Wuben T1 Tactical Flashlight Review

Wuben T1 Tactical Flashlight Review

The Wuben T1 is a new tactical flashlight with a unique switch. While it’s a tail clicky, it also has a leverage feature for mode changes.


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight product page.

Versions

There is just one version.

Price

The Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight lists for $89.99, but use this coupon for 20%!  ZT120


Short Review

The Wuben T1 is a solid tactical flashlight. The new switch type is quite interesting and seems to work nicely from an EDC user standpoint, though I have not used it on or with a weapon. USB-C charging works fine, though the port is a little tedious to access. All in all, this is a solid light.

Long Review

The Big Table

Wuben T1 Tactical Flashlight
Emitter: Luminus SST-40
Price in USD at publication time: $71.99
Cell: 1×18650
High Runtime Graph Medium Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA):
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port with cell: lowest 3 modes
without cell: no modes
Claimed Lumens (lm) 2000
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1806 (90.3% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 49.4
Claimed Throw (m) 498
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 2150lux @ 6.048m = 78643cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 560.9 (112.6% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 6500
Measured CCT Range (K) 5600-6900 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Wuben
All my Wuben reviews!

^ 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 T1 Tactical flashlight what's included

  • Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight
  • Wuben 3100mAh 18650
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Charging cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Lanyard
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight sticker

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight

Overall I’d call the build quality of the T1 to be “robust” and I have little doubt it’ll be good for weapon-related needs.

The new “unique lever tail switch” is quite interesting. We’ve definitely seen things like it but this might in fact be unique.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight tail end

Only the tailcap can be removed, and this reveals unanodized threads.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight tailcap threads

That brass button in the tailcap is actually a springy button, and though not pictured, there’s a spring on the head end as well. Both are things you’d want in a tactical weapon.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight tailcap contacts

Size and Comps

Length: 162mm
Diameter: 40mm
Weight: 165g, or 215g with battery

If the flashlight will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo).  If the flashlight will tailstand, I’ll show that here, too (usually the fourth photo).

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight in hand

Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+.  Mine’s a custom “baked” edition Nichia 219b triple.  A very nice 18650 light.

And here’s the light beside my custom engraved TorchLAB BOSS 35, an 18350 light.  I reviewed the aluminum version of that light in both 35 and 70 formats.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight beside torchlab boss 35

Retention and Carry

A pocket clip is included and already attached on the T1.  This pocket clip is held in place by two screws.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight pocket clip

The clip is a two-way clip and neither way provides very deep carry.

Next up is the tactical ring. This is a soft collar ring that ships already attached. This ring is easily removable; just remove the tailcap and this ring will slide off.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight tactical ring Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight tactical ring

Last is the included lanyard.  It seems one should attach this tiny split ring to a hole in the tail end (seen below) and the metal bit clips to this split ring. It might also be possible to clip the metal clip (without the spit ring) to the tailcap but that’ll be cumbersome and not something you’ll do quickly or on the fly.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight lanyard

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight lanyard

Power and Runtime

Wuben provides a single 18650 for running the Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight.  This is the ABE3100C.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight included 18650

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight included 18650

The cell fits into the Wuben T1 tactical flashlight in the usual way:  positive terminal toward the head.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight included 18650 installed

In case you forget this orientation, there’s a silk-screened icon reminder.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight battery label

Here are a few runtime tests.

For around 5 seconds after turning the T1 on, the indicator around the charge port will indicate the cell power level, as follows:

Blue: >90%
Blue blinking: 40-90%
Red: 15-40%
Red blinking: 0-15% (and in this power level, the red will say on continually, not just 5 seconds).

Charging

The T1 does have built-in charging. This is by way of a USB-C port in the head. The means to reveal the charging port is somewhat unusual – there’s a collar that screws over the charge port.

