Thrunite T10T V2 CutleryLover Flashlight Review

The Thrunite T10T has been a popular light if for nothing else than just as a good conversation piece.  It’s a titanium AA/14500 light with a side e-switch.  Youtube personality cutlerylover worked with Thrunite to make a titanium version of the venerable T10 v2, and thus we have this T10T V2 cutlerylover.  Read on for thoughts and testing!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

This is just the titanium version, and it’s at least to be considered “v2” of this light.  There’s also the aluminum version (named T10 II), and the original, which I reviewed here.  Each of those is available in NW and CW options.

Price and Coupon

This light sells for $39.95 currently, which is quite compelling for a titanium light that accepts both AA and 14500 cells.

They’re available on amazon for the MSRP as well in both CW and NW, and buying from my referral link will help feed my cell habit!  Thank you!


Short Review

With a caveat or two (namely no LVP, and also PWM on Low), this is a great little light.  Easily recommended in the NW format, because of the cell chemistry supported.  It’s also nice and shiny – the titanium really pops!

Long Review

The Big Table

Thrunite T10T Cutlery Lover
Emitter: Cree XP-L HD (CW)
Price in USD at publication time: $39.95
Cell: 1xAA
High Runtime Medium Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A): 0.00006
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 230
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 214 (93% of claim)*
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 62lux @ 4.134m = 1060cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 65.1

 

Thrunite T10T Cutlery Lover
Cell: 1×14500
High Runtime Medium Runtime
LVP? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 820
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 772 (94.1% of claim)*
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 214lux @ 4.165m = 3712cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 121.9
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* 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

  • Thrunite T10T V2 cutlerylover Flashight
  • Pocket Clip
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Manual and papers

Package and Manual

The package includes light info (CW or NW too) and is a sleeved tin.

The manual is typical Thrunite.  I’d like to see a little bit about cutlerylover in here, to know why there’s a special edition at all!

Build Quality and Disassembly

This light is shiny!  It’s also very smooth.  It has a very nice feel in-hand, too.  The build quality is superb, too.

I’m pleased to see Thrunite working with titanium – this feels like a nice development.  Yes they’ve done it before, and I hope they continue to.  The feel of this in hand is very much like a McGizmo Haiku.

The tailcap spring holds in a magnet.  It might be removable, but you’d need some very narrow pliers to get the spring out (down the length of the body).  The head does not have a spring or any other contact but what’s on the pcb.  Through my limited use, it might already be showing a bit of wear (or at least, dirty).

The threads are fine square cut threads, and fairly smooth.  At least they’re smooth insomuch as you’ll know they’re titanium threads.

The bezel also unscrews easily despite appearing to have red thread lock.  This “thread lock” is quite interesting.  It had the decidedly most pleasant smell, which words can’t quite describe.  It’s probably worth the $40 to buy this light, unscrew this bezel, and just smell this thread lock.

In any case, the bezel removes easily, and thus an emitter swap shouldn’t be difficult.

There even looks to be plenty of lead on the wires, for beginning modders like myself, to throw in something much more acceptable than the included CW emitter.

Size and Comps

Officially:

  • Size: 87mm (Length) x 19mm (Diameter).
  • Weight: 40g (without battery).

This is a nice and small light!

Just a couple of comparables.  Reylight Pineapple on the left, Lumintop Tool AA on the right.

Retention and Carry

There’s a hole in the tailcap for attaching a lanyard.  A lanyard is not included.

Primarily, though, you’ll likely use the included friction fit pocket clip.  It’s a good clip, with a nice open mouth and very smoothed edges.

Also, due to the light having mounting points on the head and tail, the light will work well as a hatlight.

The clip also includes proper holes for lanyard attachment, too.

And finally, there’s the magnet in the tailcap, which is suitable for holding the light at any angle.

Power and Runtime

Due to [practically] all the specs about this light pertaining to AA use, I’ll consider that the primary power source.  But it runs on all AA sized cells.  Primary, NiMH, Rechargeables, and even lithium ion cells (14500).  It also seems to work just fine on button or flat top cells.

Here’s a runtime on High with a 14500.  Output is respectable at nearly 800 lumens at 30s.  There does not seem to be any temperature regulation – 50°C is not trivial in hand.  The light does not exhibit LVP, either, which I find problematic.  Many times users happily expect no LVP on such things as tactical lights… but this is by no means a tactical light.  I’d really rather see LVP on this one.

Medium mode has a very respectable output too, but it too gets quite warm and also lacked LVP.

High with an AA NiMH cell is much lower than the 14500 output, but much more stable, and temperature is never a concern.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High (14500) 772 2.00
Medium (14500) 522 1.10
Low (14500) 204 0.25
Firefly (14500) 15 0.05
High (AA) 160 140m 214 1.13
Medium (AA) 54 8h 74 0.30
Low (AA) 9 40h 2 0.06
Firefly (AA) 0.5 14d ~ 0.03

PWM

Strangely there is PWM only on the Low mode (but not Firefly!).  It is noticeable.

14500 PWM:

AA PWM:

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned.  Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!

User Interface and Operation

There’s a single switch on the T10T V2.  It’s an e-switch on the head, covered by a domed metal button.  I have to tell you that this switch is practically impossible to find by feel.  I always say I like metal switches (or “switch covers” as it were) and that’s true.  Also true is that Thrunite makes great metal switches.  But this one, with the rounded edges, and polished surface… I just had a hard time finding it by feel.  Which might not be a huge deal except by sight it’s practically indistinguishable too.  But it’s a very nice actuating switch, once located….

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Mode Memory)
Off Hold Firefly
On Click Off
On Hold Mode Advance (Low > Med only)
On Double Click High
High Double Click Strobe

There are a few super nice features in this UI.  First, it’s simple.  Second, strobe is not really all that accessible (which I consider a plus, since I never need strobe and this isn’t a tactical light).  And finally, click for off.  Yes, no long press nonsense for off.

LED and Beam

The emitter here is a Cree XP-L HD.  My review copy is cool white, but neutral white is available.

The reflector is orange peel, and fairly shallow.

As I stated above, the internals here are quite easy to get to, so an emitter swap shouldn’t be too difficult.

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.

Vapcell 1000mAh Flat Top 14500:

LADDA NiMH AA:

The 14500 is of course noticeably brighter across all modes.  Noteworthy because you basically lose the very low Firefly when using 14500.

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!

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

Here’s a link to a relevantly filtered page on parametrek.com.  I use that site a lot!

Another AA/14500 titanium light.  There are a few, sure.  But every one of those is either a twisty or tail switch light.  This is the only e-switch titanium light in this class (at least of the lights in the parametrek database!)

Conclusion

What I like

  • Great titanium look
  • Good output on 14500
  • Nice that it supports AA primary, NiMH, and liion
  • Very good UI
  • Compelling price

What I don’t like

  • No LVP
  • No thermal control
  • Higher modes not well regulated

Notes

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