Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Dedomed, 1200 lumens) Review

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The M3XS-UT Javelot, M3XS in short, is a much anticipated light from Olight. The M3XS is the bigger brother of the earlier releases M2X-UT Javelot. It's bigger in dimensions as well in output and throw.
Standard, this light runs on 3x CR123a batteries. With the extender attached, you're able to run 4x CR123a or 2x 18650 batteries. Max output, with any battery configuration is 1200 lumens.
In the highest mode, it has a max reach of 1 kilometer. Now, that's far! :D

The packaging:

The M3XS comes in a nice plastic carrying case. This is always handy when you need to transport or store the light.

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Inside the case, you'll find the M3XS-UT along with; a manual, Olight leaflet, tube extender, holster, CR123a battery magazine and two spare-orings.

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Features and Specifications: (given by Olight)

* Beam Distance: 1000m
* Candela: 250,000
* Waterproof Rating: IPX8 (waterproof up to 2 meters)
* Impact Rating: 1m
* LED: Cree XP-L high intensity
* Compatible Batteries: 3x CR123A. 4xCR123A or 2x 18650 (with included extender tube)
* Dimensions: 211mm (Length), 63mm ( Bezel Diameter) (with extender ~24.5cm length)
* Weight: 255g / 9 ounces (excluding batteries)

MSRP: 149.95USD

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The M3XS steps-down, in the highest mode, after 5 minutes. I noticed the step-down indoors, but when I was walking thru the woods, I didn't notice it at all.
It's very honest from Olight to mention the step-down in the specifications. Most manufactures tend to put that info in the small letters at the bottom.

The manual gives information on specs, user interface and more. Always handy to read before usage ;)

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Although the manual states High as highest output mode, the case talks about Turbo being the highest output mode.

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The included holster look be the same, as the one that comes with the M2X. It provided enough protection when carrying. The body of the holster is stiff, so it keeps the right shape. The holster closes with a metal press stud.
With the velcro on the back, it's easy to attach it to your belt or backpack. On top, there is also a plastic D-ring.

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Design hasn't changed much, besides the M3XS has a side-switch near the head, to switch modes. More on that, in the UI part.
It's a large light, but the weight balance is good. Even when handling in 'FBI hold' the light doesn't feel too heavy. Knurling on the light gives good grip. Even when the light and my hands were wet,
the light didn't slip out of my hand. The tactical ring is a great addition to that. It doesn't prevent the light from rolling, because the size of the head, but it does provide extra grip when handling the light.
The tactical ring isn't threaded, and is held in place by a o-ring underneath. The ring is removable. Tailcap o-rings doesn't need to be removed first, you can gently slide the ring over it. The grip ring has a hole for a lanyard.

The switch-boot cover is large than normal. This makes finding and pressing the switch a lot easier. The switch also need less pressure, compared with the M2X switch, to be activated.

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User Interface:

To turn the light On, fully press the switch until the click. Click again to turn Off. The M3XS has mode memory, so it will turn On in the last used mode.
When On, press the side-switch to cycle between Med > High > Turbo. To access the lowest mode, press and hold the side-switch and then press the tail-switch. The lowest mode (3 lumens) isn't included in the mode memory. Half press the tail-switch for momentary.
From any mode, press and hold the side-switch for about 1 second, to enter Strobe. When turned Off, while Strobe is last used, it will turn On in Strobe the next time. Press the side-switch again to exit Strobe.

It's also possible to select modes from Off, with the tail-switch. When Off half press to cycle between Med > Turbo > Strobe. Click fully when you want to select that mode.

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The M3XS uses a Cree XP-L high intensity led. This led is domeless, and gives a cooler tint than the dedomed M2X. Together with the smooth reflector, it throws great! :)
Led is perfectly centered on my sample.

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Laser engraving is nicely done, and threads are cut very well. All threads came well lubed are a buttery smooth.
Double o-rings at the head-side.

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Springs at both ends provide good shock absorption for the batteries.

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And for those who need it.. Yes, it does tail-stand ;)

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The side-switch also functions as a low-battery indicator. A red dot will be visible to let you know, it's time to change or charge the batteries.
Fine ridges on the side-switch gives you some extra feel to the button.

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Size comparison:

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Olight 18650, ArmyTek Predator Pro, Olight M3XS, ArmyTek Barracuda.

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M3XS - M2X and M3XS - ArmyTek Barracuda

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M3XS and M2X side-by-side. Heads are the same size, but the M3XS has a deeper reflector.

Indoor Beamshots:
ISO400, 1/100 sec, f/4.0, auto WB - Canon 500D. Light approx 0.25m / Camera 0.75m away from wall. Eagletac 18650 batteries were used.

