Review : Utorch UT01 Flashlight (XP-L V6 / AA & 14500 / e-switch)

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Pistonsandgears wrote:
Really disappointed with my UT01 and with Gearbest. I ordered and received the NW version. This could be a great light but mine came with the faulty switch, multiple presses and sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. Contacted gearbest about the faulty switch, they asked for a video but their site will only let you upload 2mb so not sure how that would work, I pointed them to a youtube video with a light with the same issue. Their offered solution was to either a $3 store credit, or a $3 refund. Still working with them on that. I also have a cool white version on the way, I hope it has a functional switch.

Mine also had a faulty switch, worked fine for the first couple days but then it became a lottery whether it worked or not. Try making your own video showing your own faulty torch and upload it to youtube. I did that and gearbest gave me some full refund options (I chose store credit refund + extra points and kept the torch).

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While I received mine without the switch issues, reading all the problems here makes me worried that it’ll die soon.

Loved the form factor though, and since I have a few 15400 batts around doing nothing I went ahead and ordered mine.

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kaizer wrote:
While I received mine without the switch issues, reading all the problems here makes me worried that it’ll die soon.

I highly doubt it. Switches are usually good or wonky or bad from the getgo. If it works perfectly first day or two…, it’s usually good to go.

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kaizer wrote:
While I received mine without the switch issues, reading all the problems here makes me worried that it’ll die soon.

I highly doubt it. Switches are usually good or wonky or bad from the getgo. If it works perfectly first day or two…, it’s usually good to go.

Good to know, thanks!

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I have to say i am quite pleaced/surpriced too with that tiny torch, and lately i havent been surpriced …
Great job they did realy, finaly somethign better than Olight S15…adn its quite easy moddable too

The cool white tint is lovely, white with a pink tint- the AA output is quite decent

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It is my edc flashlight for over 3 months now. I modded mine with an xp-l hi v2 3b , and I’m very pleased …

Still works perfect and puts out some sweet light Big Smile

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giorgoskok wrote:
It is my edc flashlight for over 3 months now. I modded mine with an xp-l hi v2 3b , and I’m very pleased …

Still works perfect and puts out some sweet light Big Smile

I may have to do that as well.

I ordered a NW version and it is just much to yellow for me. Otherwise it is a great light.

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Where do you guys get your xp-l hi v2 3b? Also what soldering tip do you use to solder/desolder the +/- wire on the mcpcb?

we buy light for a brighter tomorrow

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Where do you guys get your xp-l hi v2 3b? Also what soldering tip do you use to solder/desolder the +/- wire on the mcpcb?

The xp-l hi v2 3b i think it was from my Blf X5 …

I use a bevel tip (hoof tip) for soldering wires in deep flashlights like the C8 , and chisel tip for smaller flashlights etc .

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since i replace the fauly switch, it’s become one of my fav lights
honestly i can’t expect anything else from it at its price, many mode, hidden mode, work with both nimh and 14500
i will compare it with my arriving jetbeam e10r

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Sorry if I missed it, but can the switch be easily fixed or not?

Thanks

Hi, my name is Anton, and I’m addicted to flashlights.

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Flitsmal wrote:
Sorry if I missed it, but can the switch be easily fixed or not?

Thanks

First , make sure switch is damaged . It could just be the driver misplaced , and you can easily check this by removing the tube and moving the driver a little right/left and see if the switch works .
If switch is damaged , you have to remove driver / desolder switch and solder another one .

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The hardest part is finding the right switch
Replacing a switch is easy(quite tricky for new people)

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The hardest part is finding the right switch
Replacing a switch is easy(quite tricky for new people)

The right switch – type TL3340.
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i will compare it with my arriving jetbeam e10r

Looking forward to your comparison and opinion of the JB E10R

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I purchased a CW and a NW last year, just before Christmas.  Both had good switches.  The NW is an EDC light.  The CW has sat unused with the tail cap tightened since then with a purple Efest IMR in it

Today I checked the battery using the built-in tester, and I got 4 blinks.  So to answer someone's question about parasitic drain, there appears to be none, or its entirely negligible.

 

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I measured 14uA in standby , when i reviewed this light.

If my calculations are correct , a 650mAh battery will be drained in 5 years .

