In this Klarus Mi1C review I’ll share my impressions of this small but powerful 600 lumens everyday carry flashlight. The great thing about this flashlight (aside from it’s impressive output) is the small form factor. When you can make a flashlight super small while managing to squeeze out 600 lumens of output, there is just no excuse for not having a light with you at all times.
The problem with the earlier versions of these small form factor flashlights has purely been an output issue. The earlier low lumens output versions of these types of flashlights were useful for task lighting but just never felt very tactical. The new variants of these flashlights are now high enough in output that they start to not only be great for task lighting, but could be considered tactical as well.
EDC mini flashlights over 600 lumens
There’s been a trend with all of the major flashlight manufacturers to add high output mini flashlights. Fenix has the E16 with 700 lumens of output, Nitecore has the TUP with 1000 lumens of output, and OLIGHT has the S1 Mini Baton with 600 lumens of output.
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Just how small is the Klarus Mi1C?
Here is my typical summer everyday carry. You can see how the Klarus Mi1C fits perfectly into any EDC where size is an issue. Obviously, it can fit easily in any pocket.
Here is another example of the MiM1C next to a mid-size Klarus flashlight. It’s incredibly small and easy to carry.
Klarus Mi1C beamshots
Here are a few beanshots from the Mi1C. In the image below you can see that the flashlight has a nice combination of flood and throw. Typically, the smaller and shallow reflector will spread the beam wider at the expense of beam distance. In the example below you can see some fall off at the foot of the stairwell, but you are still getting a nice even light at 600 lumens.
In the outdoor shot below the focus of the light is about 20 feet away. There was no addiional ambient lighting in the image. Like the stairwell photo, you have a nicely balanced flood and throw.
The photo below illustrates the limitations of these extremely small flashlights. The far side of the road is about 60 feet away. The light dramatically falls off at this distance. This is really due more to flashlight design. The extremely small and shallow reflector limits the throw of this flashlight.
Can you call the Klarus Mi1C tactical? Not really. I suppose it’s bright enough to be defensive at 600 lumens of output. But only if it’s turned on in an area with little or no ambient light. It just doesn’t have enough horsepower to be really blinding.
The Mi1C as a task light
If you take a look at the photo gallery you’ll see a picture of the Mi1C in use with its tail magnet. This is a really nice feature to have when working somewhere with inadequate lighting.
Charging the Klarus Mi1C
This is the first flashlight I’ve had where you plug the micro USB cable directly into the flashlight. This isn’t a unique feature to this particular flashlight model. Other manufacturers are using this same battery designs as well. One thing to remember is that almost all of these small form factor flashlights must use the rechargable battery to get the full lumens output they are rated for.
Some additional specifications of note
Additional Klarus Mi1C specs:
- IPX8 (waterproof down to 2 meters)
- Dimension: (Head) 0.78″ x (Body) 0.81″ x (Length) 2.15″
- Weight: 0.95oz w/o battery
- Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy Body, Mil-Spec HAⅢ Anodizing
Klarus Mi1C review conclusion
The Klarus Mi1C is an extremely efficient small flashlight. It’s sort of a niche flashlight, so it probably won’t be the only one you’ll own but it might be the one you use the most.