Manker Striker Mini


Brand/model Manker Striker Mini
Maximum lumens 635 lm
Maximum beam intensity 46,225 cd
Maximum throw 430 m
Battery 1*14500 Li-ion, 1*AA Ni-MH, 1*AA Alkaline
Onboard charging Yes (USB-C battery)
Material Aluminium
Modes 2
Blinkies Strobe
Reflector Smooth
Waterproof IP68
Review date December 2023


The Manker Striker Mini is a tactical AA-sized torch with a large two-way stainless steel strike bezel. It can produce a beam capable of reaching a distance of over 430 metres due to the Osram KW CSLNM1.TG emitter and the smooth reflector.

The strike bezel can be unscrewed and flipped around so that the torch comfortably fits in a pocket for every day carry.

The driver supports multiple battery chemistries: 3.7V 14500 Li-ion, 1.2V AA Ni-MH, 1.5V AA Alkaline.

Here is a video demonstrating the Manker Striker Mini:

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.


The Manker Striker Mini comes in an orange and black box with an image of the torch on the top.

Manker Striker Mini packaging

The following was included in the box:

  • Manker Striker Mini.
  • Manker protected 14500 920mAh 3.7V Li-ion cell (4A CDR) with USB-C charging.
  • USB-A to USB-C adapter.
  • Lanyard.
  • Spare o-ring.
  • User manual.
  • 7* 6mm*1.5mm glow sticks.

Manker Striker Mini packaging Manker Striker Mini packaging

Manker Striker Mini accessories Manker Striker Mini user manual

Torch in use

The Manker Striker Mini fits comfortably in my hand when the pocket clip has been removed.

The two-way pocket clip allows the torch to be carried head up or head down in a pocket.

I like the how thin this AA-sized torch feels compared to the 18350-sized torches in my pocket thrower comparison.

Manker Striker Mini in use 1 Manker Striker Mini in use 2

The tactical ring (cigar grip) is fun to use!

I keep holding the Manker Striker Mini in an overhand grip with the cigar grip between my index and middle fingers. This allows my thumb to easily push down on the firm forward clicky tailswitch.

Manker Striker Mini in use 1

A lanyard can be attached to the pocket clip or to one of the two holes in the tactical ring.

The torch can tailstand but it is easy to knock over.

Build quality

The body and tactical ring of the Manker Striker Mini are made of aluminium and they have a black anodised finish. The torch is also available in army green and there are various titanium versions.

There is plenty of grip on the tail.

Manker Striker Mini side

The strike bezel is made of stainless steel.

The tailswitch is made of stainless steel and it has a brushed finish.

The tailswitch feels firm and it gives a satisfying click. But it rattles around when the torch is on.

Manker Striker Mini closeup-button

The glass lens came with a protective sheet of film that needed to be removed.

Manker Striker Mini closeup-warning

There are six slots in the tail to install 6mm*1.5mm tritium vials or glow sticks. The button also has an extra 6mm*1.5mm slot.

It was nice of Manker to include seven glow sticks.

Here is a tutorial that I made for installing tritium vials.

Manker Striker Mini front Manker Striker Mini back

The strike bezel is fun to unscrew! It spins and spins. There are so many little threads.

Manker Striker Mini closeup-bezel-threads

The head and tail unscrew smoothly.

All of the threads have been anodised. The torch can be mechanically locked out by slightly unscrewing the head or the tail.

That said, the anodising is starting to wear off from continuously unscrewing the tailcap.

Manker Striker Mini closeup-tube

The tactical ring can be removed. There is an o-ring underneath the tactical ring to try to stop it from rotating (it can rotate when force is applied).

There are plenty of o-rings to improve water resistance.

Manker Striker Mini tail-threads-1 Manker Striker Mini tail-threads-2

The tailswitch and driver are held down with brass retaining rings. I tried to unscrew the retaining rings using: tweezers, circlip pliers, forceps and a camera spanner wrench tool but the tools kept slipping. I might try some needle nose pliers in the future.

There is a physical reverse polarity protection notch on the driver. This helps protect the driver against accidentally inserting a battery backwards. This also prevents certain flat top cells from working.

Manker Striker Mini closeup-tail-spring Manker Striker Mini closeup-driver

LED, bezel, lens, reflector and beam

The Manker Striker Mini has a cool white (6500K) Osram KW CSLNM1.TG emitter, a smooth aluminium reflector, a glass lens and a stainless steel strike bezel.

Manker Striker Mini closeup emitter

The glass lens appears to have an anti-reflective coating.