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Ragsy wrote:
mrheosuper wrote:
i will compare it with my arriving jetbeam e10r

Looking forward to your comparison and opinion of the JB E10R


So, me e10r arrived to me yesterday
After one day playing, there are something i can say
1: the build quality of jetbeam is a little better, the AR lens is better than the one in ut01
2:compatible with all my 14500(shame on you, ut01)
3:the micro usb charge is convenient, but i’m scared that one day i will lost its head when charging(it’s small, and round, which mean i could lost it)
4: i prefer the button of ut01, soft and comfortable
5: the UI is one advantage of ut01. There is delay when changing mode on my e10r, only 3 mode(1 hidden strobe). I wish it was 4 mode, with more reasonable spacing
6: the tint on e10r is(imo) better than the ut01 5000k(too warm, not really 5000k), e10r shows a brighter hotspot, too( thanks too xpl-hi)
In conclusion
Both lights are good to me
But if i need to choose one to buy, i still buy e10r, because better brand(utorch is the clone of…you know)

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Hi Mrheosuper

Thanks for doing the comparison with the E10R

 

 

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Anyone had any problems after using 14500?

I’ve been using Eneloops just to be safe (as if the driver were damaged it would be expensive to get a replacement into my country or I would have to wait to buy it with something else), but the output in turbo with 14500 is quite higher.

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Using mine (with 14500) from day 1 , for some minutes every night , no problem at all .

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Don’t forget to check the length for the 14500 before you buy. Protected 14500 wont fit unless you do the paper clip trick.

You’re right, 14500 is much brighter than AA but you can’t use it on turbo mode continuously as it gets very warm. Just a heads up

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Light has programmable output levels for every mode .

5) It will ramp through 3 different output levels


So the light has 4 output modes (lower, low, med, hi), and in addition, each one of these can have one of 3 different outputs, correct?

Which of the 3 outputs is programmed from the factory? The middle one?

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Since this ages old thread is still active…

there’s currently a deal on these lights at GearBest, specifics here:

https://slickdeals.net/f/10693384-utorch-ut01-800lm-flashlight-10

$10 with code TTGIFTS
Must be logged in to your account for the code to work.
https://www.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_555778.html

In my experience GearBest is reliable, but their free shipping choice is slooow as molasses. Might end up being a Christmas gift…

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I just got two in the mail today from GB – shipped within 24 hours, and arrived much faster than usual.
Oddly enough, these don’t appear to be programmable. They go into the blinky modes just fine, but there’s no apparent ‘low’ in the cycle to begin programming. Am I missing a trick?

The switches seem fine, but I’m also not finding a ‘battery self test’ that someone mentioned earlier in the thread. I’m not complaining; for ten bucks a pop, they’re still a terrific bargain….but if there was a way to lower the ‘moonlight’ mode, I’d do it.

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Well, that’s a shame. I ordered one partially because of the programmability factor.

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Does this work?

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giorgoskok wrote:
Here is how to program :
1) Open the flashlight , navigate on the highest mode , and turn off the light
2) Press the button until it blinks two times (it will open in highest mode , and flash 2 times after 7-8 seconds)
3) After it blinks twice , release the switch and double click again (It will enter strobe , beacon etc and a constant current output level & regular modes )
4) Now navigate with single (short) click to the lowest mode
5) It will ramp through 3 different output levels . Single click confirms selected output level of mode and goes to the next one
6) Do the same for all the modes , and when you are in strobe turn off the light with a “long” click .

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Pete7874 wrote:
Well, that’s a shame. I ordered one partially because of the programmability factor.

Hmmm… Sad
As they say: When it sounds to good to be true, it usually is…

I hope the maximum high output is still the same.

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joechina wrote:
Does this work?
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giorgoskok wrote:
Here is how to program :
1) Open the flashlight , navigate on the highest mode , and turn off the light
2) Press the button until it blinks two times (it will open in highest mode , and flash 2 times after 7-8 seconds)
3) After it blinks twice , release the switch and double click again (It will enter strobe , beacon etc and a constant current output level & regular modes )
4) Now navigate with single (short) click to the lowest mode
5) It will ramp through 3 different output levels . Single click confirms selected output level of mode and goes to the next one
6) Do the same for all the modes , and when you are in strobe turn off the light with a “long” click .

Hallelujah! Thumbs Up That works!

I was doing it wrong….this way is also a bit tricky, and I recommend doing it in a very low-light room, but it definitely works. I managed to reduce the moonlight setting to a fraction of its default. Excellent! Smile Thank you!

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Have had this light for few months. Used about an hour I guess, Went to turn it on today and it's DEAD... Angry Hate it when this happens. Can't for the life of me figure what's wrong with it.:|

EDIT: I'm an idiot...battery tube was backwards...dunno how that happened Blushing .......So remember that it won't work unless battery tube is in right configuration.

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