Utorch UT01 Mini LED Flashlight

Here’s something unique… a very small 14500/AA flashlight that packs up to 800 lumens in its tiny frame! The Utorch UT01, is actually a flattering clone of the Manker E11… but is a little cheaper.

Simple Packaging … Fine Accessories

Utorch UT01 package

From the photo, you can see that there’s a plain brown box, and a printed plain brown outer sleeve. The contents reveal a UT01 flashlight, a spare o-ring, an adjustable lanyard, stainless steel pocket clip, and a user manual.

Weights and Measures

So, the Utorch is pretty small… just 3.3″ tall. Weight-wise; a mere 58.7 grams… which includes a battery!

Features 

The Cree XP-L LED

The Cree XP-L LED

First of all, it uses a Cree XP-L LED, and comes in two different tints. There’s a “CW” (cool-white) version, and a “NW” (neutral-white) version. This version that I have is NW. 

It’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum, and features a Type III, hard anodized, anti scratch surface.

The lens is toughened ultra-clear glass with an anti-reflective coating.

It’s waterproof to IPX-8 and is submersible to 2 meters. It’s also impact resistant to 2 meters as well.

Mode memory recalls the last mode used.

Battery Acceptance and Output 

Utorch UT01 & 14500 battery

UT01 and 14500 battery

The Utorch UT01 runs on one battery. You can choose from the following;

  • 3.7v 14500 rechargeable lithium (unprotected IMR)*
  • 1.2v NiMH rechargeable
  • 1.5v alkaline (standard) battery

*  For the best performance, the recommended battery is a 14500.

Ouput (modes) are as follows; (using a 14500)

  • Moonlight; 10 lumens
  • Low; 100 lumens
  • Medium; 320 lumens
  • High; 800 lumens
  • Strobe; 800 lumens
  • SOS; 300 lumens
  • Location Beacon; 80 lumens

Here’s what to expect when using a AA (or NiMH) battery;

  • Moonlight; 2 lumens
  • Low; 60 lumens
  • Medium; 200 lumens
  • High; 400 lumens
  • Strobe; 400 lumens
  • SOS; 200 lumens
  • Location Beacon; 50 lumens

Operating the Utorch UT01 

Operating instructions per the manual

Operating instructions per the manual

All operations are performed with the side switch.

To turn it on just click the switch. Moonlight mode is what you’ll get. With each additional (regular) click, the modes will advance. The sequence is from moonlight to high. As soon as a different mode is selected, the memory function will recall it the next time the light is switched on. To recall it, press and HOLD the switch. A holding press is also required to turn the light off.

For strobe, a double-click is required. This can be done whether the light is off, or on. An additional click from strobe, will activate SOS. A third click will activate location beacon mode. From ANY of the flashing modes, a HOLDING press is required to turn off the light. It will not go from an emergency mode back to any of the four regular modes. If you continue to just “click” from either strobe, SOS, or beacon… it’ll continue to cycle through each of them over and over. You MUST HOLD the switch to exit completely.

Let’s See it Work

Please note that ALL beam shots are taken using a 14500 lithium battery.

Utorch UT01 on low

Low mode @20 ft

Utorch UT01 on high

High @20 ft

Utorch UT01 on moonlight

Moonlight @10 ft

Utorch UT01 on medium mode

Medium @55 ft

Utorch UT01 on high mode

High @55 ft

Moonlight ceiling bounce

Moonlight ceiling bounce

Low bounce

Low bounce

Medium bounce

Medium bounce

High bounce

High bounce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Conclusion…

The Utorch UT01 is a powerful little flashlight. With the beam being very bright and having a nice wide coverage area, I see no reason not to recommend it. It’s tiny enough to fit anywhere, and the button works and responds well. As I said, THIS is the neutral-white version which has a “warmer” tint. Cool-white is also available if you prefer that.

As I linked to at the top of the page, the UT01 was cloned from the Manker E11. I don’t happen to have that one… but I assume it’s identical, and both will provide the same performance.

My UT01 was kindly provided by GearBest, who is the proprietary merchant of the Utorch. Please visit them HERE, should you like the look of the light…and feel that a purchase seems imminent. And to sweeten the deal, I have coupon code for you! Just enter UTo1GB at checkout, and you’ll save about $4 off the regular price.

Questions or comments??? I love to hear from you!!

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2 Comments:

  1. From what I understand about the Manker E11, you had to use an IMR battery to get the highest output to work. Also, protected cells supposedly don’t fit that light due to their length. With this light, you list it as able to take a protected cell. Will it really fit a protected cell, and will it get to the brightest mode without the protection kickng in?

    • Thank you for the question. I only know about the E11 from what I’ve seen online. And until you asked, I was also unaware that a protected 14500 wouldn’t fit. I hadn’t seen that in the information I read. Most of the 14500’s I own are IMR’s. In testing the UT01, I only tried those and an NiMH. I got around to trying a protected cell after seeing your question…and you’re right…it doesn’t fit properly!

      So with this in mind, the UT01 has the same restrictions as the E11.

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