Black Oak M-Pod LED Light Pod Review

Black Oak M-Pod LED Light Pod Review

Black Oak M-Pod Marine-grade 12W/20W OSRAM or 40W CREE LED Light Pod

Black Oak’s M-Pod marine-grade LED lights deliver the brightest, most versatile illumination options designed from the ground up to withstand marine environmental conditions. They even stand up to submersion in nine feet of saltwater. Even if you do not need that kind of protection, the all-white M-Pods make a snazzy style statement when installed on any kind of vehicle from 4x4s to trucks to ATVs too.

M-Pods come with an amazing selection of configurations in both power and lighting capability. Choose from four beam options including Spot, Flood, Diffuse and Amber. Amber pods are the best choice for navigation lights in misty or foggy conditions. Spot beams provide long-range visibility, while Flood optics give you the widest illumination field possible. The Diffuse lens M-Pods are ideal interior cabin lights that provide a soft, pleasing glow.

You can select precisely the right power level for your lighting application as M-Pods come in 3W, 5W and 10W per LED configurations. The 3W or 5W OSRAM LEDs are adequate for most uses, but if you want to turn night into day order your M-Pods with super-bright 10W CREE XM-L2 LEDs. Whichever power option fits your needs, be assured that Black Oak only selects top-bin, high-efficiency, long-life LEDs for their lights.

At only 3.25 inches per side, M-Pods can fit just about anywhere. They come with a rotatable foot mount that provides vibration-free stability wherever you attach it. Buy as many as you need to fill in all the lighting gaps on your deck or in the cabin. Mounted fore and aft, they make superb navigation and docking lights as well.

As with all Black Oak products, the M-Pods are built to last. Years of careful design, engineering and selection of materials have produced the most rugged, dust proof, waterproof and corrosion-proof LED light on the market. Each M-Pod is rated IP69K and meets MIL810-STD requirements.

All that quality was not done without considering cost, however. You will find Black Oak M-Pods to be the most affordable top-tier lights in the industry and they are fully backed by a cash-back guarantee and lifetime warranty.

featureKey Product Features

  • 2×2 array of high-efficiency, 50,000-hour CREE XM-L2 or OSRAM LEDs
  • IP69K and MIL810-STD rated for submersion up to nine feet.
  • Specially formulated saltwater corrosion-proof coating
  • Rugged aluminum housing with rotatable mount
  • Three power levels and four beam patterns available

prosPros

  • Durable, high-performance, marine-proof pods for exterior and interior applications
  • Up to 3,120 raw lumens of illumination per pod
  • Wide voltage input range to match any boat electrical system

consCons

  • Lack of 360-degree mount rotation

Black Oak M-Series LED Light Pod Technical Specs

led featuresNumber of LEDs: 2×2 array of 3W/5W OSRAM or 10W CREE LEDs

led featuresWattage: 12W/20W/40W

led featuresMaximum current draw: 1.1A/1.7A/2.8A

led featuresWeight: 3.3 pounds including mount

led featuresIllumination Power: 1,244/2,200/3,120 raw lumens for 12W, 20W and 40W versions, respectively

led featuresIP Rating: IEC standard 60529 IP69K intrusion rating

led featuresBeam Patterns Available: Spot, Flood, Amber, Diffuse

led featuresAccessories: Marine-grade mounting hardware and full wiring harness are included with each pod

led featuresWarranty: 30-day cash-back guarantee, lifetime defects warranty

Applications

led light bar applicationsNavigation/search lights using the spot configuration and 10W CREE LEDs

led light bar applicationsDeck and dock lights with flood optics in any power configuration

led light bar applicationsFog and mist penetration with amber lens

led light bar applicationsCabin and compartment lighting with diffuse lens option

led light bar applicationsPortable area illumination for beaches

What’s in the Box?

Every Black Oak M-Series LED light pod includes all the mounting hardware and wiring components, including switch, relay, fuse, IP69K connectors and cable, required for a complete, professional installation.

Review

Boat owners who have purchased Black Oak M-Pods know that these 2×2 light arrays offer the perfect solution for every onboard lighting situation. 5W flood versions around the deck provide void-free safety lighting and a pair of spot-beam pods fore and aft are ideal navigation lights. M-Pod versatility also provides highly efficient, soft-glow cabin lights using the 3W OSRAMs and the diffuse beam option. All of these applications are commonly cited in M-Pod buyer reviews.

When working on enclosed engine compartments, in the bilge or even on the hull, Black Oak M-Pods mounted on a stand or with a handle make superb work lights too. Since LED lights have a wide input voltage range, skippers find these easy to run off any boat electrical system whether it be 12 or 24VDC.

Whatever marine application you find for these versatile light pods, they will persevere through the worst squalls, temperature or humidity ranges and rough and tumble seas. M-Pods are subjected to high-temperature water sprays up to 1450 PSI to achieve their industry-leading IP69K intrusion ratings against moisture and dust. Even in the highly unlikely event that one of the LEDs should fail in a pod, you still have three more. Their durability and reliability are the most-often cited advantage in LED light pod reviews.

Conclusion

Black Oak LED’s M-Series LED Pod Lights are right at home on any water craft of almost any size. From skiffs night-fishing on the river to yachts plying the seas, there is no boat that cannot find a use for at least one of the 12 combinations of light and power that these hand-size, gloom-crushing pods offer.

Their exceptional marine-proofing, ruggedness, low current draw and inexpensive pricing make these the logical choice to fill nearly any lighting need on any boat. They will deliver many years of reliable service at a value price, which is no more than you should expect from any top-tier lighting product sold by Black Oak.

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