to the inside of a trouser pocket, but when I thought I needed it, it was gone! I checked everywhere I could have been with no positive results. I purchased another one, and now I keep it in a very secure belt holster with strong Velcro cover. It fits nice and snug in the holster and isn’t going anywhere. It was that good of a flashlight, that I desperately missed it, and replaced it within a few days of the loss.

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