Wurkkos TS10 Brass Flashlight Review

Wurkkos TS10 Brass Flashlight Review

Wurkkos released a Brass TS10 flashlight, and I still love it! This triple-emitter, 14500-cell flashlight packs a punch and used Andúril2!!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Wurkkos TS10 brass flashlight product page.

Versions

There are of course many versions of the TS10 – namely in aluminum. In this brass option, there are secondary color options: red, ice blue, and orange (seen here). The light can be purchased with or without a 14500 cell, too. 

Price

The Wurkkos TS10 brass flashlight alone sells for $27.99 (which is a 15% off price). For $2 more, you can get the 14500 cell included – I wholeheartedly recommend that. In fact, grab a few extra cells if you can. Buy your Wurkkos TS10 brass flashlight here at wurkkos.com!


Short Review

As with the TS10 (aluminum), I think the TS10 Brass is a toy. It’s a fun toy, and inexpensive, so I still think you should buy one. But the rate the secondary emitters drain these small cells means the battery won’t last too long even when the light is off. Anyway, I do think you need one (or more). I also think Wurkkos is making some of the best value lights available today, and this TS10 is right up there at the top of that list. These CSP LEDs are surprisingly good. Andúril2 is very good. All in all, this is just a great value light (or toy, you decide.)

Long Review

The Big Table

Wurkkos TS10 Brass Flashlight
Emitter: CSP LED (4000K)
Price in USD at publication time: $26.99
Cell: 1×14500
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1400
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1142 (81.6% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 5
Claimed Throw (m) 129
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 43lux @ 4.212m = 763cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 55.2 (42.8% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 4000
Measured CCT Range (K) 3800-4300 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Wurkkos
All my Wurkkos 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

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight what's included

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight what's included

  • Wurkkos TS10 brass flashlight (sealed)
  • Wurkkos 900mAh 14500 (optional)
  • Pocket clip
  • Lanyard
  • Soft silicone diffuser
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Manual etc

Package and Manual

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight box label

Unlike the Andúril2 light I just reviewed (the Lumintop FW1AA), the Wurkkos TS10 flashlight appears to use standard Andúril2.

Build Quality and Disassembly

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight

A solid brass flashlight for $27! This is a nice quality light!

Since the TS10 uses a tail e-switch, there’s an inner sleeve on the cell tube. That can be seen below (the black bit). The threads are unanodized and square-cut, but fairly small.

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight showing threads and head contact

Only the tail end has a spring; the head has only a button.

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight showing spring in cell tube

I can’t really say enough about the brass on used in this light. There’s a very pleasant solid bare metal on solid bare metal connection between the head and body when putting the parts together, and I love it!

Size and Comps

Dimension: 71.5 mm (length) × 21mm (head diameter)
Weight: 32 ± 1 grams (without battery) (that’s the same weight Wurkkos lists for aluminum but in reality this one is much heavier.)

I measure the brass at 73.3g and the cell adds another 19.2g.

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).

Wurkkos TS10 Brass 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.

Also above is 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.

Retention and Carry

The Wurkkos TS10 brass flashlight uses a two-way pocket clip. This clip has a couple of options for lanyard attachment, including a hole in the shoulder, and a long slit down the side.

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight pocket clip

It’s a friction-fit clip (unlike what’s used on the FWAA, which is a collar-style clip.)

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight pocket clip hug

The lanyard attaches only in these holes – there is no lanyard hole in the body.

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight lanyard

Power and Runtime

The Wurkkos TS10 brass flashlight is powered by a single lithium-ion cell.  The size is 14500.  I found that both my button top and flat tops worked fine but I really only had the gold Vapcell you see below in flat/button formats.  So really the same cell.  This light does not support 1.5V cells!

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight beside 14500 cell

Put the cell in the normal way – positive toward the head. Also, you should only remove the head – don’t try to swap the cell through the tail end. That is not the way.

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight 14500 cell installed

Here are a number of runtimes. Output is really fantastic, briefly. Over 1000 lumens for around a minute is pretty crazy for such a tiny light. That’s going to make a lot of heat, so it’s unreasonable to think that’d last for too long. I did calibrate the thermal settings before this test.

runtime graphs

runtime graphs

runtime graphs

runtime graphs

With regard to low voltage protection, the light seems to step down to a very low level. This is a typical Andúril characteristic.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens
Turbo (Double click from on state) 1400 1h14m 1441 (0s)
1142 (30s)
Highest stepped 900 1h29m 533
7 580 1h20m 208
6 300 1h24m 76
5 130 2h43m 30
4 50 6h43m 10
3 10 2.5
2 (Lowest stepped output) 1 0.30
1 (Lowest ramping output) ~ (negligible)

Pulse Width Modulation

I’ve done mostly the same thing here that I do with other Andúril lights – the lowest mode (far left) is the lowest of ramping.  Because that’s much lower than the lowest stepped mode (annoying!).  Then from the second photo to the far right is each of the stepped modes (with the far right being the “double click to turbo” mode).  All modes except the highest have PWM (again, not a surprise for Andúril, and doesn’t look to have been sped up for Andúril2.

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

There’s a single switch for interacting with the Wurkkos TS10 brass flashlight.  It’s an e-switch, with a big button.

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight tail e-switch

This button has a nice texture and a great action.

Andúril2 is great, and I think it’s an improvement over the first iteration(s).  There are some things some users might not love about it, but I think overall it’s much more approachable.  I will note though that the nomenclature might be a bit confusing – the light (all lights with Andúril2) ships in Simple UI.  This is not Muggle Mode.  You may think “well duh” and by now you’ve already seen the blistering runtime on turbo of Simple, so you get it.  But just be aware, don’t hand this light to the uninitiated thinking they won’t set their hand on fire while using Simple UI.  Here is where I’d tell you how to switch to muggle mode.  There is no muggle mode.

