Review : ThruNite Archer 1A V3 (XP-L V6 & AA/14500) EDC Flashlight (Updated)

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Review : ThruNite Archer 1A V3 (XP-L V6 & AA/14500) EDC Flashlight (Updated)

Thrunite Archer 1A V3 Review

 

 

 

Overview :

 

  • LED: CREE XP-L V6 LED with a lifespan of 20+ years of run time.

        Modes & Run-time: 
        -Firefly: 0.1lumen(17days); 
        -Low: 17lumen(22hours); 
        -Medium: 75lumen(5hours)
        -High: 200lumen(115minutes); 
        -Strobe: 200lumen(3.5hours).

  • Max output: 200lumens using one Ni-Mh AA battery.
  • Max run time: 17days (Firefly mode)
  • Working voltage: 0.9v to 5.0v.
  • Battery: 1 AA 
  • Max beam distance: 66 meters.
  • Peak beam intensity: 1088cd.
  • Impact resistant: 1.5 meters.
  • Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (1.5meters)
  • Weight: 42g without battery 
  • Dimensions: 110mm in length, 23mm bezel diameter.
  • Accessories: Pocket clip x1, Spare O-ring x1, Lanyard x1. 

 

First Look :

 

Flashlight comes in a nice little box :

 

 

flashlight

 

 

Package Contains :

  • Flashlight
  • User manual
  • "Thank you" card
  • Lanyard
  • 2x O-rings
  • Pocket Clip
  • Extra rubber boot
  • E-switch rubber "sealing"

 

 

Let's take a closer look :

 

 

Flashlight is slightly longer compared to classic AA/14500 lights (110mm) due to the tail switch and e-switch (takes some space between driver and led board) :

 

 

Flashlight has a nice OP reflector and AR coated lens :

Note: Led used is Xp-l V6

 

 

It has e-switch for mode change (and tailcap switch works as an on/off switch) :

 

 

Flashlight and tailcap :

 

 Notes :

  • Tail switch is FORWARD clicky .

 

Square threads , anodized , allowing taicap lock-out :

 

 

How it works (&modes) :

 

Flashlight uses the switch at the taicap for on/off function . E-switch navigates easilly through modes , with a short press(Firefly - Low - Medium - High) . Long press activates Strobe  Also flashlight has mode memory .

 

Measurements :

 

Lumens on highest setting (high mode) :

  • Using AA : 195Lm
  • Using 14500 : 440Lm

 

Tailcap measurements (amp draw) :

  • Using AA : Firefly (6.17mA) , Low (95.5mA) , Medium (400mA) , High (1.57A)
  • Using 14500 : Firefly (3,49mA) , Low (55.8mA) , Medium (160.9mA) , High (1.25A)

 

Runtimes :

 

Factory Runtimes using AA :

  • Firefly: 0.1lumen(17days)
  • Low: 17lumen(22hours)
  • Medium: 75lumen(5hours)
  • High: 200lumen(115minutes)
  • Strobe: 200lumen(3.5hours)

 

My test , with thermal data :

 

AA (battery removed @ 0.93V) :

 

Notes :

  • Low Voltage protection activates at 0.90V .

 

14500 (battery removed @ 1.57V) :

 

Notes :

  • At the 3-4 minute mark , there is a visible stepdown .
  • It doesn't have Low Voltage Protection , use ONLY protected cells.

 

 

PWM :

 

Led in lower modes is PWM controlled , but the frequency is so high that it is nevertheless flicker-free for the eye.

 

Intensity :

 

AA : 988cd (56 Lux @ 4.2m)

14500 : 2,328cd (132 Lux @ 4.2m)

 

Beamshots :

 

Here are 2 beamshots to show the difference between AA and 14500 , with the same setting on the camera (Iso 250 , Shutter Speed 1/15s). Wall @ 12m) :

 

Using AA :

 

Using 14500 :

Notes :

(!!) Flashlight (using AA) is slightly brighter than captured above , but the goal of these Beamshots is to show the difference between using AA and 14500 .

 

Conclusion :

High quality Edc AA/14500 flashlight from ThruNite , with long runtimes for a good amount of light (using AA baterry) , and shorter runtimes for twice the output (using 14500 battery) . Due to the OP reflector the beam is smooth , without big differences between hotspot and spill . On the plus side ,working temperature is fairly low using AA .

 

Thanks for reading ! Leave a comment with your question (if any) .

 

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Edited by: giorgoskok on 11/08/2016 - 15:04
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Thanks for the review giorg……….

Have you tried to see if the tail switch acts as a momentary on also , with a half press instead of a full click?
I ask this because the Archer 2A V3 does have this function and I thought maybe the 1A V3 does also.

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It doesn’t change mode from the tailswitch ,neither for long or short time pressed.

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Review updated , completed .

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Thanks for the review!

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Nice and comprehensive review. Thumbs Up
Thanks!

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I am planing to buy one.
Can you make beamshots against white wall to see if there is some green rings in corona?
Thank you for review.

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110mm length is huge IMHO

My EagTac D25A clicky is only 92 I think

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