Skilhunt K26 (1*26650, 1000lm), Pictures, impressions

gopajti

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Hello guys, my second 26650 flashlight, the Skilhunt K26 arrived few weeks ago. I would like to share my experience, some photos, beamshots.

Official,

Features (from operation manual)

1. Super bright & latest CREE XM-L2 LED, high-performance, high-efficiency and energy conservation.
2. Durable aluminium vacuum plating reflector, efficiency reflection, perfect beamshot, excellent structure and temperature resistance.
3. Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with 99% luminousness anti-reflective coating.
4. Rugged indestrucible aluminium body with anti-scratching type III hard anodization
5. Multi-level dissipating heat design, excellent heat dissipation. Flashlight head integrated construction, high thermal conductivity.
6. Side mode switch button to transferring mode, user-friendly interface to adjust output.
7. Four output levels and strobe, suitable for different environment.
8. Wide input range provides more choices of batteries. High efficiency driver circuit, no visible flash in any mode.
9. Automatic memory function, remember last used setting and can be preset to specific output mode for instant access.
10. Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery installation.
11. Low-voltage indicator, red light will flash in every two seconds when the battery is low, remind user recharge the battery on time.
12. Engineered anti-slip knurling for a tightly firm grip.
13. Dual recoil absoring springs, better impact resistance.
14. Removable stainless steel ring.
15. Tail stand as a candle-light
16. Tail hang hole design for lanyard use, to prevent accidental dropping.

Specifications

LED: Cree XM-L2 U2
Output and runtime: 50lm (50h), 200lm (12h), 400lm (6h), 1000lm (2.5h)
Power: 1*26650 Li-ion
Operating range: 3V-9V
Weight: 305g / 10.75oz (included battery)
Dimensions:
Length: 164mm / 6.45 in
Head diameter: 44mm / 1.73 in
Body diameter: 34mm / 1.34 in
Color: Black
Accessories: Built-in rechargeable battery (Skilhunt Protected 26650, 4500mAh), 5V USB adapter, USB cable, Operator's manual, Warranty card, Spare O-rings, 550 lanyard
Optional accessories: Filter, Car charger

Charging
Three charging ways for option: USB cable, charger adapter, car adapter

Flashlight turning on/off
Press and hold the side switch 0.5 second, control the light turning on/off

Output selecting
Brightness level: Press side switch to Low-Mid-High-Turbo, cycle.
Special modes: Double click the side switch to Strobe (10Hz), press side switch back to previous mode.

Intelligent memory function
Remember last used setting & will come at same level as when turn off. Re-install the battery, turn at Low mode.

My impressions

Pros

+ Nice packing
+ Excellent build quality, looks very durable construction, overall quality is very good
+ Nice design, good size, very comfortable in hand
+ Perfect, scratch free anodizing
+ Smooth and well lubricated threads, o-rings
+ SS bezel
+ Battery/battery holder not rattle in tube
+ Clean lens and reflector surface (dust free)
+ Perfectly centered LED
+ Very good throwing capable (32500cd)
+ No visible pwm or other flickering, no buzzing sounds, all modes perfect!
+ Reliable, comfortable electronic side switch with perfect reaction time
+ Simple UI, low-mid-high-turbo with hidden strobe
+ 200lm (12h) mode very usable for me
+ No need special battery, you can use another 26650 battery (except flat top cells, eg. Foursevens 26650)
+ Tail stand capable (but not too stable)
+ Low voltage battey indicator
+ Optional accesories: filter&diffuser, USB car charger
+ Don't need +charger, batteries, this is a complete package, incl. built-in charger with USB cable & adapter and 1pc Skilhunt Protected 26650 (4500mAh) battery

Cons

- The tint is too cool white for me with slightly purplish spill, especially in turbo mode (Nitecore P25 tint was very similar)
- The built-in charger stopped 4.22V. (4.18V-4.19V or max. 4.20V would be better) Measured by cottonpickers li-ion charger/voltage meter.
- No holster

Other comment

- I've seen two rings (very thin rings) in corona, but visible only on the wall (close distance), when I use outdoor, these rings absolutely not visible. Overall, the beam is perfect!
- Neutral white led would be better
- Overall, this is a very good quality flashlight.


my tips, what I recommend (chargers, batteries etc.)

Batteries: Keeppower 26650 (4500mAh)
Chargers: XTAR SP1, SP2, VP2, Foursevens LifePO4/Li-ion charger (v4)

The thread is not complete, I will add more pics, incl beamshots later and I will test the battery indicator



















 
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gopajti

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lucky1981

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Thank you Gopajti for sharing your thoughts on this flashlight. It seems very interesting.

Can I ask what is the other torch 26650 you own? Thanks
 

gopajti

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Can I ask what is the other torch 26650 you own? Thanks

Foursevens Maelstrom MMU-X3

first post updated: added new pics

btw beamshots coming very soon. The weather was not good in past days/weeks (rainy)
 
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lucky1981

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Thank you Gopajti. I have the Shadow S-L3. I like these compact flashlights with batteries 26650, I think I'll buy this too Skilhunt K26, but expect to see your Beamshot.

P.S. I looked at your other reviews of flashlights and I must say that your photos are always beautiful. I enjoy it! :thumbsup:
 

gopajti

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yes, but not same, K26 box is slightly bigger than Olight M20/21/22 boxes
 

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Nice review and great looking light.
Did you have a chance of doing a full runtime test on HIGH ? Does it really runs for 2hrs+ as advertised ? More important, is the output fully regulated ? Regulation is a must for me.
I tried to find one online, not a chance. I don't know who's selling them, nothing on ebay so far.
OLIGHT R40, FENIX RC10 and now SKILHUNT K26 seem to be another class of lights between the classic compact 5-6' ones using one 18650 and the big guns - SR series, THUNITE TN series -

Comparative to OLIGHT R40, SKILHUNT is longer - 2.2cm difference -, 2 times heavier - 305gr vs 156gr - but its larger head - 4.4cm vs 3.8cm - makes it a better thrower : 32k lux vs 20k lux. Efficiency seems to be close : 1,000 lumens for 2.5hrs vs 1,100lumens for 2hrs.
 
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