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Meote FM2 review: titanium flashlight test
Meote FM2 specifications
|Max. Lumens||2,360 lm|
|Max. Beam intensity / distance||12,656 cd|
|Battery config.||1*14500 (not AA)|
|Modes||6 + 2AUX|
|Review date||August 2022|
There’s cheap flashlights, and there’s expensive flashlights. And today I am reviewing a flashlight that is neither cheap nor very expensive, considering it’s made of titanium and includes a unique fidget feature.
I’m talking about the Meote FM2. ps. I don’t recommend relying on the title of this flashlight on Aliexpress. But just for fun, I will add it here: Mini portable EDC fidget fun tactical led flashlight for camping, hunting.
I wouldn’t recommend this flashlight for either of these activities, and it’s not tactical either. You ask me, why? Read on!
We’re not talking about a random off-the-shelves flashlight you can buy at Home Depot. No, we are talking about a uniquely designed titanium flashlight, which comes with unique packaging. Instead of a cardboard box, you get a cylindrical waterproof and dry box. Kind of like you would use while scuba diving.
- The flashlight: Meote FM2
- Waterproof and shockproof box
- Hex key
- Glow tubes
- Warranty card
Flashlight in use
The main focus of this light is probably stress relief since it has a fidget feature with 3 small titanium plates that can be moved up and down while snapping into 3 specific spots.
These little plates have 2 magnets built into them and are easily removable. Warning: be very careful doing this, because it’s likely that you will lose one of the four tiny balls used to keep the plates in the right spot.
That’s also the main reason why I wouldn’t recommend pocket carrying this one because you are likely going to get one of the plates off and lose those little iron balls.
It’s also not a tactical light as some of the ads like to tell, nor can you use it for hunting. Except for using the AUX LEDs for reading maps or something. The beam won’t reach far enough, especially not with the AUX LEDs.
The body of the flashlight has many edges and machining, so it’s very grippy. Even the pocket clip is extremely strong, compared to normal pocket clips. And a little secret, I think it’s just for the show, because you can’t clip it to any average jeans pocket or anything. This light is made to be used indoors or as a shelf queen. However, you can still use a lanyard to carry it.
If you want, you can make it tail stand, but the rubber boot sticks out just slightly, so it won’t stand very stable.
All in all, it’s a very nice-looking flashlight, great for playing with indoors, but not very useful for using outdoors. You could steal the show at a ball dinner. Put it in front of you on the table, with the AUX light activated. The AUX light (blue on mine) makes the glow tubes really glow, and make it look really pretty! Better than just using the LEDs. So this is a great flashlight to use indoors, for fun and stress relief. I would call it men’s jewelry.
Build Quality, and Warranty
The Meote website describes the materials as Titanium Alloy, without mentioning the specific kind of titanium. It’s available in 4 different kinds of colors, namely ‘Silver’, “Gold”, “Grey”, and “Damascus color”. The one I chose is the silver (bare) one.
When compared to other lights, you can really notice the very thick walls of the body. That makes the light feel heavier than needs to. I think it could have been bored a bit bigger, and fit a 18500 battery.
You can remove the tailcap as well as the battery tube without any problems. Both ends of the battery tube have a silicon o-ring to keep water out and are still pretty smooth. Both ends can be used to insert the battery, but the magnet keeps it from removing easily. I also don’t know if the magnets have any negative effect on the battery. In order to get the battery you, you have to shake the flashlight till you can grab the battery.
As I mentioned above, the pocket clip is very robust and strong. So strong, that you can’t even use it as a pocket clip. It’s so stiff that it won’t move or snap.. It’s just a piece of titanium. It’s there to be looked at, not to be used… seems….
I tried to find any warranty info online, but couldn’t find any. If you have trouble, just reach out to Meote (metoutdoor.com).
LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector
According to specs, the LEDs used in this particular light are named SFS80. They are available in 2 different color temperatures, a 4000K neutral warm, and a 6500K cold.
The one I am reviewing is the neutral 4000K version.
I love my Opple Light Master, because it shows some very helpful information. Especially when you are not sure what kind of LED is used.
The following numbers were measured:
- CCT: between 3709K and 3828K
- CRI Ra: between 67.1 and 68.1
This means a neutral white beam with a low CRI value.
The quality of the beam is fine at a distance, close up it doesn’t look as nice. But again, this may be more of show-off flashlight than a real EDC flashlight anyway. And if you think the glow tubes are just not enough, you can always add a couple more, to make it look even more futuristic.
I added some, but not all of them are the exact right size, so you need to do some shaving/sanding.
Dimensions and size comparison
|Meote FM2 dimensions||Millimeters||Inches|
|Meote FM2 weight||Weight in grams||Weight inOz.|
Titanium Flashlight comparison
Size compared to other titanium flashlights.
