Led Lenser M7 and M7R LED Torch Review

| May 13, 2012 | 19 Comments

hunting ledlenser m7 m7r 08 177x300 Led Lenser M7 and M7R LED Torch ReviewLed Lenser has been a huge name in the LED torch world for a very long time, they offer a very good product at a reasonable price so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their M7 and M7R torches and put them through their paces.

Today I am reviewing two similar products as one here, as far as I can tell the only differentiators between the M7 & M7R is that the M7 is powered by 4 AAA batteries and the M7R uses a rechargeable Lithium-Ion 18650 2200mAh battery. The M7R is also slightly taller and heavier than the M7.

 

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The M7R has a great recharger that doesn’t require you to remove the battery from the torch. The charger simply attaches magnetically to the on/off button and emits a red light when charging and a green light when fully charged. It is a simple, elegant solution. It also comes with a holder for the torch so you can stick the torch on the wall whilst it is charging.

Battery life for the M7 is up to 11 hours if using the lowest setting and up to 20.5 hours for the M7R. Unfortunately I could not test the battery life of each torch on the highest 220lm setting as I have not found a reliable way to monitor this without sitting there with a stopwatch waiting for both lights to run flat it is just a little too much like watching paint dry for my liking, but neither torch has let me down when it comes to battery life.

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I did a 1.5 hour hunt the other night with the M7R and it was on for nearly all of that time and I haven’t charged it since.
The M7 is still using the original Duracell AAA batteries that comes in the box and still is as bright as its rechargeable brother at full charge.

Both the M7 and the M7R feature a 220 lumen LED, an adjustable spot to flood beam which is easily changed by pushing the lens housing away or toward you once you have selected either spot or flood or anywhere in between you twist the lens housing anti-clockwise to lock it into place and prevent it from moving.
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The M7’s both feature 5 modes which are changed via the on/off switch.
Once you have turned the torch on depress the on/off switch half way without clicking the button and turning the torch off. It is hard to explain but think of it like focusing a digital camera before you press the shutter.

The 5 modes are:
* Full Brightness (220 Lumens)

* 15% Brightness, but if you hold the button down it will get start to get brighter and brighter until it reaches it’s full 220lm brightness again. Take your thumb off of the button and it will stay at this brightness. This is one of my favourite features of these two great torches.

* Slow Strobe

* S-O-S Signal

* Fast Strobe

Half depressing the button after the fast strobe will return it back to the first setting but it is far easier to turn the light off then back on to get back to full brightness.

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A very happy author after bagging 3 foxes in 20 mins with the help of the Led Lenser M7R.

Recently, I had the opportunity to use the M7R in the field whilst whistling foxes.
The light performed flawlessly mounted to my 12 gauge shotgun with the Led Lenser Gun Mount. On that particular hunt I called up 4 foxes within 20 minutes and shot 3 of them.
In a hunting situation the M7 and the M7r is suited ideally for out to medium distances so it is perfect for use with a shotgun or a rimfire rifle.

The other hunting use I have for these torches is to spot foxes as both have beams that extend to 255m. My usual method is to have either of the M7’s in my hand scanning the paddock for the familiar glow of fox eyes, when I locate a fox I put the M7 in my pocket and use a bigger spotlight mounted to my .223 Tikka to take the shot.
Whilst the M7 and M7R has a beam out to 255m I find it better to use it to locate my game rather than have it mounted on a varmint weight centrefire rifle. This way I have a bright light in hand so I don’t have to swing around my Tikka to scan the paddock. It is safer and far less tiring to use two light sources when hunting in my opinion.

Overall these two torches are top notch and by giving the buyer the choice of rechargeable or AAA batteries for the same light output is a great idea.

I have to say I like the ability to recharge my torches and that has me leaning toward the M7R for my favorite torch of the two but there are plenty of people who like to be able to buy batteries for their torch anywhere and that is where the M7 comes into its own.

The M7 and the M7R are great torches and I can’t wait to see what Led Lenser sends me next.

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  1. David J says:

    How much can I pick 1 of these up for, Keith?

  2. Keith Drain says:

    Around $99 for the M7 and $150ish for the M7R.

    Sorry mate, I couldn’t find the rrp so those are Aussie web prices.

  3. David J says:

    Cheers Keith. Starting to get into my price range.
    Do you think they are comparable with the Wolf Eyes?

