Skilhunt MiX-7

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Skilhunt MiX-7 review

Skilhunt MiX-7 specs

Brand & Model(Skilhunt) ESKTƎ MiX-7
Flashlight categoryEDC flashlight / Multi-Color flashlight
LEDNichia 519a 4500K; Cree XP-E2 red, green, and blue; Seoul Viosys Z5 1B (CUNx66A1B)
Max. output1500 lumens
Max. beam distance115 meters
Max. beam intensity3300 cd
Battery config.1*18350
Onboard chargingProprietary magnetic
Main modes7 white, 8 color
BlinkiesStrobe, SOS, Beacon, RGB flash
WaterproofIPX8
Review publication dateMarch 2024

Review intro:

Do you find yourself needing multiple colors of light? Is it too much to carry 5 different lights in order to achieve that? Introducing the ESKTƎ MiX-7: 7 emitters, 5 colors. 

The MiX-7 is the first light on Skilhunt’s website to be listed under ESKTƎ rather than Skilhunt so technically, I consider this the first ever ESKTƎ light. Why the new name? Good question! Constant change is here to stay, I guess.

Anyway, this is a surprisingly tiny light with a lot of features! So if you need a little bit of everything all rolled into one, read on!

What’s in the package

ESKTƎ’s packaging always looks shelf-ready, and the MiX-7’s is no different. For the MiX-7, there’s a clear plastic window in the front which shows off the light. It’s a little too small to see the whole light, though. I appreciate that there’s a tab you can use to pull the tray out of the box, and that the light is cradled in a molded plastic insert, while the accessories are kept together in a cardboard tray under that. It looks very professional. Also note that while it still lists the Skilhunt URL, the branding is otherwise all ESKTƎ.

Inside the box, you’ll find:

  • ESKTƎ MiX-7 with Skilhunt 18350 (BL-111) battery inside
  • Clip
  • Lanyard
  • Plastic zip-top bag with spare o-rings and rubber disk to replace magnet
  • Skilhunt MC-10 USB charging cable
  • Instruction manual

Flashlight in use, Build Quality, and Warranty

To start, this is a small light! The pictures on the website are larger than life, so I really expected it to be bigger, especially since it has so many emitters crammed in there, but it is an 18350 light.

Being a smaller light, it’s fairly easy to take anywhere, though the larger head makes it slightly awkward to carry in your pocket. Still doable, but it’s not as comfortable as a tube light. Another issue you run into with carrying is that the MiX-7 has the same clip as the H200 and other ESKTƎ lights, but it’s really too long for this light. The clip runs almost all the way to the larger head, so you end up having to weave the fabric of your pocket or whatever you’re clipping it to through a tight space there, and while you’re doing that, it’ll probably catch on the cooling fins. You have to have the clip against the cooling fins because otherwise it would be covering the button or charging port.

Now, the clip is dual directional, so you could clip it head up, which is easier to do, but then you have the large head sticking out of your pocket. I find this additionally awkward because I always attach the clip to the “back” of the light opposite of the button, which helps me find the button, especially when the button and charging port feel nearly identical, as they do on ESKTƎ lights.

There is ESKTƎ branding under the charging port, though the MiX-7 still has Skilhunt branding under the button as well. The body has an interesting golf-ball-like dimple pattern over its short surface rather than traditional knurling. Still grippy, though you’ll likely be holding onto the head more than the body. The tail cap has herringbone knurling and turns easily against the lubed, anodized threads. You’ll also find a lanyard hole on the side of the tail cap, and a removable magnet inside, under the spring. In the tube, there’s a sticker reminding you that the battery goes in + first (or rather, – out).

The MiX-7 is definitely small and portable, easy to carry or mount, using either the bi-direcional clip or magnet, so you can get that colorful light pointing wherever you need it. I find it fits in my hand fine, even if it doesn’t fill it. I think the ESKTƎ UI is easy to use in general, and the way they implemented controlling the colors is pretty intuitive compared to the standard UI. You could easily take this light on a walk or use it for work, as you’ll get about an hour out of the higher modes and ~9 hours from the lower modes. I think this will be more of a novelty for most people, unless you really need all the different colors this offers. I say that because if you have a serious need for one or more colors, you might need more output and/or more runtime than this light can provide. Still fun, though. 

The MiX-7 is covered by Skilhunt’s/ESKTƎ’s standard warranty. You can read the full text of it on their Service page.

