[Review] Klarus XT2CR (XHP35, 1x18650) ~ An all around flashlight

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[Review] Klarus XT2CR (XHP35, 1x18650) ~ An all around flashlight

The flashlight was provided by Fasttech.com for review purposes.
Here’s the product’s link (non affiliate): Klarus XT2CR

The flashlight arrives inside a cardboard box.

Except from the flashlight, the box contains some accessories as well.
In total, you get a Klarus branded adjustable lanyard, a spare o-ring, a microUSB cable and a carrying pouch alongside with the instruction manual.

The pouch itself is very well built.
Being made out of nylon it’s very tough and has a settle design with the Klarus logo imprinted on the side.
Of course, the flashlight fits perfectly into it and is secured in place with a velcro flap.

The back side of the pouch has a belt loop that can be attached even on the thickest of the belts.

Coming to the flashlight, it’s very obvious that Klarus decided to go with a minimal-stealth look.
The body of the light is anodized in matte black, with the only non-black part being the bezel.

The included pocket clip is very strong and have great retention force.
Other than that, the body of the light has a diamond cut pattern while the heat implements some heat dissipation grooves.

The tail side threads aren’t anodized yet they are square cut.
They also arrived very well lubricated.

The head assembly is sealed into place probably so that Klarus can verify the light it as IPX8.
The crenelated striking bezel is the only thing that can be easily unscrewed away.

The XT2CR is using one of the most interesting switch designs.
Utilizing double electronic switches, it’s able to provide a very nice UI which we will discuss later.

The tail cap features a double spring design for minimal circuit resistance.
A brass plate and a metal retainer ring is what’s keeping the whole assembly in place.

By removing the metal ring the user gains access to its internals.
It’s worth noting that the tail threads are very precisely machined with no visible flaws.

And here’s a closer look at the dual switch PCB.
Despite the fact that the primary switch does look like a mechanical one, it’s indeed electronic – just like the secondary one.

The head houses the XHP35 HD E4 emitter that’s perfectly centered.
As seen, the reflector is smooth.

The XT2CR is quite light, weighting around 86 grams without a battery.

Features

The head of the light contains some useful features.
First of all, the translucent Klarus logo lights up for five seconds after powering on the flashlight.

Its color indicates the battery’s charge state:
Green 70 – 100% , Orange 30 – 70%, Red < 30%, Blinking Red < 10%

Additionally, the opposite side of the head houses the built-in charger.
The charger utilizes a common microUSB port.

A thick, rubber flap is there in order to keep water and dust away from the port.

Once charging, the klarus logo shines up as previously.
A red color indicates that the charging is in progress, while a green indicates that the process is complete.

Battery

If you didn’t notice, the flashlight arrived with a Klarus 18650 cell that’s protected.
According to the manufacturer, it’s based on a Panasonic core and has 3600mAh of capacity.

After doing two full charge-discharge cycles, I measured that the actual capacity is closer to 3400mAh, which leads me to believe that the bare cell is NCR18650B.

The cell weights a tad under 49gr.

User Interface

The interface of the light is very interesting thanks to the dual switch design.
It support two different mode groups: Tactical & Outdoor mode.
The basic difference between the two modes is that the Tactical setting allows quick access to Turbo & Strobe, while the Outdoor to Turbo & Low.

The quick access to the modes are accomplished through the momentary press of either the primary or secondary switch.
While on, the secondary acts a mode switching button.

There are a lot more functionality that can be squeezed out of those switched, so here’s a screenshot of the flashlight’s manual that describes everything with pictures.

Output and beamshots

Here’s the official numbers that Klarus provides for the output of the light.
Mode – Output (Ansi Lumen)
Low – 10
Mid – 100
High – 400
Turbo – 1600

The turbo mode is extremely bright and of course causes the light to heat up.
In order to address the problem, Klarus uses temperature sensors to regulate the output according the actual temperature of the flashlight instead of using a plain timer.

For the last part of my review, I have captures some outdoor beamshots.
The first ones where shot while the weather was foggy but will help you understand the beam’s profile

Low ~ Fog

Medium ~ Fog

High ~ Fog

Turbo ~ Fog 1

Turbo ~ Fog 2

Turbo ~ Fog 3

Turbo ~ Clear 1

Turbo ~ Clear 2

Turbo ~ Clear 3

To summarize, the XT2CR is an excellent all around flashlight with some great tactical features.
It’s one of those flashlights that can do everything and can still fit in your pocket Smile

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Edited by: bilakos10 on 11/21/2017 - 15:27
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Thanks for the review! I could complete it a little with my review: https://mysku.ru/blog/china-stores/55437.html

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I’m measuring more than 3500mAh on the Klarus branded (Panasonic) battery in the XT2CR. Pretty sure it is not a Panny B! My review of this light is in my signature.

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stephenk wrote:
I’m measuring more than 3500mAh on the Klarus branded (Panasonic) battery in the XT2CR. Pretty sure it is not a Panny B! My review of this light is in my signature.

I measured mine on a relatively high discharge rate as I was in a hurry.
I will test again at 500mA to see what I get…!

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