Review: Trustfire T2 - XP-G R5 - 5 mode - 1 x 18650

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Review: Trustfire T2 - XP-G R5 - 5 mode - 1 x 18650

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This review was kindly sponsored by Manafont .com 

Today I will be looking at the Trustfire T2   click for product page      $22.33 posted to your door at time of review . 


Manafont description : 

  • Brand:Trustfire
  • Model: T2
  • Emitter Color: White
  • Total Emitters: XP-G R5
  • Voltage range:4.2V
  • Battery Configurations: 1 x 18650 (not include)
  • Switch Type: Clicky (Clickie)
  • Switch Location: Neck
  • Modes:5
  • Mode Memory: Circuitry Features Mode Memory
  • Mode Arrangement: Hi  > Mid  > Lo > Fast Strobe > SOS
  • Lens: Coated Glass Lens
  • Made of stainless steel + anodized aluminum casing
  • Reflector: Aluminum smooth reflector
  • Other Features: Carrying strap is included



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First Impressions :  


Wow , it really feels like a sturdy light , the stainless head and tailcap really give this light - Looking for the right word 


Substance - it feels strong - for the lack of a better description - the flat sides and stainless head and tail make it feel ,


can I say Monolithic . And I mean that in the best possible way .  



It looks like the manufacturers have worked out how to focus the XP-G , because the T2 has a serious Hot spot , 


and I mean intense , it really gives a good XR-E a run for its money . 


Now the feature that really stands out with this light has to be the side clicky , traditionally your single 18650 


lights have been of the tail clicky design , so the T2 is departing from the norm . 


Using the light was very simple , the clicky is your usual reverse  clicky design , where by the light activates  


after being clicked on . So once the light is on , one simply needs to gently press the switch to change modes 


, there is no need to try and turn the light of and back on , we call it the half click , but you don't really attempt 


to click the switch at all , as it will change modes before that . 



 Mode order on this one is High - Medium - Low - Strobe - SOS , and as mentioned , changing modes is easy , but 


you will need to wait some 5 seconds after turning of the light to activate mode memory or you will start the light 


in the next mode . I have to say the switch feels very natural to use , its in the right place with no need to switch 


the position of your hand , or bring a second hand in to change modes , I was impressed by this .  You could walk 


around with the light sitting in a very natural position in your hand and simply move your thumb a little to change 


modes , it just feels and operates with ease , no fumbling around with this one . 



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The threads are very well machined and smooth ..




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Wow , just look at how neat that is ..




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Well , the T2 is really well made , everywhere I looked it was just a cut above the ordinary , the Trustfire 


T2 really impressed with the build quality , fit and finish . One can only hope that Trustfire will put this level of quality 


into all its production lights , because this was impressive . A full 10 out of 10 for build quality on this one . 



Performance : 



The T2 is 4.2v and was built to run the 18650 , so let's take a look at how the T2 performs .



Panasonic 2900 @ 4.2v

 


High = 475L fades to 400L quickly - 1.5Amp - Throw @ 1meter = 9800Lux


Medium = 275L - 0.83Amp - Throw @ 1meter = 6500Lux


Low = 137L - 0.41Amp - Throw @ 1meter = 3300Lux 

 



Testing sag :  475L to start - 400L after 15 seconds [ light was warm - if cold it would take 30 sec to 400L ] 


After 1 minute output was 397L 


 output was 387After 2 minutes




 Now I did mention this light throws , 9800Lux @ 1meter is right up there with my best stock P60 equipped with a XR-E emitter , this thing really throws .

 

Lets look at some pictures 

 




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T2 on high ^



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T2 on medium ^




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T2 on low ^



If you study the images [ I know - I could use a digital SLR ] , you will notice that most of the output 


is concentrated in the hotspot , the T2 is seriously well focused . 



Conclusion : 



The side clicky feels very natural to use , the light itself is just so well made , and came as a real surprise to 


me . I was not really expecting the Trustfire T2 to be so well made , and I hope I haven't failed to impress  

 

upon the reader , that the T2 takes Trustfire to a new level .   



