Sunwayman C22C “Dual-LED” Flashlight Review

Sunwayman C22C flashlight

I finally got the chance to try out the Sunwayman C22C. This is the one that has two LED’s! One of them is cool white and the other is neutral white. So, I know what you’re thinking… are two LED’s better than one? I’ll get to that in a bit.

The Flaunt-able Features

  • A tungsten spike on the tail cap can be used for emergencies
  • Effective lighting range of 208 meters
  • Constant current circuit – constant output
  • Working voltage of 2.8 to 8.4
  • Weight; 88 grams without batteries
  • Size; 4.25″ long (110mm) 3/4″ head diameter
  • High quality metal smooth reflector for great throw
  • Waterproof to IPX-8 standards
  • Made with Aerospace-grade aluminum alloy
  • Military specification Type III-hard anodized body
  • Ultra clear tempered glass lens resists scratches and impacts

The Standard Sunwayman Box 

C22C Box and accessories

C22C Box and accessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, along with the light come some standard accessories.

  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card
  • 3 spare o-rings
  • 1 lanyard
  • pocket clip

Stick`em Up!

So I don’t forget to mention this later, the base of the C22C is a strong magnet. Therefore whatever position you need the light to be in… and as long as you’re in reach of a magnetic surface, you can have light from the LED of your choice… or, both on together!

Click on each of the images below for a full-size view

Stuck to a dumbbell!

Stuck to a dumbbell!

Color tints of both LED's

Color tints of both LED’s

 

 

 

 

 

Two, Fully Functional LED’s!

This is what makes our C22C a very unique handheld flashlight.

The “main” LED is a CREE XM-L2 U2 emitter. This can produce up to 1000 lumens. The output levels are as follows;

The XP-G2 R5 Neutral White LED

The XP-G2 R5 Neutral White LED

  • Turbo — 1000 lumens (for 3 minutes continuously)
  • High — 580 lumens
  • Medium — 130 lumens
  • Low — 35 lumens
  • plus — strobe and SOS (hidden until you need them)

The secondary (neutral white) “side” LED, uses a CREE XP-G2 R5 emitter. It’s output levels are;

  • High — 130 lumens
  • Medium — 46 lumens
  • Low — 16 lumens
  • plus — strobe and SOS (hidden until you need them)

The way I’ve chronicled the outputs, is the way they’re presented on the light. In sequence, it’s, turbo – high – medium – low for the main LED, and high – medium – low for the secondary LED. Strobe and SOS are only accessed by double-clicking within ANY lighting mode while using either of the LED’s.

The XM-L2 U2 Cool White LED

The XM-L2 U2 Cool White LED

BOTH LED’s can actually be activated at once! But the caveat here (which I’m not crazy about), is the fact that they can only be on at once….in high mode. Once they’re bot lit, switching to a different mode is not possible. The only function it will serve is to turn it off.

Standard Operating Procedure

Your Sunwayman C22C, like many of its competitors today, operates via a single side-mounted soft-switch.

Memory mode remembers the last mode you used, (except for flashing modes). But here’s something else to know about the memory function. If you change LED’s during your lighting session, the next time you switch it on, it’ll default to HIGH mode…for BOTH LED’s. Only if you use just one of the LED’s, then switch it off, will it come on the next time in the last mode you were in. Does that make sense?

So for general lighting, give the button a quick press to switch on the MAIN LED. In many instances, including right after a new battery has been inserted, it will activate in Turbo mode. A holding press of the button, or continued presses, will cycle through the other modes.

To access the secondary LED (from off) press and HOLD the button. The light will activate in High mode. Again, operate the button in the same way as for the main LED, to cycle through the neutral-white modes.

One button does it all!

One button does it all!

Strobe and SOS are reached from ANY lighting mode with either LED. Just give the button a double-click, and Strobe will be activated. A second double-click will activate SOS.

To have both LED’s on at the same time*… double-click into strobe mode…but KEEP HOLDING THE BUTTON until both LED’s are on. If you don’t hold the button following the double-click, you’ll just be in Strobe.