To summarize:

  • Free product replacement due to defect within 15 days of purchase
  • Free product repair due to defect within 24 months of purchase
  • Paid repair available after 24 months
  • Warranty may not be honored if purchased from unauthorized dealer
  • Warranty does not cover normal wear or non-defect damage

LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector

Here’s where things start to get interesting. While the body is nice and compact, the head is a sprawling landscape of emitters, at least comparatively. Three white emitters, either 4500K Nichia 519a (as tested) or 6500K Cree XP-G4, are separated by red, green, and blue Cree XP-E2 emitters with a Seoul Viosys Z5-1B UV emitter in the center, under a ZWB filter. This black-like filter blocks most of the visible light from the UV emitter, leaving mostly pure UV output. While it’s not mentioned on the product page, it looks like the lens is glass and has an anti-reflective coating.

These seven emitters are in a hexagonal layout, each with an orange peel reflector set within a single optic. Kind of hard to describe this sort of thing, so be sure to take a look at the pictures. The orange peel reflectors make for an even, floody beam with no defined hotspot on white, at least. The color settings have slightly more of a hotspot, having only one of each emitter.

Despite the body coming in multiple colors, the bezel is always blue. I think it looks better on some body colors and less so on others, but that’s just my opinion. It’s lightly crenulated, enough that you can see light if you’ve got it head standing, but it’s not aggressive. 

Spectral measurements: 

I used an Opple Light Master Pro to measure the flashlight at 1 meter distance. 

Mode:CCT:CRI Ra:duv
T14477 K97.10.0002

That CCT and DUV places these 519a emitters almost dead center on the BBL. Very nicely neutral! As for the colors, red came in around 625nm, green close to 560nm, and blue almost exactly 460nm.

Dimensions and its competition

Dimensions: 

Skilhunt Mix7MillimetersInches
Length79 mm3.1 in
Head diameter33 mm1.3 in
Body diameter23 mm0.9 in

Dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter and the nearest tenth of an Inch.

Weight

Skilhunt Mix7Weight in gramsWeight in oz
Without battery:71 g2.5 oz
With battery96 g3.4 oz

Weight is rounded to the nearest gram and tenth of an Oz.

Flashlight size comparison with its competition:

Group 1: Emisar D4V2, ESKTƎ MiX-7, Convoy S2+ 18650

Group 2: Wurkkos TS10, ESKTƎ MiX-7, Convoy S2+ 18350

Skilhunt MiX-7 UI: User Interface and Driver

The MiX-7 uses a variation on Skilhunt’s standard UI in order to be able to manipulate all of the emitters with a single button. It’s actually not all that much more complicated than their standard UI; basically, the color channels are added to the low grouping. ESKTƎ has a diagram of the UI on their website, and it’s pretty simple to understand, if you prefer to see it rather than read it.

Available modes: 

  • L2, L1, R2, R1, G1, G2, B1, B2, UV1, UV2, M2, M1, H1, T2, T1

Available blinky modes: 

  • Strobe (white), SOS (red), beacon (red), RGB flash

From OFF:

  • Press and hold: Memorized low/color group: L1/2, R1/2, G1/2, B1/2, UV1/2
  • Single click: Memorized main group: M2, M1, or H1
  • Double click: Memorized turbo group: T2 or T1
  • 3 clicks: Memorized strobe group
  • 4 clicks: Lockout 

From ON:

  • Press and hold: Cycle next level within the same group (except strobe)
  • 1 click: Off 
  • Double click: Memorized turbo level (except from low group)
    • In the low/color group: Toggle between levels 1 and 2 
  • 3 clicks: Memorized strobe mode

Mode memory:

  • Each of the groups retains its level 

Shortcuts:

  • To Low/Color: Hold from off
  • To Turbo: Double-click from off or regular group
  • To Strobe: Triple-click from off or regular group

Low voltage warning:

  • When the battery is getting low, the indicator light on the switch blinks red, and the emitter will blink twice every two seconds

Strobe/blinkies

  • Triple-click to get into strobe group
  • Double click to cycle through strobes 
  • Strobes
    • Strobe – Uses only the white emitters and changes frequency
    • SOS – Uses only the red emitter
    • Beacon – Uses only the red emitter; 1Hz
    • RGB flash – 4 quick flashes of each color, rotating through RGB

Lock-out mode: 

  • Electronic lockout is possible with 4 clicks from off
  • When in electronic lockout, you can hold for momentary moonlight (always L1, not the lower L2)
  • Physical lockout is also possible by unscrewing the tail cap 
  • Double-click in lockout to enable or disable the locator beacon in the indicator light

PWM

  • Not visible to me by eye or on my phone’s camera.

