In this Klarus Mi1C review I’ll be examining a very bright (600 lumens of maximum output) everyday carry flashlight that is extremely small and perfect for everyday carry. If you are looking for a versatile EDC flashlight that you can easily carry anywhere, anytime, then the Klarus Mi1C might just be the flashlight for you. Like any flashlight there are a few things you need to be aware of before you buy. I’ll talk about these as well.
Note: In the interest of full disclosure, the Klarus Mi1C used in this review was provided to me by FlashlightZ.com. FlashlightZ.com is a small flashlight company located in Tulsa, OK. You can learn more about them via their social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. They also sell their flashlights via Amazon.com as well.
What niche does the Klarus Mi1C fill?
The Klarus Mi1C definitely fills that super small EDC flashlight niche. If you need a flashlight you can be sure you’ll have room to carry in just about any pocket, the Mi1C fits that bill. At only 2.15″ long and a diameter of .78″ there is no reason not to have a flashlight with you all of the time.
Here is the Klarus MiC1 next to the Klarus XT12S (a mid-sized tactical flashlight). As you can see it’s really small and pocket-worthy. It’s probably the most unique little everyday carry flashlight in this category as well. More on that later.
The MiC1 weighs just .95 oz without the battery.
Where does it fit in your everyday carry?
The Klarus Mi1C should fit in just about anyone’s everyday carry. The only thing I’ll mention is that this isn’t the most defensive flashlight design. It does have a strobe that you can access by quickly depressing the side switch twice. Just realize that handling a very small flashlight in a high pressure situation may be more difficult than a larger tactical flashlight. It’s just a matter of ergonomics and typically larger tactical flashlights are easier to use. The other thing I’ll mention is that the convex lens on this flashlight means the throw is wide and “floody.” This means that although the strobe is helpful, it won’t be as intense as a flashlight with a conventional lens and narrower throw.
The Klarus Mi1C Review: Specifications
Here is a breakdown of the important Klarus Mi1C specs:
- CREE XP-L HI V3 LED, 50000 hours life
- 4 lighting levels, 2 flashing modes
- Working Voltage: 2V-4.2V
- Compatible Batteries: CR123A x 1 or 16340 Li-ion battery x 1
- Reflector: Convex Lens
- Switch Type: Side Switch
- Dimension: (Head)19.8mm(0.78″) x (Body)20.5mm(0.81″) x (Length)54.5mm(2.15″)
- Net Weight: 27g (0.95oz) (w/o battery)
- Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy Body, Mil-Spec HAⅢ Anodizing
- Waterproof: IPX8 (underwater 2 meters)
- Included Accessories: Spare O Ring x 1, Stainless Steel Clip x 1, 16340 Li-ion Battery with Micro-USB Charging Port x 1
Klarus Mi1C review – beamshots
The Klarus Mi1C is somewhat unusual because it uses a convex lens. This lens weights the MiC1 towards very even lighting from right to left with very little fall off on the edges. This design does not lend itself well to lighting a single point (narrow throw) far away. In other words, this flashlight is really effective out to 50 feet (my rough estimate). That doesn’t really sound very far, but the thing to remember is you’ll have more even light across your entire range of view instead of more intense light in the center with prominent fall off on the edges. In a real world situation (for example, walking up to your car in a darkened parking lot) you’ll see quite a bit more around the main thing you are attempting to light but (in the case of the car example) you’ll be forced to get closer to light up a single point in your frame of reference.
Both of the photos below are straight out of my iPhone with no editing aside from minor cropping.
The Klarus Mi1C battery
This is the most unusual battery I’ve seen as it has a micro USB port built in (note the micro USB port in the picture of the battery below). So yes, the battery is definitely proprietary. It can also use a CR123a battery but you just need to be aware that you won’t get the full 600 lumens of output. Instead of putting it in a charger, you use a USB to micro USB cable for charging. Mine did not come with the cable so if you buy this flashlight you might want to consider a bundle that includes it.
To check the lithium battery’s charge, with flashlight off press the side switch three times. If the capacity is below 30% the flashlight will flash once, 30-70% flash twice, above 70% flash three times.
Klarus Mi1C user interface and lighting modes
The one thing I really like is that the Klarus MiC1 uses a side switch. Many flashlights of this size use a twisty head to change lighting modes. I find that to be the least useable flashlight interface you can build. Out of the box, the flashlight was set up to start in moonlight mode when turned on. You can then cycle to two additional brighter lighting modes before the turbo (600 lumens) mode. When going into the turbo mode the Mi1C gently fades in to the highest output. Click the side switch again and the light fades from turbo mode to moonlight mode. Hold the side switch for a couple of seconds to turn the light off.
The fade in to the full turbo mode and fade out of the turbo mode allows your eyes to get used to the reduced or increased light output.
Klarus Mi1C review: Other Klarus Mi1C features
Here are some additional features to consider:
- CREE XP-L HI V3 LED
- Extreme runtime, up to 9 days in moon mode
- Professional optical lens design, even-lit flood and soft beam
- Fade-in and Fade-out function when the turbo mode is the initial mode for on and off to improve user experience
- Newest Intelligent Temperature protection System(ITS) monitors internal temperature and adjusts output to regulate heat dissipation
- Intelligent Battery Capacity indicator to view remaining battery capacity at any time
- Unique lock-out mode prevents accidental activation; avoiding battery drains during storage or travelling
- Reverse-polarity protection prevents damage due to incorrect battery orientation
- One-touch low and with mode memory function
- Aerospace Aluminum Alloy construction; CNC precision machining; Mil-Spec HAIII anodizing
Here is one of my favorite features, the magnetic tailcap. This is a great feature to ensure hands-free use.
Klarus Mi1C review conclusion
In this Klarus MiC1 review I’ve attempted to share the critical features and photos you need to determine if this is a flashlight you want to purchase. Here are my pros and cons:
- Extremely small
- 600 lumens of max output
- Excellent fit and finish
- Very useable interface and lighting modes
- Proprietary lithium battery
- Niche lens design makes this flashlight very floody – not much throw
Should you buy this flashlight?
Let’s wrap up this Klarus Mi1C review. This flashlight is just not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. It has 600 lumens of output but the design utilizes that output to maximize even lighting across a wide swathe. For those hoping for a flashlight that has a ton of output coupled with maximized throw in a small footprint, this isn’t your flashlight. Realistically, little flashlights aren’t really what you want to buy for lighting things that are really far away. With that in mind, Klarus tried to take this form factor and design a flashlight specifically for what it is meant to do and not make it into something it really isn’t. The Klarus Mi1C is a good example of a specific tool for a specific lighting application. I personally like it… but hopefully have shared enough detail to help you make an intelligent buying decision.