Manker Striker Mini Flashlight Review

Manker Striker Mini Aluminum Flashlight Review

Manker’s new release, the Striker Mini, is an aluminum EDC flashlight running a 14500 (included) or AA cell, and offers incredible throw with the Osram NM1!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight product page.

Versions

Only one emitter option exists for the Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight but that is available in a black body (seen here) or army green.

Price

The going price for the Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight is $49.99 at flashlightgo.com. That includes the 14500 cell seen in this review.


Short Review

I love lights that do great things they “should” do. You (probably) shouldn’t expect a light this to be a great thrower, but it is. It doesn’t offer high output, but the throw from the tight beam is so fun and impressive! I appreciate that the package includes a 14500 cell and am even more appreciative that the light will also run 1.5V cells, too!

Long Review

The Big Table

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight
Emitter: Osram KW CSLNM1.TG
Price in USD at publication time: $49.99 at flashlightgo.com
Cell: 1×14500
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C (on cell)
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port
Claimed Lumens (lm) 635
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 576 (90.7% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 76.81
Claimed Throw (m) 430
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 1387lux @ 6.072m = 51138cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 452.3 (105.2% of claim)^
Claimed CCT
Measured CCT Range (K) 5700-7300 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Flashlightgo.com
All my Manker reviews!
Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight
Emitter: Osram KW CSLNM1.TG
Price in USD at publication time: $49.99 at flashlightgo.com
Cell: 1xAA
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No (not for 1.5V cells)
Claimed Lumens (lm) 265
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 211 (79.6% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 76.81
Claimed Throw (m) 265
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 457lux @ 6.085m = 16921cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 260.2 (98.2% of claim)^
Claimed CCT
Measured CCT Range (K) 6100-6900 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Flashlightgo.com
All my Manker 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

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight what's included

  • Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight
  • 920mAh 14500
  • Lanyard
  • Spare o-ring
  • Charging cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Glow tubes (7)
  • Manual etc

Package and Manual

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight box

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight lens cover

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight manual

 

Build Quality and Disassembly

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight

You might remember the non-Mini version of the Manker Striker. I reviewed a titanium version here. That’s a great light, and this is a very nice little sibling to it. They’re basically the same with two obvious exceptions. This Mini is aluminum and runs an AA-sized cell. The other one is titanium (but available in aluminum) and uses one 18650 cell.)

Below might be the best shot of the tritium slots in the tailcap. There are 6 around the sides along with one directly in the switch cover, too.

That strike bezel (or “murder bezel” as I like to call them) is quite striking indeed. It is reversible and in fact removable, so don’t get tied on that if you hate murder bezels.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight laying on pocket clip

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight with strike bezel removed

The tailcap has a nice beefy spring.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight with tailcap off showing spring

The head, though, has only a button for contact on the positive terminal of the cell. That means this is less of a tactical light and much more of an EDC light. Reasonable.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight showing head contact and tail spring

The cell tube is fully removable.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight with cell tube removed

Size and Comps

Size: 102 mm (Length) x 35 mm (Head diameter) x 16.8 mm (Body diameter) x 23 mm (Tail diameter)
Weight: 81.6 grams or 2.88 oz (Without battery); 103.3 grams or 3.64 oz (with 14500 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).

Manker Striker Mini aluminum 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. I also reviewed that specific edition, the “Oveready BOSS FT Collector Vintage Brass” 35. I love it!

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight joke without cell tube

Retention and Carry

There are a couple (or few, even) ways to carry the Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight. First is the pocket clip, which comes attached to the light.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight showing pocket clip

This clip attaches only to the switch end and allows fairly deep carry. This is a two-way pocket clip and there’s a lanyard hole in the shoulder.

Next up is the lanyard, which attaches to the tactical ring. That ring is removable but is held in place by the tailcap. Thus, the lanyard attachment is very secure. You could also attach the lanyard through a hole in the pocket clip.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight tactical ring lanyard hole

Don’t forget that you can use that tactical ring for tactical things, too! It’s great for grip.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight lanyard installed

Power and Runtime

The Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight is powered by a single lithium-ion cell. Manker includes the necessary type – a 14500. This particular cell is rated at 920mAh and has a button top.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight with included 14500

It goes into the light in the usual way – positive end toward the head.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight with included 14500 installed

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight with included 14500 installed

The light has only two modes, and I’ve tested them both. You can see the output below. The claim of 635 lumens is essentially met but output does drop off very quickly.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight runtime graph

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight runtime graph

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight runtime graph

The light does exhibit low voltage protection, though, which is appreciated.

Here’s one runtime for a NiMH AA cell.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight runtime graph

Charging

While the Striker Mini itself does not have charging, the included cell does. That’s by way of a USB-C charging port near the positive terminal.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight charging port on cell

A cable is included. It’s USB to USB-C.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight included charging cable

Charging is acceptable and works with both USB and USB-C input.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight charging graph

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight charging graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
14500 High 635-260-8 3m-1h15m-40m 628 (0s)
576 (30s)
3.74
14500 Low 50 6h30m 59 0.12
AA High 265-100-8 40s-1h32m-1h 211 2.66
AA Low 8 60m 8 0.08

Pulse Width Modulation

Neither mode with either cell type really uses 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, comparing them to the test light will be easier. Unfortunately, the PWM on this light is so bad that it doesn’t even work with my normal scale, which 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.

User Interface and Operation

A single switch controls the Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight. This is a forward mechanical clicky and allows for very simple operation, including momentary output.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight tail switch

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight tail switch profile

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight tail switch actuation

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click High
Off Tap Mode select
On Click Off
Of Tap No action
Off Double tap Strobe

The light will reset itself to high mode when off for longer than 2 seconds.

LED and Beam

Manker uses an Osram NM1 emitter in the Striker Mini. This emitter allows for great output and is small enough to also give great throw. The smooth reflector also helps with this goal.

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight emitter and reflector

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight headstanding with strike bezel

Manker Striker Mini aluminum flashlight emitter on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

On low, the CCT is cool white. On high, the CCT is very cool white. CRI is unsurprisingly low, too. Neither of these things is surprising for a dedicated thrower like this light.

Beamshots

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure. These photos are taken at floor level and the beam hits the ceiling around 9 feet away.

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

  • Very simple user interface
  • It’s so small for such great throw!
  • Can run both 14500 and 1.5V cells too (primary, NiMH)
  • Full package includes cell
  • Cell has USB-C charging

What I don’t like

  • Very cool white
  • Just two modes (no “daily” interface, despite being an “EDC” light)

Notes

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