Review ThruNite T10S

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Review ThruNite T10S

ThruNite T10S


Specs

- Cree XP-G2

- 169 ANSI Lumens

- 93.5mm x 19mm

- Stainless Steel 

- Anti-Reflective Lens

- OP Reflector

- Diffuser Included

- Uses 1 x 1.5v AA Battery

 

This T10S was provided to me for review by ThruNite, I've had it for nearly 2 weeks now I have been using it pretty often to get familiar with it. 


 

The T10S came in a metal case with a diffuser, pocket clip, screws and spare o-rings.

The first thing you will notice when you pick it up is how solid it is, being so small I wouldn't exactly say its heavy (even though its probably heavier than anything else the same size) but it just feels very sturdy and robust. 

 


The OP reflector works well to smooth out the beam, there isn't any rings in the beam pattern as the hotspot just gradually fades away from the center. This is one of my biggest must haves in a light (unless I wanted a dedicated thrower). 

 

The clicky tail switch is also made from stainless steel rather than using a rubber boot, it feels firm and gives a nice tactical click when changing modes. 

 

The head screws off from the body to insert the battery as the body tube is 1 piece excluding the switch mechanism inside.

 

Aside from using the tail switch to change modes, you can also use it like a twisy switch by turning the head as well. 

It uses a XP-G2 LED and has 3 modes.

High - 169 Lumens for 1.5 hours

Med - 20 Lumens for 39 hours

Low - 0.2 Lumens for 147 hours

 

The box was sealed when I opened it but I noticed the back of the driver had some wear, I had mentioned this in the past with another light (Saber 1A) to ThruNite and was told that its from them manually checking every light and its functions before its sent out as part of the quality control procedure. It wasn't this worn when I first got it but it was marked but in the past I thought I had received a used/returned light but that wasn't the case. 

 

I didn't get this picture of the threads as clear as I would have liked it, the threads are squared on the ends but not square threads if that makes sense. They are still very smooth threads and I wouldn't ever be worried about them stripping or cross threading as they are too solid for that to happen.

 

The tail switch has cut out notches for people with big fingers (thumbs) to make it easy to press. Please excuse the finger prints on most of my photos as they didn't show up to my eye or on the camera when taking the pictures. 

 

On this side of the tail end you can see a hole for a lanyard or perhaps a small split ring.

 

And on this side of the tail end you can see the threaded holes for the pocket clip (included).

 

The pocket clip seems very sturdy as well, even though I didn't attach it to the light its probably the looking clip on any light that I have had and it seems just flexible enough to get on your pocket but solid enough to survive drops without getting bent out of shape. 

 

This is the diffuser that is included in the box, it does a good job at lighting up small and I also tested it out in a large shed at night and it was more than enough to navigate my way around without tripping over anything as the light lit up everything around me rather than just where I would have been pointing it if it didn't have the diffuser on. Even though I found it handy I was just testing it and I don't think I would ever feel the need to carry it around with the light. 

 

A size comparison of the T10S with the Archer 1A on the left and the T10 on the right. 

 

In this picture the pallets are about 3-4 meters in front of me, the distance to the water tank is approx 40 meters.

 

Here the small trees in the foreground are about 35 meters away, behind those are another row of medium sized trees that are about 50 meters away and behind those if you can make out the branches in the distance that would be about 75 meters away. I will try to take more accurate measurements sometime soon and post them. 

I could actually see a lot better with my naked eye and I might consider retaking the beamshots as they really don't reflect what I could see at the time. 

 

Thanks for reading and I hope my review was helpful for those interested even though its not very technical. 

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Thanks for the review Ezarc.

The specs seem very similar to the Saber.

I see in this review you've compared it to your T10 but would you say that it is basically a Saber in a different body?

The specs quote (overly optomistic?) runtimes the same as the Saber but with different output levels.  I wonder if it is a slightly more efficient driver.

 

Saber -- T10s -- Runtime

169 lm - 169 lm - 1.5 hrs

9 lm   --  20 lm  - 39 hrs

0.09 lm - 0.2 lm - 147 hrs

 

Lastly, it isn't easy to tell from a photo but to my eye it seems the reflector on my Saber appears a little deeper?  Would you say they look about the same in real life?

Cheers

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Nice review , ezarc .

Thanks for sharing .

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Got mine a couple of days ago. I'm loving the quality, heft, and it's close to neutral tint . It's not the brightest AA, but it's more than sufficient for my needs.

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Thanks for the review! The T10S is a great little EDC flashlight. The clip is awful though. Has anyone figured out a cheap way to get a good clip for it? Mine is bent to the point where it’s basically just a hook.

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can u bend it back?

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Thanks for the nice review ezarc. It is a nice light and the mode spacing is perfect for me, if only the sequence was low-med-high without memory (that is my personal favorite UI).