ESKTƎ MiX-7 Charging and batteries

The MiX-7 came with Skilhunt’s BL-111, a protected, button top, 39mm by 18.6mm, 18350 battery, which has 1100mAh capacity and is capable of 8A continuous discharge and ~17A burst.

Skilhunt includes their MC-10 with the MiX-7. This 1A magnetic charger sticks to the port on the top of the head and includes a tiny indicator light which is red while charging and turns blue when complete.

Of course, this is a proprietary connector, which some people dislike, but it works fine. Even better would be if you had multiple Skilhunt lights, since you get a charger with each and you’ll have spares. If you lose your charger or it breaks, you’ll either have to buy another cable or charge your batteries externally.

The MiX-7 has low voltage protection on the driver, and it kicks in around 2.9V. Charging took on average 1.5 hours, which is ok for 1A and a 1100mAh battery, and terminated around 4.13V. Incidentally, you can use the light on any mode while charging. Plugged in without the battery, you can use any mode but T2.

When I did a 250mA capacity test with my Vapcell S4+ charger, it finished at 1197mAh, exceeding the specs by almost 10%!

Charge typeFitsNo fitCharge time
Flashlight with onboard USB-CAll 18350 sizesN/A1.5h

Performance test

Lumen measurements

How Lumens are Measured: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards How Lumens are Measured: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards: The ANSI FL1 standards specify that output in lumens should be measured 30 seconds after turning on, as this is the standardized time for measuring brightness according to the industry standard. This is why we focus on this part in our measurements. The ANSI FL1 standards require an ambient temperature of 22 ± 3°C. We record the ambient the ambient temperature to identify potential reasons for any observed discrepancies.

To obtain these numbers, I used 

  • White – a very rudimentary integrated shoebox and ceilingbounce on my Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Color – an integrated sphere and Extech SDL400 data logging lux meter

Measurements have been calibrated using a standardized calibration light provided by 1Lumen.

The MiX-7 is pretty close on its numbers here, though it mostly comes in low on my testing setup. I do appreciate ESKTƎ’s accuracy in reporting output. The mode spacing on white is decent, though it might be nice to have a smaller gap between L1 and M2. As for the colors, I feel like level 1 is significantly higher than level 2 for all of them, and level 2 is already high enough in some cases. I think it would really have been nice to have L1/2-like levels of the color modes for close-up work, as even the level 2 colors are too high for that.

ModeAmps at startSpecifiedTurn on30 sec.10 min.
L20.000.5000
L10.034333
M20.1040424141
M10.30135142142141
H10.97420426424415
T22.16800/420768761398
T14.511500/42014431376366
R20.0720171717
R10.79165164162151
G20.0770666666
G10.83340321320309
B2**0.097100%100%100%
B1**0.8745105%100%97%
UV20.11200mw
UV10.501000mw
Turbo at 3.6V2.7114081233384

Ambient temperature during testing:

  • 21 °C 

Parasitic drain:

  • 0.00 µA/mA 

**Please note that my readings for blue were so wildly off that I haven’t included them. Instead, I’ve listed them relative to the output at 30s. Likely the sensors on my lux meters just don’t read blue accurately. Red and green appear to be similar to spec, but given the issues with blue, please take them with a grain of salt.

ESKTƎ MiX-7 Battery Life: Runtime graphs

How Runtimes are Measured: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards About ANSI FL1 runtime 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.

Wow, every single mode I measured outlasted its specified runtime! I suspect some of that may be due to the higher than spec battery capacity, so keep that in mind. The higher modes lasted 1 to 1.5 hours, while the lower modes 11 hours, plus or minus. M1 is kind of the sweet spot: 140 lumens for 3.75 hours. Not bad for 18350.

