Olight Arkfeld Ti

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Olight Arkfeld Titanium Winter 3 Review

Olight Arkfeld Limited Edition specifications

Brand & ModelOlight Arkfeld Winter 3 (Titanium)
LED?
Lumens1,000 Lumens
Beam intensity2,560 cd 
Battery config.Built-in
Onboard chargingProprietary magnetic charging
Modes5
BlinkiesStrobe
ReflectorTIR optics
WaterproofIPX7 
Review publication dateDecember 2022

Introduction:

Olight makes some great quality flashlights, and headlamps. But they also have lots of other types of lights like: gun lights, desk lights, tactical lights, high-power lights, general lamps/lanterns, and they even have multiple outdoor products.

This particular model – the Olight Arkfeld Ti – is a new limited edition (not a new version) of the very popular Olight Arkfeld. There are only 5,000 pcs available worldwide. It’s a nicely portable EDC light that is honestly a bit intriguing. It’s pocketable, it’s rechargeable, it’s easy to use, and well… I gotta leave something for the rest of the review so please read on!

Package quality.

Some of the higher-end Olights come in heavy-duty two-part nested containers with splashy images of the light inside and meticulously arranged contents. Other lights, like some of the more EDC models, come in nice, but not overdone, packaging. The Arkfeld came in one of the latter packages. It’s nice, clean, and gets the point across without investing too much in the box. Sliding out the inner, formed plastic tray reveals:

  • Olight Arkfeld
  • Magnetic charging cable
  • Manual

Since Gabriel reviewed the original Olight Arkfeld, I copied parts of his review that were the same.

Flashlight in use

The Arkfeld is a fairly flat, rectangle-looking flashlight that looks a bit like a tiny remote control. It is a bit slippery, as there is no knurling on the body.

There’s a sturdy clip on the Arkfeld that helps with the grip. It’s held onto the back of the light by a couple of hex-head screws. The clip is very functional and seems to be pretty robust. The tail of the Arkfled is magnetic and can stick to all sorts of ferrous objects.

The switch is a bit interesting. It consists of an outer ring and a center button. The outer ring is referred to as the “selector”, as it allows you to switch between the white LED and a green laser. The ring rotates between two positions, as etched into the body. Point the selector to the left, and you get a green laser beam. Rotate it to the right and you get the white LED output. The ring has two nubs on top that help you to easily rotate it with your thumb. The center button is an e-switch that controls the usual stuff like on/off, mode changes, lockout, etc.

The selector ring sits at about the same height as the center button, so it does give some protection against accidental activations. I had the Arkfeld right in my front jeans pocket for a couple days, and I don’t think it ever activated unintentionally.  So it does seem to help, but there is an easy lockout mode if it gives you trouble.

This light is very much an EDC kinda light. Having 1000 lumens of moderately floody light is good for things like around the house/office, out for a walk, etc. Oh, and that laser? Great for presentations, entertaining your pets, or entertaining your kids that don’t mind pretending to be cats while you play with a laser.

Build Quality, and Warranty

As I mentioned earlier, there is no knurling on the Arkfeld. It’s very smooth all the way around. And the finish? Like any Olight I’ve handled, the build quality feels great. It’s bold, it’s solid, it’s unique… I like it. Most flashlights are pretty boring cylinders with lights at one end. The Arkfeld is a nice change in pace for flashlight design, and I appreciated it when companies think outside the box a bit.

This one, however is built with a titanium housing instead of the aluminum, Gabriel, reviewed.

Warranty:

  • The Arkfeld is covered by Olight’s 2 year warranty.
  • Within 30 days, contact the original seller for repair or replacement
  • Within 2 years of purchase, contact Olight for repair or replacement
  • The charging cable is covered for 1 year

LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector

Earlier this year, Olight made a pledge to the community to listen to customer feedback. And I think offering CCT options is one of the key ways that Olight is proving this out. The aluminum Arkfeld is offered in both Cool White (5700-6700K) and Neutral White (4000K-5000K) options. But this Olight Winter 3 (titanium) and the Eternal 3 version (copper) are only available in 5700-6700K. The LED version is clearly labeled on the underside of the flashlight. 

It’s a bit tough for me to tell what is all stacked at the front of the Olight Arkfeld. There’s certainly a rounded rectangle of something, but I can’t tell if it’s glass over top of optics, or if it’s just a custom optic. Either way, it’s held in place by a black bezel. As you’re holding it, there is the laser on the left and the right side is occupied by a small TIR optic above a white LED.

