Olight M18 Maverick flashlight review

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

The Olight M18 Maverick flashlight was 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.

Want to know if the Olight made a really good flashlight? You'll find out by the end of our article!

Table of Contents

  • Olight M18 Maverick specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
    • Accessories, package contents
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos
  • Comparisons

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Olight M18 Maverick / M18MAVERICK

The M18 Maverick 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. You don't have to cycle through many modes to find what you want. The M18 Maverick'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.

Olight M18 Maverick specifications

NameM18 Maverick
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1470 user votes.

Flashlights are unlike ambient or overhead lights. They let you aim the light where you need it.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

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. The aluminium body of the M18 Maverick 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 M18 Maverick flashlight comes in a stylish black color.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XM-L2 LED
Color temperature5000 K
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 smooth reflector creates a well-defined hotspot at the center. This hotspot provides a concentrated beam for long-range use. The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens.

The M18 Maverick 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. The rear switch is at the end of the M18 Maverick flashlight. It helps you hold it securely.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

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. The M18 Maverick flashlight has 4556 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.

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Software, user interface, modes

Modes3 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno

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.

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Features, battery, protections

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. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. The flashlight detects when the battery's voltage has dropped to a certain level. Then, it reduces or cuts off the power. 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.

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Accessories, package contents

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

The included battery lets you immediately use the flashlight for your desired applications. It saves time and allows you to focus on your tasks or activities. 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 M18 Maverick 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 Olight 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
  • warm light
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • tactical switch
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • low-voltage protection
  • waterproof
  • battery included


  • moderated performance
  • low intensity
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • 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.