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Manker E12 flashlight review

Cree XP-L V5 LED
650 lm output
2300 cd intensity
2 x AA batteries

The Manker E12 flashlight released in 2018. It uses Cree XP-L V5 LED, OP reflector and 2 x AA batteries. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 650 lm output, 2300 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 96 m.

Wondering if the Manker's flashlight is awesome? Stick around until the end of our article!

Table of Contents

The content of this article reflects our own experiences and viewpoints. We aim to offer insights on a topic, and we hope others find it helpful and motivating. Additionally, we make every effort to provide accurate and comprehensive coverage. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications for the Manker E12, then tell us.

Manker E12 / E12

The E12 is an impressive flashlight that offers both power and reliability. Its robust build and outstanding illumination make it a versatile lighting instrument. This light has 4 modes of lighting. You don't have to cycle through many modes to find what you want. The E12's mode memory makes the flashlight start in your preferred or needed mode. The strobe function produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern. It disorients or distracts potential threats or aggressors.

Manker E12 specifications

BrandManker
NameE12
TypeE12
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1431 user votes.
Launch2018
Formflashlight

This flashlight can fit in pockets, backpacks, or glove compartments. You can carry it wherever you go.

Manker E12 / 3

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight51 g
Length145 mm
Head diameter20 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight weighs 51 g. It is lightweight and easy to handle for most people. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. The aluminium body of the E12 has a reputation for being durable and strong. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion. HAIII is a specific anodizing process. It creates a thicker and harder oxide layer than regular anodizing. The E12 flashlight is available in black.

Manker E12 / 5

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XP-L V5 LED
Color temperature4500 K, 6500 K
ReflectorOP
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side, mechanical rear

Lighting professionals trust Cree LEDs. Cree LEDs have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The color temperature choice depends on the light's use and personal taste. The E12 has an orange peel (OP) textured reflector. Orange peel reflectors have smoother beams. The coating is thin and applied to the lens surface. It cuts reflections and boosts light transmission. The E12 flashlight has multiple switch options. They can be useful, adding versatility and convenience to using the flashlight.

Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features. They allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight. Mechanical switches are usually robust. They resist wear and tear and work in many environments. Rear switches are common on tactical flashlights. Law enforcement, military, and self-defense personnel use them.

Manker E12 / 4

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux650 lm
Intensity2300 cd
Throw96 m
CD/LM factor3.54

With 650 lm, the E12 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The E12 flashlight has 2300 cd. It provides a much brighter and more intense beam. The throw is the distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam.

Manker E12 / 2

Software, user interface, modes

Modes4 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. The flashlight has mode memory. It remembers the mode you were using when the light was last turned off. It stays in that mode when you turn it on again. You can use Strobe for signaling purposes. It can also be used for self-defense or to attract attention in emergency situations.

Manker E12 / 1

Features, battery, protections

Battery2 x AA batteries
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPno
Thermal regulationno
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The E12 flashlight utilizes 2 x AA batteries as its power source. The E12 cannot charge batteries. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. Use a protected battery. This flashlight lacks low voltage protection (LVP). This light does not have temperature control feature. The "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentsclip
lanyard
spare o-ring

The clip provides flexibility in how you carry your flashlight. Securing the flashlight with a lanyard frees up your hands for other tasks. It keeps the flashlight within reach. Instead of searching for matching O-rings, having spare O-rings allows quick fixes.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the E12 flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Manker flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • warm light
  • OP reflector
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • tactical switch
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • waterproof
  • clip

Cons

  • moderated performance
  • low intensity
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no LVP
  • no thermal regulation
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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