Thrunite TN 42 ,a new record in Throw

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Received my TN42 yesterday. My first impressions are as follows:

1. It’s a larger light but not nearly as big as I thought it could be. It’s not as heavy as you might think either. I think having a huge empty volume in that reflector is part of that. But it feels to be a solid well built light. That big reflector is stunning.
2. Batterywise, I installed some button top unprotected LG 3000 HG2s and they well. The springs look long enough to fit some shorter batteries but plenty of space for protected cells too. I’ll prob be putting some protected 3400s in there later.
3. The UI is really nice actually. From off, click and hold for moonlight. It is really useful if you are out in the snow since the other modes are so blindingly bright. The double click from anywhere to get turbo is really appreciated. Once on, holding the button cycles through the modes other than turbo or moonlight. But turbo mode is the only real reason to buy this light.
4. The TN42 projects a very sharply defined hotspot and a medium range and much dimmer area of spill. The farthest treeline behind my house measures at 950 feet or 317yds and casts a really nice bright hotspot even at that distance.
5. CW or NW? This light is the NW variety and really pleased with the tint. I haven’t used the CW version, and it sounds good too, but no reservations here with the throw of the NW. I personally find that NW tints appear brighter than CW tints even when the NW is in a slightly lower flux bin. It’s a little off topic, but I think it has to do with CW lights have a more visible beam to the eyes but NW returns more useable reflected light to the eye. But lighter colored things will show up better in CW and dark green or red objects will show up brighter with NW. I’m convinced lux meters are more sensive to CW to blue light than NW to red. But, lux meters are the way we quantify brightness so best to get both lights to be sure.
Really a nice light!

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Dale, if there was a like I would instantly push that button at your pic. Brilliant!

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I dunno how you guys got those 700k , i bought one when it was released( SN 007), the second one arrived before a week or so( SN 066) so i presume they aint that popular Smile

Both cool white, both topped at about 640k( at 5m), increasing the measuring distance lowers the intensity

With the same meter i got 160k from m2x and 245-250k from M3X, 120k from TM16 and 110k from Fenix TK75 so i count it as accurate as a swiss watch
Both are about 2k lumens

Its not that 50k are that important yet…

That torch is crying out loud for XPL at 6.5 amps …the beam is quite narrow anyway

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How does the TN42 compare to the Firefox4 ?
which 1 throws further? Brighter?

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ttrevs1 wrote:
How does the TN42 compare to the Firefox4 ?
which 1 throws further? Brighter?

cheers

One member here before tested his FF4 and got about 435kcd I think..at more than 6,000 lumens on a much wider hotspot, with glorious tint.

I used to have an FF4 before and though I don’t have a TN42, they are practically two different lights.

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tatasal wrote:
ttrevs1 wrote:
How does the TN42 compare to the Firefox4 ?
which 1 throws further? Brighter?

cheers

One member here before tested his FF4 and got about 435kcd I think..at more than 6,000 lumens on a much wider hotspot, with glorious tint.

I used to have an FF4 before and though I don’t have a TN42, they are practically two different lights.

Thanks for the reply, I have a FF4 but I need more lights for cyclone chasing, I was thinking bout this TN42 or the Bronte BT41
I was hoping LED technology has advanced enough to at least equal or better the FF4.

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Very strange indeed. My light is marked exactly the same… but in a different place!

At Taschenlampen their light is marked on the ramped portion of the head, between the bezel and the housing or pill section. My lamp is marked on the bezel.

And here is my light, with the same technical text but placed differently… (mine has the ROHS designations, a production light, while the sample pass-around light does not)

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Having now the TN42,I like more my K70,so I decided not to sell it.I like the “richness” of its beam,which gives a sense of more light.I like the changing mode ring,because I put it to strobe permanently and pressing the button once,I have rich strobe light,if there is need for self defense.

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Theodore41 wrote:
Having now the TN42,I like more my K70,so I decided not to sell it.I like the “richness” of its beam,which gives a sense of more light.I like the changing mode ring,because I put it to strobe permanently and pressing the button once,I have rich strobe light,if there is need for self defense.
I have been thinking about getting the TN42. Does it throw a lot more than the K70, or a little bit more throw, or how much more throw?

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I put the light on the…bench against a luxmeter at 4,7m,I used 4 Samsung 30Q batteries fully charged in a LiitoKala 500 charger, and the result is veeery good. 722,000Cd. Big Smile
I am impressed.
I used 4 Samsung 30Q batteries fully charged in a LiitoKala 500 charger.
I have to change my opinion about this light compared to a K70,because,if there is a very far target,the TN42’s beam cuts the darkness like a sword,reminding me my blue laser pointer of 1.6W.

