Olight M22 (XM-L2, 1x18650, 2xCR123A/RCR) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDEO + more!

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Cool photos, thanks!

You're welcome! Let's see if I can provide you some better pics tomorrow. We ascented about 100 metres during the last 5 kilometres today. I think we should have some pretty view tomorrow. ...if my legs allow me to walk outside.
 

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Remembered I promised more pics. Unfortunately we couldn't get to a place where we could have seen the landscape better because it had been snowing so much. But here are some pics that I took when I was heating the sauna.

Sauna:
sauna.jpg


Woodshed:
puuvaja.jpg


There were so many trees covered with snow around us I didn't have a chance to test the 300+ m throw.
 

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I just ordered this light for myself, using early B-Day coin (13th).

It looks like it should work well enough for my usage. Hoping it's still semi competitive.
With the exchange rate, it's all expensive but this was doable where higher end offerings were not. So with that said, I think I'll be pretty happy with throw on a single cell that still kind of fits in a pocket.
Multi fuel too, nice bonus with my other lights cells.
Thanks for another great review SB.
 

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It looks like it should work well enough for my usage. Hoping it's still semi competitive.
I would say it is. Although max output is not as high as the newer lights, you are not likely to be able to notice a difference (and it is still plenty bright). Efficiency is still great, at all levels.
 

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I just ordered this light for myself, using early B-Day coin (13th).

It looks like it should work well enough for my usage. Hoping it's still semi competitive.
With the exchange rate, it's all expensive but this was doable where higher end offerings were not. So with that said, I think I'll be pretty happy with throw on a single cell that still kind of fits in a pocket.
Multi fuel too, nice bonus with my other lights cells.
Thanks for another great review SB.


Did you consider the M23 Javelot for ~ $10 more? :thinking:

M22-950 lumens/305m throw

M23-1020 Lumens/470m throw :cool:

+ 70 lumens will not be noticeable but an additional 165m of throw will be!
 
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I was curious if someone would find a super price on the next light up in throw. Where did you see that at Cap, pm me I guess.

Exchange rate and shipping is killing my light hording ability.
I'm going to be kicking myself for this lol.
 

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OK, My M22 showed up today.

Been fondling it and doing other nice things for a little bit.
Initial impressions, ignoring age are as follows.

I find it a well built light, all fits well, threads are decent.
Not fond of bare threads on the head end but it is what it is to make it work. Tail threads are great and the lock out works well enough.
O-rings seem a little wimpy, too rubbery IMO.
To easy to be misshaped.

Mode switching through twisting the head is odd but doable, not sure about one handed use, i mean when my arthritis starts kicking in later in year.

Tail switch, mushy start, crisp finish no complaints at all.
Output against my limited selection of lights,
is blazing.
I burnt through a 3400 under a fan in my smokey garage, didn't time it, just wanted to load it down hard. As well give me a reason to top off cell afterwards. Just side by side with my PD35(14 model).
Hotspot is fairly well defined, more spill then I imagined but I can accept that. Can't really give an assessment on range being only used indoors yet but will do soon.

Nice package it comes in, holster is pretty decent too as a bonus, the diffuser works pretty decently for making it into a walking light from a spot light.
All in all, for the price I paid I'm happy with it so far.
It certainly is not my last of this type of light, but it can slip in a jacket pocket well enough. A good filler between a longer bigger headed throw light and a smaller flood, at least for me.

On sale, a good light still IMO.🔦👍

Not sure why I wrote that, you all know more about it then myself.
Have a great one, just in case you did waste your time reading that. ☺
 

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Hi,
I dedomed the led (not me) its over my expectations ! Now the light is a little more warm, the beam is more concentrated, I would say that on medium almost reach the distance from high before dedom, there are no artifacts or defects in the light.
If was rated at 22-23000 cd, now in my eyes appear aprx 40-45000 cd.

Compared with my Nitecore MT40 (rated at 32-34000 cd) now M22 throws further with 40-50 meters!
I’m very happy and I recommend this modification if you have the possibility, is almost the perfect flashlight: small/compact, neutral light, throw is very nice.

PS: I run continuously with IMR 2×18350 (good runtime, full turbo to the end)
 

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Hi,
I dedomed the led (not me) its over my expectations ! Now the light is a little more warm, the beam is more concentrated, I would say that on medium almost reach the distance from high before dedom, there are no artifacts or defects in the light.
If was rated at 22-23000 cd, now in my eyes appear aprx 40-45000 cd.

