Thrunite TN 42 ,a new record in Throw

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Um, added a trit to my TN42. I had this big fat pretty blue trit sitting here that didn’t fit what I’d ordered it for, and the TN42 is such a go-to light I figured it needed to be seen in the dark, ya know? But how to add it without mucking anything up? So here’s what I did… I drilled a proper hole through a 1” bar of polycarbonate, then I cut off a thin disc after machining it down to fit on the center raised section of the tail cap. (23.5mm I think it was, reduced from 25mm)

Then I glued in the big trit with NOA61 and cured it good. Then I placed a single fat drop of NOA61 in the middle of this tail cap, pushed the polycarbonate disc down onto it so it spread, then cured it. Sorta. As it turns out, polycarbonate blocks UV rays. Ugh! So it took me a lot LOT longer to get a cure around the outer edges so it’s stuck good, don’t know if the middle section will ever cure.

But now I can find my TN42 in the dark. Big Smile

Did I say it’s fat? It’s 3mm x 19mm Smile

I did get it a little thicker than I intended, it stands proud of the wings on the tail cap. But it’s still capable of tail standing. (I don’t ever do that with a light this size though.)

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Nicely done with that trit!

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Thank you sir. Wink

Ok, beam shot… Success! Big Smile Beautiful night, simply stellar. Crazy people going 50mph on the water at night, with no lights, no moon, insane. Other than that, I’m blown away with this TN42. Mind you, it’s not super bright out at a mile. And while my wife did capture it, she failed on the focus so you can’t actually read the print. Facepalm

Here’s a shot from my 7DMkII with 70-200 at the same settings I use for beamshots on the little G1X on the other end of the beam… ISO1600, f/5.6, 1/2 second shutter.

I’ve circled the 8 1/2 × 11 sheet of typing paper in green, my wife is in a coral colored shirt with black pants to the left, also circled. You can actually see her black pants in the light from a mile away!

Here’s the same shot, no green circles so you can pick out the sheet of paper and my wife on your own…

Here’s from the G1X, same settings, right in front of/left of the sheet of paper, Mary swears this is as it appeared to her eyes.

And for kicks and grins, here’s the green laser on the sheet. Wink

And here’s from my camera again, this time the 5DMkII full frame sensor with a 17-40mm wide angle, at 40mm, with the blue laser. Had to, the lake was so gorgeous. Millions of little minnows swimming right below the surface everywhere!

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Oh, even the green laser had a hot spot about 3’-4’ in diameter at a mile. Wink

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Oh, even the green laser had a hot spot about 3’-4’ in diameter at a mile. Wink

Use a beam expander to shrink it.
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Interesting possibility, but exactly WHY does my Sportwagen need to go 150mph?

This green laser can put visible light on a cell phone tower over 2 miles away. Can’t imagine why I’d need it to do more. Am blown away that it does what it does, like this TN42! I don’t need to see anything a mile away, but I do like being able to see things half a mile away in such good light. Big Smile

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Not sure what you’re referring to in regards to light pollution. The lake was dark, dang near pitch black. The lights in the parking lot at the marina were not spreading far at all and walking out to where the sheet was set up on a tripod it was dangerously dark, without a light you couldn’t see where to step. In the first two pictures (same picture, one with guidance and one without, both full sized 20MP images) the illumination on the bank is purely the TN42. Without the light on, it’s black over there.

Edit: From the closest parking lot light to the target is about 60 yards.

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Nice job Mrs. & Mr. DBCustom……….. Thumbs Up

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Great beamshot Dale!

I remember when I first got into this hobby – which was more than 5 years ago, it was extremely hard to have a 1km LED thrower, let alone a one-mile LED thrower!

My 55W Sanmak SM5200 HID spotlight does around 680~700kcd, and if I am living near with you definitely I would want you to bring along my HID spotlight to join this one-mile beamshot!

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My wife complained about not being able to get the sheet in focus, I had the camera set up in manual focus but she said she couldn’t see it well enough to know if the focus was right and shining her headlamp on it blew it out and she couldn’t see any letters at all. When we got home and I saw what she had, I asked her if she realized about 5 stops of exposure adjustment would allow the headlamp to be properly exposed to adjust focus, then reverse the 5 stops and shoot away. She got mad at me for implying she doesn’t know what she’s doing. No win scenario right there.

Winds are up again of course, last night was a rare opportunity. Sorry folks, really really wanted a nice clear legible shot of that sheet.

Here’s a dark shot from my 5DMkII, 21MP full size image at 40mm on a full frame sensor. You’ll have to look at it full size after clicking on it to be able to see across the lake. The target was clearly in full dark no ambient.

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Hey DB, remember: “If mama ain’t happy…………. “ Big Smile
In focus or not, it can clearly be read. Thumbs Up

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I’m going to eat my words and apologize…

The TN42 is a monster and definately puts the K70 in it’s place.

Thanks for the hard work and great job on the beam shots!

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I only wish I had a K70 to run beside it for a side by side comparison. Perhaps something like that will be more doable in the future.

Thank you for the kind words. Appreciate it. Went to a lot of trouble lining all that up, not very happy that I didn’t end up with a clear photo of the sheet. But it is what it is I reckon. Windy today. I’ll continue looking for a better place with object matter at relevant distances so various throw lights can show well against each other. I think I need a high ground start point, with everything from 200 yards on out easily shown so that various lights will fare well at the same site. Hmmmm…..

