Maxtoch Xsword L3K

Maxtoch L3K
Maxtoch Xsword L3K
LEP classN/A
Distance / intensity3km / 1.8 miles
Lumens650 lumens
Modes3
Avg. Price$349

The Maxtoch Xsword L3K should be able to reach 3000 meters?!

Maxtoch is one of the few flashlight manufacturers that focuses on bringing the best flashlights for hunters. Almost all of their current lineup are long-range flashlights, including the famous Maxtoch Xsword L2K, which was also able to reach 3,000 meters. Keep in mind, at that distance you can just see some dim light shining on an object, enough to see the shape.

The L3K was announced in Q2 of 2021 and sparked my interest. Especially since I reviewed the L2K and at that point the farthest reaching LEP flashlight under $2000

In terms of design, it looks the same as the L2K. Although the L2K looks fine, it doesn’t look like a high-end flashlight. That’s not a problem, as long as it performs well. I

One thing I found out, is the change in LEP module. Instead of using the classical mirror setup, they changed it to a shine-through setup, that is probably cheaper and easier to produce. It’s just a combination of a silicone dome, a transparent layer of phosphor, and a laser beam at a certain distance. And I’m not sure how important the distance of the laser to the phosphor is. One thing we also don’t really know is how long this type of translucent phosphor is going to hold up. The same can be said for the traditional mirror setup.

Batteries and Charging

Maxtoch gives you the option to choose an extra charging kit that includes 2* 21700 batteries, a charger, and a USB adapter. The batteries are button tops, of course, otherwise they wouldn’t make contact. They are 5000mAh, which is kind of a basic capacity of a 21700 battery these days.

Performance

One of the most important aspects of LEP flashlights is intensity. In terms of lumens, these outputs are laughable, because they are not meant to produce many lumens. They are meant to throw very, very, very far. Farther than your eyes can make up the difference between a man and a bear. Unless, of course, you use binolulars.

Here we go:

Lumens:

ModeManufacturerAfter 30 secondsFirst few seconds
Low105125 lm131 lm
Mid310296 lm306 lm
High650484 lm513 lm

As you can see it doesn’t come close to specs, but that’s not the point here.

Performance in terms of intensity/reach. Measured at 20 meters distance.

Modemeasured candelasmetersyardsmiles
Low504,000 cd14201552.780.88
Med1,160,000 cd21542355.721.34
High1,856,000 cd27252979.771.69
High (30 meters)1,908,000 cd27633021.221.72

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