We love flashlights here at The-Gadgeteer. They are valuable tools to have around for emergencies or work usages. Most flashlights these days are LED based because of the advantages of energy efficiency and high lumens output. I’m here to test OLight’s M10 Maverick LED Flashlight that was provided by BatteryJunction.com.
The OLight M10 Maverick is a mini LED flashlight that has an aviation grade aluminum body with an anti-scratch type III hard anodized coating. It features a removable clip which can be reversed. The removable clip also acts as the only anti-rolling feature for this flashlight. The M10 Maverick comes with a lanyard and a replacement push-button switch.
There are 2 switches on the M10 Maverick. The white switch on the side changes the output. It has 3 brightness levels and a strobe feature. The M10 Maverick runs at 5 lumens on low, 80 lumens on medium, and 350 lumens on high.
The black push-button tail cap switch turns the flashlight on and off. It also features a momentary-on functionality. The tail cap also has a small lanyard hole. The push-button switch protrudes out of the tail cap which will prevent the flashlight being able to stand on its end.
Of course the most important part of the flashlight would be the lens end, which is protected by a thick stainless steel bezel. There’s a specially designed deep reflector to give it that perfect focused beam. This super bright 350 lumens beam is produced by the newest Cree XM-L2 LED which has a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours.
The battery compartment has a nice O-ring to seal it, which helps keep the flashlight water resistant up to 2 meters. You will need a CR123A or a RCR123 battery to power the M10 Maverick. Unfortunately, the battery isn’t included with the M10. The M10 has a reverse polarity protection which guards against improper battery installation. The bad news is that the first M10 that I tested got fried because I put in the battery the wrong way. There’s no indication inside the battery slot as to which way the battery should go in. The replacement M10 worked just fine at protecting improper battery installation. So the first one that I received may have been defective.
For this review, I compared the light output with my smaller OLight i1 XM-L LED which outputs at a max 180 lumens. Both OLight flashlights had a brand new CR123A battery installed and were running on the highest lumens output. Both the camera and flashlight were placed at the same exact spot.
On the top is the M10 Maverick which provides a tighter spotlight with little light bleeding over the edge. On the bottom is the i1 SM-L which has more light bleeding over the edges. The M10 Maverick also shines at a brighter white compared to the i1 SM-L which has more of a yellow tint to it.
The M10 Maverick in the top image is just a little bit brighter from a distance of 40 feet.
At about 5 feet, the M10 Maverick is definitely brighter than the i1 SM-L.
The Olight M10 Maverick is a great little flashlight with a high output. It’s great for emergencies and everyday use.