Today I have in for testing the updated body color Thrunite T1 – it’s called Military Tan. It’s generally the same as the T1 I already reviewed except this one is neutral white! Read on for some testing.
Official Specs and Features
There are a couple versions of this light. There’s the original T1 which is black with a silver (colored) bezel. I reviewed that one here. That one was cool white. What I have in hand today is the NW version, which also has a “Military Tan” body. As far as I can tell, both bodies are available with both emitters.
The Military Tan is going for $45.95 right now, but there’s also a sale ongoing! (The sale price puts this light under $30, which is a fantastic purchase.)
The Flash Sale on ThruNite’s official website. Use code “FS” at checkout to get one of the following:
- the all-new Desert Tan T1 for 35% off
- the bundle of a T1 and a TC20 for 35% off
- TC20 for 35% off!
Just like the orignal T1, I like this little light a lot. I’m super happy that it takes 18350 cells (and even comes with one)! I think it could be made shorter, because the included (protected) cell is quite long. But overall, I’m very happy with this light, and I’m taking into consideration the price. At the price, it’s a great light.
The Big Table
|Thrunite T1 DT|
|Emitter:||Cree XHP50 (NW)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$45.95 (see coupon above!)|
|Turbo Runtime||High Runtime|
|Quiescent Current (A):||?|
|Charge Port Type:||Micro-USB|
|Power off Charge Port with no Cell?||–|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||1500|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||1526 (101.7% of claim)*|
|Candela per Lumen||4.4|
|Claimed Throw (m)||102|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||170lux @ 4.948m = 4162cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||129.0 (126.5% of claim)*|
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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).
- Thrunite T1 Flashlight
- Thrunite 1100mAh 18350 (protected, button top)
- Charge cable (USB to micro-USB)
- Spare o-rings (2)
- Pocket clip
- Spare charge port cover
- Manual and papers
Package and Manual
Build Quality and Disassembly
This tiny light has a quality bit of heft to it. The anodizing is still great on the Military Tan but it’s different from the black version. This one has a little bit of matte finish to it. I can’t measure the thickness of it but it feels as high quality as almost any light like this. The alternate take on knurling is a nice feature, and doesn’t sacrifice grip.
The head has a brass button. The button isn’t shrouded, nor is it springy, but the light does work just fine with any 18350 (including those that are actually sized according their name – 35mm long cells). The tailend has a big spring, and also a magnet. The tail/cell tube is one piece.
The threads on the cell tube are anodized, square cut, and short. There’s a little unanodized lip on the cell tube. The head really has to be squeezed on to the body to get the threads to grab.
Size and Comps
Weight: 71.5g with battery
Dimensions: 69.5mm26.5mm22mm. I confirm these measurements.
In case you’re wondering what it looks like beside the original black T1, here you go. Note that the black has a CW emitter, and the Military Tan has NW – that’s visible in the photo at right.
Retention and Carry
First let’s mention the magnet in the tailcap again. The magnet is quite strong and holds the light easily. I think it’d be possible to pull the spring and take the magnet out, but I did not try.
Next is the pocket clip. It’s a friction fit clip, and lives only on the tail end of the light. It’s a double direction clip, though the mouth doesn’t allow too great access for bezel up carry. In fact the shoulder doesn’t offer great ease of access either – I had to fiddle with the clip (ie two handed operation) every time I put the light on my pocket. Not a huge deal, but just another reason I don’t care for these type clips.
There’s also a lanyard, which should be connected through the hole in the tailcap.
The clip should allow the light to be used as a hatlight, too.
Power and Runtime
Thrunite includes the cell intended for powering the T1. It’s an 18350 cell, with Thrunite added protection, and a button top. Those two things make it quite long to be sure, but of course it fits in this light easily. I measure the cell at 39.7mm long.
As you can see, the Thrunite 18350 is much longer than an unprotected flat top 18350.
The Thrunite cell protrudes around 3mm out of the light, while the unprotected 18350 is around 1mm below the lip.
The cell does go into the light in the usual way – positive end toward the emitter.
Two runtimes follow. Turbo holds out for a couple of minutes around 1500 lumens (fewer than the 3m claimed) with reasonable strength, then steps down heavily to around 700 lumens (“High”) (as claimed, but the claim is actually “408 lumens” on stepdown). Once the cell voltage drops off, so does the light, and then shuts off with the cell around 3V. The indicating switch starts warning at around 3.2V with a blue indication, then turns red at 2.9V. (It’ll also flash red, but that’s at ~2.8V, and fairly dim.)
High looks just like Turbo, but without the Turbo. Note that “High” is the highest mode in ramping. Turbo is a double click from anything, so not within the ramp. This High is called “Infinity High” I believe.
The light also sports on-board charging, via a micro-USB port in the head, opposite the switch. The port has a big rubber press-in cover, and seems well protected.
A cable is included. It is USB to micro-USB.
Both charge tests proceeded at around 0.57A, and also confirm that the cell is indeed around 1100mAh (remember, this test is recorded from the USB source at 5V, not 4.2V like the cell). Charging takes just over 2 hours. During charge, the indicating switch is red. After the cell is charged, the switch is blue. The claimed charge rate is 0.5A, so that’s confirmed, too.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
No PWM is noted. Various modes are tested, with the left 2 being the lowest discrete, and the right two being the highest discrete. Middle 3 are just random modes along the ramp.
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 T1. It’s an indicating e-switch on the head. The button has a black look, but really seems to be an opaque gray – of course, since it’s also an indicating switch. The feel of the switch and charge port are different but similar enough that it’s a bit difficult to differentiate them without looking.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Click||On (Mode Memory except Firefly, Turbo, Strobe)|
|Lockout||Click||No Output (switch indicates red)|
|On (Except Firefly)||Hold||Ramp up to “Infinity High” (not Turbo) then back down to “Infinity Low” (not Firefly)|
LED and Beam
The emitter of choice in the T1 is a Cree XHP50 NW. There’s a reflector, albeit a shallow one with orange peel, so the beam profile is unsurprisingly floody. There’s quite a spot though, so it does make a useful beam.
These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure. That’s Firefly, then Infinity Low and some intermediates, then Infinity High and Turbo.
Tint vs BLF-348 (Killzone 219b version)
Test light is on the left!
I compare everything to the Killzone 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
What I like
- Complete package
- NW and CW availability
- It’s a good E-Switch 18350 light
- Included cell has good capacity
- Indicating switch
- Updated Military Tan color is a nice new interesting flavor
What I don’t like
- I think it could be even shorter!
- Included cell is quite long
- I don’t like these double direction clips
- This light was provided by Thrunite for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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