Introduction Acebeam K40M
The Acebeam K40M comes in a nice hard carrying case and it includes the K40M flashlight, holster, straps, papers etc.. and has some cutouts to include 3 (spare) 18650 batteries.
The padding is pretty stiff and hard, and almost feels like plastic but will do the job to protect the light. The included holster, spare O-rings and papers finish it off.
The holster is pretty good, and fits the Acebeam K40M perfectly. Unfortunately due to the weight of the head, the light will tilt when attaching it to your belt facing upwards. You can carry it head-down, but you`ll need to be careful when opening the holster.
At first inspection I thought it included a lanyard, but its more of a huge neck-cord. The cord can be attached to the tailcap with a clip. If you want, you can attach any kind of (para)cord.
It attaches with a claw clip, which will damage the anodizing already after a few times using.
The K40M is already a little dated, dating back to 2014. If you want a similar sized, but more powerful and with more throw, look at the 2018 Acebeam K65 review. The all-round king.
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Handling of the light
The body of the K40M is about the same diameter as a regular “soupcan” light, like the SkyRay King, supfire M6, BLF Q8 etc.
It can be difficult to operate with 1 hand.
Using the tailcap switch (which I prefer on lights with electronic side switches/control rings because of parasitic drain) and the magnetic ring at the same time needs to be done with 2 hands!!
The front part of the K40M is a heavier than the main part, so it feels a bit unbalanced compared to other lights.
In the manual you can read: Tactical knurling for firm grip.
My hand says: so so knurling for so so grip.. or in other words.. not so much knurling for not too much grip.
No, the K40M isn`t smooth and won`t slip easily out of your hands, but for this size light, (and for the way of operating it) I would prefer a heavier knurling. This is especially true when you think it can be used in Law enforcement and search and rescue.
But the knurling that is done, is done very well.. No mismatch/no missing or chipped parts..
Threads print and anodizing.
The anodizing is done properly across the light. Every spot and corner is anodized ,just like you would expect from any high quality light. My first impression was very positive, except for the prints.. The Acebeam letters are printed pretty badly. (this is actually done on purpose because it`s an exact copy of their logo ...oops)
Another thing that could be improved would be the brightness indicator from Low to Max. It doesn`t cover all the output levels. There is a indicator, but only for the lower levels 1-3.
Then there is a empty spot,4-6 until it reaches the Standby and then Strobe.
The words Standby and Strobe are so close together, that someone who doesn`t read English could think its 1 word.
A few dots would have helped, or even symbols!!
Threads are done well, not sharp or thin.
Battery carrier and tailcap switch:
The battery-carrier has 3 batteries in series! It can be used with unprotected as well as with protected cells,flat and button top, because of the little nippels inside the carrier.
I don`t recommend using unprotected li-ion cells in series such as with this flashlight. Flat top batteries sit a little loose because of the length of the carrier.
I use protected Panasonic NCR-B 18650 with 3400mAh and they fit tightly. These batteries are used in most of my 18650 flashlight reviews.
During testing with Sanyo unprotected batteries I made a short, and it boiled the springs, and because of that the short directly stopped. The batteries didnt make good contact with the springs anymore which saved my light!
The Postive contact touches a beefy coiled spring on the driver side.
The Tailcap can be unscrewed and has no glue.
Dimensions and weight of Acebeam K40M:
- Length 185mm
- Diameter head 76mm
- Diameter body 49mm
- Weight empty 497 grams
- Weight loaded with 4 batteries 642 grams
The K40M consists of 2 main pieces..
The Head and the body.
- The head weighs 320 grams
- The body + batteries weighs 322 grams
The K40M has 6 main modes within the rotating magnetic ring, plus a Standby mode and a Strobe mode.
Starting from the left of the control ring, you`ll have
Levels 1-6, a Standby mode, and at last a Strobe mode.
No hidden modes ofcourse. So it is very easy to understand and use!
From the Standby mode, you have instant access to:
- Turbo (dial left)
- Strobe (dial right)
- Low, if you dial it counter clockwise quickly (it will skip all the brightness levels)
- Nope... nothing to worry about.
- It doesn`t need one, because you can use the tail switch.
Measured with 3x NCR18650B panasonic 3400mAh protected.
Ceiling bounce in lux
The numbers are taken as if 100% is 3000 lumens
From my experience, the lowest level is not 0.9 lumen as is written in the manual, but a few lumens.
When trying to measure the Amps, I made a short. The batteries started to heat up, and the springs disformed. Forutnately I had flat top unprotected cells which minimized the spings so the short finished by itself.
Now the springs are shorter,so I will only use protected batteries.
Afterwards I heard that you can read the amps by touching the probes to the threads/body of the light instead of the battery carrier
So I have no numbers!!sorry
The run-time test is done with a set of Panasonic 3400mAh protected 18650 batteries.
Level 6: max:
A runtime of 65 minutes, while using 2 small laptop fans to cool the light down.
Just before 60 minutes, the K40M started to blink with the Low Voltage warning.
And at 1 hour and 5 minutes the light turned off automatically. (65 minutes)
All batteries were slightly below 3Volts.
My Opus BT C3100 charger didnt accept the batteries. So I did a Discharge Refresh cycle and then it worked..
Next: Special close up of the first 9 minutes without cooling
And this is on Level 5... (maximum is level 6)
Runtime is 115 minutes, which equals to 1 hour and 55 minutes
Measured at 5 meters
- 62500cd within 5 seconds = 62kcd
- 57250cd after 30+ seconds= 57kcd