Skilhunt EC200 Powerful EDC Flashlight Review

Skilhunt EC200 Powerful EDC Flashlight Review

The Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight is a triple emitter, USB-C charging, 18650 flashlight. It’s also available as an 18350 and with emitter options!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight product page.

Versions

There are so many versions of the Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight! First, there are two body colors: black (seen here) and grey. Then they can be broken down into three categories. The “EC200” is a simple triple; Three of the same emitters. The “EC200S” has a secondary emitter which takes the place of one of the emitters from the triple. There are two main emitters and one secondary. The secondary can be red (which is named “EC200S-Red”), UV (which is named “EC200S-UV), or some CCT of white (just “EC200S”).

The third category adds “Mini” to the name and can be both the triple variety (EC200) and the “secondary” variety (EC200S).

Price

These range all the way from $55.90 to around $75.90. This model as reviewed sells for $70.90.


What’s Included

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight what's included

  • Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight
  • Skilhunt 3500mAh 18650
  • Pocket clip
  • Lanyard
  • Charging cable
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Magnet delete
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight

Skilhunt’s build quality for the EC200 powerful EDC flashlight is great. That’s no surprise. I will note that the price of most current Skilhunt lights seems to continue to creep upward, but will note at the same time that the quality is commensurate with the price. This is reasonably a $70 light. Or if you have your own 18650, even better at $55.

One huge improvement here is that charging is by USB-C. I’ll cover that more thoroughly below, but note that there’s no real burden to this change – the light is definitely not too big because of this charging port.

One thing to note is that the EC200, EC200S, EC200S, and EC200S-UV all have the same markings. They are all labeled “EC200.” Of course, you can look at the emitters and tell immediately if you have the S (and which S you have).

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight tailcap and threads

The threads here are very smooth.

I requested that Skilhunt not glue the head to my review sample EC200. They agreed and so you can see below the head removed. There’s a plastic piece that normally covers a bunch of the driver parts as well as a wavy ring for continuity between the head and cell tube. I requested this because I also got a black Mini body, and now I have my own little “combo set” that can be used interchangeably. Will I ever do that? Probably not! But if you do take the parts apart, note that you’ll likely face some glue, and once apart you’ll need to keep up with those two pieces.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight head removed and showing parts

Size and Comps

102mm x 25mm x 22.2mm and 48.5g (without 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).

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight in hand

The size is absolutely fantastic, particularly with the light offering USB-C charging!!

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 with the Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight. It ships unattached and is a friction-fit clip.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight pocket clip off

Despite offering two-way usage, the clip can go on the head or the tail. Very versatile! There are also lanyard holes on both ends of the clip.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight pocket clip installed

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight lanyard hole

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight lanyard

There’s a magnet in the tailcap, too. It’s plenty strong for holding the light. But if you don’t want that, then you can remove the magnet and place the rubber “blank” where the magnet goes. That’ll keep your spring from being loose.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight tailcap magnet in use

Finally, there’s a nylon mesh pouch. Skilhunt always ships these separately but I think you’ll get one with your order, too.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight nylon mesh bag

Power and Runtime

The Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight runs on a single lithium-ion cell. It’s sized for an 18650 and an appropriate 3500mAh cell is included.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight with included 18650 cell

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight cell direction sticker

The 18650 fits into the EC200 with the positive terminal toward the head, as seen below. Unlike some other 18650 Skilhunts, this one has a max voltage of 4.2V, so no doubling cells in here!

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight with included 18650 cell installed

Here are a few runtime tests. I wouldn’t say there’s anything super surprising here. Output is very stable once a stepdown has happened, and low voltage protection is observed. There’s also a low voltage warning from the indicating e-switch.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight runtime chart

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight runtime chart

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight runtime chart

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight runtime chart

Charging

I’ve said it over and over already but the Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight offers USB-C charging! Congratulations to Skilhunt for making this move on an 18650 light. I liked their old proprietary magnetic charging just fine but now that I see USB-C on here, I like this so much better! And without a real sacrifice to size, too! It’s fantastic. Of course, they’ve had this before (and for a while!) on a bigger light like the EC300 (which I also really like!)

The charge port cover is a press-in silicone bit and seems very sturdy when in place. It’s also fairly sleek when closed so that it doesn’t open needlessly.

