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    Buttrock Olight M22 Review

    Olight took advantage of the new XM-L2 LED in their new M22 flashlight. When the light was released, it received mixed reactions from the market regarding its look.

    Bottom line is, some liked it others, not so much. See for yourself:





    They sort of really emphasize the tactical aspect with all the military stuff on it don’t they?

    This side seems like something made for retail stores, it even has the square with the code on it.
    The presentation is stellar:



    The Olight comes with an Olight M22 (duh), a diffuser, a cool holster, a battery magazine for CR123s, a lanyard, 3 o-rings, and an extra GID tail boot (Glow In the Dark). For the purpose of this review though, Olight sent a SS bezel along with the light.

    Construction:
    My first impressions of the light was that it feels solid, reliable and has a surprisingly good finish to it. The letters and font on the two sides of the battery tube are nice and clear. The cooling fins on the head are just the right size, not too small to be of any use, but not so unnecessarily large either. The knurling is just awesome, it’s composed of these small little checkered raised rectangles. The bezel is tough and has a caution sign with the words “hot surface” laser etched net to it, and on the other side “CREE XM-L2” also laser etched.




    You cannot tailstand the light because of the protruding tail boot:










    The tailcap has a gold-like contact, below it is a normal spring, so it maintains its springiness but with good contact.


    Threads are well lubed and look like they’ll last for a long time:


    Inside the battery tube there is a convenient little shiny sticker in place to remind you which way to put in the batteries just in case:


    You can remove the grip ring, but doing so will expose an o-ring, you see two in the picture because I deliberately did not tighten down the tailcap fully.


    There is also a cool feature I haven’t seen yet. The clip and the grip ring have a complementary mechanism to keep themselves in place.


    The head doesn’t have anodized threads, so the light stays on even when the head is partially unscrewed, which is kind of needed because of the UI.



    The reflector is smooth and moderately deep, producing a beam that is throwy but balanced


    The light has thick walls, and it feels like it can take a brutal beating (the light to the side of it is the ArmyTek Predator):


    The bezel is simple to remove, just apply an average amount of initial force and the bezel loosens.

    The red o-ring is sprinkled with GID powder and at night it glows, I’ll take a few pictures of this soon.







    This is how it looks like with the Stainless Steel bezel:









    Diffuser:
    Straight forward pictures coming your way:








    Holster:
    The holster that comes with the Olight is impressive. It is made with some sort of slightly hardened material so it retains its shape. The stitching is flawless and thick. To the sides are two battery holsters so you can carry two extra 18650 along with your M22 in the holster. That’s an amazing feature, one I was waiting for a company to implement one day.


















    A How-to Guide
    Replacing the tail boot on the M22 is a bit deceptively simple. For those familiar with common parts in a tailcap and steps to replace tail boots, the Olight has a slightly longer procedure.




    First, take some tweezers or something to poke into the two “pits”

    Next, start unscrewing it. It took quite a bit of initial force to loosen it, and make sure you press down, I slipped a couple of times and gave it a few scratches.





    Now, typically once you’ve done all this, all that is left is to remove the tailcap and put in the new one, however, this time, you will have to repeat the process again with another retainer inside.







    Cree XM-L vs. Cree XM-L2:





    Notice how the XM-L has lines across the LED while the XM-L2 does not













    Whitewall beamshots:
    First some suspensful pictures of the competitors:










    Below are the output levels of the M22
    Low:

    Mid:

    High:

    Reduced Exposures:



    ArmyTek Viking X:




