Olight M3X (XM-L2, 2x18650, 3x/4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDEO + more!

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Whoever has this light I would appreciate some input with the thread that I started.

I did not include the "M3X" in the title!! My mistake.

I got some answers and knew the others from past experience.

Most important is if anyone who also has/had the M3X has also had these issues!

Thanks,,,,,,,,Roberto

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...T-LIGHT-MANUFACTURER-SAME-ISSUE-AND-THEN-SOME!!
 

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This is the "Boss", Capo. He encouraged me to be a "Flashaholic"!! He loves the M3X and TK75 because I can spot the deer after he gets their scent!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!! :santa:
 

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Short version!!

I was very impressed with my field test tonight. I tested my one and only modded light tonight[OSTS TN31mb] and that did very well. I also wanted to test my M3X,,,,,,,,,,it also did very well!!! :twothumbs

Par 5, 600 yards.Straight as an arrow. Three[3] eighty Foot Norway spruce behind the Green. These are the TARGETS.

Girlfriend on Green,I am on the tee! She was able to see a "Usable amount of light, light up the tree!

THIS IS UNORTHODOX AND ONLY A VISUAL ESTIMATE! :thinking:

Barb had my M22. After the test I went through all "3" modes of the M22 and she said[as far as light intensity] as I shined it from 30 yards away,that somewhere between low[20lumens] and medium[250 lumens] best represented the illumination that she saw on the Norway spruce when I was 600 yards away with my M3X!!!

That is proof to me that SB's tests and most of the manufacturers that follow ANSI/NEMA standards are legitimate and pretty accurate! :thumbsup:
 
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StefMug

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Hy there,
Is it possible to run the light with only one 18650 akku?
 

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Hi there and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
i WISH TO EVERYONE ALL THE BEST FOR THE NEW YEAR!!
Now to the M3X....
i would like to ask if it is better than the Sr 51 from Olight?
Any reviews and differences please would be welcome!
I need a light that is a good thrower!

Ted
 

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Hy there,
Is it possible to run the light with only one 18650 akku?
Not that I am aware of. The body is designed for 3xCR123A (with the extender for 2x18650 or 4xCR123A), so 1x18650 won't make contact. The circuit is also unlikely to be powered by 1x18650, given the support for higher voltages.

i would like to ask if it is better than the Sr 51 from Olight?
Any reviews and differences please would be welcome!
I need a light that is a good thrower!
As with all my reviews, many relevant comparisons are included in the output/throw summary tables and runtime graphs. You will find the SR51 data in the output/throw table in the review.
 

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O.K. thx, what a pitty, the Catapult V3 can be driven with one 18650.

Is there any sort of low voltage protection built in the m3x? E.g. blinking at the end of battery?
 

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Not that I am aware of. The body is designed for 3xCR123A (with the extender for 2x18650 or 4xCR123A), so 1x18650 won't make contact. The circuit is also unlikely to be powered by 1x18650, given the support for higher voltages.


As with all my reviews, many relevant comparisons are included in the output/throw summary tables and runtime graphs. You will find the SR51 data in the output/throw table in the review.
Thank you very much Sb!!
I am going to get it today and i will post my conclusion after that!! ;-)
Ted
 

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O.K. thx, what a pitty, the Catapult V3 can be driven with one 18650.
Is there any sort of low voltage protection built in the m3x? E.g. blinking at the end of battery?
Yes, the Catapult is something of an exception in this class. As for a low voltage feature, I did notice flickering on CR123A when the cells were almost dead. But otherwise, I don't recall seeing any advance warning.
 

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Hy,
now I bought a M3X and two Panasonic NCR 18650b with 3400 mAh.
But too late i realised that the panasonic 18650 are unprotected.
My Question is, what would happen if i go for a walk and do not turn out the light by myself, would the light go out automatically by around 3.5 V or will it deplete the akkus till they explode?

