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Offline robo819

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Review Manker E14 II
« on: May 16, 2017, 01:07:30 AM »
This is the Manker E14 II , sent to me for review from Manker and no other compensation other than me keeping the light.

The E 14 II features a Quad copper board and TIR optics with XP-G3 emitters (cool white) in the sample I received. It will also be available with the Nichia 219C emitters when this light is released. With the Quad optics / TIR set up and AR lens , the light makes a nice floody beam with a good coverage area , to be as small as it is. The beam has somewhat of a hotspot at closer distance but transitions pretty smoothly and is much more floody as you get a greater distance from what you are shining at.

First impressions right out of the box was that this is a heavy light for the size , but then I thought about how heavy copper is and realized that would make it heavier than an all aluminum light , so I moved on.
 The looks of the light itself are pretty nice to me personally , with the black and copper together and the overall design is also nice to my eyes.

The E 14 II has a couple of features that got my attention other than the looks also. It has the on board Micro USB charger built in that is hidden under the head of the light (actually a cut out in the threads of the tube). When you unscrew the head the charger port is exposed and you can then charge the cell with any USB compatible outlet such as from your computer, with a 12v DC charger in a vehicle , or with a USB wall adapter. There is an indicator light also built in on the top portion of the charging port , which is also exposed when the head is removed , it will show Red when charging and Blue when the cell is fully charged. The cell can also be taken out via the tailcap and charged externally as with any other light , so everyone is covered on the charging of the cell. The second thing is that the E14 II has the ability to run on 3 different cells , with those being an 18650 , 18350 , or a CR123A cell. This is accomplished by removing the center portion of the tube which is threaded on both ends and the tailcap threads match both the pieces of the main tube sections to make the shortned tube length. In using the shorter configuration the light will be approximately 78 mm long instead of the 108 mm I measured it at with the 18650 configuration.

This light also has a user configurable Moon or Firefly mode with 10 different levels of output that you can set to the desired level you want and leave it set there , or change it later if you so desire. The lowest Moon mode levels were unreadable on my light meter , with the highest setting in the Moon mode being at 2.0 lumens.
 The regular modes of Moon / L / M / H / are accessed by a quick click to turn the light on and then a click to cycle each mode. The Turbo mode can be accessed from any mode including off with a quick double click and the strobe is a quick single click when in Turbo. There is also last mode memory and to get to the memorized mode is a semi long press from off (approximately 1/2 second) . The modes also step down backwards once you reach Hi mode , meaning if the light is turned on in moon mode , you go up a level with each click until in High mode and then each click takes you back down one level from there and as mentioned the last used mode , or mode the light is turned off in , will be memorized then (other than Strobe). A long press turns the light off.

The Anodizing was near perfect when I took the light from the box and the copper head appears to have some kind of coating on it , such as a clear coat , varnish or something of that nature to keep the finish from tarnishing or oxidizing as fast as an unprotected finish would. The light has an E-switch in the head and NO tail switch , so everything is controlled from the single side switch on the light. The threads are all very well machined and function smoothly and the knurling is well done.
 Overall the fit and finish of the light itself are very well done and the light does have some nice features to it that I DO like.

Now that I got all that covered I will get to the bad news (my personal dislikes)……..

First I feel the clip is made a little bit flimsy for a light as heavy as this one , as it is not that hard to pull off the tube and also is easy to bend away from the tube when pulled on at or around the open end , meaning there is not alot of tension or stiffness to the clip to hold tightly when pocketed.
 Second I would like to see the clip made to be black to match the Anodizing or silver to match the ring around the switch. With the Copper head , Black Anodizing , Silver ring around the switch button and kind of a gun metal color of the clip , there just seems to be too much that doesn’t go together or match for my personal taste.
 Also the tip of the clip on the under side by the tube , is at too much of an angle where it is bent downward on my sample , as it has already made a line where it hits the tube and taken the Anodizing off showing the bright silver color of the aluminum there and it has not been moved around a whole lot really. (That is shown in the main video)
 The heat this light produces in turbo is crazy hot , I am sure alot of the heat is from the driver being a constant current driver which starts at 10.11 amps and at the peak before step down , this light is pulling some 11.52 amps to regulate the output at a constant level on 4 emitters. I know it is a “hotrod” light but dang…… By the time the sample I received steps down (at about 1 minute) the head of the light is so hot I can hardly keep a finger or my thumb there even long enough to press the switch to turn the light off , because it is so hot it will blister. (Also a clip showing how hot in the main video using water)

At 23 seconds in Turbo mode with light on desktop……….

Here is a chart with the readings I got for Lumens and Amperage (Amps taken with Uni-T e210 clamp meter)……….

The User interface Chart……

The outside Live footage is not as true to what I see with my eyes as the still beamshots in the video are with my cheap video camera.

For those who do not want to watch the whole video , the actual amperage readings of the light in Turbo mode start at 7:23 of the video timeline , the heat example using the water starts at 9:14 of the timeline , the still shots, semi teardown , and still beamshots start at 9:54 of the timeline and the live outside footage comparing the E14 II with the Olight X7 Maurader at 3000 lumen setting start at 18:07 of the timeline.

Video followed by the listed specs………..