    ArmyTek Predator SMO




    ArmyTek Predator OP




    Fenix TA21



    Crelant V6CS




    More to come soon
    I’ll be working on a few waterproofing tests, outdoor beamshots, diffuser beamshots and even the GID o-ring,
    UI
    I showed a few pictures previously of the UI of the Olight. Many originally wanted the side switch of the previous military lineup such as the M21. However, I think the UI with the M22 offers a better range of flexibility. I always have mine set to low, because I find that way, I have the best dynamics. I can readily use the low mode, and if needed, I can very easily access high output. Strobe is also accessible and “hidden” at the same time. Just give it a try.
    Conclusion
    I personally believe that the Olight is a considerable competitor in the tactical light market. Especially at the price point of $95. Outdoors, this light really shines. When I have the outdoor beamshots up, you’ll see what I’m talking about. It lights up the targets you point at and also everything around it. I think this type of beam can really help out in tactical situations, when operators need to cover large areas quickly.
    One thing I really did not cover in depth was regulation. The M22 is regulated on high, but has thermal management that steps down whenever the light gets too hot. This is welcoming, as usually it is much more beneficial to decrease the output to an almost unperceivable level and maintain safe operating parameters than push the LED too hard.
    For civilians (like me), the M22 offers a well designed light with high performance. Not only that, but it also has fantastic accessories to boot.
    Olight itself is a great company to deal with and respond to emails and inquiries.
    If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to ask me or send me a PM,
    Regards,
    Alain


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    Thank you very much and so many pics, I like that
    Hope mine will come this week.

    Question; if you remove the clip, will the tactical ring spin around freely?
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    It's a bit difficult to remove the clip, I'll see what is the best way to remove it and I'll report back to you.

    Cheers

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    awesome work man
    aka Edgar Allan Bro, Brosama Bin Liftin, Walter Crunkite, Bro Namath, Teddy Brosevelt, and the Tomahawk Crunkmissile.
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    How would you compare M22 to Fenix TK22 and Surefire Fury P2X in terms of quality of contruction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobrien View Post
    awesome work man
    Thanks a lot buddy You rock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filip11 View Post
    How would you compare M22 to Fenix TK22 and Surefire Fury P2X in terms of quality of contruction?
    As much as I would love to, I can't really help you there my friend. I do have a couple of Fenix lights, and they are also well built.

    Rest assured, they are all high quality lights, even the M22. I would expect it to survive and thrive with whatever you throw at it,

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by firelord777 View Post
    As much as I would love to, I can't really help you there my friend. I do have a couple of Fenix lights, and they are also well built.

    Rest assured, they are all high quality lights, even the M22. I would expect it to survive and thrive with whatever you throw at it,

    Cheers
    Thanks for reply!

    I still have to think a bit, and decide between this and TK 22. Sweet decisions.

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    should be submitted for the review forum section.
    very helpful pics!!

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    Thanks! The only thing I found lacking was a picture of the light in your hand so I could get an idea of the size.

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    Unfortunately I fall on the side of not liking the look of this light which was why I went with EagleTac's new XM-L2 light. Seeing your pictures next to other lights I think that it may not be as bad as it seems in pictures by itself. I did almost order the M22 from amazon to see if I liked it given their easy returns. Now if I could buy an M22 head to screw onto my M20 for like 60 bucks I'd have a hard time not doing it (unfortunately the threads are different ).

    Also, do you know which way that holster is intended to be used (up or down) ? Mine does not seem to fit through the bottom hole when pointing up.

    Thanks for the pictures!
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    I'm actually one who thinks this light is quite attractive. I'm curious, I realize that you can tap the switch in quick succession to get instant access to high and strobe. Exactly how fast do you have to tap it momentarily to change modes? At what point does it not change modes, and just come back on in the set level?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelm View Post
    should be submitted for the review forum section.
    very helpful pics!!
    Thanks, but for some reason I'm never able to post my reviews there, the system just won't let me. All my reviews are in the LED subforum hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by TronPlayer View Post
    Thanks! The only thing I found lacking was a picture of the light in your hand so I could get an idea of the size.
    Don't worry, I'll get back to you soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by endoracing View Post
    Unfortunately I fall on the side of not liking the look of this light which was why I went with EagleTac's new XM-L2 light. Seeing your pictures next to other lights I think that it may not be as bad as it seems in pictures by itself. I did almost order the M22 from amazon to see if I liked it given their easy returns. Now if I could buy an M22 head to screw onto my M20 for like 60 bucks I'd have a hard time not doing it (unfortunately the threads are different ).

    Also, do you know which way that holster is intended to be used (up or down) ? Mine does not seem to fit through the bottom hole when pointing up.