Driver & User Interface:
Beautiful flashlights have hard-to-understand UIs. At least that what I found out with some of the Titanium flashlights I reviewed, including the Jetbeam E2, Bavic V4+, and the Gift Glow EDC Dawn. During the review I noticed that Meote is also selling the RX1, which is identical to the Gift Glow EDC Dawn, so I got the feeling that perhaps the UI would be the same. But my first impression was much better.
Because the Dawn arrived with Mode Group 3 activated, the FM2 arrived with Mode Group 1 activated. Mode Group 1 has actually a normal Low mode (1%) while Group 3 starts at 10%, which is too bright for any EDC use.
I tested all the mode groups, and this is the correct list… (which is the same as the Gift Glow EDC Dawn)
|1 (Default)||AUX10 – AUX100 – 1 – 10 – 25 – 50 – Turbo||Bike flash|
|2||10 – 25 – 50||SOS mode|
|3||AUX100 – 10 – 50||Bike flash|
|4||10 – 25 – 50 – 100||Signal mode|
|5||AUX10 – AUX100 – 50 – Turbo||Breathing mode|
|6||10 – 50||100%|
|7||10 – 25 – 50 – Turbo – AUX10 – AUX100||AUX slow blinking|
|8||50 – 100||Strobe|
|9||AUX10 – AUX100 – AUX slow blink – 10 – 25 – 50 – 100||Bike flash|
Available modes in different mode groups:
- All modes according to the UI instructions: AUX 10%, AUX 100%, LED 1%, LED 10%, LED 25%, LED 50%, LED 100%, LED Turbo.
Available blinky modes, in different mode groups:
- Bike Flash (AUX & LED), AUX slow blink, Strobe (LED), breathing (LED) SOS mode.
(This is mode group 1)
- Half-press 1 time: AUX10 momentary
- Tapping slowly: change modes from AUX10% – AUX100% – LED 1% – LED 10% – Led 25% – LED 50% – Turbo
- (alternatively, you could say: Low AUX, High AUX, Eco – Low – Med Low – Med – Turbo)
- 3 fast taps: battery check
- Single-click: turn on in the selected mode
- Single-click: turn off
- There are no other options!
- By default No memory. But this can be changed in a hidden menu.
- To turn mode memory on/of do the following: tap the switch 15 times slowly and keep the switch depressed at the 15th time
- Another and easier way is to tap 14 times slowly, and do a full click at the 15th press.
- The light will 2 sets of blinks:
- 1 blink = no memory
- 2 blinks = memory.
- If you don’t want mode memory, turn the light off after you see 1 blink
- If you want mode memory, turn the light off after you see 2 blinks (the 2 blinks come after the 1 blink, so just wait)
- I will include a video of this menu on the Gift Glow EDC Dawn, which has the same UI
Blinky modes menu:
- We are still looking at the default mode group 3:
- Momentary: Tap 2 times and hold the switch half pressed the second tap
- Continuous: tap 1 time, followed by a full click.
Low battery warning:
- The light will turn into a AUX mode when the battery runs low in any of the higher modes.
- None. And no mechanical lockout is possible, because of the titanium, non-anodized threads. And that’s not a problem with a mechanical switch.
- Not visible by eye. There is some zigzag behavior in the lowest mode, but that’s not visible by eye.
Change mode groups? Menu programming / configuration mode
Do 10 slow taps, like you are counting slowly (or on the pace of doing CPR), and do a full click at the 11th press.
Note: The speed of tapping is very sensitive, so you should go a little slow. If you’ve done it correctly, you will see your AUX light blinking 2 times, and then 3 times, and then 4 times etc. If you don’t see that, you accidentally turned on the hidden mode, or the battery check mode.
The maker of the UI explained that if you enter the UI configuration mode, it starts blinking 2 times, indicating you are in group 2. So, if you want to activate mode group 1, you have to wait till after group 10.
Note: the hidden mode is only available from OFF. You can do the following:
- 2 quick taps and hold at the second tap = momentary hidden mode
- 1 tap and quickly followed by a full click = continous hidden mode
Firmware / UI Conclusion:
The UI is hard to program, and most options are for a normal flashlight user not very useful. Even the so-called 1% is still very bright.
- Probably use a reverse clicky switch? But the problem with a reverse clicky, is that all programming modes have to be from the On position…. which maybe no problem, if you hide them well enough.
- Get rid of most of those hidden modes, or get to them with more taps (not 2).
- Use double tap only for Turbo (with a reverse clicky)
- If you want those blinkies, use a different number of taps, maybe 5?
- Low mode: Get a much lower low mode. Even now, the 1% is still bright IMHO.
- Get more lower modes.. the 25, 50 and 100% look too close in person! Get something like 1 lumen, 10 lumen, 100 lumen.
- Finetune the tapping speed so they are similar to Biscotti or NarsilM.
