The Pelican 'Black Knight' M6 flashlight (from now on, just called the M6) is a fairly small, adjustable focus flashlight that features an adjustable beam, two-way switch, and heavy duty case; feeding from a pair of CR123A 3-volt lithium camera batteries.
It can be carried around in its included heavy duty Cordura nylon holster, or just handheld because it's a lot smaller and lighter than a big Mag-Lite or Kel-Lite that have the same power as this tiny mighty mite does.
The M6 is also touted as being water resistant, so you can take it with you on rainy day hikes or campouts and not worry about your flashlight.
It feels good in the hand, and can be carried both underhand (like most people carry a flashlight) or over the shoulder (like a police officer usually carries his or her flashlight).
To use the M6, first feed it (see below) and start shining it around right away.
To get a shot of light anytime, just press and hold in the rubber tailcap switch. Let it go to turn the light off.
For continuous light, twist the tailcap clockwise until the M6 comes on, and it'll burn continuously; unscrew the tailcap a bit to turn it off when you're done with it.
The light is focusable, meaning you can adjust the beam width to suit whatever situation you find yourself in.
To focus the light, turn it on and point it at something like a white wall or ceiling. Turn the head clockwise or counterclockwise to tighten or widen the beam to suit your preferences.
The M6 comes with a heavy Cordura holster that has a snap front and fits on your belt. The M6 should be inserted tail-first into this holster, and the snap closure should be snapped shut so your M6 can't come out of the holster and become lost.
The M6 also features a lock out tailcap (LOTC); turn the tailcap counterclockwise until the rubber button no longer makes the light come on to engage this feature.
To change the batteries in your M6, unscrew & remove the tailcap, and dump the dead batteries in the...in the...garbage can. Insert two new CR123A cells into the barrel, button-end facing the front of the flashlight. Replace the tailcap, backing it off a little when the M6 comes on, and be done with it.
A set of new batteries ought to last about an hour.
The Pelican M6 flashlight uses 1.21 amps of current, measured using the Tekcell batteries that came with it.
Sooner or later, the bulb's gonna blow. The instructions that come with the M6 say the bulb should last 75 to 120 hours, depending on whether you read the outside of the box or the instructional sheet inside the box.
To change the bulb, be sure the M6 is turned off first. Then, unscrew the head until it comes off, and set it aside. Remove the whitish plastic ring and set that aside too. Unscrew the knurled aluminum piece until it comes off the M6 body, and throw it out.
Screw the new bulb assembly back into the flashlight body until it's seated all the way on. Put the whitish plastic ring back on, and screw the head back on. Remember to focus the flashlight before going out with it.
The Pelican Black Knight M6 seems to be a tough and durable flashlight, but like *any* incandescent, the bulb might burn out if it's dropped, especially if it's on when it's dropped. It can also get rather warm in operation, as the lamp claims to be 7.8 watts. So don't be surprised when the M6 becomes warm or even hot during extended use - this is normal and does not in any way indicate a problem with the flashlight.
This is the LED Museum, but once in awhile I do get an incandescent bulb or flashlight. This is one of those times.
I've heard reports that the threads on this flashlight can be a bit wonky, but this sample seems to have pretty decent threading. The threads on the head are nice and tight, and the head goes on smoothly. The tailcap does feel a bit loose or wobbly when it's unscrewed to where the light does not come on by itself; however a lot of other tailcap-switch flashlights also have slightly loose tailcaps when they're off, so it's not really faulty or anything. I might like the threading to be a BIT better, but overall it really isn't that bad.
The sample I'm testing has a pair of O-rings affixed to the barrel near the front; I'm guessing they're spares in case the one under the tailcap or the one under the head becomes broken. Should that happen somewhere in the middle of nowhere, you can just roll the spare you need right to the spot formerly occupied by an O-ring.
The M6 comes in a jet black finish, and a brushed aluminum (silver) finish. The model I'm testing has the jet black finish. I don't yet know what type of anodizing is on this light, though I suspect it's a type II anodized finish.
Beam photo at tightest focus at 12".
Measures 2360 foot-candles.
Beam photo at widest focus at 12".
Measures 280 foot-candles.
Both measurements were at 12" on an LM631 light meter.
Unit was sent by William Z. at Texas Tactical Supply along with some other stuff (sometime in April or May 2003).
Comes with extra O-rings
Batteries could be expensive & hard to find in an emergency
I'd prefer it if the threads were a bit better
MANUFACTURER: Pelican Products
PRODUCT TYPE: Lithium powered tactical flashlight
LAMP TYPE: Xenon-fill incandescent
No. OF LAMPS: 1
BEAM TYPE: Adjustable focus
SWITCH TYPE: Twist tailcap on/off with momentary tailcap pushbutton
BEZEL: Stippled reflector and Lexan window to protect lamp
BATTERY: 2x CR123A lithium
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 1.21 amps
WATER RESISTANT: Yes, splash-resistant at minimum
SUBMERSIBLE: Unknown - TBA
ACCESSORIES: 2x Tekcell lithium cells, Cordura holster
WARRANTY: Unconditional* Lifetime
Lifetime guarantee does not cover shark bite, bear attack, or children under 5.
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