26650 power, type-C charging with good current, good range and warm light — all this together potentially makes the flashlight quite interesting. How about in reality? Let’s get a look.
Manker is a quite good company and at one time they loudly declared themselves, in some (I forgot, U11 or 21) model, giving good control in terms of flexibility and a penny price tag for the entire set of characteristics.
Emitter: CREE XHP-50.2
Maximum output:2000 lumens
Power by 1x 5000mAh 26650 battery (Battery included)
Type-C USB charging function
Maximum beam intensity: 20000CD,
Maximum beam distance :282 meters.
Working voltage: 2.8V-4.35V (Over discharge protection)
Driver: Most efficiency constant current circuit
Material: Aircraft-grade aluminum body
Surface treatment: Premium Type III hard-anodized antiabrasive
Lens: Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective
Water proof: IPX-8 (2 meters under water)
Length: 128mm / Diameter: 46mm
Weight: 189g (without battery)
Accessories: O-ring *1, Lanyard *1, Type C USB cable *1, Manker 5000mAh rechargeable 26650 battery *1
Packaging and appearance
The packaging doesn’t make much of an impression. Mediocre is shorter. There is a modest design that makes it clear that this modesty is a conscious design, and it looks appropriate and good. There is also a design from the category of «well, at least something.» Everything seems to be good, but it looks worse than the packages of most competitors. There is a lot of empty space in the box and during transportation it was pretty wrinkled. When you buy for yourself and are going to throw away the packaging anyway, it wouldn’t matter. But if you take it as a gift, then this moment must be taken into account and asked to pack everything carefully.
The package includes everything you need except for a case: a flashlight, acc, lanyard, o-ring, instructions and charging cable. But there is no cover, sorry. Could put some penny.
In fairness, the initial negative ends on a mediocre appearance. The flashlight itself looks very good. The relatively small 128mm carcass looks quite decent, and here I definitely don’t find any disadvantages in appearance. See for yourself.
Traditional comparison with the well-known S2+. Manker U23, of course, is much thicker, but it fits into the usual dimensions for this size.
There is a deep groove on the tail, if it is pinned, then the tail is flat enough to stand with a candle.
The springs on both sides of the flashlight are thick enough, everything is fine here. On the tail, it is generally double.
And although there is no special knurling here, the grip is very strong due to the fact that deep longitudinal grooves run along the flashlight and one concentric one right in the middle of the carcass.
It is very comfortable to hold, I repeat — the grip is reliable and comfortable.
Traditionally, buttons and a charging connector are spaced on both sides of the head.
The lid of the latter is very good — thick, it opens moderately easily. The charging connector pleases — there is still Type-C, you don’t have to blindly poke.
The button is wide, it is located in a small recess (due to this, the button does not stick out, which reduces the chances of accidental switching on) and the finger finds it without problems. The latter also helps with lighting. The move is average with a clear click. Nothing to complain about.
The cooling fins are numerous and deep, again everything is fine here.
The bezel is wide and twists together with the reflector. Here, which is unusual, there is also an internal thread.
At the bottom — XHP50.2. All giblets look quite neat
And, of course, a smooth reflector. On the glass, everything is as usual — enlightenment, anti-glare, hardening are declared …
despite the outwardly oversaturated scheme at the bottom, the controls are quite simple and you can quickly get used to it.
on-off by long pressing (which is a minus for many) with mode memory
switching modes on click.
a short click from off starts the moonlight
by double-clicking, we launch the turbo and the group of special modes that follows it.
Battery indicator :
1. Blue: more than 70% 2. Purple: 50% 3. Red: less than 20%
sequence of 1-2-3 clicks. unlock also.
Engineering mode (moonlight level setting):
press and hold the button, the indicator will light up. then quickly click 4 times to access engineering mode. there, by clicking, select the desired level and fix it with a long press.
Flashlight at work
There are versions with cold and neutral (read warm) light. I have a second one. PWM flicker is not visible in any of the modes.
The nature of the light distribution is expected for a medium fight. The reflector here is generally large, but the LED is also rather big, and even dedominated, so there is no obvious «sew» here.
Well, for comparison, Manker U23 in high turbo with the standard known to the maximum of readers — S2 + XML-2 6500K
further will be clearer.
The charging current is very good, 1.8A, everything is in order here.
There are no questions and to stabilization. In a turbo, the flashlight warms up quickly enough, but with its dimensions, the brightness is still not high enough to make the grip uncomfortable due to overheating of the carcass.
The rest of the modes are very, very good in terms of brightness-duration.
As for the work on the ground, the flashlight showed itself quite decently. It does not demonstrate any range miracles like its older brother MK35 and similar ones, but for its size, the Manker U23 has sufficient penetration power for maximum needs.
Here it is worth making a small digression. Although the choice of a configuration with warm light usually means a loss in brightness, but only cold light is very strongly reflected from any water suspension and dust, any fine rubbish scattered in the air. So, in fact, a less bright flashlight may turn out to be longer-range live.
And here the second point is that for some specific needs such as fire extinguishing, it is warm light that is needed. I have a friend nachkar, we discussed this issue with him (and this flashlight is quite possible for him and will depart after the review). In fact, there are no flashlights sharpened for the needs of fire fighting, but what he showed me was some kind of OEM slag. And here a powerful long-range shot with warm light can turn out to be just what you need, and you can put it on a cyanotic spot of a hotspot in such conditions. If the flashlight goes to him, then I will supplement the review with his reviews on the use of fire extinguishing in real conditions.
Here, watch it live.
15m even Low is closed here, not to mention the 8-hour Mid.
half a hundred meters — no problem
75m, I don’t see any problems either.
400m is already at the limit of a useful distance. Those. it will be possible to consider something large there, but at such a distance many factors are already beginning to influence: parasitic illumination (the darker it is around, the more contrast and better the light from the flashlight will be visible), air purity, the size of the illuminated object and visual acuity. IMHO, at such a distance, the naked eye can only distinguish UAZ from Niva.
Look, here in the video you can still see what a flashlight is capable of.
In general, they are positive. And if the option with cold light is clearly less competitive (there are other decent flashlights on the market with the same size and price), then the option in warm light stands out.
Other manufacturers hardly even offer a neutral color, it should be looked for in either larger or smaller flashlights. And then it’s immediately warm … In fact, the only obvious jamb is the cyanosis in the center. Explicit, but I think that it is not so significant for those who care about warm light. And, I repeat, you don’t have to choose here, because I can’t name something similar on the market.
+ good battery life
+ charging current
+ brightness and range
+ competitive price tag
— spot in the center.