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

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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.
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Glad you are finding my reviews useful. I agree with Capolini - while there are a lot modded/custom lights out there with massive throw, the M3X can be outstanding value for those looking for throw on a budget (with quality stock lights).
 

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Is there a 2014 version of this light? I see a 1200 lumen version on the net. Even Olight itself is showing 1200 lumens. M3X Triton? The market place is a mess. I like this light but not sure if there are big differences. Any clarification would be appreciated.

TIA.
 

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Is there a 2014 version of this light? I see a 1200 lumen version on the net. Even Olight itself is showing 1200 lumens. M3X Triton? The market place is a mess. I like this light but not sure if there are big differences. Any clarification would be appreciated.
It could be an updated output bin, but I doubt it - all the other specs are exactly the same as the ones I was given when this review was posted (i.e., the beam distance and runtime specs are unchanged from before). It is likely that Olight simply revised their official Hi lumen measure at some point in time, and only some dealers have updated their listings. The "Triton" thing is just the sub-name for the M30/M31/M3X series of lights.
 

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Is there a 2014 version of this light? I see a 1200 lumen version on the net. Even Olight itself is showing 1200 lumens. M3X Triton? The market place is a mess. I like this light but not sure if there are big differences. Any clarification would be appreciated.

TIA.

Battery Junction has the 700LM XM-L listed on sale, then they have the XM-L2 2014 1200LM version listed and then I've followed going back to January, their 1000LM XM-L2 (v.1?) version on Andrew-Amanda dot com, so yes...if you're not paying attention, it can be confusing.

The issue, besides differing 'throw distances' in the blurbs, is that they make no mention of the output bin, as SelfBuilt has stated.

This last one could be a tweaking of the reflector, or the driver, to give a bit more output, it could be going back to a LED emitter reading for lumens, or it could be the new, but uncommon XM-L2 U3 1A/1B emitter.

I wouldn't pay for the XM-L version what BJ wants, but A&A allows you to make an offer and I've seen the 1000LM XM-L2 ? listed for $89.95 on their Ebay ad with the all the factory gizmos, so if I were going to get one, I'd offer $80 for the v.1.

The 2014 for ~$130 really doesn't interest me and frankly, with only two modes, it's somewhat inflexible.

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The throw distance is different too, but iIf you're confident that they are the same then there's no point trying to get the higher lumen version. The 1000 lumen version can be had now for around $90, which seem like a really good deal.
 

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The throw distance is different too, but iIf you're confident that they are the same then there's no point trying to get the higher lumen version. The 1000 lumen version can be had now for around $90, which seem like a really good deal.
They may very well be different - I was just going by one site where only the lumen spec had changed (but not the throw or distance specs). But practically, it probably isn't a huge difference (if there is one at all).
 

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From what I can recall, the 1200 LM version has 584m of throw, the 1000 LM versoin has 580m throw.
The other difference between the two is the storage case. The 1000 LM has the red latches on the storage case, the 1200 LM version has blue latches and different graphics, in line with their new color scheme.
Those specs are actually on the storage case.

OK guys, what do you make of this?
https://www.brightnite.com.au/olight-m3x-triton-1200-lumen-rechargeable-hunters-kit.html

Low mode is 400 lumens, on olights site it states it's 300 lumens.
 
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From what I can recall, the 1200 LM version has 584m of throw, the 1000 LM versoin has 580m throw.
The other difference between the two is the storage case. The 1000 LM has the red latches on the storage case, the 1200 LM version has blue latches and different graphics, in line with their new color scheme.
Those specs are actually on the storage case.

OK guys, what do you make of this?
https://www.brightnite.com.au/olight-m3x-triton-1200-lumen-rechargeable-hunters-kit.html

Low mode is 400 lumens, on olights site it states it's 300 lumens.

Like I said above, it looks like it's just a minor tweak. Maybe they increased the driver current at the expense of a little more heat, but we'd have to have both in our hands to see any physical differences.

That deal looks pretty good.

You get the light, which is $130 here, before haggling, you get two protected Olight 2600s and hopefully they're Sanyos, so another $30 there? That pressure switch has to be at least $20, or so.

You get an i2 charger, which runs about $15 here and you get that scope mount, which maybe goes for $20?

That's $215 shipped by my count and you get it for $210 (Aus $) shipped in Australia. If that's the way I was heading, that's a nice turn key deal right there.

You'll be able to see those kangaroos out to 550m before you blow 'em away.

Chris
 

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That deal looks pretty good.

Oh no, you misunderstood me. I wasn't referring to the deal, rather the image of the specs.
Low mode is stated at 400 Lumens, everywhere else it's 300 Lumens.
That image has the updated specs for throw for the 1200 LM version.
This is the image below.

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I'm no flashlight engineer, but either they retested their outputs and got a 'more accurate' figure, or they tweaked the driver current and this caused the high to bump up to 1200 and the low to bump up to 400.

I don't really care, so I'm not about to contact Olight, but having looked at them for a good while, I can see where some scrutiny is in order.

Chris
 

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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.

Hi , thanks for your review, excellent work! :)

I noticed if i fit the M3X head to M2X Javelot body(single 18650) that it runs ok. Never tested it outside though, but it seemed to work alright. :thinking:
 

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The one issue that I have encounter with this light is that the threads get dirty really quickly. I used silicone grease on the threads and eventually turn black. What happens is when I try to twist the head to change modes, it is unresponsive. I have to spend a great deal of time and mess cleaning the threads. I use wd-40 silicone(the one in the spray can)grease to clean them and then use nitecore silicone grease the threads. Has anyone come up with a solution for this or am I the only one that has this problem? [emoji15]
 

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I wouldn't bother with much/any grease on the threads, just the o-ring. Problem is that it will migrate to the contact surfaces over time. Less is more on this case, and should result in less frequent cleaning required.

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I wouldn't bother with much/any grease on the threads, just the o-ring. Problem is that it will migrate to the contact surfaces over time. Less is more on this case, and should result in less frequent cleaning required.

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Thanks mate. This is why I dislike the head twisting torches.
 

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Hello,

I have an Olight m3x triton 2014 edition and I use the 2 18650 in series. I use 2 olight 18650 3400 mAh and they both are the same age as well. The light did not turn on, so I went to charge my the batteries. Odd enough, one battery was at 3.8 volts(more than half of its power) while the other one was at 4.2(full power). So it safe to assume that is time to replace these batteries or there is something wrong with the torch? I replaced the two batteries that were fully charged and the light turned on normally. Thank you.
 

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I have an Olight m3x triton 2014 edition and I use the 2 18650 in series. I use 2 olight 18650 3400 mAh and they both are the same age as well. The light did not turn on, so I went to charge my the batteries. Odd enough, one battery was at 3.8 volts(more than half of its power) while the other one was at 4.2(full power). So it safe to assume that is time to replace these batteries or there is something wrong with the torch? I replaced the two batteries that were fully charged and the light turned on normally. Thank you.
It is hard to say without more information, but it sounds like a battery issue. I recommend you follow up in the batteries forum here - somewhere there may be able to explain the behaviour better.
 

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It is hard to say without more information, but it sounds like a battery issue. I recommend you follow up in the batteries forum here - somewhere there may be able to explain the behaviour better.

Thanks mate. It was one of the battery protection board that was faulty. Once I removed the board, the battery stopped showing being fully charged. The torch is working fine. [emoji1]
 
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