Manker Striker Mini closeup bezel-1 Manker Striker Mini closeup bezel-2

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 one metre away from an Opple Light Master Pro III (G3) for each mode except for 14500 High where I positioned the torch two metres away.

The CCT is around 5895K. The CRI is around 67.

The Delta u, v is slightly positive (green) on lower modes and it is close to pure white on High.

The beam produced has a very narrow hot spot, a green corona, and a wide spill. Artefacts may appear if there are fingerprints or smudges on the glass lens. The spill looks pretty sharp when the lens is kept clean.

Cell Mode CCT (K) CRI (Ra) x y Duv
Ni-MH Low 5557 65.8 0.3311 0.3516 0.0059
Ni-MH High 5950 68.1 0.3228 0.3361 0.0019
14500 Low 5818 66.6 0.3253 0.3434 0.0044
14500 High 6257 68.7 0.3174 0.3281 0.0004

Calculate Duv from CIE 1931 xy coordinates

Dimensions and size comparison


I took the following measurements using a digital caliper.

Measurement Unit (mm)
Length 102.13
Length with strike bezel 114.16
Strike bezel diameter 35.13
Head diameter 30.81
Tube outside diameter 20.05
Tube inside diameter 14.8
Tube length 50.48
Button diameter 11.36
Battery length 50.4
Battery diameter 14.06


I took the following measurements using a digital scale.

Weight Unit (g)
Torch 75.72
Battery 21.16
Torch with battery 96.88

Size comparison with its competition

From left to right: Manker Striker Mini, Lumintop GT Micro, Mateminco FT01

Manker Striker Mini, Lumintop GT Micro, Mateminco FT01

From left to right: Manker Striker Mini, Lumintop GT Micro, Mateminco FT01

Manker Striker Mini, Lumintop GT Micro, Mateminco FT01

User interface

The Manker Striker Mini has a forward clicky tailswitch.

It can be half pressed to momentarily cycle between High and Low.

There are two main modes: High and Low. And there is a hidden Strobe mode.

State Action Result
Off Half press Momentary on (High)
Off Half press again between 0.5 and 1 second Cycle (High, Low)
Off Double half press within 0.5 seconds Momentary Strobe
Off Half press and click within 0.5 seconds Strobe
Off Click On
On Click Off

Mode memory

There isn’t really mode memory.

The torch defaults to High when it has been off for two seconds.


Strobe appears to have a constant 20 Hz frequency. The lumen output is similar to High.

Low voltage protection

The torch does not appear to have low voltage protection.

I recommend using the included protected 14500 cell because it has low voltage protection. The included protected 14500 cell cut off at around 2.68V at the end of a runtime test for the High mode.

I tested low voltage protection by connecting the head of the torch to a bench power supply and then by lowering the voltage from 4.2V to 0V for a 14500 Li-ion cell and from 1.5V to 0V for a AA cell.

Cell Mode LVP? Cut-off voltage Current
14500 Low No 2.87V 14mA
14500 High No 2.35V 19mA
Ni-MH Low No 0.58V 75mA
Ni-MH High No 0.27V 130mA


I did not notice any visible PWM (flickering).

What I like about the UI

  • The forward clicky tail switch is simple to use.
  • Defaults to High (useful for a tactical torch).

What could be improved

I am happy with the user interface for this type of torch. But an advanced UI would be cool to cater for EDC and tactical use!

For example:
An advanced UI with general and tactical mode groups. The general mode group could have Low (5 lm), Medium (50 lm) and High (635 lm) with mode memory. The tactical mode group could have High (635 lm), Low (50 lm) and Strobe (635 lm, 20 Hz) without mode memory.

Batteries and charging


A Manker 14500 920mAh 3.7V Li-ion cell with built-in USB-C charging and protection was included. It arrived with a voltage of 4.03V.

I measured a capacity of 930mAh by discharging the cell at a rate of 0.5A using a Vapcell S4 Plus.

Manker Striker Mini battery-1 Manker Striker Mini battery-2

A piece of insulating film was included to prevent the torch from being turned on while in the packaging.

Manker Striker Mini closeup-insulating-film

I tried the following cells:

Cell Top Compatible?
Manker 14500 Li-ion 920mAh 3.7V 4A CDR USB-C Button Yes
Vapcell H10 14500 Li-ion 1000mAh 3.7V Button Yes
eneloop pro AA Ni-MH 2450mAh 1.2V Button Yes
Shockli Orange 14500 Li-ion 1000mAh 3.7V Flat No

Physical reverse polarity protection prevents certain flat top cells from being used.