I measured with my Opple Light Master at 4 meters on the Turbo setting and at 30 centimeters on Moon setting, and got the following results:

LED measurements Turbo:

  • CCT: 6214K
  • CRI Ra: 72.0
  • DUV:+0.0013

LED measurements Moon:

  • CCT: 5892K
  • CRI Ra: 69.9
  • DUV:+ 0.0042

Both modes have a slightly positive DUV, but it’s hard to see any grean.

Speaking of green… in addition to the white LED, Olight has outfitted the Arkfeld with a green laser. I don’t have any fancy measurement equipment for lasers, so I’ll just mention the specs. This is a Class 1 laser with a maximum output of 0.39 mW.  The wavelength is 510-530 nm. Max runtime is 122 hours.

Dimensions and size comparison

Dimensions: 

Dimension Olight ArkfeldMillimetersInches
Length110 mm4.33
Width25 mm0.98
Height15 mm0.59

Weight

Weight Olight ArkfeldGramsOz.
With battery119 grams4.19

The titanium version is therefore about 30 grams heavier than the aluminum version: 119 grams vs 87 grams

Flashlight size comparison with its competition

Group 1: Olight flashlights: Olight 18650 battery, Olight S2R Baton II, Olight Arkfeld Ti, Olight Warrior Mini 2, Olight i5T Plus.

Group 2: Fenix E-spark, Wuben X2, Olight Arkfeld, Nitecore TUP

Group 3, with rectangular shaped lights: Nitecore Tini2, Fenix E-spark, Wuben X2, Olight Arkfeld, Nitecore TUP, Fenix E03R

Driver & User Interface:

The UI is pretty standard stuff and easy to get the hang of if you’ve spent any amount of time with an e-switch light:

Available modes: Moon, Low, Med, High, Turbo

Available blinky modes: Strobe

User interface:

From OFF:

  • Press and Hold 1 second: Moon
  • Press and Hold 2+ seconds: Lockout
  • Single click:  turn On
  • Double click:  Turbo
  • 3 clicks: Strobe

From ON:

  • Press and Hold: change modes (Low > Med > High)
  • 1 click:  turn Off
  • Double click: Turbo
  • Double click + hold (press & release, press & hold): activate timer
  • 3 clicks: Strobe

Mode memory:

  • If you turn the light back on within 1 minute of turning it off in Turbo or High, it will come back on in the High
  • After 1 minute of being off, Turbo and High modes revert down to Medium mode
  • Moon and Low modes will be completely memorized
  • Strobe mode cannot be memorized

Shortcuts:

  • To Low: press and hold 1 second from Off
  • To Turbo: double click (from Off or On)
  • To Strobe: triple click (from Off or On)

Low voltage warning:

  • There are four LED spots below the selector ring that display the battery level:
    • 4 green LEDs lit: >75%
    • 3 green LEDs lit: 50-75%
    • 2 green LEDs lit: 25-50%
    • 1 green LED lit: 10-25%
    • 1 red LED lit: <10%
  • When turning the Arkfeld on, the indicator lights do a nice sequential ramp up
  • After being on for a few seconds, the indicator LEDs turn off (again, in a nice sequential pattern)
  • When turning the Arkfeld off, the indicator LEDs turn on again for a few seconds, then turn back off

Strobe/blinkies

  • There is a strobe mode that can be activated with a triple click from Off or On

Lock-out mode: 

  • Electronic lockout mode is enabled by holding the button down for 2+ seconds while the light is off

PWM

  • There is no PWM present

Additional info on the UI: 

  • With the selector ring in the laser position, the only UI options are single click Off & On, plus lockout

Olight Time mode

  • There is also a neat Timer mode, as seen on other Olights.
    • With the light on and in your desired mode, do a double click + hold (press & release, press & hold) until you see a blink.  
    • One blink means that you activated a 3 minute timer.  
    • Two blinks means that you activated a 9 minute timer.
    • To switch between the 3 minute and 9-minute timers, after you’ve activated the timer, do another double click + hold.
    • Your timer preference (3 minutes versus 9 minutes) will be memorized for next time.

Batteries & Charging

The Olight Arkfeld uses a built-in battery. I don’t see where Olight mentioned the capacity of the battery, but some charging tests showed that about 914 mAh was transferred during charging at 5V. Olight says the charge rate using the supplied MCC (magnetic charging cable) is 1 amp and a charge cycle should take around 2 hours. I tested only about 1 hour and 15 minutes the 2 times I tested this. The charge current is about 0.9A max.