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Outdoor Beamshots:
ISO400, 2.5 sec, f/5 - Path about 60 meters deep.
Beamshot of the TK61 was taken earlier.

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Conclusion:

What to say about the light, other than wauw! The M3XS has so much throw, for a relatively small size. Certainly when you compare it with the Fenix TK61.
Fit and finish is very high as we expect from Olight. Normally I'm not a big fan of a side-switch to change modes, but it's better than twisting the head, what the M2X requires.
When running on max it does get hot, so I don't recommend to run it for a long time, in his highest mode. When you're looking for a thrower that isn't too big, you may want to check the M3XS :thumbsup:

M3XS-UT Javelot was supplied by Adola for review, on behalf of Olight.
 
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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

Reserved for updates...

Update 1:

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Update 2:
Last night, I compared the M3XS-UT with the Olight M2X-UT, ArmyTek Barracuda (XM-L2) and the Fenix TK61. Target is 335 meters away, measured via Google earth. Although it was around 11PM (23:00u), it wasn't really dark outside. So keep that in mind. :) - shot with: Canon 500D, f/5.6, 3,2 sec, ISO400, 250mm, auto WB.

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Update 3: after reading a other review on the M3XS-UT, I contacted Olight about the led that they use for this light. Although specs talk about XP-L Hi, Olight uses a XP-L HD and dedomes them in their factory. When enough XP-L Hi leds are in stock, they switch to that led.
 
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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

Thank You!!!"! Very good Review of a great lamp!
ERnst
 

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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

Any shots with the extender? Sorry if I overlooked it, I'm on my phone and all the images don't seem to be loading
 

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Thanks for the review , been waiting for someone to review the M3XS
 

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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

Interestingly, according to Olight, FOUR RCR123/16340 can also be used with the extender.

As 18650 fit, the use of four 18350 should, logically, also work.

I like the IMR 18350's, so, that adds options.

:D
 

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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

Interestingly, according to Olight, FOUR RCR123/16340 can also be used with the extender.
As 18650 fit, the use of four 18350 should, logically, also work.
I like the IMR 18350's, so, that adds options.
:D
According the manual, the max voltage is 12V. So as long you're not above that, you should be ok ;)
 

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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

In the other thread, the Olight guy says 4 x 16340 is okay in this. That's 14.8v @ the nominal 3.7v and 16.8v @ 4.2v right off the charger. :confused:

edit: I'm just wondering whether 4 x 16340 or 18350 is actually okay to use.
 
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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

In the other thread, the Olight guy says 4 x 16340 is okay in this. That's 14.8v @ the nominal 3.7v and 16.8v @ 4.2v right off the charger. :confused:

edit: I'm just wondering whether 4 x 16340 or 18350 is actually okay to use.

I've read that too. I don't recommend it, since the manual clearly states max 12V.
 

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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

I'm thinking 4 IFR cells or 4 ICR RCR123s that are limited to ~3v would be acceptable, but I'm not sure I trust the Tenergy, Powerizer, or Soshine cells that come in these configs. for series use. Perhaps 4 K2 Energy IFRs? :confused: Or maybe it's best to just stick to 3 RCR size cells and only use the extender for 2 18650s. :D
 

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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

thanks for the review kj2.

Could you measure how long the M3XS is with the extender and without please? Sorry if I missed this somewhere
 

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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

thanks for the review kj2.

Could you measure how long the M3XS is with the extender and without please? Sorry if I missed this somewhere

Without 21.1cm, with extension I measured about 24.5cm.
 
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Re: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot (3 or 4x CR123a/ 2x 18650, XP-L Hi, 1200 lumens) Review

Thanks for the awesome review! How does the M3SXUT compare to the Armytek Barracuda?
 

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Thanks for the awesome review! How does the M3SXUT compare to the Armytek Barracuda?

Tint of my Barracuda is much whiter, but the M3XS out throws it. Barracuda is heavier and feels beefy-er. Coating on the ArmyTek's are one of a kind, and I like the grip that it gives. Modes switching on the M3XS is easier. Am planning to shoot comparing beamshots, when weather allows it :)
 
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Great writeup and photos. Incredible output from a stock thrower.
 

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Thank for the review!

I really wish Olight would have considered a 1*18650 option.
Will the tube from M2XS fit the head of M3XS? Available if so?

The Olight rep on the another thread here claims it's okay
to run 4*16340's (16.8v). But the manual says 12v limit.
Hell even 4 new CR123a's are over the limit because they
sometimes are 3.2v.

Thanks again for the great review. Look forward to the meter runs.
 
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