Olight M10 Maverick Flashlight & New Gear Habit…

Tactical flashlights or even ordinary flashlights for that matter have never really been my thing. I don’t get very excited about them or obsess over the amount of lumens they have, a particular bulb system, or battery type. I know that a lot of people do judging by forums such as CandlePowerForum that specialize in everything to do with flashlights, and that’s okay (I am not a member). Flashlights just never really did much for me. Then I got my hands on a flashlight that changed everything…

Olight M10 Maverick Tactical Flashlight

If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em!

I find flashlights extremely handy and use them all the time. I carry a small Inova button light on most of my keychains. I have several single AAA LED flashlights around the house and in my cars, but they’re all just tools for occasional use. I’ve been more than happy with them and their performance seemed perfectly adequate for my needs. And if I were to be 100% honest, it would be more accurate to say that I’ve resisted the urge to fixate on flashlights for quite some time, rather than being completely uninterested in them. Of course, I need another gear category to spend my money on like I need a hole in my head. Too late now, Pandora’s box has just been opened.

Olight M10 Maverick Tactical Flashlight

To those of you who are already flashlight fanatics, my foray into this world will paint me as somewhat of a newbie, but stay with me because LED flashlights have quickly become a new obsession (damn it) and I’ll need your help in getting up to speed on all the technical specifications and what to look for. It’s safe to say that you can expect more flashlight posts in the very near future. I’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing – either way it’s my blog!

Olight M10 Maverick

I recently accepted an offer from BatteryJunction to test an Olight M10 Maverick compact tactical flashlight. Compared to all of my pervious flashlights the M10 was a bit of a heavyweight despite it’s diminutive size. It is a significantly more powerful and up to date tactical flashlight than I have ever owned. Wow! Clearly I’ve been missing out on some pretty amazing gear by ignoring flashlights all these years.

Olight M10 Maverick Tactical Flashlight

The Olight M10 Maverick is a tactical version of Olight’s very popular S10 model. It has a maximum output of 350 lumens and a beam distance of 107 meters. That’s blindingly bright and powerful. In fact in the strobe setting it’s painful to stare directly at. Here are the specifications for the M10:

  • Weight: 1.89 oz / 53.5 g (2.46 oz / 69.9 g with CR123A battery)
  • LED: Cree XM-L2
  • Battery: 1 x CR123A or 1 x RCR123
  • Runtimes:
    • High: 350 Lumens/1.3 Hours
    • Medium: 80 Lumens/7.5 Hours
    • Low: 5 Lumens/108 Hours
  • Max beam distance: 107 meters
  • Waterproof: IPX8 “Submersible”
  • Dimensions: Length 3.66″ (93mm) x Diameter .9″ (23mm)

Easy Operation (newbie’s perspective)

Olight M10 Maverick Tactical Flashlight

I don’t have a lot of experience with quality flashlights nor do I have a series of benchmarks to compare the M10 against, but coming at this as a complete newbie I can tell you that the Olight M10 is simple to operate. There are two buttons on the M10. The tail switch operates in two modes. You can gently tap the tail switch for momentary light, the output will depend on the last constant mode that you left it in.

Olight M10 Maverick Tactical Flashlight

If you click the tail switch all the way you will get constant on. The small white side switch cycles between the three different outputs modes 350 lumens, 80 lumens, and 5 lumens. In addition to those basic functions, the rear switch can be tapped twice quickly to access the max output mode of 350 lumens, or tapped three times to activate the 350 lumen strobe!

Olight M10 Maverick Tactical Flashlight

Rugged as Hell

I’ve been beating up on the M10 for several weeks and have to say that I’m totally impressed by this rugged little flashlight. In fact I’ve put off posting a review of the M10 because in the back of my mind I was searching for something that I didn’t like about it or waiting for it to fail – it hasn’t! If I had to find something to fault on the M10 it would probably be the white side switch. If it were me I would have made this black – but that’s easily fixed with a Sharpie!

This is a rock solid and powerful little flashlight that can easily take an abuse you can throw at it. It’s also rated as IPX8 waterproof meaning that it is completely submersible. Olight stand behind their products with a 5 year satisfaction guarantee. They also provided a small lanyard, spare rubber O-rings, and an extra silicon rubber boot for the tail switch.

Which Flashlights Would You Recommend?

The Olight M10 is now a part of my every day carry and to my complete surprise gets used on a daily basis. How did I get by without a quality pocket flashlight for so long? What’s you favorite LED flashlight and why? I’m hooked now, so bring it on…

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  • John Pavoncello

    Huge Olight fan, but I only carry AA or AAA battery lights so the M10 is out for me. T-25 goes with me everywhere though.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      John, that’s a great point. I found that the CR123A was not a battery I had around the house AND they are expensive. I’m definitely going to look for AA or AAA alternatives even if that means less output. This is getting ugly quickly :)

      • rich mackey

        You can find cr123 pretty cheap online. Or, you can opt for rechargeable batteries. Just keep in mind both types of batteries have long shelf life.

        • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

          Thanks Rich. I had thought about getting some CR123 eneloop rechargeable batteries a little while ago. Maybe now it’s worth the effort, or as you say looking for a good bulk deal. If you have any preferred links feel free to share (wink)!

  • Erik Chesney

    If you like a tailswitch and something much smaller that uses common batteries, check out Lumapower’s EDC LM21. It uses AAA batteries and isn’t super-bright, but it works great as a daily carry torch.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Thanks Erik – I have been looking for a simple on/off pocket flashlight with a tail switch. I’ll check it out for sure. Appreciate the feedback.