The battery has USB-C charging built-in.

Please see my review of the Manker E05 II where I charged the same battery.

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.


Specifications from the user manual:


FL1 STANDARD Low High Strobe
Output (lumens) 50 635 + 260 + 8 635
Runtime 6h 30min 2min + 1h 15min + 40min
Beam Distance (metres) 130 430
Beam Intensity (cd) 4,225 46,225


FL1 STANDARD Low High Strobe
Output (lumens) 8 265 + 100 + 8 265
Runtime 30h 40s + 1h 32min + 1h
Beam Distance (metres) 60 265
Beam Intensity (cd) 900 17,556


FL1 STANDARD Low High Strobe
Output (lumens) 8 220 + 80 + 8 220
Runtime 26h 1min + 36min + 12h 30min
Beam Distance (metres) 60 250
Beam Intensity (cd) 900 15,625

I used an eneloop pro AA Ni-MH 1.2V 2450mAh cell and a Manker 920mAh 3.7V Li-ion cell for the following tests.

Lumen measurements

I used a UNI-T UT210E clamp meter to measure the current at turn on.

Cell Mode Amps at start Specs Lumens @turn on Lumens @30 sec Lumens @10 min
14500 Low 1.61 A 50 64 62 62
14500 High 3.35 A 635 + 260 + 8 730 643 244
Ni-MH Low 0.09 A 8 10 10 10
Ni-MH High 2.12 A 265 + 100 + 8 239 233 92

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.

Manker Striker Mini runtime graph

Manker Striker Mini first 3 hours runtime graph

Manker Striker Mini first 10 minutes runtime graph


Here is a summary of the runtime results:

Cell Mode User manual Runtime Turn off Final voltage
14500 High 2min + 1h 15min + 40min 1h 10min 56s 2h 19min 32s 2.68
14500 Low 6h 30min 6h 26min 58s 6h 26min 58s 3.15
Ni-MH High 40s + 1h 32min + 1h 2h 42min 58s 3h 33min 53s 0.93
Ni-MH Low 30h 23h 16min 7s 23h 16min 7s 0.89

“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.

Low with a AA Ni-MH cell fell a bit short by more than six hours. Otherwise, the runtime results are pretty close to what Manker claimed.

The output is well regulated. Look at those straight lines!

I am pretty impressed with the quality of the drivers that Manker has been producing.


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

Cell Mode Specs (cd) Specs (m) Candela measured (cd) Distance (m)
14500 Low 4,225 130 5,650 150
14500 High 46,225 430 59,825 489
Ni-MH Low 900 60 725 53
Ni-MH High 17,556 265 19,750 281

The beam distance is slightly better than expected with a 14500 cell.


I went to a local park and aimed the Manker Striker Mini at a tree 70 metres away while using High.

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

Manker Striker Mini (High)

Manker Striker Mini High beamshot

Manker Striker Mini with strike bezel (High)

Manker Striker Mini Strike Bezel High beamshot

Lumintop GT Micro (Turbo)

Lumintop GT Micro Turbo beamshot

Lumintop PK27 (High 2xAAA)

Lumintop PK27 High beamshot

Mateminco FT01 (Turbo)

Mateminco FT01 Turbo beamshot


The Manker Striker Mini is a well built little tactical torch.

The user interface is definitely better for tactical use instead of EDC use. It defaults to High.

This torch feels like it could be a great option for people that want to EDC a pocket thrower.

The titanium versions of this torch might be worth a look for EDC collections.

The runtimes are pretty good. The beam distance is slightly better than expected. And the lumen output is pretty close to what Manker claimed.

The Manker Striker Mini is like the torch equivalent of KNIPEX Cobra XS Water Pump Pliers. It is an incredibly niche tool. The quality is excellent. It does what it says it does. But it is so tiny!

There is a larger 18650 version called the Manker Striker. It has a similar runtime and similar beam distance but it produces twice the amount of lumens and has a larger hot spot with a Luminus SFT40 emitter.


  • Excellent build quality.
  • Great beam distance.
  • Good runtimes.
  • Well regulated output.
  • Simple user interface (defaults to High).
  • Two-way strike bezel.
  • Tactical ring.
  • Supports multiple battery types.
  • Protected 14500 cell with USB-C charging included.


  • Low voltage protection didn’t work when I tested it.


The aluminium Manker Striker Mini is US$49.95 from

The titanium Manker Striker Mini is US$99.95 from It is available in a raw (polished) finish and a stonewashed finish.

Product page

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