    Thanks for the pictures!
    The holster to me was designed for both, but you're absolutely right, I have to give the light a push to make it go through when it's head up

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentK View Post
    I'm actually one who thinks this light is quite attractive. I'm curious, I realize that you can tap the switch in quick succession to get instant access to high and strobe. Exactly how fast do you have to tap it momentarily to change modes? At what point does it not change modes, and just come back on in the set level?
    All right, I just tested it out and you have to tap it within one second, after one second it comes back on whatever mode you left it on. So for strobe, I guess you have 2 seconds total to access it.

    If you don't really understand let me know

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    @tronplayer:



    It's more or less the size of a small pen

    If you want more comparisons feel free to suggest other things to compare the size

    My hands are not the same size as yours most likely, so it may be misleading. I find comparisons to common household objects to be a much better representation of size,

    Cheers
    Last edited by firelord777; 03-26-2013 at 04:29 PM.

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    Any problem with the tint?

    I have a few Olights and 4Sevens. The lights that have XM-L emitters emit GREEN. Repeat, GREEN.

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    No problems here, the beam is straight up white, the corona of the hotspot has a touch of yellow,

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by firelord777 View Post
    All right, I just tested it out and you have to tap it within one second, after one second it comes back on whatever mode you left it on. So for strobe, I guess you have 2 seconds total to access it.

    If you don't really understand let me know
    I got it. Thank you very much! Even though I just blew a little bit of cash on a PD32, I'll certainly be adding this one to my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentK View Post
    I got it. Thank you very much! Even though I just blew a little bit of cash on a PD32, I'll certainly be adding this one to my list.
    You're very welcome my friend,

    Let me know if you need anything else,

    Cheers

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    Good review. Nice shot. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holylight View Post
    Good review. Nice shot. Thanks.
    Thank you

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    Very nice review! Thanks a lot for your time & effort. firelord777!

    The polished bezel looks nice as well, and I feel the light is very sturdy.

    Is that bezel optional to purchase? Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by candle lamp View Post
    Very nice review! Thanks a lot for your time & effort. firelord777!

    The polished bezel looks nice as well, and I feel the light is very sturdy.

    Is that bezel optional to purchase? Thanks in advance.
    Thanks buddy

    I'm not sure about the bezels, I'll ask Olight

    Cheers

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    Hey Candlelamp,

    Olight has responded that they are, in fact, offering bezels for sale. You'll have to contact then for details, I'm not sure exactly how much they cost

    Cheers

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    Just received the M22 and so far I love it -pocket-clip is way to tight to use it but I don't care (won't use it anyway )
    And don't know if it's standard but mine came with the black and stainless bezel

    edit; Thing that I don't like is, that the ring isn't threaded. Because it isn't the ring can slightly move- it moves even more when you don't use the pocket-clip.
    Last edited by kj2; 04-03-2013 at 01:33 AM.
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    Sorry for the late response kj2, I've been a bit busy

    I'm glad to hear you got both bezels

    Although the clip isn't threaded, mine has no play at all. I can't even get it to budge when the tail cap is screwed on. Perhaps yours may be a bit different?

    Cheers

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    Never mind, I thought you meant the clip In that case, you're right. I wish the ring was also threaded. Maybe Olight will offer a solution soon

    I'm working on the rest of the review, Italian and Spanish versions coming soon

    Cheers

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    Terrific review, Alain. Very thorough!

    I'm tending to like the new design. It has a kind of retro look about it, especially the head. Aesthetically, I wish they used a different texture pattern on the body and tail cap. The shallow but tight knurling of Surefire lights seems to grip better, especially with gloves on.

    These lights are seriously tough. I spotted a Russian demonstration of an M20 being crushed by a steam roller (link). The glass shattered and the head was partially flattened, but it still functioned.
    Lights in my rotation: Nitecore EA4 | Surefire U2 | Novatac EDC-120P | Olight M20 R5 | Fenix P3D-Q5, PD30. L0D-Q4 | Regal WT1 | Pila GL3/D26

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