Manker F14

Specifications

Brand/model Manker F14
LED 1*Floodlight (Samsung LH351D 4000K 90CRI), 1*Spotlight (Osram KW CSLNM1.TG 6500K)
Maximum lumens 1,250 lm
Maximum beam intensity 17,956 cd
Maximum throw 268 m
Battery Built-in 1800mAh Li-ion
Onboard charging Yes (USB-C)
Power bank Yes (USB-C)
Material Aluminium
Modes 4
Blinkies Strobe
Reflector 1*OP, 1*Smooth
Waterproof IP65
Review date December 2023

Introduction

The Manker F14 is a dual emitter EDC torch with a floodlight, a spotlight, built-in USB-C charging and a power bank feature.

It looks almost the same as the Manker ML03 but there are differences:

  • The F14 has one floodlight and one spotlight instead of two floodlights.
  • The user interface allows each light to be controlled separately or at the same time.
  • The reflectors are longer and the beam distance has increased from 160 metres to 268 metres.
  • The button cover is more durable now that it is made of metal.

Here is a video demonstrating the Manker F14:

Mankerlight make powerful pocket flooders and throwers. They are known for their EDC torches like the E02, E03H, E14, MC13, Striker and Timeback. They have also created large flooders like the MK38, and innovative torches like the Manker Crown.

I found out about Manker back in 2020 while on the hunt for a torch capabable of extremely low output levels.

I eventually pulled the trigger and purchased a Manker E02II with a Luminus SST20 4000K 90+ CRI emitter. Manker hit the jackpot with this emitter. It has a really nice rosy beam!

My first impression of Manker was good so I bought the Mankerlight BLF Limited EDC Muscle Combo with a Manker E14 III NW and a Manker MC13 Red (Osram KR CSLNM1.23).

The MC13 was my first impressive pocket thrower with a big TIR topic! I decided to buy a few more pocket throwers and do a comparison.

I have become a bit obsessed with EDC torches. It’s no secret that the ReyLight Pineapple Mini is one of my favourite EDC torches. So it was a nice surprise to see Rey collaborate with Manker to produce a titanium version of the Manker Striker.

The owner of Manker, Tony Chen, reached out recently to ask what Manker lights I have reviewed. To be honest, other than the comparison mentioned earlier, I haven’t done a full review of a Manker light. I have half a dozen Manker lights but I bought most of them before I started doing reviews.

Manker kindly sent this torch for review. I have not been paid for this review nor have I held back my opinions of this torch.

Packaging

The Manker F14 comes in an orange and black box with an image of the torch on the front.

There is a little plastic window on the front of the box to see what the body colour of the torch is.

Manker F14 packaging Manker F14 packaging

Manker F14 packaging Manker F14 packaging

The following was included in the box:

  • Manker F14.
  • USB-C to USB-C cable.
  • USB-A to USB-C adapter.
  • Lanyard.
  • User manual.

Manker F14 accessories

Manker F14 user manual Manker F14 user manual

Torch in use

The Manker F14 fits comfortably in the coin pocket of my jeans. I sometimes forget that I am carrying it.

The torch feels relatively compact in my hand.

Manker F14 in use 1 Manker F14 in use 2

It has a decent metal button.

There are two strong magnets in the tail that allow the torch to be used as a work light.

Manker F14 closeup-charging

The USB-C port can be used to charge the torch or the torch can be used as a power bank.

There is hole near the tail for a lanyard. The two feet with magnets in them stick out a bit so that the torch can tailstand without the lanyard or the USB port cover getting in the way.

Manker F14 back

The pocket clip allows the torch to be carried with the head facing up. The torch could be attached to a hat.

Build quality

The Manker F14 is made of aluminium and it has a green anodised finish. The bezel has a black anodised finish.

The torch is available in black and green for now. I look forward to seeing what colours and metals Manker uses in the future. I am a bit obsessed with orange for my EDC at the moment.

There is grip around the edges due to the design but the torch feels pretty smooth.

Manker F14 side

The metal button gives a satisfying click. It has an indicator light for the battery status and the charging status.

Manker F14 front Manker F14 left

Manker F14 back Manker F14 right

The USB-C port cover can be rotated out of the way to allow a USB-C plug to be easily inserted.

Manker F14 tail

LED, bezel, lens, reflector and beam

The Manker F14 has a floodlight emitter (Samsung LH351D 4000K 90 CRI) with an orange peel reflector, and a spotlight emitter (Osram NM1 6500K) with a smooth reflector.

There are glass lenses with an anti-reflective coating in front of each emitter.

Manker F14 closeup emitters Manker F14 closeup bezel

I have not found a non-destructive way of opening up the Manker F14.