  4. Keith Drain says:

    If you compare apples to apples then yes.. The adjustable focus on the Led Lensers is a big selling point to me.

  5. ScottW says:

    I recently bought several LED Lenser torches (P7 x 2, P14, H7) for both my camping gear and use around the house. The P7 and P14 don’t have all the lighting modes of the M series it is otherwise similar (and cheaper).

    For my camping gear I decided that all my electronics should use the same type of battery. This limits the need to carry multiple types of spares AND would also be compatible with my small solar battery charger. AAA was chosen primarily because of the gear I already had.

    Normally the choice to use a particular battery type will limit your choice in torch models. This isn’t a problem with LED Lenser as most models are available to suit different battery types.

    I haven’t field tested these torches in a serious way yet BUT limited testing in a paddock and at home show these to be excellent torches.

  6. Phil Holdsworth says:

    I just received my order from a shop called YOUR HOME DEPOT in Castle Hill N.S.W, i picked up a LED LENSER H14 head lamp for $75.95 and a MT7 gun mount kit for $115.95. Put order in on Friday 18th received on Thursday 24th. Check out there website thay have great prices on LED LENSER products. http://www.yourhomedepot.com.au

  7. While on holidays in the Cairns area a couple of weeks back I managed to pick up one of the M7R’s up with a mount for just over $150.
    Having the time to do some leg work & shop around I was quite pleased with that deal because earlier in the day I visited a gun dealer & they were asking an extra $70 + the price for a mount.
    Was worth spending the time to see what deal I could get.
    Anyway, once we returned home I went out to my usual haunt to give the M7R a run.
    I had a similar powered “no-brand” LED torch mounted to my rifle & I used the M7R as a spoter.
    It was great & I took 6 bunnies with my Savage Mk2 .22 without any problems. In fact I found that I had no problems getting them to sit as close as 10mt. away under this coloured light.
    I found that the Lenser torch string was just long enough to have around my wrist so that it was there ready for use at all times.
    Now & again it would “swing” around & get in the way but this only happened to a small degree.
    Keith, what light set up do use on your guns for might shooting?

  8. samuel says:

    My LED Lenser m7 doesn’t want to activate the functions, after half depresing. It only gives full power and 15% power. What do I do to correct this?????

  9. ScottW says:

    Samuel, do you have the M7 or P7? Both look identical.

    The P7 only has three functions: Full, Low, off.

  10. samuel says:

    I have The M7 LED Lenser.

  11. Terry says:

    Keith, I just happened across your review while doing some web searching to find the best LED Lenser for me.

    Looking at that picture of your torch which shows the “branding” info and then going by the info at the web site below, it MAY be your torch is a fake? Hope I’m wrong but you might want to check out the other tell tale signs mentioned for spotting a fake.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/gds/FAKE-LED-LENSER-TORCHES-SOLD-ON-LINE-HOW-TO-SPOT-THEM/10000000176080632/g.html

    Please let me know what think or find out

    Regards,

    Terry

  12. Terry says:

    Keith, I’ve just bought a model M7 from an authorised LED Lenser seller and, interestingly, the serial number on my torch is shown in the same position as your torch.

    So, the information in the article “how to pick a fake” would seem to be incorrect for all instances. Or, we’ve both bought fakes. :))

    Anyway, sorry now for posting my first message, was just trying to be helpful.

    Regards,

    Terry

  13. Keith Drain says:

    That’s fine Terry,

    I had that sent to me directly from the Australian Importer of Led Lenser so I knew it wasn’t a fake!

  14. Col says:

    Keith,
    You mentioned in your article that you use and M7 for hand spotting foxes and a larger spot on your 223.
    I’ve recently purchased a 223 and I’d love to know spot you recommend for mounting on my 223? I’m not concerned with price. I just want the most efficient and effective scope mounted spot for foxes. If it’s relevant, my scope is a Bushnell tactical 4.5 x 30 x 50 (the best I could find for my “ageing” eyesight) lol

  15. Col says:

    Thanks Keith. I’ll have to hunt around and see if I can score one. They seem to be in short supply.

  16. David J of SA says:

    I’m back.
    Thought I’d say that I bought an M7R July last year.
    Am wrapped with it for the size that it is :)
    Thanks for doing the review, Keith

  17. Keith Drain says:

    No worries mate glad you like it! I use mine nearly daily!

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