Torch Direct have unfortunately been unable to provide an M23 Javelot to give away as part of our usual review competition..... They've instead gone one better and given us the Olight R50 Seeker! More expensive, more powerful, more streamlined. Very kind of them indeed.
To get your grubby mits on this, simply post in the comments below your answer to the following:
You're in a dark, small room with no way out. You fumble for your M23 and flick it on. What's the last thing you'd ever want to see lit up in front of you?
Competition will end on Monday the 9th of October. Get your answers in below!
Olight are a well known brand of Chinese torch manufacturers, with a broad range of products and they excel in very powerful light outputs in small form torches. The M23 Javelot follows the same pattern of being powerful and robust, without being overly cumbersome or expensive.
The M23 comes in a snazzy carry case with a belt pouch, a light diffuser cap, lanyard and battery compartment as well as some replacement rubber o-rings should the fitted ones wear out. The carry case is actually quite a solid bit of kit, it's taken a fair beating but has held up well over the last nine or ten months, and the battery compartment can take two CE123A disposable batteries or a lithium 18650 rechargable battery.
The body is a type 3 anodised aluminium and can take a kicking, with raised bumps on the head of the torch to protect the glass from impact, of which it can sustain a 1.5m fall although I've dropped it from higher because I'm a fud. Still working fine, it's IPX8 compliant and can withstand and operate in up to 2m of water, and this ensures the unit will stick with you through the toughest of conditions.
The actual grip and hold is very reassuring with the body, as it's rough with a grid style grip on the main body which keeps it firmly in the hand.
The tailcap lets you operate the three settings of Low, Medium and High. High pumps out 1020 Lumens for five minutes before the overheat protection kicks in and drops you down to 600 Lumens for 55 minutes. Medium gives you 350 Lumens at 2 hours and Low gives you 20 Lumens for 30 hours. On the highest setting it can throw the light 436m and it still lights up and lets you define detail over that distance.
At £75.95, it's in the middle tier of pricing for a decent torch, but the M23 really does spank its competition and I feel it really does give value for money. I spent about a month researching torches before I bought this, and so far it's not let me down.
If you want to find out more, head over to Torch Direct and their page for the M23, but overall, highly recommended.