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After 14500 for Skilhunt M150 and 18650 for Skilhunt M200, it would be logical to see a significantly brighter Skilhunt M300 with a significantly larger 21700 battery. For some reason, the manufacturer decided to leave the same 18650 battery for this model. Be that as it may, the lantern turned out to be very beautiful and amusing in terms of light.

Specification
  • LED: CREE XHP35 HD/HI
  • Brightness: HD: ANSI 2000 lumens HI CRI: ANSI 1700 lumens
  • Range HD: 219 meters HI: 293 meters
  • Maximum Peak Beam Intensity: HD: 11500 cd HI: 21500 cd
  • Waterproof: IPX-8
  • Impact resistance: 1 meter
  • Battery: 1×18650, 2×CR123A
  • Size: Length 111mm/4.37″
  • Head diameter 28mm/1.19″
  • Case Diameter 23mm/0.9″
  • Weight: 72.5g / 2.56oz (without battery)
  • Accessories: user manual, spare o-rings, lanyard, clip, magnetic charging cable.

Packaging and appearance

A white box with a good design, it is quite suitable to give a flashlight.

Inside there is a white substrate on which the flashlight itself is fixed. Under it is a box with the rest of the contents: a lanyard, a charging cable, a clip, o-rings, a plastic round instead of a magnet, instructions.

The flashlight itself has become definitely larger, and for him Amazing A 21700 battery would do. With all this, it can seem somehow big only against the background of a very small and elegant M200. By itself, the Skilhunt M300 undeniably fits into typical EDC dimensions, it is a regular flashlight exactly 11cm long. Quite compact, by the way.

As for the design, it is entirely in the same style as the two previous models: M150 and M200, see for yourself.

M150 and the first version of the M200 design

Old and new versions of the M200 design

M300 and old M200. It can be seen that the design update has made the lantern much more pleasing to the eye. All it took was borrowing the azure bezel from Olight.

Let’s look at it from all angles. To put it bluntly, the M300 is one of the prettiest flashlights I’ve seen this year, if not the prettiest at all. It seems that there is nothing fundamentally new in appearance here, but you really don’t want to let go of it.

There is a strong magnet in the tail cap, which, if desired, can be replaced with a plastic plug. Here, by the way, Skilhunt could make a logical move and add a diffuser, as Lumintop does. Convenience as a camping lamp will be much more than the penny price of this appendage.

The springs are good and thick.

The thread is well lubricated.

The knurling is quite large and tenacious. The flashlight sits comfortably in the hand.

The bezel of the button, as I mentioned, is surrounded by an Olight azure ring. The button itself is medium in size, barely protruding beyond the case. The stroke is short, soft, with an average click. Blindly groping quickly will be possible only in the standard way — by placing a clip on the opposite side. The button has a red-blue indicator illumination of the level of the remaining charge. Everything remained unchanged regarding the M200.

On the opposite side, there is the same pad known from previous models. The magnetic patch is quite strong. Although for me, let the flashlight be 3-4 mm longer, but there would be type-c micro-usb charging. Now the user is actually tied to the native cable.

At the same time, you can also evaluate the depth of the cooling fins. I think that, as in the case of the M200, the designers did their best for a head of this size.

The smooth bezel has been replaced by a toothy one. The teeth, however, are rather decorative here and are only suitable to understand whether the flashlight standing on the head is turned on. This is definitely not the toothiness of a tactical flashlight.

The glass is coated, followed by a smooth reflector with the XHP35 HD or the less bright, but much more long-range XHP35 HI (i.e., without a silicone dome, dedominated). The reflector has become much larger. In my opinion, it is already comparable in size to some compact tactical flashlights.

That, in fact, is all. Looks neat. There is nothing to complain about, the flashlight is assembled without visible flaws and has a very pleasant branded look, it sits wonderfully in the hand..

Control

With the release of the M200 HiCRI and the Skilhunt H04 headband, the interface has changed significantly. He suited many as is, but many were frankly uncomfortable. Now, in addition to the classic Skilhunt control, where the change of modes was at the touch of a button, a customizable interface has appeared with a change of modes by holding. Stylistically, it is quite close to something Olight’s.

Attention! Don’t let the length of the text below fool you. In fact, the old, familiar control scheme exclusively simple. The new one is only slightly more complicated in the sense that you can pre-select the required brightness levels from the two available. In real use interface does not cause any difficulties at all.

(time) blocking — 1.5 sec hold off If the lights accidentally press the button against something, then it will unlock itself. So it’s better to unscrew the tailcap.

mode memory There is

charge indication: button flashes 4x 100%~80%, 3x 80%~50%, 2x 50%~20%, 1x charge below 20% every time power on

A-B mode change

From off, press and hold the button for 5 seconds, the lamp in the button will flash three times quickly then three times slowly.

Mode A:

From OFF:

press the button to turn on the last used brightness level

2x quick click starts Turbo (T1/T2)

3x quick click starts strobe

hold for 0.5 seconds — start Low (L1 / L2) )

from ON

press and hold side switch for 0.5 second to turn off

Brightness and mode selection

Brightness level: Press the button to switch between Low-Mid-High-Turbo

quickly press the button twice to switch between sub-levels (for example, between L1 and L2)

Special Modes: Press the button three times quickly to start the strobe (S1), then double-click to switch S1/S2/S3 mode, press the button to return to normal mode at the last used brightness level.