Very well machined threads - smooth 


Anodizing well done 


Clicky feels good - not likely to accidentally activate - long firm click to turn on    


Tailstands well 


Very smooth beam - not ringy 


Throws extremely well 


PWM - Medium yes - Low , very slow 


Body is very well made 


Light screw together tight 


Wrist strap included 


This light is begs a belt clip 


O rings where they need to be 


Head and tail well made 




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Here is the T2 pictured next to my 2T [ could not resist ] 


If there is anything negative to be said about the T2 , is the lack of a real low mode , but at 0.41A current draw 


this light is not terrible , offering some 5 hours on a 2000mAh cell , 6 hours on a 2400mAh cell and 7+ hours 


on higher capacity batteries . This light is by no means stealthy [ low output ] , but there are times when you 


just dont want to be , and this light has found a place in my collection ..


For folks looking for a light to go Rabbit Hunting , or possibly any sort of emergency work where low output 


is the last thing you want , security work , or in fact just about any job or application where a really low  


mode has no right to exist , you may want to look at the Trustfire T2 .  Having said that , and unfortunately  


repeating myself , the blinky modes could be replaced with one or two lower modes , making the Trustfire T2 


just the bees knees . 

 




The last word : 


The T2 is so well made , and Trustfire has achieved a new level of quality , I have my fingers crossed that  


Trustfire can not only maintain the quality of the T2 , but also bring all there other products to this level .  


The only thing that could be a negative is the lack of a true low mode , but for some applications 


I can see where this would be more of a plus than a minus . 


God said = Let there be light !  , and this is one very well made light , and I give it 9 out of 10 across the board  

 


10 out of 10 for build quality ! [ The body ]  




Thank you Manafont for sending me the Trustfire T2 to review .  


 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Mine has one O ring ... Looks like you could fit a second if you wanted ...  

Even on the head , looks like there is room for a second O ring , should you want to double up ..

Designed to be ?   Single or double ?  

Hmmmm 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Both Jayki - and - BLF really dont work well with my browsers 

 

Once a glitch gets in im stuffed -   

 

 

 Now I did mention this light throws , 9800Lux @ 1meter is right up there with my best stock P60 equipped 

 

with a XR-E emitter , this thing really throws . Lets look at some pictures 

 

Its supposed to be a sentence :    =  stock P60 equipped with a XR-E emitter   
But thanks to the glitch ....   your reading two sentences , when it should be one ... 
 

Thanks for pointing it out - Should be fixed now ...  

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Forgot to mention - Xtar 18700 fit with no issue ...  

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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I've ways liked the look of that torch. A real classy act! One day I'll get one but will be certainly upgrading the driver. I don't really understand the thinking of putting modes at 100%>95%>90%>Strobe>SOS.  Silly

Joking aside, I only see a slight difference between high & low in the photos and none between high and medium.

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The camera has problems , as it adjusts to the amount of light [ Full auto point and shoot ] , so it becomes difficult to show the real difference in output .

With a XM-L , medium actually looks brighter than high , because High has so much output the camera increases shutter speed to compensate and due to the amount of light , over compensates . 

400+ to start 

275  and 137 , and most of the light is concentrated into the hotspot [ focused ] , so if I had a 35mm SLR I could do some real nice beams showing throw and then that would be something [ but I dont have $1000 to spare ] 

 

Hmmm   30 mill lotto this week end - Time for a new post ... 

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Looking good Matt, thanks a lot for the comprehensive review! Frontpage'd and Sticky'd.

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I hope this will help ...

 

Ok , here the camera [ different camera ] is not affected by the hotspot or bounce back from the wall ...

Here the Trustfire T2 has a ping pong ball over the bezel while it tailstands ...

This camera takes a more accurate representation [ variation in output ] , but is awful outside and under exposes badly ...

High in the picture , is about what low looks like to the naked eye , actually it doesn't make it . Low to the naked eye is brighter . 

It would be nice to capture a true = to the naked eye , image . 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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How can you give it 10/10 with a "bad" memory implementation?  5 second for it to remember is too long.  In the past Trustfires always had "good" memory Sad

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9 out of 10 over all  ....   I deducted one point for the lack of a true low mode ...  [ I called it across the board

10 out of 10 for build quality ...  [ the body

So I give it 9 out of 10 over all ...   1 point deducted for the lack of a low mode .  [ 137L is not really low ] 

I hope this clears up any mis-understandings . 