  • Adan Cortes

    I guess is time to upgrade my flashlight , jeez , Thanks Brian ! LOL ; CR123A batteries are expensive but if you buy them in bulk @ Amazon is not so bad , flashlights with this much output need beefier batteries and IMHO the trade off is well worth it ..

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Sorry @adancortes:disqus. I’m seriously considering buying some CR123As in bulk or maybe even some Eneloop rechargeable ones. I guess the real question is “how many lumens is enough?”

      • Art

        about 3 gazillion and 1.
        Some flashlights go to 3400+ lumens these days and next year I hear about 4000+ lumen headlights.. technology improves..

        • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

          LOL – I guess you can never have too much :)

  • Preston

    Check out the Zebralight H31(CR123) and H51(AA) “headlamps” the reason for the ” is they also come with a detachable pocket clip. My wife and I more often clip them to us on a early morning jog or hike. I’ll use the head loop around camp. Each have 7 settings, High High, High Low, Med High, Med Low, Low High, Low Low, and strobe.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Preston, thanks for the heads up. I have several friends that use the same headlamp and swear by them. From everything I’ve read it’s an all-round awesome piece of gear. I get that it can serve both uses (headlamp and flashlight) but I’m happy with my backpacking headlamp choice of a Petzl Tikka Plus.

      I’m more interested in single purpose tactical flashlights with this new fascination. It’s a dangerous road to start down and I understand that the most logical choice is to have gear that can perform multi functions – but sometimes we don’t always do what makes sense. Besides, these flashlights are so damn cool.

      I’m about to test a Fenix HL10 that is very similar to the Zebralight H31. When that post is published I’d love for you to chime in on how the Fenix compares to the Zebralight, if you have time?

      • Preston

        You can never have too many toys right? I hope you don’t get too
        fascinated with flashlights though….as that means I’m likely to read
        your reviews and have to check them out myself :) I too have some how
        avoided that gear niche for the most part so far..I’ll be looking forward to your Fenix review

  • Art

    I am a fan of my ZebraLight H51 – its a flashlight and a headlight, 2 in 1..

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Art – ZebraLights keep being mentioned and I’ve heard very good things about them. I’ll be checking them out for sure! Thanks, BG.

  • Snctool

    Brian, I have several tactical flashlights but my Fenix LD 22 is my favorite and uses 2 AA batteries. I bought the rechargeable batteries and a multi type plug in charger. This has save me a bundle. I am never without the Fenix and use it constantly.

  • bydesign

    Could these high lumen lights deter or drive away an animal at night. Essentially blinding them.

  • Ryan W.

    Eagle Tac D25A Mini. Let me tell you why it’s my pick for
    backpacking. Firstly it uses AA batteries instead of the 123A’s that are much
    harder to find at your average store. Although I started my search for a AAA I
    could not find one with the specs that I liked. Or if I did, in person it just
    didn’t agree with me for one reason or another. The pocket clip is a very
    important feature for me. If the pocket clip just snaps around the body of the
    flashlight it’s no bueno. This pocket clips is sturdy, stiff, and secured to
    the body with two screws, and easily glides over my pockets yet remains firmly
    in place. The tail of the flashlight has two generously sized holes machined
    right into the body allowing for a lanyard or something similar to be attached securely.

    The next two features really set this light apart for me. No
    buttons, or switches. On a light for backpacking, I don’t want or need them.
    One more place for potential failure. The head of the light simply twist to
    access the different modes. This is easily achieved with one hand. Even tough
    in pictures it doesn’t look like it, the part that you twist is lightly knurled,
    as is the body. The Head of course is O ring sealed but what sets this light
    apart to me is the head is stainless rather than aluminum. This to me is a
    plus, if nothing more than for perceived durability.

    In use I find the light output to be much brighter than what
    a lot of headlights are rated at. I believe this is due to the optics. The low
    is rated at 4 lumens but is equally as bright or brighter as the low setting on
    my E lite. On low I get 50 hours. Medium again is generously bright with 6
    hours of run time. Medium is plenty bright to hang a bear bag at night in a
    thick forest or hike a pretty serious trail. I really like the beam pattern as
    well. This is one of the main reasons I did not go with a AAA light. I could
    not find a AAA light with the amount of throw that I was looking for. This
    light was going to primarily be used when my headlamp was just not cutting it
    (usually bear bagging).

    Overall I cannot be more pleased with my purchase for around
    50 bucks. Price includes a case and a lanyard I will never use however. My
    scale tells me the light, with a lithium battery weighs 35 grams. This light,
    plus my Petzl E Lite weighs only 2.2 ounces combined. I find that combination
    to be a very versatile, well rounded, bright package. I also like the
    redundancy of having two lights that are adequately bright enough to actually
    hike with. The light is about the size of my middle finger and feels just as
    reliable in a bad situation.

    In no way, shape, or form do I have any connection with
    Eagle Tac. Just a happy customer. I purchased this light in store at Going Gear
    located in the greater Atlanta area. They have a vast selection of lights to choose
    from in store, with batteries ready to play around with. Again, no connection.

    After following this blog for a while now it’s nice to
    actually post something up here! Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • Audrey LaCrouix

    Your article planted the seed and it took a while, but I started researching FourSevens and was impressed enough to get my feet wet with their diminutive Preon P0 for EDC. Then they had a year-end clearance sale so at half off, I invested in my first tactical light, the Quark Tactical QT2A. Nice addition to my strategic collection. This one goes in my 72-hour bag or accompanies me on trips. Thanks, Brian, a new obssession is born LOL :)