CCT, CRI, and duv

I have taken Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) and Colour Rendering Index (CRI, RA of R1-R8) measurements with the torch positioned two metres away from an Opple Light Master Pro III (G3).

The CCT of the floodlight is around 4000K and the CRI is around 92.

The Delta u, v is of the floodlight is slightly positive (green).

The floodlight produces a beam that has a wide hot spot, a slightly green corona, and a relatively narrow spill. There are some artifacts in the corona.

The CCT of the spotlight is around 6800K and the CRI is around 70.

The Delta u, v is of the spotlight is slightly negative (rosy). The hot spot looks like it may small hint of purple but the corona is definitely green.

The spotlight produces a beam that has a small intense hot spot, a green corona, and a wide purple spill. There are ring artifacts around the green corona.

LED Mode CCT (K) CRI (Ra) x y Duv
Floodlight Low 4070 93.0 0.3801 0.3850 0.0039
Floodlight High 4083 92.7 0.3792 0.3833 0.0034
Floodlight Turbo 4062 92.1 0.3790 0.3790 0.0015
Spotlight Low 6641 69.6 0.3115 0.3204 -0.0007
Spotlight High 6780 70.2 0.3097 0.3171 -0.0015
Spotlight Turbo 6916 70.8 0.3081 0.3141 -0.0022

Calculate Duv from CIE 1931 xy coordinates

Dimensions and size comparison

Dimensions

I took the following measurements using a digital caliper.

Measurement Unit (mm)
Length 81.48
Width 38.98
Height 20.07
Height with clip 24.68
Button diameter 12.19

Weight

I took the following measurements using a digital scale.

Weight Unit (g)
Torch 113.44

Size comparison with its competition

From left to right: Wuben X2 White, Manker F14, Wuben X2 Copper

Wuben X2, Manker F14, Wuben X2 Copper

From left to right: Wuben X2 White, Manker F14, Wuben X2 Copper

Wuben X2, Manker F14, Wuben X2 Copper

User interface

The F14 has an electronic side switch to control the torch.

Two emitters can be controlled individually or at the same time. For example: The Floodlight could be on High while the Spotlight is off. The Spotlight could be on High while the Floodlight is off. Both emitters could be on High.

Mode State Action Result
Off Press and hold Floodlight Moonlight
Off Click General (Memory)
Off Two clicks Turbo (Floodlight or Spotlight)
Off Three clicks Turbo (Toggle between Floodlight and Spotlight)
Off Four clicks Dual lights (Turbo)
Off Five clicks Lock
Locked Off Five clicks Unlock and go to General
On Click Off
Special Floodlight Moonlight Two clicks Spotlight Strobe
Special Floodlight Moonlight Three clicks General (Memory)
Special Spotlight Strobe Two clicks Floodlight Moonlight
Special Any Four clicks Dual lights (Turbo)
General Any Press and hold Cycle (Low, High)
General Any Two clicks Turbo
General Any Three clicks Toggle between Floodlight and Spotlight
General Any Four clicks Dual lights (Turbo)
Turbo Turbo Hold General (High)
Turbo Turbo Three clicks Toggle between Floodlight and Spotlight
Turbo Turbo Two clicks General (Memory)
Dual lights Any Press and hold Cycle (Turbo, High, Low, High, Turbo)
Dual lights Any Two clicks General (Memory)
Dual lights Any Three clicks Turbo

Mode memory

There is mode memory for the General Mode. Low or High will be memorised.

There is no mode memory for the Dual lights mode. It defaults to Turbo.

Strobe

Strobe appears to have a constant frequency. The lumen output is similar to Turbo.

I noticed a clicking sound while using Strobe.

Battery voltage indicator

A light in the button will display a particular colour when the torch is on to indicate the battery level.

Battery voltage Button light indicator Duration
> 3.4V Blue light 10 seconds
3.2V - 3.4V Purple light 10 seconds
2.8V - 3.2V Red light Constantly on
<2.8V Torch turns off

Manker F14 charging-red Manker F14 charging-blue

PWM

I did not notice any visible PWM (flickering).

What I like about the UI

  • Shortcut to Moonlight from off.
  • There is a lock-out mode.
  • There is a shortcut to Turbo from off.
  • Triple clicking in the General Mode will switch between lights while staying at the same output level (e.g. High).

What could be improved

A momentary Moonlight while the torch is locked would be nice.

A shortcut from off to the Floodlight or the Spotlight would be nice. There is no shortcut to turn on a specific light (except Moonlight). Clicking once will go to the General Mode but it could be the Spotlight or the Floodlight. I have to remember what light I was using.

A shortcut to Strobe from off would be nice. It is a bit odd to access Strobe by holding the button from off and then by double clicking.