I have a voltmeter and a good charger (nitecore), so at home i can control the voltage, but what should i do outside in the field?
 

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My Question is, what would happen if i go for a walk and do not turn out the light by myself, would the light go out automatically by around 3.5 V or will it deplete the akkus till they explode?
The light will drain the batteries until they are fully depleted, as there is no built-in circuit shut-down for low voltage. This will damage the cells, but will not cause them to explode. The risk with unprotected Li-ions is attempting to re-charge an overly-depleted cell. Check with the folks in the battery subforum for more info.

With unprotected cells, it is up to you to ensure they are always well-balanced for voltage, and recharge before they get overly depleted.
 

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Thank you for explaining me the nature of my akkus :)
I will messure the time at home till the akku drops to 3,0 V
So i can plan my tours within the maximum runtime...
 

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Thank you for explaining me the nature of my akkus :)
I will messure the time at home till the akku drops to 3,0 V
So i can plan my tours within the maximum runtime...

The key to staying safe with Li-Ion cells, if you run them down, is to charge them back up quickly, within a day, or two, to be safe. Letting a cell with a resting voltage of 2.0v sit for a month, isn't a good thing.

Panasonic has a 2.5v low voltage target, without problems. LG, Samsung and Sanyo use a 2.75v number.

The above are naked, unprotected cells. The above, when protection circuits are added (AW, Redilast, Orbtronic, Fenix, Xtar, NiteCore, CalliesKustom, International-Outdoors, et al.,) will trip that circuit breaker above those nominal voltages that I list above, so you're a lot safer in the case of over-discharging a cell.

Even if you run your light down under heavy use and remove your naked/unprotected cells and get a 2.3v number, you'll probably get some bounce back after 10 minutes, so that's generally not a problem, but you need to invest in a decent/accurate digital multi-meter, if you're going to be playing with .

Chris
 

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its only recently been updated so i doubt it.
SB does that extender fit any other M series like an older non square thread M20 ?
 

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Gentleman, I have 5 modded throwers, one of which is 622Kcd[TK61vn],,,,,,,,,,and I still love and enjoy this[M3X] torch!!!

It is a very light light[not heavy], is impressively bright and throwy for a 2x 18650 torch. It gets great run time also. I went to another trail w/ capo my Siberian tonight. I used it for 70 minutes on max. It does not get hot, even though it has NO step down and I run hard like that on max.I bought it last fall. I still think that even when the summer gets here, it will still be able to run that hard without getting too hot,,time will tell!! oh yaa,, I got it for $89 and I still have the two year warranty this model of Olight takes!!:twothumbs
 

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Hi. I'm a new member and first time poster. After discovering this forum, I quickly found selfbuilt's reviews and was blown away by his dedication and the thoroughness of his reviews. Not knowing anything about LED lights, and after reading this review, I ended up buying the 1000 lumen version of the Olight M3X for a great price. Specifically, I needed the light for seeing beaver on a 3 ½ acre pond. As I'm sure most of you know, shining a flashlight into a large body of water doesn't allow you to see much. The M3X works great for this purpose. I absolutely love the light and just wanted to say thanks and let you know how much I appreciate your dedication. Highly appreciated!
 

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Hi. I'm a new member and first time poster. After discovering this forum, I quickly found selfbuilt's reviews and was blown away by his dedication and the thoroughness of his reviews. Not knowing anything about LED lights, and after reading this review, I ended up buying the 1000 lumen version of the Olight M3X for a great price. Specifically, I needed the light for seeing beaver on a 3 ½ acre pond. As I'm sure most of you know, shining a flashlight into a large body of water doesn't allow you to see much. The M3X works great for this purpose. I absolutely love the light and just wanted to say thanks and let you know how much I appreciate your dedication. Highly appreciated!

Welcome! :thumbsup:

It is a great flashlight. I got it for bargain price[$89] w/ warranty! I have many modded lights and still enjoy using my M3X!
 
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