Odepro MR18 flashlight review

Cree XM-L2 U4 LED
800 lm output
7300 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Odepro MR18 flashlight was released in 2018. It uses Cree XM-L2 U4 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 800 lm output, 7300 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 171 m.

Excited to learn if the MR18 lives up to expectations? Read on!

Table of Contents

  • Odepro MR18 specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos
  • Comparisons

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Odepro MR18 / MR18

The MR18 flashlight provides instant illumination at the touch of a switch. This immediate response is particularly useful in emergency situations. This light has 3 modes of lighting. The lack of mode memory means you need to adjust the flashlight's settings each time you turn it on. You can use the strobe function as a self-defense tool. It provides a non-lethal way to deter or disorient attackers.

Odepro MR18 specifications

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The MR18 flashlight allows you to light dark areas. It helps you find hazards or stop threats by shining light on them.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight77.5 g
Length112 mm
Body diameter27.5 mm
Head diameter27.5 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish

The MR18 is small, compact, and designed for ultra-portability. A balanced flashlight has even weight. It can be more comfortable to hold for longer and reduce hand fatigue. The aluminium body of the MR18 has excellent thermal conductivity. This means it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components. The HAIII coating is uniform and attractive. It is often available in different colors, giving the flashlight a sleek, pro look. The MR18 flashlight comes in a stylish gray color.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XM-L2 U4 LED
Color temperature6500 K
LensAR coated glass
Switchrotary front

Cree is widely regarded as a reputable LED manufacturer. Warm, white light is generally more comfortable. It's also less harsh on the eyes than cool, white light. The SMO's main job is to focus and project light from the source. It does this into a defined beam pattern. The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux800 lm
Intensity7300 cd
Throw171 m
CD/LM factor9.13

With 800 lm, the MR18 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The MR18 flashlight has 7300 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. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) measures a flashlight's beam intensity. It compares this to its total luminous flux or output.

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Software, user interface, modes

Modes3 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. The MR18 flashlight has a strobe function. It produces a rapid, repetitive flashing of light. The SOS signal is commonly used in outdoor adventures or survival scenarios.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
Thermal regulationno

The MR18 flashlight's power source is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. It provides reliable, long-lasting energy for top performance. The MR18 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). Flashlights without thermal protection may rely on other design elements to dissipate heat. These elements include heat sinks, fins, or body materials with good thermal conductivity. The "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the MR18 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 Odepro 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.


  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • AR coated lens
  • rotary switch
  • multiple modes
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • waterproof


  • cool light
  • moderated performance
  • no mode memory
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no LVP
  • no thermal regulation
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic


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Updated: April 23, 2024

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.