ModeSpecifiedRuntime (ANSI FL1)Time till shut off
L2180h
L128h
M29h10h 46min10h 46min
M13h3h 41min3h 41min
H11h1h 13min1h 13min
T21h1h 09min1h 09min
T156min1h 03min1h 03min
R212h13h 39min13h 39min
R11h 25min1h 26min1h 26min
G210h11h 58min11h 58min
G11h 10min1h 19min1h 19min
B29h11h 12min11h 12min
B11h 05min1h 17min1h 17min
UV29h
UV12h 20min

Please note that my readings for blue were so wildly off that I have adjusted them to use the specified output on these graphs. The actual runtime is not affected by this!

Peak beam intensity and beam distance measurements

About Peak beam intensity: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards About peak beam intensity 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). This means that the intensity has decreased so much, it becomes difficult to see darker objects, or objects that don’t reflect light. The columns ‘Meters’ and ‘Yards’ use rounded numbers.

The numbers for candela were obtained with a UNI-T UT383S luxmeter at 5 and 15 meters, then averaged. 

The MiX-7 is a fairly short range light, but my measurements were higher than spec on some modes. Still, the farthest measured throw was only 125m, which is easily eclipsed by many other lights.

ModeSpecifiedCandela measured MetersYards
L2
L17 cd5 m5 yd
M289 cd19 m21 yd
M1328 cd38 m42 yd
H1870 cd59 m65 yd
T21845 cd86 m94 yd
T13300 cd3889 cd125 m137 yd
R2104 cd20 m22 yd
R1950 cd1140 cd66 m72 yd
G2358 cd38 m42 yd
G12300 cd2221 cd94 m103 yd
B2**** cd** m** yd
B1**40 cd** cd** m** yd
UV2
UV1

Ambient temperature:

  • 21 °C 

**Please note that my readings for blue were so wildly off that I haven’t included them. Red and green appear to be similar to spec, but given the issues with measuring blue, please take them with a grain of salt.

Beamshots

Camera settings and distance: These were taken with a Samsung Galaxy S22+ using pro mode and the following settings: 0.5sec, ISO200, 5000K

Distance to the other end of the playing field is 100 meters.

The level 2 color modes don’t really do a whole lot when you’re outdoors, but T2 and T1 are decent, though they don’t look much different.

Beamshots of the following flashlights compared:

  • ESKTƎ MiX-7
  • ESKTƎ H200
  • Skilhunt H300

Please note that the following beamshots are mainly intended to showcase the beam pattern and beam quality, rather than overall performance. These images are typically taken directly after activation, and in different seasons or weather conditions, and therefore do not fully represent its overall performance. For accurate performance metrics, such as output, beam distance, and runtimes, you need to look at the performance section of this review.

Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to us for review at no cost by Skilhunt / ESKTƎ. We have not been paid to review, nor have we been holding back on problems or defects.

Final Verdict

Pros

  1. Pretty colors!
  2. Small
  3. Intuitive implementation of color UI
  4. Skilhunt/ESKTƎ quality

Cons

  1. Clip too long
  2. Large head makes carry awkward sometimes
  3. Proprietary charging…
  4. …especially with the smaller capacity 18350

Explanation on star ratings:

1: Avoid: a match 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

Reviewer Rob
Author: Rob

4 stars: ★★★★

While our star rating provides a reliable indicator, we encourage you to read the full review to make an informed decision based on your own needs and preferences.

ESKTƎ (neé Skilhunt) brings a full spectrum of color to the table with their MiX-7. Combine that with their signature high quality builds, the size, and the way they seamlessly added color manipulation to their UI, and you have a recipe for a good light.

Of course with the good comes the bad. I feel like the clip is too long for the light since it creates an awkward process of clipping it to a pocket bezel down, and that large bezel makes for a lumpier carry than a straight tube light. The 18350 form factor might be nice and small, but if you need more capacity, you’ll have to use their proprietary charger. Because of that, it feels more like a toy than a serious work light.

I would call the MiX-7 a jack of all colors, but master of none. The lower levels of the color modes are good for indoor use, but I would’ve liked to see a moonlight level in each of the colors for real close up, detail work like reading a map or star gazing. At the other end of things, the higher levels are best for outdoors, but aren’t going to be enough for heavy use like searching or hunting.

In the end, there aren’t many options for an actual RGB flashlight (aux doesn’t count), and even less which include UV, so if you need all (or even some) of those, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the MiX-7.

I’ll recommend the ESKTƎ MiX-7 with 4 stars. There are no technical problems with it, and it does have a lot of features, but the lower output and capacity that comes with the smaller size limits it to shorter periods of use.

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