Wildtrail WT3M Flashlight Review
The Wildtrail WT3M is a triple-emitter Luminus SST-40 flashlight offering the Andúril user interface and USB-C charging. Read on for testing!
Official Specs and Features
Here’s a link to the Wildtrail WT3M flashlight product page. (Banggood referral link.)
A couple of bodies are available for the Wildtrail WT3M flashlight. Black (seen here) and a “silver” which appears to be a coated “bare aluminum” body are available. Each of these has been (or “is”) available with Luminus SST-40 (seen here) and Cree XHP50.2 emitters.
It looks like just the Cree XHP50.2 version in black is available now, and the Wildtrail WT3M flashlight cost is $48.90. (Banggood referral link.)
First, let’s talk about the package. By that I mean specifically the body of this Wildtrail WT3M flashlight. I love it. It’s such a flashlighty look and shape and in-hand feel that it’s really perfect. Also, the light uses Andúril, so that’s a great choice, too. As for the emitters – they’re fine. If you need exceptionally high output for a brief time, the Luminus SST-40 will be a great choice. I can’t speak to the XHP50.2 version, but I have many XHP50.2 lights that I am very happy with.
The Big Table
|Wildtrail WT3M Flashlight|
|Emitter:||Luminus SST-40 (5000K, 70CRI)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$48.90 at BangGood.|
|Turbo Runtime Graph||High Runtime Graph|
|Quiescent Current (mA):|
|Charge Port Type:||USB-C|
|Power off Charge Port||All modes, even without body|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||–|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||3158|
|Candela per Lumen||8.6|
|Claimed Throw (m)||–|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||955lux @ 6.241m = 37197cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||385.7|
|Measured CCT Range (K)||4700-5300 Kelvin|
|Item provided for review by:||BangGood|
|All my Wildtrail 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).
- Wildtrail WT3M flashlight
- Spare o-rings (2)
- Spare charging port cover
Package and Manual
Build Quality and Disassembly
This brand has been around for a little while but this is the first of their lights I’ve had. I have to say that I’m impressed! This is a solid, clean build.
I should reiterate right here just how flashlighty this light is. You may know it or you may not, but that’s an aspect of flashlights that I really like.
Internally, the light seems to be of very high quality. Check out that brass retaining ring below! The threads are also very nice – big beefy square cut threads that are anodized and appropriately lubed.
Both head and tail have springs. I preferred to swap cells by removing the head – I think the threads are a bit shorter that way and also on my copy these were much smoother.
The tailcap is just smooth with rounded corners.
Notable are these cooling fins on the head. They are fine fins, which should provide a lot of surface area for dealing with heat.
Size and Comps
Length: 103.5mm / Head: 39.6mm / Tube: 28.5mm / Tailcap: 29.2mm
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).
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.
Here’s the Wildtrail WT3M flashlight beside a Zebralight (another light I love!). It’s the SC700d, and they have a very similar shape and size.
Retention and Carry
Nothing is included for carry of the Wildtrail WT3M flashlight. I would say the tail end has a sort of groove for a pocket clip, but no clip is provided (or available). The tailcap does offer a lanyard hole, though.
Power and Runtime
A single lithium-ion cell powers the Wildtrail WT3M flashlight. Below you can see that I’ve pictured a 20700 cell (I happen to just have a bunch of those sitting around.) So a 20700 cell works fine, but the light is mainly a 21700 light. I tested the light with a 40T.
The cell is installed in the usual way – positive terminal toward the head.
Before I performed these runtime tests I did calibrate Andúril. I aimed for somewhere around 55°C in calibration. So these tests are after calibration. To be honest, I don’t think calibration really does much, and certainly doesn’t seem to accomplish much for this light. (To wit: I’d expect a much longer sustained output on these higher levels than we see here).
The Wildtrail WT3M flashlight has built-in charging by way of a USB-C charging port in the head.
A cable is not included.
Charging by USB to USB-C and C to C both work just fine.
