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On The Road U16 (2017) review

Cree XP-L V6 LED
1020 lm output
4900 cd intensity
1 x 16340 Li-Ion battery

The On The Road U16 (U16) released in 2017. It uses Cree XP-L V6 LED, OP reflector and 1 x 16340 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1020 lm output, 4900 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 140 m.

This light has 5 modes of lighting. The memory function is a nice feature, the light will remember the last used mode. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available. The U16 flashlight is rechargeable easily via USB port.

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On The Road U16 (U16) specifications

BrandOn The Road
Rated 4/5 based on 1013 user votes.


The aluminium body of flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish.

Weight60 g
Length71 mm
Body diameter24 mm
Head diameter26.5 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish


The emitter of U16 manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. The U16 has an orange peel (OP) textured reflector. Orange peel reflectors have smoother beams. It has an AR coated lens.

EmitterCree XP-L V6 LED
Color temperature6500 K
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side


The throw is the calculated 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. Well-focused spot beams can be over 100 cd/lm, tactical flashlights are typically between 20-100 cd/lm, and work lights are less than 10 cd/lm.

Flux1020 lm
Intensity4900 cd
Throw140 m
CD/LM factor4.8


The U16 has mode memory. Mode memory means that the light will remember the mode you were using when the light was last turned off, and when you turn it on again. The U16 is tactical strobe ready. The strobe light is disorienting to the person it is aimed at which makes it difficult for them to concentrate. It has the SOS beacon function for an emergency situation. The SOS flashes Morse code so you can signal for help when needed.

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno


The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. This flashlight can charge the battery with an integrated charger, and it works with any USB power source. This flashlight has a built-in low voltage protection (LVP) to prevent damage to the cell from over-discharge, so protected cells are not necessary. This light does not have temperature control feature. The U16 is magnetic so that the flashlight can be attached to some metallic surfaces.

Battery1 x 16340 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portmicroUSB
Thermal regulationno


The lanyard prevents accidental loss of the flashlight.

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
microUSB cable

The performance of the On The Road U16 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.

The specifications above are based on the official data published by the manufacturer, but we also take user reviews into consideration. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications above for the On The Road U16, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

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