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I put the light on the…bench against a luxmeter at 4,7m,I used 4 Samsung 30Q batteries fully charged in a LiitoKala 500 charger, and the result is veeery good. 722,000Cd. Big Smile
I am impressed.
I used 4 Samsung 30Q batteries fully charged in a LiitoKala 500 charger.
I have to change my opinion about this light compared to a K70,because,if there is a very far target,the TN42’s beam cuts the darkness like a sword,reminding me my blue laser pointer of 1.6W.
Nice Theodore!!!! Thumbs Up
I thought you would be pleased…. Wink

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Theodore41 wrote:
I put the light on the…bench against a luxmeter at 4,7m,I used 4 Samsung 30Q batteries fully charged in a LiitoKala 500 charger, and the result is veeery good. 722,000Cd. Big Smile
I am impressed.
I used 4 Samsung 30Q batteries fully charged in a LiitoKala 500 charger.
I have to change my opinion about this light compared to a K70,because,if there is a very far target,the TN42’s beam cuts the darkness like a sword,reminding me my blue laser pointer of 1.6W.
Nice Theodore!!!! Thumbs Up
I thought you would be pleased…. Wink

Yes,I am ,it shines. Big Smile
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Yes,I am ,it shines. Big Smile
Oh yeah…. that it does. Thumbs UpWink

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Theodore41 wrote:
teacher wrote:
Theodore41 wrote:
I put the light on the…bench against a luxmeter at 4,7m,I used 4 Samsung 30Q batteries fully charged in a LiitoKala 500 charger, and the result is veeery good. 722,000Cd. Big Smile
I am impressed.
I used 4 Samsung 30Q batteries fully charged in a LiitoKala 500 charger.
I have to change my opinion about this light compared to a K70,because,if there is a very far target,the TN42’s beam cuts the darkness like a sword,reminding me my blue laser pointer of 1.6W.
Nice Theodore!!!! Thumbs Up
I thought you would be pleased…. Wink

Yes,I am ,it shines. Big Smile

So the K70 go’s back into the BOX now right? Big Smile

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I have all my lights,except the TN42,(which is on a table),in two drawers,which are now full of them.I will put on the same table, the new guy,(a TN40S),which is arriving in about a week.
Santa, was generous to me this year . Big Smile

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You might want to check HERE also. Thumbs Up

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Mitko wrote:
That torch is crying out loud for XPL at 6.5 amps …the beam is quite narrow anyway

So has anyone attempted to mod this thing with a different led yet??
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Loving mine, not gonna mess with it. Big Smile

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Received my TN42 couple days ago, on my test I got ( 717,500kcd 1,694M at 5M ) with 30Q button top and ( 682,830kcd ) 1,652M at 9M with 30Q button top.

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NW TN42 in med fog. This show the beam pretty well but it’s hard to see how far it really goes.

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That is a nice video ‘lawallac’!!! Thank you or sharing it…….. Thumbs Up
I did that the other night (no video) but since I was holding the light I did not get as good a view as I can see on your video.

This thing looks like a mile long light saber doesn’t it??? I love playing with my TN42… Wink

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There really is quite a bit of spill in the beam that it seems kind of unnatural the amount of intensity that it still develops in the central part of the beam. Really unique for an unmodified light to have this much throw. I’d say it’s a keeper.

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So now we have the aptly christened TN42 KPR. Wink

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I’d say so. Smile
Mine is a “KPR” for sure. Wink

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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

thats a stock tn42 putting out close to 500 more lumens, and 100kcd , over the quoted factory specs?
is it nw, or cw ?
how do you test your big throwers?
5 meters? 10 meters?
what kind of lux meter do you use?

thanks for the help

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thats a stock tn42 putting out close to 500 more lumens, and 100kcd , over the quoted factory specs?
is it nw, or cw ?
how do you test your big throwers?
5 meters? 10 meters?
what kind of lux meter do you use?

thanks for the help


Texas Ace tested the XHP35 to do about 2500lm max in his calibrated integration sphere, I highly doubt 3k lumens is correct.
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My TN42 is Cool White. I test in a PVC “P” Trap lightbox that’s been calibrated by 25 known factory ANSI rated lights initially, then continuously checked over a hundred plus lights since. I also went to the extreme of setting up a true one mile test and got pictures of an 8 1/2 × 11 sheet of paper with text legible by the light from the TN42 one mile away. Beyond the numbers, an actual one mile test proved it out. I think my meter is a 1330B, will double check it when I get back to it. I normally test at 5M, where I have control distance.

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My TN42 is Cool White. I test in a PVC “P” Trap lightbox that’s been calibrated by 25 known factory ANSI rated lights initially, then continuously checked over a hundred plus lights since. I also went to the extreme of setting up a true one mile test and got pictures of an 8 1/2 × 11 sheet of paper with text legible by the light from the TN42 one mile away. Beyond the numbers, an actual one mile test proved it out. I think my meter is a 1330B, will double check it when I get back to it. I normally test at 5M, where I have control distance.

ok thanks for that sir
saw your 1 mile test, that was great! tx for doing that
reason im asking, i have a few vn modded lights, a tk61vn, and a newly acquired tn40svn, that are putting out about 120k lux less than the quoted spec
ive checked them on 4 different lux meters, and the only that came close was the dr meter one, it showed about 460k for the tn40svn
others include, my dmm cen-tech, that has lux meter built in, a supposed good quality extech, lt300, that i just got tody , and a cheaper one that got good reviews, and a Holdpeak 881C…
the tn40svn is supposed to put out 500k lux, but i can only get around 390k or so, same for the tk61
he also measured a stock tk42 at 700k lux, just like you did is the reason im asking
about to drive me nutts trying to figure out the true numbers !
ive shot the lights with fresh batteries at any where from 2 meters, all the way up to 10 meters….

tx…..

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Sometimes the numbers are hard to chase, if the lights put lumens downrange so you can see, then it’s doing what you bought it for. Getting all the numbers to line up can be frustrating. I use em more for comparative purposes than as a solid indication of what the light can do. Testing it at an actual mile was me not believing the numbers. lol

My meter is the Dr. Meter, LX1330B

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