Review : ThruNite TN12 2016 Flashlight (XP-L V6 & 18650 / 2x CR123)

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Review : ThruNite TN12 2016 Flashlight (XP-L V6 & 18650 / 2x CR123)

“The TN12 (2016) XP-L is a portable & practical EDC LED flashlight, which adopts latest CREE XP-L V6 LED to make output up to 1100 lumen.”

Overview :

  • Adopts CREE XP-L V6 LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours.
  • Uses one 18650 rechargeable battery or two CR123A batteries (not included).
  • Max output: 1100 lumens with XP-L V6.
  • Working voltage: 2.7V – 9V.
  • Versatile mode(Tested with a ThruNite 3400mAh 18650 battery):
  1. Turbo (1100 lumens /95 minutes)
  2. Strobe (1100 lumens /3.8 hours)
  3. High (435 lumens /4.2 hours)
  4. Medium (175 lumens /11.8 hours)
  5. Low (18 lumens /5.5 days)
  6. Firefly (0.4 lumens /74 days).
  • Peak beam intensity: 12800 cd.
  • Max beam distance: 226 meters.
  • Reverse polarity protection design to protect from improper battery installation.
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum body.
  • Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish.
  • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating.
  • Smooth reflector gives perfect beam and throw.
  • Dimension: 143mm (Length)*25.4mm (Diameter).
  • Weight: only 86g (without batteries)
  • Accessories: Holster x 1, Spare O-rings x 2, Lanyard x 1, Tail Cap x 1, Pocket Clip x 1.

First Look :

Flashlight in it’s box :

Package Contains :

  • Flashlight
  • Holster
  • User manual
  • “Thank you” card
  • Lanyard
  • 2x O-rings
  • Pocket Clip
  • Extra rubber boot

A closer look :

Flashlight is slightly longer compared to classic 18650 lights (143mm) due to the space tail switch and e-switch takes :

Flashlight has a SMO reflector and AR coated lens :

It changes modes through the e-switch (and tailcap switch works as an on/off switch) :

And the very nice logo (+info) on the opposite side :

Tail switch (on/off function) :

Clip (removable) :

Nice , “square” & anodized threads :

Flashlight’s Parts :

You can see in order : the tailcap ,the flashlight head , battery tube and one 18650 battery for reference

Flashlight head , you can see the spring is gold plated :

Tailcap :

Flashlight’s Holster :

Holster is designed for TN12 , perfect fit ! :

Also it’s slim too , so it doesn’t add much space .

Disassembly :

Led can be easily changed :

Led is on Copper mcpcb .

Reflector has threads , and it’s screwed inside the “bezel” .

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 – Turbo) . Long press activates Strobe Also flashlight has mode memory .

Firefly mode is fantastic ! It is ULTRA low .

Measurements :

NCR18650GA 3500mAh was used in all measurements

Lumens on highest setting (high mode) : 1032

Tailcap measurements (amp draw) :

  • Firefly – 1.7mA
  • Low – 40.5mA
  • Medium – 0.30A
  • High – 0.84A
  • Turbo – 3.18A

Runtimes :

Factory Runtimes using 18650 :

  • Turbo (95 minutes)
  • Strobe (3.8 hours)
  • High (4.2 hours)
  • Medium (11.8 hours)
  • Low (5.5 days)
  • Firefly (74 days)

My test , with thermal data :

Notes : When voltage drops below 3 Volts , flashlights blinks every 8 seconds .

PWM :

Led in lower modes uses PWM , but the frequency is so high that it can’t be seen (even by sensitive flashaholics’ eyes Big Smile ).

Intensity :

TN12 (2016) : 11.87kcd

Beamshots :

Wall @ 12m ( ISO 250 , S 1/8 ) :

Medium :

High :

Turbo :

Wall @ 12m ( Different camera setting , ISO 250 , S 1/15 , closer to eyes’ view ) :
Turbo :

Conclusion :

A very nice flashlight from ThruNite , made from high quality components . Flashlight is ideal for both inside a house or outside use . Combines flood with some good amount of throw , and long runtimes even on the highest settings . Recommended !

Comment if you want me to check something on the flashlight , or tell your opinion . Thanks !

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Would you like one ?

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Edited by: giorgoskok on 12/08/2016 - 13:08
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Thanks for the review!

I had the OLD version2012 and gave it to a friend. It was a very reliable light when I had it.

I like the UI of the new light better. Was not a fan of twisting the head to change modes!,,,,,,a switch is much better!

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Nice
Love this light, yet my wife took it (and she hates hotspots can you imagine how much she likes the rest Wink )

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I was impressed by this flashlight wolfdog , it’s very compact and every component seems to be high quality .

Thanks !

The Miller wrote:
Nice Love this light, yet my wife took it (and she hates hotspots can you imagine how much she likes the rest Wink )

Thanks for letting me know , i’ll hide the flashlight now Big SmileLove

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Heheh no need for hiding, it looks like any tube style light
Just don’t let her tough it, feeling it means loving it Wink

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Hello George,
Does the head vacuumed and glued?

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Thanks for the review, looks good.

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Tangra wrote:
Hello George, Does the head vacuumed and glued?

I don’t know how the driver is mounted , but I’ll look into it .

Bezel isn’t glued , you can replace led easily . I’ll post some pics when i update some other things on the review .

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Review updated , i think it’s complete .

I may update the review with the exact pwm frequency in every mode .

Please comment if you liked (or not Smile ) the review .

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giorgoskok wrote:
I was impressed by this flashlight wolfdog , it’s very compact and every component seems to be high quality .

You got to have the light in your hand to appreciate the quality; the Thrunite effect?

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Haha i think part of it can be seen through my review . But yes , once you take it , you love it Silly

No cons for me , except the length maybe for someone that wants to use it as an edc .

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One more good and comprehensive review Giorgos, thanks! Thumbs Up

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Thanks for the review!

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Another nice review !! Good job Giorgos, thanks !

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Thanks for your kind words Beer

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Nice review. Thank you for the info George!