Olight Arkfeld Ultraviolet Neutral White Flashlight Review

Olight Arkfeld Ultraviolet Neutral White Flashlight Review

Olight released an Arkfeld flashlight ultraviolet combo! This orange rectangular light has built-in charging and a one-mode UV output!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a ShareASale link to the Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet neutral white flashlight product page.

Versions

We’re up to officially “many” versions of the Olight Arkfeld flashlight and they’re available in at least five body colors. A neutral white (as seen here) and cool white emitter option are available – in the case of the specific topic at hand, both have ultraviolet secondary emitters. A green laser (in place of the UV) is also an option on other models. The five body colors are Black, OD Green, and Orange (seen here). The green laser version has a couple of other color bodies, too.

Price

The Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight in orange comes in at $58.98 (referral link). Looks like MSRP is $79.99, so now is a good time to get one! Here’s my ShareASale link for the Olight Arkfeld flashlight ultraviolet combo.

Note that there are at least a couple of kit options. One of those is for the Olight Gober. That’s the same (but not the same) as I’ve tested before. For free, it’s hard to beat!


Short Review

The Olight Arkfeld flashlight ultraviolet combo is a neat little light! I would still say it’s basically an S2R Baton II with a built-in LiPO in a very friendly and anti-roll shape. If you’re someone who routinely needs ultraviolet, then it’s 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 Ultraviolet Flashlight
Emitter: Probably Osram P9 (Neutral white (4000K-5000K))
Price in USD at publication time: $59.98 at OlightStore.com
Cell: Internal
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Warning and off
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) 917 (91.7% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 1.7
Claimed Throw (m) 85
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 171lux @ 3.572m = 2182cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 93.4 (109.9% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 4000-5000
Measured CCT Range (K) 4500-4900 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 ultraviolet flashlight what's included

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

Package and Manual

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight inside package

manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight

If you like Vapes, this is the Olight for you. The Olight Arkfeld flashlight ultraviolet 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.

One of at least two changes on this ultraviolet (UV) Arkfeld is this design on the sides. This was a great decision. Not only does it look great, but it adds a good bit of useful grip, too!

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight new side detail

I didn’t disassemble the Arkfeld!

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.

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 ultraviolet 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 on the left is a new feature light!! Laulima Metal Craft sent this Todai in tumbled aluminum for some size comparison photos like the ones above. Laulima has a bunch of incredible items. I’ve tested one (the Laulima Metal Craft Hoku) (the official site for Hoku is here) that was a Friend Fund Friday review. I was impressed enough by that Hoku that I bought a Laulima Metal Craft Diamond Slim (also in tumbled aluminum) (review is upcoming!) These lights by Laulima have impeccable build quality and not only that, they’re quite configurable. There are some (great, actually) default configurations, but Joshua Dawson (of Laulima Metal Craft) is open to ideas and emitter options and the like. I haven’t reviewed this Todai, but I have to say, it feels absolutely fantastic and I love it thus far. (Notably, I love how warm and eggy those emitters look through the TIR.) 

Retention and Carry

Here’s the second change (of two or more I mentioned above). The pocket clip! This updated pocket clip is so much better than the previous one. And I liked the previous one just fine! This clip allows great deep carry, as well as having a two-way option. I don’t care at all about the two-way, but I love the deeper carry. 

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight with new pocket clip

Not only that, but this clip also offers a hole suitable for a lanyard! Two advancements in one clip!

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight with new pocket clip detail

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 couple of 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…

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight runtime graphs

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight runtime graphs

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight runtime graphs

Below you can see the battery indicator – just one red. That’s what it looks like when the battery is low OR what it shows when the light is locked out. 

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight emitter selector

When unlocked and mostly charged, you’ll see the green indicators below.

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight battery indicator

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. This is a slight change from previous Arkfeld kits – they shipped with the 1A/1.5A/2A versions.

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight charging base

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight charging cable

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight on charging cable 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 a 2A MCC charger.

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight charging graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens
Turbo 1000+300 4m+110m 917
High 300+60 126m+34m 281
Med 60 11h50m 57
Low 15 41h 15
Moon 1 8d 1

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 flashlight ultraviolet combo.  Surrounding that e-switch is a selector knob of sorts, which points to either white LED output or ultraviolet output.

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight e-switch

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight selector switch

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

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight selector switch

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight selector switch

All of that said, the user interface is basically the same as the Olight S2R Baton II, which I’ve covered before (as well as, obviously, the other Arkfelds I’ve reviewed!).

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

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight e-switch actuation

Here’s a UI table! This only applies when the selector is in the LED position. For ultraviolet 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 ultraviolet 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 an ultraviolet emitter.

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight emitter array

Olight does state what the emitter CCT for this neutral white light is though: 4000K- 5000K. 

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight cct display

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight uv output

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight white output

Olight Arkfeld ultraviolet flashlight emitter on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

The CCT claim is 4000K to 5000K and this emitter hits that mark. I measure it between 4500K and 4900K. 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.

Thanks to Olight, though, for answering the call to offer neutral white! I like it, and I appreciate it. Maybe when they run out of this batch of Osram P9s we can talk about some Nichia 519as. 😀

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 ultraviolet 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 Ultraviolet Neutral White Flashlight Review”

  1. Magnetic charging makes sense for fully waterproof diving lights but I don’t care for it aside from that. For this light would rather usb-c

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