I just tweaked the post - so hopefully no more mis-understandings [ over all rating 9 out of 10 ] 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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whats the purpose of that thread on the rear of the light ?

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Yes = It is a tripod mount , fits my camera tripod no worries .  

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The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Isn't this light the one Trooplewis has been saying is his favorite ?

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I like the side clicky
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Great review as usual old!

 

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jacktheclipper wrote:

Isn't this light the one Trooplewis has been saying is his favorite ?

 

That would be correct (not to speak for Troop, but he did call it his favorite at the time he received it and I had been thinking about getting this one for a long time based on his glowing recommendation which seems to be corroborated by Old.) 

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Damn you OLD. I just had to get one.

 

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jacktheclipper wrote:

Isn't this light the one Trooplewis has been saying is his favorite ?

Absolutely. I've had mine for about 2 months, and love it. Especially the side clicky, and the stainless end pieces. Very classy looking light, easy to pocket, natural to hold. Even though it throws well, there is a lot of spill with it too.

I wonder if they will come out with an XM-L version of it soon? No real reason not to...

 

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

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Old , or anyone that knows , is the pill solid or hollow under that black disc ?

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I'm still waiting for mine. It had better come tomorrow!

 

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spottie wrote:

Old , or anyone that knows , is the pill solid or hollow under that black disc ?

Black disc , that is just an insulator , what you mean does the pill have a dirty great big hole in it where the emitter sits = no , 

but is it hollow like a p60 pill , to accommodate the driver = yes  

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edc wrote:

I'm still waiting for mine. It had better come tomorrow!

poor bugger , Im think the same thing every day , Im also waiting on a order not the T2 but a Solarforce order suposedly  posted 7-18 registered ??? no sign of it when I enter tracking number doesnt exist , I know how ya feel  ...it had better come today...maybe 2mora

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EDC, did you ever get your T2?  What do you think of it?

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

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I bought this flashlight and it's pretty nice, I just wanted to know if I need protected cells for this because I have a bunch of salvagaed laptop cells in good shape, does the lamp come with protection circuit?

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you should'nt need protected cells for this light, all my 18650s are from batt packs. being a single cell light, should be safe. good if you had a voltmeter to be on the safe side.

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jamesearljonesisascab wrote:

you should'nt need protected cells for this light, all my 18650s are from batt packs. being a single cell light, should be safe. good if you had a voltmeter to be on the safe side.

 

Thank you, I just put a cell on it and will leave it on until it goes off and then check the cell voltage to see how low did it go.

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ymer wrote:

jamesearljonesisascab wrote:

you should'nt need protected cells for this light, all my 18650s are from batt packs. being a single cell light, should be safe. good if you had a voltmeter to be on the safe side.

 

 

Thank you, I just put a cell on it and will leave it on until it goes off and then check the cell voltage to see how low did it go.

You're welcome,just make sure it does'nt get too hot.

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If anyone with this light gets a chance, could you measure the diameter of the driver and the emitter star?  I've got one on order from Manafont and would like to replace the emitter with an XM-L and the driver with an 8x7135.

 

Thanks,

 

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Oh man, this light is so interesting.  The biggest drawback is the low mode is way too high.  I'd love a BLF version of this light.  Kill the flashy modes, make the mode levels useful that includes a moonlight mode, anodize the tailcap threads so it can be locked out, and update the LED. 

The low mode should be lower.

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Gords modded his, but don't recall what he did exactly - it's beggin for an XP-G2 at the least, preferably on the new 16mm SinkPAD coming (think it's 16mm or maybe 14mm)... I got a T2, just didn't get around to look'n into it yet.

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Hi, I added an xp-g r5 4c and a 1.7a nanjg. You need to use a 1 sided driver due to the set up and a 16mm star.

A neutral white sinkpad xp-g2 @ 2.5 amp would be awesome but would get hot real fast, it heats up at 1.7a tbh.

That said, I love this little light, its not brilliant in a trouser pocket due to no tailcap. lock out but I easily forgive its faults just looking at how pretty it is.

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