Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia Flashlight Review

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia Flashlight Review

The Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia flashlight offers red, green, blue, UV, and three high CRI emitters in one package! It uses one 18350 and has charging!

Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia product page.

Versions

There are a few versions! First here are body colors. Carbon black, olive green, vibrant orange, dark blue, and MAO white. There are also two white emitter options: Cree XP-G4 (cool white) and Nichia 519a (4500K, High CRI). The package is available with and without a cell, too.

Price

The price varies based on which options you pick. This version (high CRI) is the most expensive, at $77.90 (with battery) (and I don’t see a way to exclude the battery). The high output option is $71.90.


What’s Included

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia what's included

  • Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia Flashlight
  • Skilhunt 1100mAh 18350
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Lanyard
  • Pocket clip
  • Mesh pouch
  • Magnet removal blank
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia inside box

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia

Skilhunts are usually well-built lights, and this one is no exception. The design language between this Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia flashlight and the other M-series lights is very consistent! That’s nice, even if this MiX-7 doesn’t have the naming convention (unless the M is the carryover and the model is sort of “iX-7” – possible, I guess.)

Other M-lights (M300 V2 for example) also have a blue bezel. On the Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia flashlight, the bezel is sort of “enhanced” and bigger. I like this one way better!

The threads are square-cut and lubed an appropriate amount. There’s a magnet in the tailcap. You can remove it, and if you do, you should use the rubber spacer in place of the magnet. That’ll keep things snug!

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia magnet tailcap and threads

The head end has a spring, too.

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia spring in head

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia tailcap

Size and Comps

78.8mm x 32.5mm x 23.5mm and 63.5g (excluding cell)

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).

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia in hand

Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+. The version you see below is a custom Convoy S2+ host that’s been laser engraved by GadgetConnections.com. I did a full post on an engraved orange host right here! Or just go straight to GadgetConnections.com to buy your Convoy S2+ now!

Also above is the light beside a 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!

Retention and Carry

A pocket clip is included. It’s a pretty nice friction-fit clip.

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia pocket clip

This clip is long on the tiny MiX-7. It’s not a problem, but, well, it’s a long clip. This is a two-way clip and lives only on the tail end of the Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia flashlight.

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

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia lanyard installed

As mentioned above, the tailcap has a magnet. The magnet is sufficiently strong for holding the MiX-7.

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia tailcap magnet in use

Skilhunt included (separately) this little nylon pouch. I like this more than I figured I would, but since it was separate I’m not really sure if it’s included with all purchases or not.

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia with included mesh bag

Power and Runtime

The Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia flashlight runs a single lithium-ion cell. My package included an 1100mAh 18350 button-top cell.

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia with included 18350

The cell goes into the light in the normal way: positive end (button) toward the head.

 Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia with included 18350 installed

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

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia cell direction sticker

Below you can see three runtime tests. Performance is very good. There’s a big stepdown from T1 Turbo fairly quickly but after that, output is very stable at the “T2” level.

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia runtime graph

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia runtime graph

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia runtime graph

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia runtime graph

Low voltage protection was observed in every test.

Charging

The Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia flashlight 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 MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia charging cable

The connection works well. Notably, this is the “MC-10” charger, which peaks at around 1A.

charging graph

While charging, the charger blinks red, and when charging is complete, the charger uses a blue indicator.

Modes and Currents

 

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
T1 1500/420 1m+55m 1430 (0s)
1298 (30s)
5.37
T2 800/420 5m+55m 715 1.97
H1 420 60m 380 0.92
M1 135 180m 126 0.29
M2 40 9h 36 0.10
L1 4 28h 3 0.03
L2 0.5 180h 0.55 [low]
Red 1 165 165m 126 0.65
Red 2 20 12h 36
Green 1 340 70m 0.80
Green 2 70 10h
Blue 1 45 65m 0.82
Blue 2 7 9h
UV 1 1000mW 140m 0.48
UV 2 200mW 9h

Pulse Width Modulation

There’s no PWM at all on any mode.

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

There’s a single switch on the MiX-7. 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 of the M-series.

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia 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 MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia 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 Advance between different emitters (White > Red > Green > Blue > UV)
Low Group (“Low Color Group” in manual) Click 2x Iterate between L1 and L2 of all modes in low group.
Off Click 4x Lockout (Three blinks of main emitters to confirm and the switch turns red briefly)
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 > S4)†
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 (Red)
S3: Blinking (Red)
S4: Blinking (Red, Green, Blue)

LED and Beam

Skilhunt offers two emitter options for the MiX-7. In this test, it’s the Nichia 519a emitter, which is high CRI at 4500K, as well as (more specifically) Ra90. It’s a very good emitter.

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia emitter array

Each emitter has a tiny little orange peel cup reflector.

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia reflector arrary

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia bezel with teeth

Included in the package is a tiny filter for the UV emitter. Skilhunt smartly put a little lip in the reflector only on the UV area, and this little filter fits perfectly! That also explains why (or one reason) the bezel isn’t glued. It unscrews easily and the filter slips right in!

with the uv filter installed

with the uv filter installed

with the uv filter installed

The secondary emitters are very bright (more on that in a bit).

 

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Both the CRI and the CCT of this emitter option MiX-7 are very good. Skilhunt/ESKTE claims it’s 4500K, and that’s about what we see across all modes.

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. I’ve captured all 7 outputs of the white emitter. Also included are both modes (low and high) for all the secondary options (4).

 

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!

Summary and Conclusion

First of all, right out of the box, I love the Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia flashlight. It’s just a solid little light. That it also has high output and so many emitter options is fantastic, too. The user interface is familiar but breaks from the “M-series” tradition a bit (in at least one way that I don’t like.) The blue stainless steel bezel is very nice and overall, this is just a well-built, high-quality, interesting flashlight.

The Big Table

Skilhunt MiX-7 Multi-color Nichia flashlight
Emitter: Nichia 519a (NVSW519AT, Warm White)
Price in USD at publication time: $77.90
Cell: 1×18350
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 with cell: all modes except T1
without cell and/or tailcap: all modes except T1 and T2
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1500
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1298 (86.5% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 2.72
Claimed Throw (m) 115
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 198lux @ 4.731m = 4432cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 133.1 (115.7% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 4500
Measured CCT Range (K) 4500-4700 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Skilhunt
All my Skilhunt 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 I like

  • Great build quality
  • Nice looking little light
  • Blue steel bezel has teeth
  • High CRI output
  • Nichia 519a
  • User interface (despite foibles)
  • Uses standard (maybe long?) 18350
  • Indicating e-switch
  • All the non-white outputs also have modes (2)

What I don’t like

  • Inconsistency switching between levels within Low group vs other groups
  • Has UV (that’s a huge personal preference – UV here isn’t bad)

Notes

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