Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC Flashlight Review

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC Flashlight Review

The Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight is a tiny 18350, USB-C charging light with a secondary red emitter! It has nice throw, too!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight product page.

Versions

There are so many versions of the Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight! First, there are four body colors: black (seen here), grey, orange, and brown. 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 $63.90.


What’s Included

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight what's included

  • Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight
  • Skilhunt 1100mAh 18350
  • Pocket clip
  • Lanyard
  • Charging cable
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Magnet delete
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight manual

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC Flashlight Build Quality and Disassembly

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight

Skilhunt’s build quality for the EC200S-Red Mini 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 note at the same time that the quality is commensurate with the price. Also, since there’s a TON of overlap between this light and the EC200 and EC200S (18650 version) and others, you may note a good bit of similar text from other versions of this light that I’ve reviewed. I appreciate the consistency with these lights by Skilhunt!

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).

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.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight tailcap off

The threads here are very smooth.

I requested that Skilhunt not glue the head to my review sample EC200S-Red. 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 EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight head removed

Size and Comps

71mm x 25mm x 22.2mm and 42.5g (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 EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight in hand

The size is absolutely fantastic, particularly with the light offering USB-C charging!! And yes, I said the same for the 18650 version. Both are incredibly sized for the market space they occupy!

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 EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight. It ships unattached and is a friction-fit clip.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight pocket clip detail

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.

I forgot to capture the 18350 version magnet in use. But you can imagine!

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight

Same with the mesh bag. You’ll have to imagine. The bag you get for the Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight is the same as the mesh bag you get for the 18650 body.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight

Power and Runtime

The Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight runs on a single lithium-ion cell. It’s sized for an 18350 and an appropriate 1100mAh cell is included (at least if you pick that option).

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight with included 18350

The 18350 fits into the EC200 with the positive terminal toward the head, as seen below. Unlike some other Skilhunts, this one has a max voltage of 4.2V.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight with included 18350 installed

There’s a sticker to note the cell orientation just inside the cell tube, too.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight cell orientation sticker

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. I truly appreciate graphs like this because you get to see how specifically running the light on T1 and T2 have on duration of runtime.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight runtime graph

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight runtime graph

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight runtime graph

Charging

I’ve said it over and over already but the Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight offers USB-C charging! Congratulations to Skilhunt for making this move on an 18350 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 EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight charging cable

Below are tests for C to C and A to C charging. Both work just fine. If you read the 18650 review on another EC200 you might note something here and I think it’s very important. Maybe one of the most important things about this 18350 light. The charging here is adjusted. Skilhunt has taken the time to adjust the charge rate to something appropriate for the cell. I can’t think of another light offhand (but my memory is honestly not great, sooo) that offers both size bodies where charging speed has been adjusted to not be “too fast” for the smaller cell. Massive kudos to Skilhunt for this. Would the cell be hurt if you charge an 18350 with the 18650 head? No, not really – 1.5A would be “okay” for this 1100mAh 18350 cell. It’d be a little fast (well over 1C) but would only affect the long-term cell life. You may get fewer charge cycles out of it. This is another reason in support of Skilhunt gluing the head (where the charging port is) to the body (which dictates the cell size being used).

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini 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 1400-410-140 1m+60m+5m 1352 (0s)
1259 (30s)
5.86
T2 750-410-140 3m+60m+5m 672 (0s)
666 (30s)
2.03
H1 410-140 60m+5m 365 0.93
M1 140 200m 124 0.29
M2 40 10h 37 0.10
L1 4 30h 3.2 0.03
L1 0.6 0.36 [low]
R1 320-160 3m+65m [283] 2.44
R2 73 260m [73] 0.26
R3 18 14h [19] 0.07
R4 1.5 32h [2.0] 0.03

A note on the red measurements: I am not calibrated for red output so these are just very general ideas.

Pulse Width Modulation

None of the modes (even the red 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 of the Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC Flashlight

The switch on this Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini 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 EC200S-Red Mini! It’s not a functional improvement, but a nice touch.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight e-switch

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight e-switch profile

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

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight e-switch actuation

Here’s the switch lighting in red.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight e-switch indicating 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!