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I actually had 2 Saber 1A’s but I gave them away as gifts, not because I didn’t like them but I gave them to family members who I wanted to have a nice light.

I’ll compare the T10 reflector with the T10S as I assume it will be the same reflector and report back.

Racer, how did you bend the clip? I didn’t attach mine but it seems pretty stiff.

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Would also like to know if it works with a liion cell

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lionheart_2281 wrote:
Would also like to know if it works with a liion cell

From a thread on the other side

The reason that 14500s are not supported is because stainless steel does not dissipate the heat as well as aluminum does. When using a 14500 the light goes into direct drive and the emitter is probably overheating, causing the output to drop. Not good for long term reliability. This is definitely a case of "just because you can do it doesn't mean that you should".

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?379904-ThruNite-T10s-announced&p=4375038&viewfull=1#post4375038

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Racer wrote:
Thanks for the review! The T10S is a great little EDC flashlight. The clip is awful though. Has anyone figured out a cheap way to get a good clip for it? Mine is bent to the point where it's basically just a hook. !{width:40%}http://photos.theoutdoornerd.com/blf/reduced/t10s_clip.jpg![/quote]

Not sure about cheap but........

from CPF thread here:  http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?379904-ThruNite-T10s-announced&p=4390901&viewfull=1#post4390901

I got a TN T10s today. I verified two things.
One, though the XP-G2 LED assembly is well centered in its reflector, the die itself is not centered under its lens.
Two, several of the SYSMAX clips will fit on the T10s. In fact, the screws from the RRT 01 clip kit fit perfectly in the screw holes on the body of the T10s.

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Italian review with additional beamshots here http://www.cpfitaliaforum.it/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=7488

I can't read a word of it but some of you may like the pretty pictures

(and comparisons with a couple of other AA lights). Smile

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gadabout wrote:
Lastly, it isn’t easy to tell from a photo but to my eye it seems the reflector on my Saber appears a little deeper?  Would you say they look about the same in real life?

Cheers

I just compared the reflector of the T10S and the T10 and they look identical in all dimensions so I would say its the same reflector as the Saber as well.

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CRX wrote:
Nice, thanks for the review, i’m thinking about getting one of these.

Is the head two pieces, or is that just a groove in it?

Have you tried the light with/ can it handle a 4.2v cell?

Does it have a forward clicky?

It appears to be 2 pieces although I haven’t tried to take it apart and I don’t have it with me at the moment, I don’t own any lithium batteries so I can’t test it but if I did I probably wouldn’t try them anyway. And yep, it has a forward clicky.

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Mine is reverse clicky.. No momentary...

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atbglenn wrote:

Mine is reverse clicky.. No momentary…


Ill have to double check when I get home, perhaps I was wrong.

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ezarc wrote:
atbglenn wrote:

Mine is reverse clicky.. No momentary...

Ill have to double check when I get home, perhaps I was wrong.

BTW, the more I play with my T10S, the more I love it. One other thing, I find the clip works fine as long as you're careful and not bend it too far. Works fine on the standard thickness blue jean pockets  

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It’s a reverse clicky. Doesn’t seem to be the same circuit as the Saber. High frequency PWM on high but constant current on moonlight and low. The clip on mine bent from normal pocket wear. That is, after I stripped the first set of screws with the included allen wrench before I tossed it. Luckily my T10S came with a second set of screws.

Oh, and tried a 14500 in mine—works fine.

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Racer, I agree the included allen wrench is a piece of shit. Luckily I have halfway decent allens in stock. My clip is holding up so far. 

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Racer wrote:
It’s a reverse clicky. Doesn’t seem to be the same circuit as the Saber. High frequency PWM on high but constant current on moonlight and low. The clip on mine bent from normal pocket wear. That is, after I stripped the first set of screws with the included allen wrench before I tossed it. Luckily my T10S came with a second set of screws.

Oh, and tried a 14500 in mine—works fine.

Any brighter with a 14500?

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lionheart_2281 wrote:
Any brighter with a 14500?

Yep. About as much as you’d expect going from an AA to a 14500 and about in line with other lights. All 3 modes work fine but as expected, the gap between “low” (which is really medium) and high narrows. I keep an Eneloop in mine, but I like to be thorough so I always try a li-ion in any new flashlight. My old T10 (which is now called Saber) which is a twisty doesn’t work right on medium with a 14500. That and a couple other reasons make me think the T10S uses a new circuit.

I do know that I’m hard on my equipment and the clips, too, but I’ve never had a clip like this one bend so easily on any other brand of light like EagleTac, Nitecore, etc. I just think it’s not as rigid as it should be. One of these days this week I’m going to dig through a few sites like DX and FT and see if I can find a good aftermarket clip for my T10S.

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Very nice review. Thanks!