Here’s a UI table!  This table is directly from ToyKeeper’s Andúril2 manual, which you can view here:

http://toykeeper.net/torches/fsm/anduril2/anduril-manual.txt

I am putting this in a table here with ToyKeeper’s permission.  Thanks, TK!  This is so much better than me writing it because it’s more reliable, and I completely trust its accuracy (at least, if I can paste it accurately).  I’m breaking it up a little differently than ToyKeeper did, though I certainly understand why it was done her way originally.

First, the table for Either User Interface.  These actions work whether you’re in Simple or Advanced UI.

State Action Result
Off 1C On (ramp mode, memorized level)
Off 1H On (ramp mode, floor level)
Off 2C On (ramp mode, ceiling level)
Off 3C Battcheck mode
Off 4C Lockout mode
Off 13H Factory reset (on some lights)
Off 15+C Version check
Ramp 1C Off
Ramp 1H Ramp (up, with reversing)
Ramp 2H Ramp (down)
Ramp 3H Tint ramping (on some lights)
Ramp 3H Momentary turbo (on lights without tint ramping)
Ramp 4C Lockout mode
Lockout 1C/1H Momentary moon (lowest floor)
Lockout 2C/2H Momentary moon (highest floor, or manual mem level)
Lockout 4C On (ramp mode, memorized level)
Lockout 4H On (ramp mode, floor level)
Lockout 5C On (ramp mode, ceiling level)
Batt check 1C Off

A table for only Simple User Interface:

State Action Result
Off 2H On (momentary ceiling level)
Off 10H Disable Simple UI
Ramp 2C Go to/from ceiling

A table for only Advanced (aka “Full”) User Interface:

State Action Result
Off 2H On (momentary turbo)
Off 3H Strobe mode (whichever was used last)
Off 5C Momentary mode
Off 7C Aux LEDs: Next pattern
Off 7H Aux LEDs: Next color
Off 10C Enable Simple UI
Off 10H Simple UI ramp config menu (1: floor, 2: ceiling, [3: steps])
Ramp 2C Go to/from ceiling (or turbo if at ceil already)
Ramp 3C Change ramp style (smooth / stepped)
Ramp 5C Momentary mode
Ramp 5H Sunset timer on, and add 5 minutes
Ramp 7H Ramp config menu (1: floor, 2: ceiling, [3: steps])
Ramp 10C Turn on manual memory and save current brightness
Ramp 10H Manual memory config menu (1: off, 2: set timeout)
Lockout 7C Aux LEDs: Next pattern
Lockout 7H Aux LEDs: Next color
Lockout 10H Auto-lock config menu (1: set timeout)
Strobe (any) 1C Off
Strobe (any) 2C Next strobe mode
Strobe (any) 3H Tint ramping (on some lights)
Strobe (any) 5C Momentary mode (using current strobe)
Candle 1H/2H Brighter / dimmer
Candle 5H Sunset timer on, add 5 minutes
Party strobe 1H/2H Faster / slower
Tactical strobe 1H/2H Faster / slower
Biking 1H/2H Brighter / dimmer
Lightning 1H Interrupt current flash or start new one
Batt check 2C Next blinky mode (Temp check, Beacon, SOS)
Batt check 7H Voltage config menu
Temp check 1C Off
Temp check 2C Next blinky mode (Beacon, SOS, Batt check)
Temp check 7H Thermal config menu
Beacon 1C Off
Beacon 1H Configure beacon timing
Beacon 2C Next blinky mode (SOS, Batt check, Temp check)
SOS 1C Off
SOS 2C Next blinky mode (Batt check, Temp check, Beacon)
Momentary Any On (until button is released)
Momentary Disconnect power Exit Momentary mode
Config menus Hold Skip current item with no changes
Config menus Release Configure current item
Number entry Click Add 1 to value for current item

LED and Beam

This is a triple-emitter light – there are three emitters. They are “CSP LED” emitters, and are rated at 4000K.

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight csp emitters

They are really fantastic emitters.

My brass TS10 has orange (or “amber”) secondary emitters. Per settings on Anduril, you can have a couple of brightness levels as well as “lightning” and “off.” Below, the amber secondary emitters are set on the highest steady level. Warning – this setting will fully drain the battery in a few days. And I mean fully drain the battery. Down well past the levels that are considered “safe to recharge from.” So be very careful!

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight TIR with amber on

Wurkkos includes with the brass TS10 a diffuser that they did not include with the aluminum versions. It’s nice. It’s fine.

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight with diffuser

Here’s the diffuser being used with secondary emitters set to high.

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight with diffuser

Wurkkos TS10 Brass flashlight emitters on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Rated at 4000K, the output is in that range for sure. From the lower output (at left) of 3500K to the highest output at around 4200K, 4000K is a good rating, and reasonable. I’m also pleased to say that these CSP emitters are very high CRI! Also shown below are the two steady amber output levels.

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

  • Low cost brass light
  • No excessive branding (in fact, no branding at all)
  • Great build quality
  • CSP emitters are both 4000K and very high CRI
  • Uses Andúril2

What I don’t like

  • Secondary emitters drain the 14500 quickly when set to high
  • Doesn’t support AA (1.5V) cells

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1 thought on “Wurkkos TS10 Brass Flashlight Review”

  1. Regarding the modes and current table, SammysHP helped to make the ramp more linear and the moon mode dimmer. https://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1881531#comment-1881531
    So the new firmware has different values in the ramp, which normally don’t get transferred to the manual. It is normal that your measured mode values are way off. 🙂
    Thank you for the niche review, I am still waiting for mine.

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