Above the charge port itself is a charging indicator light.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight charging port indicator

Wuben includes the necessary cable for charging. It’s a USB to USB-C cable. Note where this threaded collar is in relation to the pocket clip. When unscrewing the collar for charging, this whole setup becomes a bit difficult. You need to intermittently grip around the collar all while avoiding the pocket clip. It’s easy enough, but it’s not like unscrewing a tailcap, for example.

Here’s a charge cycle.

While charging, the indicator just above the charging port is red. When charging is complete, this indicator turns blue.

C to C charging did not work with the sources I tested.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
HIgh 2000-700 1m-1.5h 1806 ?
Medium 550 2.5h 68 ?
Low 130 10h 116 ?
Eco 5 100h ?

Pulse Width Modulation

No PWM is seen on any mode.

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  Also, here’s the light with the worst PWM I could find.  I’m adding multiple timescales, so it’ll be easier to compare to the test light.  Unfortunately, the PWM on this light is so bad that it doesn’t even work with my normal scale, with is 50 microseconds (50us).  10ms5ms2ms1ms0.5ms0.2ms.  In a display faster than 0.2ms or so, the on/off cycle is more than one screen, so it’d just (very incorrectly) look like a flat line.  I wrote more about this Ultrafire WF-602C flashlight and explained a little about PWM too.

User Interface and Operation

A single switch controls the T1. It’s this tail switch, which feels in one part like a mechanical clicky, but in another part like an e-switch. I have to guess it’s fully e-switch, but I don’t know how to confirm it.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight tail clicky

The first action on this switch is “down.” This is the part that feels mechanical.

Next is the lateral movement of the switch, which feels like an e-switch.

There are two mode groups. One is Tactical and the other is Outdoor. I’m fairly sure the light ships in “Tactical” but without doing it intentionally I have landed in Outdoor.

Here’s a UI table for Outdoor Mode!

State Action Result
Off Tap Switch downward Momentary of last used mode
Off Click Switch downward On in last used mode
On Click Switch downward Off
On Push switch laterally Mode advance (Eco-Low-Med-High)
On Hold switch 2s laterally On to Strobe
Off Hold Switch laterally Momentary in strobe
Strobe Double-tap laterally SOS
SOS Push laterally Exit SOS
Off Tap Switch downward 5x (and hold down) Iterate between Tactical (default) and Outdoor

Here’s a UI table for Tactical Mode!

State Action Result
Off Tap Switch downward Momentary High
Off Click Switch downward High
On Click Switch downward Off
On Push switch laterally Mode advance (High-Low)
On Hold switch 2s laterally On to Strobe
Off Hold Switch laterally Momentary in strobe
Strobe Double-tap laterally SOS
SOS Push laterally Exit SOS
Off Tap Switch downward 5x (and hold down) Iterate between Tactical (default) and Outdoor

The groups are really not that different, aside from the things you’d want in a Tactical mode that you wouldn’t in a daily style mode. The consistency between everything else in the modes is great, though.

LED and Beam

Wuben uses a Luminus SST-40 emitter in the T1. This emitter is surrounded by a deep smooth reflector.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight emitter Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight reflector Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight reflector

The lens appears to have an AR coating, too.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight emitter on

These bezel crenelations are mildly sharp on the outside edge and would likely be great for striking. They’re definitely great for allowing light to escape while the light is headstanding.

Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight emitter on headstanding Wuben T1 Tactical flashlight emitter on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Here’s a report on the CRI and CCT.  CCT comes in between 5600 and 6800K. That’s quite a span but does demonstrate how hard the emitter is driven for the higher modes. (The harder an emitter is driven, the higher the CCT goes.) CRI is also fairly low, but that’s nothing to be surprised about on a tactical flashlight.

Beamshots

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

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

I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight 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

  • Solid complete package
  • USB-C Charging
  • Two good user interfaces that are consistent in peripheral parts
  • The lever-style switch is neat
  • Very good throw
  • Great beam profile for a tactical light

What I don’t like

  • Charging cover collar is hard to unscrew
  • CCT is very cool on the higher levels
  • CRI is fairly low

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