ThruNite TN4A - Unboxing and mini video review

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ThruNite TN4A - Unboxing and mini video review

WARNING: Chiclets spoiler ahead (it finally ends...) 

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Thanks for the review.

With large hands I find stubby 4AA lights too awkward to hold and operate (I’ve owned 4 different ones), to press the button I’m holding them with 2 fingers and a thumb then to have a good grip on it I have to shuffle it back into my hand and then reverse it again to change modes or turn it off.

There hasn’t really been a good quality longer 4AA (2+2) for good grip since the PA40 in 2011.

I hope some manufactures will return to longer 4AA lights instead of sticking to the trend of short stubby ones.

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Weirdly small amount of interest in this… Crazy amount of performance and quality, great UI all for ~$50!

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unknown00101 wrote:
Weirdly small amount of interest in this… Crazy amount of performance and quality, great UI all for ~$50!

agree. Even Selfbuilt has a great review of the light. If i didn’t already have a (4) AA light I would grab one of these.

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Thanks for the review TBB. If I also did not already have a 4AA light I'd be all over it. The single switch to me is one less thing to go wrong. I still believe on the kiss principle. Thanks for the info on the Chiclets. I now know when my kids are hungry and the cupboard is bare what to feed them.Wink

 

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@ezarc - I suppose there will always be the wow factor of "I can't believe how much light they squeezed out of something so small..." thus I think it's doubtful we'll see anything longer anytime soon but one can always hope. There are a few manufacturers with longer 4xAA lights (Streamlight, Princeton Tec, etc.) but they're geared more for the average consumer than enthusiasts. 

@MRsDNF - just make sure they don't drink water immediately thereafter: Wink

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Great review. 

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saypat wrote:
unknown00101 wrote:
Weirdly small amount of interest in this… Crazy amount of performance and quality, great UI all for ~$50!

agree. Even Selfbuilt has a great review of the light. If i didn’t already have a (4) AA light I would grab one of these.


I couldn’t resist anymore. Picked up a NW for $50. Pretty neat seeing the upgrades that thrunite made after Selfbuilt’s review (lanyard, L-M-H-L-M-H rotation, possibly a modified carrier as Eneloop Pro fit fine).

I honestly can’t find anything to nitpick about it. The knurling is probably the best I have among my collection, which is odd because it doesn’t feel aggressive at all, but if I have my thumb and forefinger on the flashlight then it’s not going anywhere. The switch is a godsend compared to rubber-boot-covered E-switches. My hands are fairly medium sized, but no complaints from large-handed friends.

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I was looking forward to the ThruNite TN4A, as i am a 4 XAA light fan, but the electronic switch and no lock out have left me cold towards this light. Is amyone else disappointed with the choice of a single electronic switch over using 2 seperate power and mode switches like the D40A?

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wolf359 wrote:
I was looking forward to the ThruNite TN4A, as i am a 4 XAA light fan, but the electronic switch and no lock out have left me cold towards this light. Is amyone else disappointed with the choice of a single electronic switch over using 2 seperate power and mode switches like the D40A?

I’m indifferent to the lock out. The drain is so minuscule I doubt one could notice it, unless it goes without use for weeks. In that case just give it a lil twist for manual lockout.

I’m not disappointed by the UI; I actually prefer the single e-switch. Accidental activation seems fairly unlikely (carried it about a week in jeans without incident). You really have to be deliberate to switch modes. Activating moon/LMH/Turbo/Strobe is very simple. Last mode memory (LMH).

I did find one thing I could nitpick and that’s moonlight being a little too dim. My other moon lights are around 10-15lm which is almost too bright. For me, around 5lm moon would make the TN4A perfect.

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ezarc wrote:
Thanks for the review.

With large hands I find stubby 4AA lights too awkward to hold and operate (I’ve owned 4 different ones), to press the button I’m holding them with 2 fingers and a thumb then to have a good grip on it I have to shuffle it back into my hand and then reverse it again to change modes or turn it off.

There hasn’t really been a good quality longer 4AA (2+2) for good grip since the PA40 in 2011.

I hope some manufactures will return to longer 4AA lights instead of sticking to the trend of short stubby ones.

I would recommend looking at the Fenix LD41 same form factor as the jetbeam PA40 but with an aluminum body. If you have to have a plastic body there is the Starry Light SA-22 US $28.00 off aliexpress but there have been reports of the body threads wearing out, I have not had that issue with mine but thought i should mention it. Final option in the form factor is the Fenix E40 R4 Max 220 lumens.

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Great review dude! Liked it except the part about the silica gel Big Smile

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Thx guys, as for the Chiclets, there'll be no more of that... Cool

I've posted some beamshots here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/77239986@N00/sets/72157651324237747/

I messed up the focus but it should give good indication of the comparative output of all levels of each light (including TN31 just for kicks). Naming convention is the Model followed by the Output Level (FF = FireFly, T = Turbo, L = Low, M = Med, H = High, TN31 has L1-L6)

Still trying to get a feel of my new layout and seeing what might be consistently reproducible but the camera parameters were:
Sunny WB | 1/4" | f/2.8 | ISO 100 shot with D750