On The Road M3 XM-L2 U2 Flashlight

The On the Road M3 with a CREE XM-L2 U2 LED is one nifty little flashlight!

On the Road M3

Impressive Accessories

On the Road M3 package

I’ve certainly seen my share of flashlight packages! Some are extremely sparse, and others, like the “OTR” are extremely generous!

First of all the box it comes in is well-made and designed, with compartments. The flashlight itself is snuggled within a padded pouch with an easy carry strap.

In addition, you get;

  • A user manual (although the one I got was in Chinese only!)
  • A good quality lanyard
  • A single 16340 rechargeable battery (700mAh)
  • A single-slot battery charger
  • A pocket clip
  • And 2 spare o-rings
The charger is charging

The charger is charging

A completed charge

A completed charge

The average charge current

Average charge current

 

 

 

 

 

 

The battery and charger are a nice touch, and I might add that BOTH are of FAR BETTER quality than what is normally found in flashlight “kits” (from cheap companies) that market on Amazon and eBay…for $20 and under. They’re usually marketed (and given away in exchange for a review) to people who have little or no experience with LED flashlights. Therefore, they can be told ANYTHING about the products (which is usually a pack of lies) and believe every word!

M3 Specs to Boast About 

The CREE XM-L2 U2

The CREE XM-L2 U2

Next to a 16340 battery

Next to a 16340 battery

Low battery indicator

Low battery indicator

 

 

 

 

 

So, the tiny “On The Road” uses a CREE XM-L2 U2 LED. The reflector is orange peel, with overall “throw” rated at (up to) 150 meters.

The light is very small — only 2.76″ long and weighs a mere 39 grams.

Your “On the Road” M3 is impact resistant to 2 meters. It’s tough — made from aircraft grade aluminum. It’s also 100% waterproof to IPX-8 standards…meaning it IS submersible!

It has several built-in protections to keep it safe. These include short circuit, over-discharge, over-voltage, over-heating and reverse polarity protection.

It features a magnetic tail-cap and will affix to anything metal.

Of course it also has a memory (for the last mode you used) and works on a highly regulated constant-current circuit.

In the photo above, you’ll also notice that as your battery voltage drops, a red indicator underneath the switch begins to flash. Usually it doesn’t do this for too long, and the light will simply shut off.

It has a toughened ultra-clear glass Convex lens with anti-reflective coating.

If the M3 looks at all familiar to anyone whose been following flashlights for the past few years….you haven’t lost it! For it is… for all intent and purposes… an exact replica of the original Olight S10 Baton, which came out around 2013. The improvements that have been made to the M3 include additional flashing modes, higher output, and an updated LED (with a whiter color temperature).

The M3 runs on (1) 16340 rechargeable battery, or (1) CR123. Since a battery is included, there’s no reason to use a “123” disposable. You won’t get the advertised output on a 123 cell either. Speaking of output…………..here’s what you can expect;

  • Ultra-low; 10 lumens
  • Low; 150 lumens
  • Medium; 300 lumens
  • High; 600 lumens
  • Turbo; 920 lumens

Runtime on the lowest low is rated at 70 hours. For turbo, it’s 30 minutes.

I’m unable to verify the exact outputs as indicated, but I believe they’re fairly close. The difference between high and turbo IS noticeable, but only if you can compare them side by side. High is certainly quite bright, so whatever you’re using it for, the amount of extra light you’d get on turbo (especially outside) is negligible.

Let’s Turn Him (or her) On!

The white switch on the side of the M3 does everything. To turn it on or off, a long press is needed. This is to prevent accidental activation in your pocket.

Once on, a single click will advance to the next mode. In general, the modes advance like this; ultra low, low, medium and high. Turbo is only accessed by double-clicking, BUT, this will also work from the “off” position. Once on, a long press is required to turn it off.

The flashing modes, are strobe, location beacon and SOS…in that order. You can access strobe instantly from the OFF position by clicking the switch THREE TIMES. Once in strobe, a single (short) press advances to the next flashing mode. As long as you keep pressing, they’ll continue  to loop. They are also accessible from the general modes, again by a fast triple-click. If you’ve accessed that way, you can return to the last mode you were in by double-clicking.

M3 medium mode

On low

On medium

On medium

M3 On high

On high

M3 on turbo

On turbo

M3 on ultra-low

On ultra-low

M3 indoors on ultra-low

Ultra-low

M3 indoors on low

Low

M3 indoors on high

High

M3 on turbo mode

Into trees – turbo

On low

On low

M3 on high mode

High

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is There a Reason to Buy an On The Road M3?

If your pocket isn’t already stuffed with EDC flashlights, then I’d say yes. It’s certainly one of the smaller lights that are around today. And in terms of output, it ranks relatively high in that category as well.

I really have nothing negative to say about it. The fact that for a pretty low price you get a nice little flashlight, a decent battery and charger, along with three different ways of carrying it… I mean what is there not to like!

The On the Road M3 was supplied for review by GearBest. For a purchase consideration please visit this link and add coupon code OTRM3 at checkout!

And if you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them.

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6 Comments:

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for the above review. I bought one of the flashlights but I am looking for a good quality spare 16340 protected Lithium-ion Battery, what do you recommend?

    • Hi Patrick! Hope you enjoy the flashlight 🙂 As far as 16340’s go, I would probably recommend either Nitecore or Eagletac. I have both of them in that size and they do very well. The majority of 16340’s that I own are from “AW”… which are widely regarded as “the best” by the flashlight community. Truthfully though, the other brands do just as well. Thanks for your question!

  2. Greetings again Ben, wanted you to know I bought a On The Road M3 from Gear Best after reading your review (may still order that Manker), but I think I ordered the wrong version because mine did not come with a battery even though the Gear Best spec sheet said one was included. So I ordered a pair from Obtronic — I think they cost a total of about $12 for two (you had to order two). They seem to work fine. But my reason for writing is to thank you for your review of the M3 because my light, like yours, only came with Chinese instructions and I had to go back and re-read your review to find out how to operate the strobe function!! All in all its a pretty nifty little gadget for $18, and for such a small light it does generate quite a bit of light. Again thanks for all the helpful information on your web site.

    • Thank you Don. The missing battery is odd, perhaps GearBest should know about it. I do thank you for your comment though and am glad the M3 is working out for you!
      All the best 🙂

  3. The “full pack” option on gearbest includes the 16340 battery and the charger – the “single pack” option – which is a few dollars cheaper – does not include these items.

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