Compared with my Nitecore MT40 (rated at 32-34000 cd) now M22 throws further with 40-50 meters!
I’m very happy and I recommend this modification if you have the possibility, is almost the perfect flashlight: small/compact, neutral light, throw is very nice.

PS: I run continuously with IMR 2×18350 (good runtime, full turbo to the end)
Nice, I'd like to do that mine, but is beyond my capability.

Good to hear it rocks that much more for it's size.
 

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I dedomed mine 6 months back, makes an awesome long reach compact light, no need now though as olight do it them selfs hence the m23.
 

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I dedomed mine 6 months back, makes an awesome long reach compact light, no need now though as olight do it them selfs hence the m23.
That's great.

Any chance you've a picture of that new beam shot it should give after being cleaned off?
 

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Hi,
Here is some pictures, before and after dedomed, comparison between M22 dedomed and Nitecore MT40, three meters of wall.
Sorry for the quality of the pictures, this is aprx what my eyes see, in last photo I reduce exposure to see better the difference between the beam (without question now is little more concentrated to M22 vs MT40).
There is no greenish, some white-yellow is in reality.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
 
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Hi,
Here is some pictures, before and after dedomed, comparison between M22 dedomed and Nitecore MT40, three meters of wall.
Sorry for the quality of the pictures, this is aprx what my eyes see, in last photo I reduce exposure to see better the difference between the beam (without question now is little more concentrated to M22 vs MT40).
There is no greenish, some white-yellow is in reality.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
Kudos thank you.

I get the drift this may be a good light to get DD'd by someone.
 

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I noticed a detail after dedome, flashlight is getting warm earlier than before dedome.
Is my second flashlight dedomed and it has the same behavior (first was Crelant 7G2CS) .
 

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I noticed a detail after dedome, flashlight is getting warm earlier than before dedome.
Is my second flashlight dedomed and it has the same behavior (first was Crelant 7G2CS) .
I'm glad you came back and mentioned that as I was eyeballing my M22 last night to DD.
I figured there would be trade offs, don't mind losing spill, though extra escalating heat will trade off a little lifetime and usability for long periods. Not that it was meant to rock on high forever, just thinking if you notice it, faster then normal either it's building heat faster or you made a better thermal pathway after doing your DD and did not mention it, maybe not knowingly?
Shifting tint, forgot that too, I'm not that fussy, yet.
(Hhmmm, Should get MarkR6 all jammed up on a M-Series, then to sweet talk Vin into boosting an DD it,...wait, then let him grow a distaste for tint and scoop second hand Vin at a bargain? 😀)
Eureka!!!!
 

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Is not a huge difference in heat, but certainly it is. The spill is the same.
Till now I didn't see a flashlight 1x18650 with high power led to stay on max more than few minutes without getting hot.
Anyway is a good upgrade ! ~23000 cd vs ~40-45000 cd.
 

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Is not a huge difference in heat, but certainly it is. The spill is the same.
Till now I didn't see a flashlight 1x18650 with high power led to stay on max more than few minutes without getting hot.
Anyway is a good upgrade ! ~23000 cd vs ~40-45000 cd.
Wow, colour me impressed.

You believe the CD jumped that much?

Last night, I realized it takes longer to heat then other 1k lumen lights I have, so I am still considering this and appreciate feedback.
Did tint shift badly?
I want a tighter hot spot for sure and if minimal loss of spill is end result I'm leaning more to this mod.
+1
 

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Yes, I believe so. I don't have devices to measure this, but I compare direct with Nitecore MT40 (which I have also) which in Selfbuilt review was rated at 32-33000 cd. Is clear that hot spot is tighter and go further at M22 after dd.
I will try in one night side by side to show the difference (also the colour is much nicer at M22 in the night ).
You not lose the initial spill, only hot spot is tighter. Is a little thrower in a very compact size (I love this).

The person which made the operation made a superb job, no defects in led or light.
 

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Yes, I believe so. I don't have devices to measure this, but I compare direct with Nitecore MT40 (which I have also) which in Selfbuilt review was rated at 32-33000 cd. Is clear that hot spot is tighter and go further at M22 after dd.
I will try in one night side by side to show the difference (also the colour is much nicer at M22 in the night ).
You not lose the initial spill, only hot spot is tighter. Is a little thrower in a very compact size (I love this).

The person which made the operation made a superb job, no defects in led or light.
You just about convinced me I've got to do this to mine as well.
It's such a nice little light, little boost in Cd would be great.

I'd like to see beam shots yes, that would help surely.
Thanks Octavian.
 

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