Olight M18 Maverick 500lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

Cree XM-L2 LED
500 lm output
4556 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Olight M18 Maverick (M18MAVERICK) released in 2013. It uses Cree XM-L2 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 500 lm output, 4556 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 135 m.

The M18 Maverick flashlight provides instant illumination at the touch of a switch. This immediate response is particularly useful in emergency situations or when you need instant visibility. This light has 3 modes of lighting. Instead of having to cycle through multiple modes to find the desired setting, mode memory of M18 Maverick ensures that the flashlight starts in the mode you prefer or need. The strobe function of M18 Maverick produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern that is designed to disorient or distract potential threats or aggressors.

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Olight M18 Maverick (M18MAVERICK) specifications

NameM18 Maverick
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The M18 Maverick flashlight offers precise and focused illumination. Unlike ambient or overhead lighting sources, flashlights allow you to direct the light exactly where you need it.


Weight61.5 g
Length127 mm
Body diameter23 mm
Head diameter23 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish

The M18 Maverick is small, compact, and designed for ultra-portability. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. A longer flashlight may provide a more substantial grip, making it easier to hold and control, especially if you have larger hands. The aluminium body of M18 Maverick has excellent thermal conductivity, meaning it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components, such as the LED or battery.

The HAIII coating can also enhance the visual appearance of the flashlight. It offers a uniform and attractive finish, often available in different colors, giving the flashlight a sleek and professional look. The M18 Maverick flashlight is offered in a stylish black color.


EmitterCree XM-L2 LED
Color temperature5000 K
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side, mechanical rear

Cree LEDs are commonly used in a wide range of lighting applications. Their products are trusted by lighting professionals and have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The choice of color temperature depends on the specific lighting application and personal preferences. With the smooth reflector of the M18 Maverick, the beam tends to have a well-defined hotspot at the center, which provides a concentrated beam of light for long-range applications.

The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens. This can increase the overall brightness and efficiency of the M18 Maverick flashlight. The multiple switch configuration on the M18 Maverick flashlight can be a useful option, providing additional versatility and convenience in operating the flashlight. The M18 Maverick has electronic switch. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features that allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight. This may include setting specific modes, configuring brightness levels, or enabling unique functions according to individual preferences.

The M18 Maverick has mechanical switch. Mechanical switches are known for their durability and reliability. They are typically built with robust construction, making them resistant to wear and tear, and capable of enduring various environmental conditions. With a rear switch of M18 Maverick flashlight, the operation of the flashlight is often straightforward and easy to grasp. A simple press or click of the rear switch turns the flashlight on or off, eliminating the need for complex button combinations or multi-step processes.


Flux500 lm
Intensity4556 cd
Throw135 m
CD/LM factor9.11

500 lm can provide a decent amount of brightness and be suitable for many everyday tasks, it may not be sufficient for certain scenarios or individuals with specific requirements. With 4556 cd, the M18 Maverick flashlight provides a noticeably brighter and more intense beam of light. It can illuminate objects or areas with greater clarity and visibility, even at longer distances. The throw is the calculated distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) is a measure of a flashlight's beam intensity relative to its total luminous flux or output. It quantifies the concentration of light emitted by the flashlight in relation to the total amount of light produced.


Modes3 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. The M18 Maverick has mode memory. Mode memory means that the flashlight will remember the mode you were using when the light was last turned off, and when you turn it on again. Strobe mode on M18 Maverick flashlight produces a rapid, repeated flashing of light. It can be used for signaling purposes, self-defense, or attracting attention in emergency situations.


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

The M18 Maverick flashlight utilizes 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The M18 Maverick cannot charge batteries directly. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery from being over-discharged, which can lead to reduced battery life or even permanent damage. This flashlight doesn't have built-in temperature control. Flashlights without thermal protection may rely on other design elements for heat dissipation, such as heat sinks, fins, or body materials with good thermal conductivity. The "8" in the IPx8 rating indicates the highest level of protection against water ingress.


Package contents2 x spare o-rings
CR123 battery magazine
spare rubber cover

With an included battery you can immediately use the flashlight for your desired applications, saving time and allowing you to focus on your tasks or activities. By securing the flashlight with a lanyard, you can free up your hands for other tasks while keeping the flashlight within reach. Instead of searching for compatible O-rings or waiting for replacements to arrive, having spare O-rings readily available allows for convenient and immediate repairs or replacements.

The performance of the Olight M18 Maverick flashlight is measured according to the ANSI / NEMA FL1 Standard 30 seconds after switching the light on. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

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