Best Mini Flashlight – Klarus Mi1CKlarus Mi1C SUPER BUNDLE w/LED Compact Every Day Carry Flashlight, 16340 USB-Rechargeable Battery, USB Cable, Pocket Clip, and USB Mini Light
As LED and battery technology advance we’re starting to see more and more impressive flashlights, especially in terms of pocket flashlights. As time goes on we’re seeing more and more power brought into these tiny tools like the Klarus Mi1C – the flashlight I’ll be reviewing today. This flashlight is incredibly tiny, but that’s no reason to underestimate it. It may be one of the most powerful flashlights you’ll find for its size. So without further delay let’s jump into the Klarus Mi1C.
Powerful Pocket Flashlight
Don’t let the two inch size of the flashlight fool you. This little light is incredibly powerful, delivering up to 600 lumens. It’s quite a surprise to see the power that the Mi1C has. For a mini flashlight that’s meant to be carried with you it’s awesome to see it light up an entire area. I’ve used the Mi1C as a mini lantern before and it illuminates the room like no other.
The Mi1C also has a unique feature that I want to talk a bit about. When you turn on the flashlight the light fades on and when you turn off the flashlight the light fades off. I was surprised by how much I like this feature. I was expecting not to care much about it when I got the light, but it turns out that having that fade on and fade off feature is really gentle on your eyes. Your eyes are better able to adjust to the difference in brightness allowing you to find your bearings a little better in the dark. It also helps prevent your eyes from feeling overwhelmed by the 600 lumens of power when you first turn the flashlight on.
The Klarus Mi1C also has a convex lens that perfectly and evenly distributes the light. With this lens you don’t have any hotspot whatsoever. Some users may find this an annoying aspect of the flashlight, but I personally really like it. There have been many tasks such as finding something in the dark or fixing an appliance around the house where the even distribution of light really came in handy for me.
Copper and Titanium LED Flashlight
Another awesome thing about the Mi1C is that it comes in different variations, particularly titanium and copper. The titanium and copper Mi1C differ in the aluminum version in more ways than just body construction material. Unlike the convex lens that’s equipped on the aluminum Mi1C, the titanium and copper versions have a conventional straight lens so you’ll still have that broad beam, but with a hotspot. The aluminum and Mi1C has a beam throw of 40 meters whereas the titanium and copper variations have a beam throw of 107 meters. So there’s definitely a difference in the beam pattern between these variations and that’s something to consider. If you really don’t like the even disbursement of light then check out the titanium or the copper Mi1C. They still deliver the same 600 lumens but they do have a different beam. Klarus also has some other Titanium Mini lights such as the Mini One TI.
So those are the differences between the aluminum Mi1C and the titanium and copper Mi1C. For the rest of the review all the features I talked about can be applied to all the variations of the Mi1C.
Multiple Brightness Outputs
With any pocket flashlight it’s important to have multiple brightness outputs. The Mi1C has a total of six outputs including four brightness levels, a strobe mode, and an SOS mode. With all these outputs this pocket flashlight is really ready for anything. The brightness levels range from 1 Lumen to 600 lumens giving you a wide range to choose from. It also features a built-in memory function which will remember the last brightness level you used and the next time you turn on the flashlight it will turn onto that brightness level. I find this feature particularly useful in everyday carry flashlights as well as outdoor flashlights. In fact, I like to keep the Mi1C in the low or medium brightness level using the turbo level with its full 600 lumens when I really need it. This allows me to conserve the battery and gives me just the right amount of light that I need.
With any pocket flashlight I prefer that it is able to take different kinds of batteries. The Mi1C can run on a 16340 battery or a CR123 battery. This is perfect as I typically use CR123 batteries as backup batteries for the majority of my flashlights that can take them. However, by equipping a CR123 battery into the Mi1C you lose quite a bit of power. Rather than 600 lumens you’ll only get 305 lumens. 305 lumens is still a great amount of light to have for a mini flashlight which is why I like using the CR123 batteries as backup. However nothing really beats the 600 lumens that these 16340 battery delivers.
This mini flashlight actually comes with a Klarus 16340 battery that has a micro USB port on it. So charging this battery is incredibly easy and you don’t need a battery charger to do it. All you have to do is unscrew the tail cap off of the Mi1C and you’ll see the micro USB port right on the battery. You can plug it in and charge it without actually taking the battery out of the flashlight.
Something that I found interesting with the Mi1C battery is that it’s meant to be inserted with the positive side toward the tail instead of the head. Most flashlights I have are the other way around so it was interesting to discover that. Thankfully the Mi1C has reverse polarity protection so if you do load the battery in incorrectly, which I’ve definitely done, there’s no damage that’s done to the battery or the flashlight.
The Mi1C also has a battery indicator feature that you can activate and the light will flash letting you know the charge of the battery. If it flashes three times the battery is at least 70% full. If it flashes twice the battery is between 30% and 70% full. And finally if it flashes once it means the battery is below 30%. It’s really great to have a battery indicator feature on an EDC flashlight so you can always know what the charge of your battery is.
Extra Details on Best Mini Flashlight
I want to briefly talk about some of the extra features of the Mi1C. One of my personal favorite features is the tail cap. The tailcap is completely flat allowing you to tail stand the light and use it as a small lantern. It’s also magnetic so you can attach it to any metal surface which is a great thing to have in any EDC flashlight. So that tailcap is a really great feature.
The Mi1C is operated with a single side switch that’s made from silicone. It feels really nice and different from the rest of the flashlight making the side switch very easy to find in the dark. It also features a lockout function for the side switch so you can use that feature to prevent the Mi1C from accidentally turning on in your pocket if that’s an issue.
All in all the Mi1C is by far one of the best mini flashlights I’ve found. I have no complaints about it myself and enjoy carrying it with me everyday. My favorite features are the power, the tail cap, and the fade on and fade off function.
Some users may really not like the convex lens and the distribution of light that the aluminum Mi1C features. Like I said before you can get the titanium or copper version and it does have a longer beam throw and hotspot. However, because they’re copper and titanium they cost you quite a bit more money than the aluminum version.
This is definitely one of the best EDC flashlights and one of the most powerful EDC flashlights that you can find on the market today. I can’t recommend the Klarus Mi1C enough. It’s truly a phenomenal flashlight.