- Get at least some of the basic menus found on other lights, like 4 modes (without the hidden blinkies) with some real lows
I like the mode memory option, although it’s a bit difficult to get to.
Here’s a quick video about the UI:
Batteries & Charging
The FM2 uses a single 14500 battery, which can either be a flat top or button top. Because the FM2 has springs on both ends. And no, the light doesn’t work with AA batteries.
The only real difficulty I have is to remove the battery without shaking the light. That’s because of the magnets built into the fidget plates. Unless you unscrew both ends of the battery tube and push the battery out with your finger. And like I said earlier, I have no idea if magnets negatively affect the battery in any way.
There is no onboard charging, and that’s totally fine, especially with this kind of flashlight.
All output numbers are relative to my homemade Integrating Sphere. It is set up with an Extech SDL400 Lux Meter for measurements including a Kenko PRO1D ND-16 filter. The base measurement is done with a Convoy S2+ that has been tested at 255 lumens.
All of my readings were taken from a fully-charged Vapcell H10.
The Lumens at turn on, and 30 seconds were manually measured. Each 10-minute measurement was taken from the runtime graph.
|Mode||Specs||Lumen at turn on||@30 sec||@ 10 minutes|
|100% (High)||–||1031||1010 lm||911 lm|
|Turbo||2360 lm||3019 lm||584 lm||578 lm|
At turn on, it easily surpasses the claimed 2360 lumens, but it’s definitely not according to ANSI FL1 standards, which say you’d have to measure after 30 seconds… and not at turn on.
- None.. It has a mechanical switch, and there is no ‘sleep mode’.
Meote FM2 Battery life and runtime graphs
The runtime test was done with the 50cm integrating sphere, including the Kenko Pro1D ND-16 filter and Extech SDL400 data logging Lux Meter.
Taken with a Vapcell H10 with 1000mAh
|Mode||Specified runtime||Measured runtime (ANSI FL1)||Time till shut off|
*Before the light shuts down, the light will turn from normal white light, to the AUX light.. and continues running for a while.
It looks almost strange to have 100% run shorter than Turbo, but that’s because of the lower sustained continuous output on Turbo.
Ending voltage was between 2.36V (with the 1% mode) to 3V (with the 100% mode, stopped early, because it was turned on in AUX mode).
ANSI FL1 standards: The runtime is measured until the light drops to 10% of its initial output (30 seconds after turn on). This does not mean that the flashlight is not usable anymore. The last column shows how long the light actually works till it shuts off. If there is a + symbol, it means that the test was stopped at that particular point, but the light was actually still running. This happens on certain occasions, with certain drivers, firmware, or batteries.
Meote FM2 Peak beam intensity and beam distance measurements
Measurements were taken indoors at 5 meters with a Hagner E4-X Lux Meter. Measurements were taken 30 seconds after turn on, unless stated otherwise.
|Turbo (at turn on)||12,075 cd||220||240|
Candelas were much low for ANSI FL1 standards.. It did reach it at turn on though.
Extra info: Peak beam distance according to ANSI FL1 standards: The calculated value of distance in meters at which the flashlight produce a light intensity of 0.25 lux. (0.25 lux is about the brightness of a full moon shining on an object).
For the following beamshots I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk2 and a 50mm lens. manual settings: ISO1600, 1/4sec , F4, 5000K
The shed is about 65 meters / 71 yards distant, and the reflective fence is about 200 meters.
See the following flashlights, at turn on.
- Meote FM2
- Gift Glow EDC Dawn
- Jetbeam E1
- Jetbeam DM25
Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to me for review at no cost by Mateminco. I have not been paid to review, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.
- Interesting design
- Great for stealing the show at a party or dinner
- Lots of glow tubes included
- UI configuration modes are hard to enter
- Not reaching claimed output or throw according to ANSI FL1 standards
- Not for daily carry (clip too stiff, UI strange, fidget plates can come off easily)
Explanation on star ratings:
1: Avoid: my phone flashlight would be a better choice – 2: Poor: significant defect or issues; almost unusable – 3: Average: some defects or issues; but still usable 4: Good: recommended (minor issues) – 5: Great: highly recommended
4 stars: ★★★★
It performs better than the Gift Glow EDC Dawn, even though it has the same UI. My first impression was more positive with this one, because it arrived in Mode group 1, before I knew it had the same UI. The UI isn’t very easy to use, but the performance is still better, and therefore gets a higher rating.
This is probably one category of flashlights I never really encountered, because from a user perspective (daily carry, etc) I wouldn’t really recommend it. Unless you carry it in a case or the included dry-box.
On the other hand, it’s a great flashlight to show off at a dinner or party. I am a bit lost in using words here.. But basically, it’s an interesting-looking titanium flashlight for stress relief, but should likely be only used indoors. Kind of…
Meote FM2: buy here
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