Mode B

from OFF

On by clicking on the last used level brightness level,

holding 0.5 sec starts L2,

2x click starts Turbo (T1),

3x click launches special modes (S1)

from ON

click off

holding the button — change modes in a circle

3 clicks — level editing. (!)

In special modes: quickly double-click the button to switch between S1 / S2 / S3, press the button to turn off the forehead, hold the button for 1 second to adjust brightness level S1/S2/S3 in low, medium or high mode, quickly press three times to restore factory default flash modes

Level editing:

no matter how complicated the scheme may seem, I find it extremely simple

default L2-M2-H2-T2

From ON do 3 clicks.

The brightness begins to scroll in a circle in increasing order. When the brightness is on one of the already selected modes, the button lights up. Accordingly, if the level has not yet been added to the selected ones, the button is not lit.

-> click on the desired level and the level is added or removed from the selected ones (the indicator on the button lights up or goes out). Thus, you can assign either just 2 brightness levels, or as many as 7. T1 cannot be assignedaccessed by 2 clicks.

Reset settings to factory settings. Enter edit mode and make 3 clicks

How the Skilhunt M300 shines

A dedominated LED of this brightness is definitely an exceptionally rare choice for a flashlight. And I am glad that the manufacturer provides the user with the opportunity to choose the light to their liking. Either the classic, brighter and more flooded XHP35 HD, or the significantly more long-range HI. It’s a question of priorities – it’s more important for someone to shine wider, someone wants to be able to enlighten further. I would choose HD, but from the perspective of the review, I think that the HI version is more interesting for its surprise. It is not difficult to figure out how HD shines. But the demolition LED is a very rare guest for a flashlight. I note that, nevertheless, I would like a warmer color temperature.

The maximum brightness is declared 2000 in HD version, which is 1700 in HI. My measurements (T2 \ T1 readings relative to 600 lumens in High1) allow me to believe that these are true numbers. But! As for the maximum brightness in T1, de jure it is, but de facto it drops by about 15% instantly, with or without cooling, and this is about 200 lumens. That is, the real maximum brightness here is about 1450-1500lum.

But at such brightness, the flashlight shines as promised, for a whole minute, before the thermal cut-off is activated, and this is generally quite a lot. And since here, in addition to the latter, there is also a time cutoff, you can immediately start T1 for the second time. And further, to the very limits of common sense and the ability of your palms and batteries in a flashlight to transfer heat.

There is no such problem with T2, it honestly shines its 3 minutes. Given the possibility of a restart, this is enough time to see everything around.

Well, then you can safely rely on a fully stabilized 600 lumens in H1 mode. It’s quite decent brightness.

Well, in general, everything is fine in the world. There are many modes, you can customize the necessary ones for yourself (or don’t bother with the settings and stay in the classic interface, here you have to give up essentially only instant access to the turbo). The flashlight in the HI version will not give you a wide light, but even at low brightness you can shine at a distance that will definitely surprise a person who is far from flashlight building. It is unlikely that anyone would expect such a compact flashlight to shine so far (and at maximum brightness, and so bright).

720 modes 1
720 vs 1
720 modes 2
720 vs 3
720 vs 3
720 modes 3

Skilhunt M300 video review contains many more examples of how this flashlight shines

General impressions

The flashlight itself is pretty good. In fact, this is a forced version of the same new version of the M200 with a classic and olight-like interface.

The flashlight looks cool, comfortable in the hand. Despite a noticeable drop in maximum brightness immediately after launch, a minute at the level of one and a half thousand is also very decent, as well as 3 minutes at the level at which the M200 gave out only 2 minutes.

But I don’t see any logic in continuing to use 18650 batteries in the M300. In conjunction with 21700 power, the flashlight would work amazingly. The dimensions would change by a couple of millimeters of length and width, and the duration of work would increase disproportionately. And personally, I see the manufacturer’s decision to stay in the new model with the usual 18650 as an erroneous one.

Regardless of nutrition, I repeat, the model is interesting. Stylish, bright, long-range. In the version with HI LED, you can count on the ability to shine well into the distance, which fans of this kind of light will surely appreciate. And the additional quasi-Olight interface should appeal to those who spit on the classic Skyhunt interface.

Ultimately, the M300 is a modified and enhanced version of the M200. But the flashlight could become much better and take its rightful place among the few so far EDC flashlights with 21700 power supply. Along the way, due to a small increase in size, it would be possible to increase the duration of work in a turbo. And now it is, albeit very pleasant, but one of the many 18650 flashlights. And here the choice is very wide, so skillhunt put themselves in more difficult competitive conditions. In any case, I believe that those who bought the Skilhunt M300 will not regret it. And isn’t that the most important thing?

If $50 scares you away, but you still want to buy a long-range EDC flashlight on aliexpress, then I can advise Sofirn SP35. A very, very good thing for its affordable price, with a capacious 21700 power supply, built-in charging and excellent control.

Where to buy and how to save

You can buy Skilhunt M300 on Aliexpress ► YANDEX-MARKET ►SBERMEGAMARKET

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