The charging profile looks about the same between the two types of charging. Charging really takes around 2.5 hours, but the tests seem to continue at a very low current (around 0.03A) for a long while after the switch turns green. Even so, the final charge voltage is acceptable, so it doesn’t seem that the cell gets over-charged. I would recommend pulling the light off charging after 3 hours max, either way.
While charging, the indicating ring is red. When charging is complete, the ring turns green.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
|Turbo (Double click from “on”)||–||–||3158||15.08|
^ On this light, an unusual feature is that the lowest stepped output and the lowest ramping output are the level.
Pulse Width Modulation
There is PWM on all modes except Turbo. I mentioned it elsewhere, but below is further proof that the lowest ramping mode (far left graph) and lowest stepped mode (second from left) are exactly the same level. That’s fairly unusual for an Andúril light.
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). 10ms. 5ms. 2ms. 1ms. 0.5ms. 0.2ms. 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
The switch seen on the Wildtrail WT3M flashlight is an indicating e-switch. Unlike many (most?) indicating e-switches, the indication is actually from a ring around the switch that can indicate in green and red. The switch cover itself is a domed hard plastic cover. It’s very nice.
Below you can see the indicator ring in green.
The UI here is ToyKeeper’s Anduril, which at this point is very well covered. I’ve reviewed other lights with it, too. Here’s ToyKeeper’s UI graphic:
Here’s a UI table anyway!
|Off||Click||On (Mode Memory)|
|Off||Click 2x||Highest Hybrid Mode|
|Off||Click 3x||Blinkie Mode Group|
|Off||Click, Click, Hold||Strobe Group (Mode Memory Strobe)|
|Strobe Group||Click 2x||Strobe Cycle (Candle > Bike Flasher > Party Strobe > Tactical Strobe > Lightning Storm)|
|Blinkie Mode Group||Click 2x||Blinke Cycle (Sunset > Beacon > TempCheck > BattCheck)|
|On||Click 3x||Switch between Stepped and Smooth Ramp|
|On||Click 4x||Ramp Configuration|
|TempCheck||Click 4x||Thermal Configuration|
|Beacon||Click 4x||Beacon Configuration|
|Candle||Click 3x||30-minute timer to off|
|Strobe Group||Hold||Heighten selected mode (Make faster or brighter)|
|Strobe Group||Click, Hold||Lessen selected mode (Make slower or dimmer)|
|On||Click 2x||FET Turbo|
|Ramp Configuration||[Wait for Single flash] Click N time for level N.||Selection of the “Low” you like best by clicking 1, 2, 3, etc. where 1, 2, 3, etc are different levels of low.|
|Ramp Configuration||[Wait for Second flash] Click N time for 1+Turbo-N.||Selection of the “Ceiling” you like best by clicking 1, 2, 3, etc. where 1, 2, 3, etc are different Ceiling levels.|
|Ramp Configuration||[Wait for Third flash] Click for how many steps you want in Stepped mode.||Sets Number of Steps.|
|Thermal Configuration||[Wait for First flash] Click for N times for N degrees C.||Displays Current Temperature.|
|Thermal Configuration||[Wait for Second flash] Click for N times for 30C + N.||Sets Temperature Limit.|
|Beacon Configuration||[Wait for First flash] Click for N times N seconds per flash||Sets Beacon Speed.|
If you want to see how to calibrate the thermals, see this part of the FW1A review.
LED and Beam
In this copy of the Wildtrail WT3M flashlight are three Luminus SST-40 emitters. Each of those emitters has a reflector with an orange peel texture.
You might wish to emitter-swap the Wildtrail WT3M flashlight. I can tell you that the bezel unscrews easily – no Loctite. After that, modifying the light will be up to your skill set.
LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)
This emitter is claimed as 5000K and 70CRI. Both of those statements stand up to testing. The range of CCT is around 4700K to 5200K, and CRI is “around 70” (but lower than 70 in nearly every level).
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!
What I like
- Great flashlight shape
- Cooling fins should deal with heat well
- Plenty of mass in the head to deal with high output
- USB-C Charging works great
- Andúril user interface
What I don’t like
- Despite calibration, the output isn’t sustained long
- Low CRI
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