*See the images above depicting the two LED’s activated simultaneously. 

The ONLY function you can perform once the two LED’s are on at once, is to turn the C22C off. A holding press during this mode will accomplish nothing! Both LED’s will be in High mode continually until you shut it off. Be warned of course, that not only will the light begin to get noticeably warm, but using this function repeatedly will drain the battery much quicker.

Beware of Falling Voltages

If from the various images of the C22C on this page, you happen to notice those four little “holes” just above the power switch… and wondered what they’re for… this is it!

A low battery voltage indicator

A low battery voltage indicator

As battery voltage drops beyond a certain point, those little “holes” will light up in red! This is your cue to switch out the cell. If you’re not in a position to do so immediately, you may continue to use the light. Eventually it will give you a final warning that the battery voltage can no longer keep the LED lit… when the little display begins “flashing”.

After a few “flashing” sessions, it’ll simply shut off.

 

 

Batteries for the Sunwayman C22C 

18350 (IMR) 16340 (Lithium)

18350 (top) 16340 (bottom)

So here are your battery options for running your C22C.

  • (1) rechargeable 3.7 volt lithium-ion 18650
  • (2) disposable 3.0 volt lithium CR123’s
  • (2) rechargeable 3.7 volt lithium 16340’s
  • (2) rechargeable 3.7 volt lithium 18350’s

Pros and Cons

I’m generally pleased with the C22C. It’s a good size, and although the head is square and larger than many lights in this class, it still fits well into a pocket. The clip is very strong.

Speaking of strong… the addition of the tail cap magnet is brilliant! To utilize that along with the neutral-white LED is what sets this flashlight apart from most of its competition.

The main con, would be that the modes don’t go all that low. In general instances, this isn’t TOO big of an issue. BUT… in the middle of the night for instance, if you’re groggy and need to use the light… BOTH LED’s (even on low) are a tad bright. Thank goodness for the warm tint on the secondary LED, which makes that a bit easier to bear. Plus the fact that it’s not as bright as the main LED either.

So, I WOULD say that in this case… TWO LED’s are better than one! Especially when they each have a different tint.

The Image Gallery

Click on each image to view full-size

On low - Main LED

On low – Main LED

Medium - Main LED

Medium – Main LED

Turbo - Main LED

Turbo – Main LED

Secondary LED - low

Secondary LED – low

Secondary LED on high

Secondary LED – high

Main LED on low @17 ft

Main LED on low @17 ft

Secondary LED on low @17 ft

Secondary LED – low @17 ft

Main LED on turbo @17 ft

Main LED on turbo @17 ft

Secondary LED - high @17 ft

Secondary LED – high @17 ft

Main LED - medium @65 ft

Main LED – medium @65 ft

Main LED - turbo @65 ft

Main LED – turbo @65 ft

Secondary LED - high @65 ft

Secondary LED – high @65 ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If any questions or comments are dancing around in your head, I’d love to answer them!

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2 Comments:

  1. One big problem I found in using the C22C for over a year now is related to holstering the light. In a holster it is not uncommon for the light to be accidentally activated by bumping into things. the side plastic lens will MELT if left on in this mode. Also the side lens will get scratched up in a holster. It doesn’t come with a holster, you would have to purchase one from another vendor is desired.

    • Let me see if I can address your issues. I’m not aware of a lockout mode on this light, so your only course of action to avoid any unwanted activation, is to loosen the tailcap by a quarter turn. I’m sorry if that’s a pain…but if it’s switching on through bumps, then that’s the only solution.

      I’ve never had the side light on for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, so I’m unaware of any melting issue. Since it is an aspheric lens, I can see where it could get scratched. I don’t use holsters with my lights…only pocket clips (when they come with one of course).

      Thanks for making your observations known. I’m sorry that i can’t “fix” the problems, but hope at least that I’ve been helpful in my suggestions.

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