Performance test

Lux was measured by a Hgner E4-X at 5 meters. Lumens were measured in a homemade integrating sphere with an Extech SDL400 lux meter, and calibrated with a Maukka calibration light. 

Lumen measurements

Note: Olight mentions in the manual that Turbo can only be activated if the battery is over 75%

Aluminum Arkfeld *Cool White version) tested by Gabriel:

ModeSpecsLumens @turn on@ 30 sec@ 10 minutes
Moon1 lm0.80.8
Low15 lm1313
Med60 lm545353
High300 lm > 60 lm272271269
Turbo1000 lm > 300 lm877858 lumens269

Titanium Arkfeld (Cool White version) tested by me.

ModeSpecsLumens @ turn on@ 30 seconds@ 10 minutes
Moon1 lm11
Low15 lm141414
Med60 lm565655
High300 lm284284282
Turbo1000 lm907875 lumens279

My measurements were a bit higher than Gabriel, but still a bit lower than Olights specs. This is a little unusual. Olight tends to be pretty conservative with their numbers.

Parasitic drain:

  • Unable to measure

Battery Life: Runtime graphs

Original Aluminum Arkfeld, tested by Gabriel:

ModeSpecified runtimeMeasured runtime (ANSI)Time till shut off
Laser122 hrs
Moon8 days
Low41 hr
Med11 hr 50 min11 hr 57 min11 hr 57 min
High126 min + 34 min2 hr 21 min2 hr 21 min
Turbo4 min + 110 min1 hr 50 min2 hr 4 min

Titanium Winter 3 Arkfeld version, tested by me:

ModeSpecified runtimeMeasured runtime (ANSI)Time till shut off
Laser122 hrs
Moon8 days
Low41 hr37h 16min37h 16min
Med11 hr 50 min11 hr 08 min11 hr 08 min
High126 min + 34 min2 hr 12 min2 hr 12 min
Turbo4 min + 110 min1 hr 44 min1 hr 56 min

Mine were a bit shorter than specified.

ANSI FL1 standards: The runtime is measured until the light drops to 10% of its initial output (30 seconds after turning 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.

Peak beam intensity and beam distance measurements

Throw was measured at 5 meters after 30 seconds from turn-on.

ModeSpecifiedCandelaMetersYards
Moon000
Low501415
Med1752629
High8505864
Turbo2,560 cd2,725 cd104 m114 yd

Lumens were a bit below spec, but throw just a bit above.

Olight Arkfeld Aluminum vs Olight Arkfeld Titanium

Comparing these measurements, both perform pretty close. The titanium version I measured a little higher in output, but shorter in runtimes.

Based on these findings, it’s more of a choice whether you prefer aluminum or titanium. I think the copper version might perform close as well. The Titanium version is also a bit heavier than the aluminum counterpart.

Extra info: Peak beam distance according to ANSI FL1 standards: The calculated value of distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. (0.25 lux is about the brightness of a full moon shining on an object).

Beamshots

Shot with Canon EOS 5D mk2 with 50mm lens at F4, 1/4 sec, ISO1600. The distance to the shed is approximately 65 meters. The distance to the reflective fence is about 200 meters.

Beamshots compared to the following flashlights:

  • Olight Arkfeld, Titanium, Winter 3
  • Olight Baton 3
  • Olight S2R Baton II

Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to me for review at no cost by Olight. I have not been paid to review, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.

Final Verdict

Pros

  1. Really unique design
  2. Titanium
  3. Green laser for presentations or fun around the house
  4. Simple UI
  5. Great regulation
  6. Easy battery level indication
  7. Magnetic charging

Cons

  1. Titanium makes it a bit heavier than the Aluminum version
  2. Slightly misses lumen spec

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

Marco
Author: Marco

5 stars: ★★★★★

The new Olight Arkfeld Winter 3 is not a successor of the aluminum Arkfeld, and its performance is pretty close to its sibling. It’s so close, there is no need to ‘upgrade’ from one to the other.

It’s a very nice-looking EDC flashlight, with a very easy-to-use UI. And with the green laser built in, you have a very well-made and unique EDC flashlight. And to conclude this section, I will quote Gabriel: “The Arkfeld is another great option from Olight”

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