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Nice test! That TN42 sure throws some light.

I’d like to test my K70 like this. I looked at Google Earth and I have handy landmarks at 1 mile, 3/4 mile, and 1/2 mile. Moon doesn’t rise until near daylight and is almost new, so it’s very dark out in the field. I might give it a shot.

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Thanks and it was always a test that I always wanted to see for myself actually.
Must be cool to see the other end of the beam to see what kinda light is hitting the target from very far away.

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I gotta say, the thing that gets me is that it’s not a de-domed XP-G2 or something, you know, very small die surface and all that? It’s the XHP-35, the die surface of the 4 mated dies is comparatively large, and yet BAM! That’s the thing I think is amazing. Getting 2400+ lumens to push that far.

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That’s amazing… high lumens is the new small die. Would get a TN42 if I manage to sell my K70

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Here’s a nice video showing the TN42 in action.

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Neat video. I was really hoping to see some of the k70 vs tn 42 shots tho.

Hey Dale, are you considering modding the thing? Sounds like there’s room to up the amps since it doesn’t get hot too fast.
If we wanted to change out the driver, you think it’s possible?

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When are the first mods of double current to the XHP35HI going to come? Smile

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Dale, have you checked what’s the PWM frequency? Is it used on all modes other than the highest?

Set your camera to a fixed shutter speed, wave the flashlight (or move the camera itself) in front of it until you get a good shot. Adjust ISO/fstop as needed. Multiply the number of distinct images by the inverse of the shutter speed to get the PWM frequency.

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With my Canon G1X, Manual setting, 1/100th sec, varying f stops with each mode level, I get exactly ONE image. All modes.

Edit: For the smart alec’s out there, the one image has one single view of the flashlight, no ghosting, no secondary images. Flashlight waved back and forth while a 10 second timer counted down and snapped the shot.

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And for the question about bumping output. The XHP-35 is a 12V emitter that is listed as having a max current of 2A. I have built one that is working at 3.13A but I know it’s got to be on the very edge of going POOF! Several other’s I know have had them fry at high 2.8-2.9A range.
Mine at 3.13A is making 2989 lumens, this TN42 is making 2463 lumens. So while there might be some small gains to be found, it would mostly be invisible to the naked eye. And since I don’t really relish messing up a proprietary driver on a new $200 light, I’m not playing around with it.
2463 lumens for 702.5Kcd and one mile throw suits me just FINE! Smile

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Wow, awesome for the TN42, and awesome technique to accurately measure PWM's.

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And for the question about bumping output. The XHP-35 is a 12V emitter that is listed as having a max current of 2A. I have built one that is working at 3.13A but I know it’s got to be on the very edge of going POOF! Several other’s I know have had them fry at high 2.8-2.9A range. Mine at 3.13A is making 2989 lumens, this TN42 is making 2463 lumens. So while there might be some small gains to be found, it would mostly be invisible to the naked eye. And since I don’t really relish messing up a proprietary driver on a new $200 light, I’m not playing around with it. 2463 lumens for 702.5Kcd and one mile throw suits me just FINE! Smile

Max current rating is 1A (not 2A), so 3A is actually quite something to maintain, 200% more than max rating.

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I don’t know what kind of flashlights y’all got that make those multi image exposures, but every light I try doesn’t show any of that. The little Thrunite Ti AAA, Convoy L6 XHP-70, MecArmy PT16, Solarforce S2200, Nitecore MH20GT, zanflare f1, SkyRayKing 9 emitter with Richards driver…. none show this multi-image effect at 1/100th of a second and waving the light side to side in front of the lens.

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HI

I,ve done a (non profesional) review- comparative k70-TN42. Its in spanish Flashlight Forum ForoLinternas. (In spanish).

K70-TN42

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I don’t know what kind of flashlights y’all got that make those multi image exposures, but every light I try doesn’t show any of that. The little Thrunite Ti AAA, Convoy L6 XHP-70, MecArmy PT16, Solarforce S2200, Nitecore MH20GT, zanflare f1, SkyRayKing 9 emitter with Richards driver…. none show this multi-image effect at 1/100th of a second and waving the light side to side in front of the lens.

If there’s no PWM, the image should be a long streak of continuous light, not a single point. If not, you’re not moving the light/camera fast enough.

If you have a BLF D80, drop the shutter speed to 1/10 and try that.

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Maiden666 wrote:
HI

I,ve done a (non profesional) review- comparative k70-TN42. Its in spanish Flashlight Forum ForoLinternas. (In spanish).

“K70-TN42”:http://www.forolinternas.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=12790

Hi Maiden666, great looking review with plenty of pics. Sorry I can’t read spanish.
I would say you review looks very profesional. Do you feel the TN42 has made much of a step forward over the K70?

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Nice review and comparison, love the graphing charts. Smile

It might be very important to note the K70 uses 4 series cells and as such, a Buck driver. The TN42 uses 2P2S and as such, a Boost driver. So the type of cell can probably matter more to the boost circuit than the Buck circuit, in other words, it would probably benefit the TN42 more to use better cells, the K70 wouldn’t show any marked increase for the top or premium cell.

This is me reasoning it out, I really don’t know 100%. What I do know is that my lightbox showed 2463 lumens from the TN42 using Samsung 30Q cells, and 702.5 Kcd throw on my lux meter. I have since proven that Kcd reading out by getting at-target photo’s of the light illuminating a target at one mile, so it’s not just numbers, it’s proven.

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