I have a fairly long history of liking lights by Rofis. [Here are some other reviews.] This is a new little light by Rofis, which uses a built in 10180 cell, has on-board charging, and a very unusual switch. It looks like it might be something else but ultimately it’s just a capacitive switch. Read on for more thoughts and info!
Official Specs and Features
There’s just one version of this light but it’s available in many colors: Black (seen here), gray, red, blue, and green.
This one is currently $21.17 at BangGood, and I request that you click this link! That is an affiliate link, but even if you don’t buy click on through; the traffic means a bunch!
To be honest I didn’t expect all that much with this light, but it’s actually pretty neat! The switch is a little too far recessed, but once the UI is grasped, works fine.
The Big Table
|Price in USD at publication time:||$21.17|
|High Runtime||Medium Runtime|
|LVP?||Yes (With Switch warning)|
|Power off Charge Port with no Cell?||–|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||120|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||103 (85.8% of claim)*|
|Claimed Throw (m)||–|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||24lux @ 3.358m = 271cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||32.9|
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- 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).
- Rofis TC1 Keychain flashlight
- Charge cable (USB to micro-USB)
Package and Manual
Here’s the manual:
Build Quality and Disassembly
The TC1 is aluminum, and anodized. It’ll be hard to not immediately notice the fins on the tail – reminiscent of one of my favorite lights (the TorchLAB BOSS). But these fins are much sharper, and more like crenelations than the triad tailcap. In fact these are long enough that they can be used for prying, and are not much thicker than a fingernail.
The sides have grooves, but they’re more aesthetic than functional; since this isn’t a twisty light, they aren’t needed for grip. (They do help when unscrewing for a charge, though.)
Speaking of unscrewing the tail for charging the light – here’s how far the tailcap comes off. It can be persuaded further but I don’t recommend it. I took my tailcap off hoping to get a glimpse of the built in 10180, but then almost never got the tailcap back on. And when I did, the switch didn’t work right for a while. Fortunately it’s 100% now, but still I don’t recommend you doing it.
Here’s a view of the blue emitter in the tailcap. There’s also red but it’s not active in this photo.
Overall I’m satisfied with the build quality of this light. One thing that I’m not too keen on is that the tailcap that screws on to the brass body is plastic. So in my finagling with getting the tailcap back on, there was visible wear. Through normal use though, I don’t think you’d ever have this issue.
Size and Comps
The TC1 is 15.5g, and I measure it at about 43mm long and 17mm at the base.
Retention and Carry
Surprisingly there’s nothing included for carry of this little light. There is the option, since there’s a hole in one of the tail fins, but a lanyard or chain isn’t included.
There’s no pocket clip or magnet, either. Really it seems that this is intended as a pocket carry light.
Power and Runtime
The internal cell is said to be a 10180. I never saw it (though I tried) but the size and shape and runtime of this light supports that. There are only three modes, and no runtimes are claimed. The output on high is claimed at 120 lumens, and my tests more or less support that. Here’s a runtime on High.
And a runtime on Medium.
In both cases the light fully shut off after the switch blinked red for a while (or at least a few times).
The variations in the runtime is just my lux meter bouncing around – the light doesn’t bounce in this way. (My lux meter always does this, but it’s more noticeable on the low lumen lights like this.)
With the built in cell, you’d expect on-board charging. And you’d be right. That happens via a micro-USB port on the brass body of the TC1. A cable is included – USB to micro-USB.
The charge port is revealed by unscrewing the tailcap. Below is the resting position with the tailcap unscrewed. There’s plenty of room to get the cable in there.
Charging looks pretty solid, and shows a cell of over 90mAh.
Pulse Width Modulation
For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.
PWM is moderately noticeable on low, but really on the higher modes basically disappears.
User Interface and Operation
The switch on the TC1 is capacitive. It’s hidden in the tail fins, and also has a neat fingerprint design. The switch, even though it’s capacitive, is an indicating switch. It can even be a beacon, too.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Tap||Beacon On (this is also a battery indicator)*|
|Beacon On||Tap||Beacon Off|
|Off||Hold||On (Mode Memory)|
|Beacon On||Hold||On (Mode Memory)|
|On||Tap||Mode cycle (LMHML) (ie the “Wave” UI)|
|Off||Hold >3s||Iterate lockout (indicated by 3 flashes for “lockout on” or On for “lockout off”)|
- Battery indicator indicates as follows:
Blue light is always on, means the remained battery power is more than 80%.
Blue breathing light is on, means the power is over 20%
Red lights flickers, means the power is less than 20%.
LED and Beam
The emitter in this light is a Cree XP-G3, behind a dimpled TIR. The beam is fairly diffused, and has about what you should expect from Cree XP-G3.
These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.
Tint vs BLF-348 (Killzone 219b version)
I compare everything to the Killzone 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
What I like
- Interesting build
- Switch is neat
- Built in charging works well
What I don’t like
- Switch is hard to get to
- No lanyard or chain included so no great way to carry
- Cree XP-G3
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