Skilhunt includes a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight cable

Below are tests for C to C and A to C charging. Both work just fine.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight charging graph

While charging, the switch is red. When charging is complete, the switch is steady blue. If something is wrong with charging, the switch blinks red.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
T1 1550-415-135 1m+180m+30m 1405 (0s)
1299 (30s)
5.91
T2 780-415-135 3m+180m+30m 664 (0s)
656 (30s)
1.94
H1 415-135 180m+30m 360 1.01
M1 135 10h 113 0.30
M2 40 30h 33 0.10
L1 4 100h 2.9 0.03
L1 0.5 0.24 [low]

Pulse Width Modulation

None of the modes use PWM! Yay!

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

The switch on this Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight should be very familiar. It’s very much like what Skilhunt has used for a long while (at least back to 2022 on the EC300, for example. The light is controlled by a single e-switch. This switch has a backlight function and can light in red or blue. While the switch has a transparent center, it has an interesting design pattern printed (?) in the center. It’s another thing to like about the EC200! It’s not a functional improvement, but a nice touch.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight e-switch detail

The switch is just barely proud and the action is very good.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight e-switch profile

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight e-switch actuation

Here’s the switch lighting in red.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight e-switch indicating in red
Particularly on the “base model” EC200 (the one with no secondary emitters), the user interface is familiar and simple enough. Anyway, I love the Skilhunt user interface, even if it can be said to be complex. But this one is great!

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Hold Low (Memory between L1 and L2)
L1 or L2 Hold Iterate between L1 and L2
Off Click 4x Lockout (Three blinks of main emitters to confirm)
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, Off, or Low group Click 2x Turbo Group (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, Off, or Low group 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)†
Strobe Group Hold No result

^ The 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 accessed the strobe group from off, triple-clicking will not return to off. For continuity, it should! In fact, if you access 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 (turbo, ish)
S2: SOS (main white, some mid-High output)
S3: Simple blinking

It’s not really covered in the UI table, but the switch does indicate the power level. It does this for around 5 seconds after you turn the light on. The indicators are as follows:

Blue steady: 100-80%
Blue blinking: 80-50%
Red steady: 50-20%
Red blinking: 20-0%

LED and Beam

This Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight has three Nichia 519a emitters. It’s a “triple” and so for me, slots right into that “BOSS” category. I love it! It adds USB-C charging to that slot for me though, which is a huge bonus!

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight triple emitters

The bezel screws in over what appears to be a standard triple optic. This looks like a narrow optic – if you wanted more flood, you could likely replace this optic with one of two others that offer more flood. (I don’t want that – I very strongly prefer this narrow optic!) This stainless bezel also has teeth (or “shape”) that allows light to escape when headstanding.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight headstanding

 

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight narrow optic

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight emitters on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

As you should expect from the incredible Nichia 519a emitters, the output is fantastic. It’s very nearly on the BBL (which is good, that’s what you want) and also has the “as claimed” CCT (ranging from 4300K to around 4500K.) CRI is also very high, at over 96.

This is very, very good output.

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. These photos are taken around 18 inches from the door.

I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Summary and Conclusion

If it’s not clear from the text above, I’m practically gushing about this light. I love the “simple” triple version. There are other options if something else suits your needs, but the body is the same. That’s also fantastic. USB-C charging works great. The user interface is great. CRI and CCT are great. Everything here is great. (And if other versions of the Skilhunt EC200 suit your fancy more, stay tuned! I have others from this series to post. 😀 )

The Big Table

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight
Emitter: Nichia 519a 4500K (High CRI)
Price in USD at publication time: $55.90
Cell: 1×18650
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port with cell: all modes
without cell and/or tailcap: all modes except T1
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1550
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1299 (83.8% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 2.84
Claimed Throw (m) 120
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 274lux @ 3.979m = 4338cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 131.7 (109.8% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 4500
Measured CCT Range (K) 4300-4500 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

  • Size
  • USB-C Charging (particularly for the size)
  • Good emitter options
  • The Nichia 519a seems extra incredible in this light (and it is R9080, which means it should be great)
  • Excellent user interface
  • Available as a “mini” (which makes a great 18350/18650 combo)
  • Very good “lowest” output

What I don’t like

  • The cell adds a surprising cost to the package

Notes

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