Orcatorch t30 - Mini review

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Orcatorch t30 - Mini review

NOTICE: I had gotten this sample for free to produce this review

Included items:
Orcatorch T30 flashlight
Pocket clip
Nylon holster
1× 18650 charger
USB charging cord
2x protected 18650 2600mah cells
Lanyard
Few spare o-rings
Warranty card and instruction manual

Specs can be found here:
http://www.orcatorch.com/product/T30.html

Initial observations:
Build:
The tail cap has a nice firm forward clicky switch on it. There are two raised portions around the switch, both with a cutout to attach a lanyard. It appears they wanted to make it easier to activate the switch with the cutouts, but it makes tail standing a little unstable. There is also a nice black boot with their logo on it.

The tail cap end has nice square cut threads, though not many of them. Two quick turns will take off/put on the tail cap. Still feels like its sealing properly, just feels like it could use a few more. The threads on the tail cap end came with a little silicone grease on them. There is one o-ring to seal the tailcap end.

There is a cigar ring that is threaded on to its own threads on the tail end and appear to me a tighter pitch square cut threads. It also has a pocket clip that attaches under the cigar ring, and kind of snaps in to place and the cigar ring tightens down on to it and holds it even more secure into place.

The head end of the battery tube also has square cut threads, and one o-ring, but lacks silicone grease. Not a big deal, but would be nice to see a little grease.

Now on to the head. It has an e-switch on one side, and a barrel connector on the other with an indication LED for charge status. There are 4 fairly deep grooves for heat dissipation. There is also a nice stainless steel crenelated bezel that is NOT glued. The lens is AR coated.

The reflector on this light is what makes it. It is about 33mm wide x 29mm deep, but inside is about 29×29mm. It is one of the beefiest reflectors in a light this size I have ever seen. The finish inside is flawless.

The XPL emitter is on a copper board that appears to be DTP (will verify this shortly). It is held down with two phillips screws with thermal paste under it. The emitter is perfectly centered due to the centering ring.

The driver appears to be held in with a pressed in brass contact ring..

The finish on this light is flawless. Not a ding, scratch or nick in it.

Operation:
This light has a very simple UI, which I like quite a bit. Turn it on with the tail switch, and cycle modes with the e-switch. The e-switch feels very good, firm with a tactile click to it. click it to cycle modes, press and hold to get to strobe.

It will memorize any mode you are in, except for strobe.

Overall impression:

I like this light quite a bit. Simple UI, well built and finished, and a nice smooth beam that is throwier than typical for a light this size.

To do:
Check amps at tail to compare to rated lumens (Cant get amps at tail, not sure the issue, maybe my DMM crapped out?)
Add pics (Early this week)
Test rated beam intensity (Early this week)
Test internal charger (once above tests are done)
Test waterproof ratings (once other tests are complete)
Will test run time on turbo, but do not have the time to test all modes. Maybe I will do this one in the waterproof test Evil

Edited by: Pulsar on 07/16/2017 - 21:19
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Reserved for testing results

Cell tests:
Judging from the top style, markings on the cell, and the rated capacity, it appears to be a UR18650ZY. This cell is rated at a maximum of 5a discharge.

Discharge test:
Included cell #1: 2690mah : 58mr
Included cell #2: 2681mah : 81mr
30q cell #1: 3006mah : 25mr
30q cell #2 3075mah : 24mr
30q’s are rated at 3000mah, so my discharge tester is still pretty close, but I still wouldnt call it absolute. I use it more for comparison

This is the first cycle of the cells, so they will probably gain some capacity after a few cycles.
The internal resistance seems really high and fairly inconsistant between the two cells. I would not use them in series together, but they were not intended to do so with this light. Still something to note.

Capacity is really close between the two cells though, which leads me to believe its the protection circuit contributing to the internal resistance being so far off
I never had used protected cells, and I do know they add resistance, but I am not sure if this is high or not. My cells typically clock in at about 18-25mr, and when they start getting up into the 40mr range they are typically worn out IMO.

I am also going to test a pair of 30q’s with very light usage for comparison

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Hi Pulser, highly appreciated for your great help and looking forward to your awesome pics and expert testing.

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Awaiting pics for a long time LOL

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A review with pout photos?

What is the world coming to ?

For the assist

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Yes I did say I would get photos, but that was after changing the request from an Amazon review to a review here last minute.

I do still intend to get photos and the other items on my to-do list at the bottom of the OP done, but got a lot going on at the moment.