The ability to cycle up (Low, High, Turbo) would be nice. The torch cycles down (Turbo, High, Low) when it is in Turbo mode and I hold the button.
It would be nice if the Dual lights mode behaved in the same way as the General Mode. There is no mode memory for Dual lights. It defaults to Turbo. I think that the Dual lights mode should be added to the General Mode group as third cycle group. Four clicks could be used for the lock-out mode. And some other combination could be used to cycle between Floodlight, Spotlight and Dual lights.

Batteries and charging

Battery

The Manker F14 has a built-in 1800mAh Li-ion battery.

Charging

Manker F14 closeup-charging

Power supply: PinePower Desktop USB-C PD
USB Meter: AVHzY CT-3 (recommended by LiquidRetro)
Room temperature: 19 C

Manker F14 charging profile

I charged the Manker F14 using the USB-C port. Charging completed after 1 hours 14 minutes. The charging rate was approximately 5V 1.9A. I noticed the charging rate reach 5V 3A while using a QC3 power supply.

Charging status indicator

The charging status indicator flashes red while charging and it becomes a constant blue charging is complete.

Manker F14 charging-red Manker F14 charging-blue

Power supply compatibility

I tried the following power supplies with the built-in USB-C charger:

Power supply USB Type Protocol Does it charge?
Apple 61W Power Adapter USB-C PD Yes
Google Pixel Power Adapter USB-C PD Yes
PinePower Desktop USB-C PD Yes
PinePower Desktop USB-A QC Yes
PinePower Desktop USB-A Yes

USB-C to USB-C charging works.

Power bank

I was able to use the Manker F14 to charge my phone. The charging rate was approximately 5V 1.8A.

There is a indicator light near the USB-C port that turns on when the power bank is in use.

Manker F14 powerbank

Battery voltage Tail light indicator Button light indicator
Voltage is ok Blue light
Low voltage Blue light flashing Red light

The torch will stop acting as a power bank when the voltage is too low.

Performance

Specifications from the user manual:

Floodlight

FL1 STANDARD Low High Turbo Moonlight
Output (lumens) 140 320 + 240 + 7 750 + 240 + 7 1
Runtime 5h 39min 1min 30s + 2h 24min + 1h 1min 30s + 2h + 1h 248h
Beam Distance (metres)
Beam Intensity (cd)

Spotlight

FL1 STANDARD Low High Turbo Strobe
Output (lumens) 70 260 + 220 + 7 520 + 220 + 7 520
Runtime 6h 40min 1min + 2h 5min + 1h 1min + 1h 41min + 1h
Beam Distance (metres) 240
Beam Intensity (cd) 14,400

Both

FL1 STANDARD Low High Turbo
Output (lumens) 185 500 + 364 + 17 1,250 + 364 + 17
Runtime 3h 10min 1min + 1h 11min + 40min 1min + 59min + 40min
Beam Distance (metres) 268
Beam Intensity (cd) 17,956

Manker performed tests using the built-in 1800mAh battery.

Lumen measurements

LED Mode Specs Lumens @turn on Lumens @30 sec Lumens @10 min
Floodlight Low 140 230 226 209
Floodlight High 320 + 240 491 466 367
Floodlight Turbo 750 + 240 1,169 968 360
Spotlight Low 70 82 81 76
Spotlight High 260 + 220 313 300 233
Spotlight Turbo 520 + 220 455 409 233
Both Low 185 271 269 251
Both High 500 + 364 669 637 443
Both Turbo 1,250 + 364 1,516 1,212 440

There is a big jump in output from Moonlight to Low. I think the mode spacing would be better if Low was renamed to Medium and if an additional Low mode with 20 lumens is added.

Moonlight was too low for my DIY lumen tube to measure (less than one lumen).

Runtime graphs

I used my own DIY lumen tube with a TSL2591 sensor and forked bmengineer’s project RuTiTe to record runtimes.

Note: Lumen measurements may be off by 10% with my DIY lumen tube.

The room temperature was approximately 19 C.

Floodlight

Manker F14 floodlight-runtime graph

Manker F14 first 2 hours floodlight-runtime graph

Manker F14 first 10 minutes floodlight-runtime graph

Spotlight

Manker F14 spotlight-runtime graph

Manker F14 first 3 hours spotlight-runtime graph

Manker F14 first 10 minutes spotlight-runtime graph

Floodlight + Spotlight (Both)

Manker F14 both-runtime graph

Manker F14 first 2 hours both-runtime graph

Manker F14 first 10 minutes both-runtime graph

All runtimes

Manker F14 runtime graph

Manker F14 first 2 hours runtime graph

Manker F14 first 10 minutes runtime graph

Runtime

Here is a summary of the runtime results:

LED Mode User manual Runtime Turn off
Floodlight Turbo 3h 1min 30s 1h 51min 2s 2h 53min 8s
Floodlight High 3h 25min 30s 1h 53min 7s 2h 54min 8s
Floodlight Low 5h 39min 3h 54min 4s 5h 6min 11s
Spotlight Turbo 2h 42min 2h 27min 35s 3h 48min 39s
Spotlight High 3h 6min 2h 28min 8s 3h 50min 1s
Spotlight Low 6h 40min 10h 44min 45s 11h 56min 30s
Both Turbo 1h 40min 1h 20min 2s 2h 2min 39s
Both High 1h 52min 1h 21min 4s 2h 4min 19s
Both Low 3h 10min 3h 6min 40s 3h 58min 18s

“Runtime” is the time until the output reduces to 10% of the output at 30 seconds (as per the ANSI/PLATO FL1 2019 Standard).

“Turn off” is the time until my DIY lumen tube no longer detects more than one lumen.

“+” indicates that the light remained on after recording had stopped.

The runtime results are pretty good but they fell short of ANSI/NEMA FL1 claims (i.e. the output dropped below 10% sooner than expected).

I would have liked to see the Manker F14 sustain a constant output for an hour or two. The output gradually drops over time.

The Floodlight lasts about 4 to 5 hours on Low while the Spotlght can last almost 12 hours on Low. Imagine the runtime if the torch had a 20 lumen mode!

Throw

I took lux measurements with a UNI-T UT383BT at 30 seconds. Each mode was measured at five metres.

LED Mode Specs (cd) Specs (m) Candela measured (cd) Distance (m)
Spotlight Low 2,800 105
Spotlight High 10,475 204
Spotlight Turbo 14,400 240 14,325 239
Floodlight Low 725 53
Floodlight High 1,650 81
Floodlight Turbo 3,825 123
Both Low 2,975 109
Both High 10,150 201
Both Turbo 17,956 268 17,700 266

Beamshots

I went to a local park and aimed the Manker F14 at a tree 70 metres away while using Turbo.

Beamshots were taken using a Sony RX100M2 using 3.2", f3.2, ISO 100, 5000K WB.

Manker F14 Spotlight (Turbo)

Manker F14 Spotlight Turbo beamshot

Manker F14 Floodlight (Turbo)

Manker F14 Floodlight Turbo beamshot

Manker F14 Both (Turbo)

Manker F14 Both Turbo beamshot

Wuben X2 White (Turbo)

Wuben X2 White Turbo beamshot

Wuben X2 Copper (Turbo)

Wuben X2 Copper Turbo beamshot

Conclusion

The Manker F14 was a nice surprise! I was not expecting Manker to send it. But I am glad that they did!

Despite being much wider than a AAA or a AA sized torch, the F14 fits discretely in my pocket for every day carry.

The fast charging and fast power bank make this an ideal choice for travelling. It can be quickly topped up or it could be used as an emergency power supply (e.g. phone ran out of power).

It would be even better if user replaceable 14500 cells were used. I can appreciate small EDC torches having built-in Li-ion battery packs but at this size, I would expect some user replaceable batteries. Multi-chemistry support (Alkaline, Ni-MH, Li-ion) would be even better.

The user interface diagram was a bit intimidating. I managed to figure it out and I am now comfortable using the torch for a few weeks.

The beam distance that I measured was extremely close to Mankers claims. It has decent throw for such small torch.

The choice of Osram NM1 emitter is great for throw! But the Samsung LH351D really should be swapped out for a Nichia 519A or something with a really nice tint for EDC enthusiasts. Then again, at least the LH351D has a high CRI and it can produe a higher lumen output.

The lumen output was slightly higher than expected for the Floodlight and a little lower than expected for the Spotlight.

The mode spacing could be improved. I think that this torch should have a 20 lumen mode for Low. There is a big jump from Moonlight (less than one lumen) to Low. I measured 230 lumens at turn on for Low (Floodlight).

The runtimes are good but they fell short of Mankers claims.

Although I spend a lot of time testing, I feel as though numbers aren’t always the most important thing. I really enjoy carrying and using this torch. The Manker F14 sparks joy. It feels right at home in my pocket as an EDC torch and I can highly recommend it.

Pros:

  • Excellent build quality.
  • Good lumen output.
  • Good beam distance.
  • High CRI floodlight.
  • Fast USB-C charging.
  • Fast power bank.
  • Magnets in the tailcap.

Cons:

  • Complex user interface.
  • Mode spacing.
  • Runtimes were shorter than expected.

Price

The Manker F14 is US$49.95 from mankerlight.com.

The Wuben X2 White is US$98 and the Wuben X2 Copper is US$158. While the X2 lacks some features like a power bank and magnets in the tailcap, the lumen output is slightly higher and the driver is able to maintain a constant lumen output.

Product page

Manker F14 at mankerlight.com