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! Note that this user interface is nearly the same as other Skilhunt lights with a switch that looks like this but there’s the wrinkle of that red emitter.

State Action Result
Off Hold Low (Mode memory between L1 and L2)
L1 or L2 Hold Iterate between L1 and L2
L1 or L2 Click + Hold Main group (mode memory)
L1 or L2 Click 2x No result
Off Long hold (2s) Memory between L1 and L2 then R4 (specifically R4, not just “red group” or “red memory”)
Off Click 4x Lockout (Three blinks of main emitters to confirm)
Lockout Click 4x Unlock to Low group (Mode memory between L1 or L2)
Lockout Click 2x Iterate lockout indicator^
Lockout Hold Momentary Output (Appears to be approximately L1)
L1/L2 or Red Group Click Off
Off Click On in “Main Group” (Mode memory between M2/M1/H)
Main Group Hold Mode advance (M2 > M1 > H)
Main Group Click Off
L1/L2 or Main Group 2 clicks + hold Mode memory Red Group
Main Group or Off Click 2x Turbo Group (Mode memory between T1 and 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 Turbo 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
Strobe Group 2 clicks + hold Red strobe group
Red Strobe Group Click 2x Red Strobe Advance (S1 > S2 > S3)† (same strobes, just red)

^ 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 (turbo, ish)
S2: SOS (some mid-High output)
S3: Beacon (one highish blink every second or so)

LED and Beam

This Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight has two (two not three!) Nichia 519a emitters. It’s a “triple” in some sense, slots right into that “BOSS” category – it even has a red secondary! I love it! It adds USB-C charging to that slot for me though, which is a huge bonus! The “red secondary” is different from the BOSS though, since the BOSS has three main emitters then a secondary. Either way…

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight emitter array

It’s hard to see it here I think, but this light does not use an optic – each emitter has a tiny little cup reflector! If you get other “S” variants like the “other white” or UV, you may get a little filter. If you get the little filter, you will note that the secondary emitter reflector cup has a tiny lip where this filter rests comfortably. The red variant (seen here) does not have that. Among other nice touches that Skilhunt has offered on these lights, this is one. They could have just thrown all “lipped” reflectors over these secondary emitters. That they didn’t mean (either that) they are exceptionally interested in all the details being right or (/and) that the lipped reflectors are more costly. We’ve seen the driver differences in this 18350 version, so let’s assume the best of those options!

It’s a nice detail, anyway. You’ll see in future reviews that there’s an amber filter, too. So if you didn’t want red but do want non-white secondary, you can use that amber filter!

One more thing to note about these reflectors. The 2x white emitters have different reflectors, too! One is smooth and will offer superior throw. One is orange peel and will diffuse the beam for great smoothness and diminishing of artifacts. It’s a very good setup.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight white emitters on

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight red emitter on

This stainless bezel also has teeth (or “shape”) that allow light to escape when headstanding.

Skilhunt EC200 powerful EDC flashlight headstanding

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight white emitter on

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight red emitter 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 4400K to around 4600K.) CRI is also very high, at over 96.

This is very, very good output.

I can’t test the red emitter for CRI and CCT because it’s so intense. Even on the low modes, my sensor is saturated. The 620-630nm red (Cree XPE2) is truly a deep, biting red.

Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight 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. I love this “S-Red” version. I love that it’s “Mini” and fits so nicely into the rotation. 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 EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight
Emitter: 2x Nichia 519A (4500K), Red
Price in USD at publication time: $63.60
Cell: 1×18350
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) 1400
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1259 (89.9% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 2.32
Claimed Throw (m) 109
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 209lux @ 4.056m = 3438cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 117.3 (107.6% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 4500
Measured CCT Range (K) 4400-4600 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 about the Skilhunt EC200S-Red Mini EDC flashlight

  • Size
  • USB-C Charging (particularly for the size)
  • USB-C charging is specific to the body size (the charge rate isn’t too high for the cell)
  • 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
  • Red is a fun secondary emitter and fairly well addressed in the user interface.
  • Reflector cups are smooth and orange peel on the 2x white mode, providing superior beam shape.

What I don’t like

  • The cell adds a surprising cost to the package
  • Still there are just tiny inconsistencies in the user interface when there’s a secondary emitter involved. It’s very good, but could be a little bit better.

Notes

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