Wuben TO10R Flashlight Review

Preface

Another light from Fasttech!  This time it’s a new brand for me; Wuben.  Wuben says on their website that they’ve been in the flashlight market for over 30 years.  They make quite a few lights I hope to eventually get to test, but for now it’s the TO10R, a 16340 triple with on-board charging!


Official Specs and Features

Versions

As far as I can find, there’s just one version of this light.

Price

Around $45.  But it’s $32.65 at Fasttech right now, and that’s from where my sample came!


Short Review

When this light was in the mail, I had no idea what to really expect from it.  I like it quite a bit.  The build quality is great, I love triples, and it’s a full package light.  A great combo.  The downside is that it’s Cree XP-G3, and there are many better choices.

Long Review

The Big Table

Wuben TO10R
Emitter: Cree XP-G3
Price in USD at publication time: $32.65
Cell: 1×16340
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? 2.7V Shutoff
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell? ?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 650
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 725 (111.5% of claim)*
Claimed Throw (m) 90
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 152lux @ 4.368m = 2900cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 107.7 (119.7% of claim)*
All my Wuben reviews!

* Standard measurement disclaimer: I am an amateur flashlight reviewer. I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment. I test output and such in PVC tubes!! Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).

What’s Included

  • Wuben TO10R Flashlight
  • Wuben 650mAh 16340 cell
  • Lanyard
  • Charge cable (USB to Micro-USB)
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Manual and paperwork

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Package and Manual

The Wuben package is a display-ready cardboard box, and the light is in a plastic tray.  Almost all the info you need about the light is on the box.

The manual is a long piece of glossy paper.  And while all the information is there, it’s a little clunky; the sections could be laid out more clearly.  But still, it’s a passable manual.
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Build Quality and Disassembly

I’m pleased with the build quality of this Wuben light.  There are only two things that I don’t care for, and one of them is a personal preference.  First, the anodizing is thin enough that many of the sharp edges have already begun losing the anodizing.  Secondly, I just really don’t care for this type twisted grip.
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But overall, the build quality is great.  There are ample fins in the head, the body has enough grip, and the switches are good, too.

Here’s a close up on the spiral grip that I don’t care for.
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Strangely the body is definitely plenty big for a larger cell, but the cell tube has been bored carefully enough that the 16340 just fits.  This does mean that the body is 1) thicker than it has to be and 2) has plenty of mass for heat exchange and 3) the cell doesn’t rattle around in a bunch of empty space in there.   I am not bothered by a girthier light – it’s easy to imagine that the head on this light and another like the TO46R are the same, but accept different cell sizes.  Wouldn’t be the first time that’s been done!  That said, it’t be great if this was a 18350 tube, and if they want to include a 16340 sleeve, then that’s fine.
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Not too much of a teardown on this light.  The stainless bezel has indentions which should make removal possible.  The cell tube is deceiving… the tailcap is not removed for cell changes.  The body must be removed.  The tailcap holds a large magnet.  The tail contact is a stainless spring, and the head has a very stiff brass spring.

Size

Officially 86.1 mm long, 26 mm in the bezel, and 25.4 mm in the tube.  The light weighs 93 g.

Below, the Wuben beside another random 16340 light.  Also observe the TO10R beside the Convoy S2+.

Retention

Primarily the TO10R may be retained by means of the included lanyard.  It attaches on the tailcap, through a hole in the side.
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There’s also a magnet in the tailcap.  It’s a large magnet, and quite strong.  It may be removed easily – just unscrew the tailcap (which had a bit of threadlock, but still unscrewed readily).
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This light has no pocket clip.  And I wouldn’t have thought that’d bother me, but this light seems to really need one.  I didn’t like it floating in my pocket, and it wouldn’t stay in my back pocket where I wanted it to live.

Power

Wuben kindly provides a single 16340 cell.  It’s a button top, though any type 16340 should work fine.  The cell is rated at 650 mAh.
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Using the included cell, I tested the light on High and Medium.  Here’s high.  It’s fairly constant for a couple of minutes, then drops down to somewhere well above Medium, for the remainder of an hour.  The light does have low voltage protection, at around 2.7V, but the light does seem to shut off well before that.
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Below is the runtime on Medium.  (Note, I’ve ordered something which should allow me to account for room temp fluctuations; something I’ll be excited to implement.)
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The TO10R also has on-board charging, by means of a micro-USB port opposite the switch, on the head.  It’s covered by a press-in rubber boot.  It feels as secure as any of these type covers feel.

The charge graph looks exceptional.  Flat CC of just over 0.5A, and a termination at around 4.16V (a little low, but that’s better than a little high).  Note from this graph that the cell also measures above it’s rated capacity of 650mAh.
The light does work while being charged.
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The only thing more you could ask from this charging is that it was charging an 18350, and the light accepted them. 🙂

User Interface and Operation

There are two switches.  Both e-switches, on the head, and they have one indicating light shared between them.  They share a rubber cover, but they are actually physically separate switches.
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They’re a little small, but not too much so.  I found them without looking easily, and their actuation is great.  Clicky, but very soft-clicky.
The two buttons are labeled.  The lower (furthest from output end) is the power button and has a power symbol.  The other (nearer the output end) is the mode button and is labeled “W.”
Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click Power On (Mode memory)
Off Click Mode No action
Off Hold either Momentary Strobe
On Click Power Off
On Click Mode Mode advance (L>H direction)
On Hold Mode Strobe
On Hold Mode 3s SOS
On Hold Mode 5s “Alps” Strobe (A 1s flash, every 10s)
On Hold Power Ramp from Moon to Medium (not High) and back (as long as you hold)
Strobe Click Mode Previous Mode
Off Hold Both 1s Lock
Lock Hold Both 1s Unlock

Actual lockout!  And also the usual strobes, but not all up in your face like some lights.  This is an incredible UI, and very versatile.  Even has ramping!!  Unfortunately there’s no indication when it goes into or comes out of a locked state.

Modes

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 650 1h 721 0.90
Medium 200 3.2h 218 0.21
Low 35 12h 40 0.02
Moon 5 60h 4 ~

LED and Beam

The emitters Wuben uses here are three Cree XP-G3.  They are behind a clear optic, and the white mcpcb can be seen clearly.  (I say that specifically because for whatever reason, it’s a very fetching front.)  XP-G3’s aren’t known for their great tint, and this is no exception.  There’s a lot of green, and compared to other tints I do like, this one isn’t great.
The beam profile is great though.  Mostly (broad) spot, with little spill.
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Tint vs BLF-348

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Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

Here’s a relevantly filtered page on parametrek.com. There are not a ton of XP-G3 lights, and certainly not many XP-G3 triples.  Adding in on-board charging makes this light stand out among the rest.
The Manker E14 is certainly a good contender, though it lack on-board charging, and is more of an 18350 light.  I reviewed the E14 a while back, and really liked it.

Conclusion

What I like

  • Great charging
  • Hits throw and output numbers with room to spare
  • Nice build quality
  • Complete package light (ie, includes cell)

What I don’t like

  • 16340 only (not 18350)
  • Cree XP-G3
  • Mode Memory

Up Next

I have more lights in for review.  I hope to finish the Nitecore Concept 2 this week, but we’ll see about that!  Stay tuned!

Notes

  • This light was provided by FastTech for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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