XTAR RC2-200 Lantern / Flashlight Review

XTAR has updated one of their fun little “handheld lantern” type lights, and I have one in for testing!  It’s the RC2-200, and offers two white modes, RGB, and even some disco modes too!  Read on for some thoughts and testing.


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There appears to be only one version of this light, but I imagine gray won’t end up being the only body color.

Price

I really can’t find a price on this model.  The old one can be had for around $11, and I wouldn’t expect this one to be much over $20.  None of the official purchase channels seem to have this one yet.


Short Review

The old version of this light still gets a ton of use in my household as a nightlight/reading light.  I expect this one will be the same.  For that purpose, I think the RGB will be a bit distracting.  But it’ll still work fine for that.  As an EDC light?  I just think that’s bad marketing for this product.

Long Review

The Big Table

XTAR RC2-200
Emitter: [Unstated, potentially RGB COB]
Price in USD at publication time: ?
Cell: Internal (2000mAh 18650)
High Runtime Low Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: micro-USB
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell? Yes^
Claimed Lumens (lm) 200
Measured Lumens (at 30s) [Set to claimed output for graphs]
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 23lux @ 1.58m = 57cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 15.2
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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).
    ^ All modes are available while charging.  Most of the modes step down to approximately half brightness while charging, though.

What’s Included

  • XTAR RC2-200 Light
  • Charge cable (USB to micro-USB)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

The build quality on this version is about like the original version, the RC2 Moon.  It’s only “splash proof” and not waterproof, so bear that in mind!

The charge port cover sticks out more than I want.  On my old version, the cover has been torn off for a long time; I don’t expect this one will be any different.  It’ll tear off, and I won’t worry about it, and will be sure to keep the light dry.

The body seems to be fused together.  It doesn’t come apart, at least not nondestructively.  So I didn’t take it apart at all.

Overall the build quality seems pretty good.  I’d love for the cell to be replaceable, at the least.

Size and Comps

Officially 82.5mm x 55mm x 45mm, and 87g.

Here’s the new version (left) and the old version (right).  They’re very similar in size, but the new one is smaller!

Retention and Carry

A pocket clip ships installed on the RC2-200.  It’s a good belt clip, but the light is really too bulky for in-pocket carry.

This clip is removable, too.  There’s a little raised tab on the clip (shown through the hole below).  Raise up on that to disengage it (I use a pocket clip from a Convoy S2+), and the clip slides off.

The clip only fits in one direction.

Here’s the clip.  There’s a lot going on in the clip, too.  A big rectangular magnet is installed, and the clip has a number of holes through which a lanyard could be attached.

The magnet is easily strong enough to hold the light.

Power and Runtime

Since I didn’t disassemble the light, I’ll have to just use this stock photo of the power.  It’s claimed to be a 2000mAh 18650.  This cell is not user replaceable, either.

Here are runtimes for every mode!  The runtimes are in the same mode order as the light – Low White, High White, Red, Blue, then Green.  In every case the switch gives two low power warnings – first solid red, then flashing red, and finally completely off.

Note about the output claims:  Due to the extremely wide output from this light I can’t reliably use my calibrated system.  So I just set the “at 30s” to exactly what XTAR claimed, for every test below.

The light has built-in charging, by way of a micro-USB port in the side.  There’s a press-in cover, which sticks out from the body even when installed properly, and if anything like the old model, will get torn off with haste.

A charge cable is provided – USB to micro-USB.

Charging is good, at around 1A, and takes just over 3 hours.  Notably the cell seems to be much higher capacity than the 2000mAh claimed.

During charging, the indicating switch is red.  When charge is complete, the switch turns green.  And it’s a BRIGHT green, too.  Bright enough that in a dark room you’ll want to unplug the light, so the indicator will turn off.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
White Low 60 9h
White High 200 4h
Red 60 5h
Blue 30 5h
Green 90 5h

PWM

Same order below as above!

PWM on all modes but it’s really fast enough that I can not see it.

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 one switch on the RC2-200.  It’s an e-switch on the “head” or “top” or… well the part seen below.

The switch is clicky and responsive and also has indicating features.  Green and red.  These are BRIGHT, too!

When the light is turned on, the switch lights up to indicate the power level.  Below it’s green.

When the light is on and power is >35%, the switch is green.  Between 10% and 35%, the red indicator will be displayed.  Below 10%, the switch will be flashing red.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click White Low
On Click Mode Advance (White Low, White High, Red, Blue, Green, Red/Blue Flash, White Strobe)
On Hold 2s Off

That UI is dead simple, but it also means that the flashy modes are in the main cycle.  And the 2s hold for off – two seconds is a LONG hold for off….

LED and Beam

I am not sure what emitter is in this light – I believe it’s an RGB COB, but I can’t really say.

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.  At those settings, yes, this light is faint.  But it can still be seen, and this makes comparing among other lights reviewed on this site easier.

Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)

Test light is on the right!

I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Good for reading
  • Good charge rate
  • Nice use of indicating switch
  • All RGB modes are plenty bright!

What I don’t like

  • UI has flashy modes in the main pathway
  • Size is better than original, but still chonky
  • Internal cell can not be swapped
  • 2s hold for off – that’s too long
  • Indicating switch is too bright
  • Red and Blue flash should really only be used by police, so don’t get yourself into trouble with it!

Notes

  • This light was provided by XTAR for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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Author: zeroair

2 thoughts on “XTAR RC2-200 Lantern / Flashlight Review

  1. Hey!
    I’m curious about something, how do you cool the flashlights when you test the runtime? Not just this light, all the lights in general.
    Thanks!

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