Thorfire TK05 / Full review

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Decided to put the little TK05 on a diet, I don’t need it to have the tactical crenelations, nor will I ever put a lanyard on it, so I trimmed it down a little this morning. It’s now 87.5mm long (3.45”) and doesn’t have the wings at the tail cap that tended to hook things when in my pants pocket.

I was thinking to put 5 visible rings on the tail cap, didn’t space it out real well as I just started in the middle and cut em in by eye as I went. Oh well. With ToyKeeper’s (TK) Anduril firmware and this being my 5th iteration of same, it also stands for ToyKeeper’s 5th generation of Anduril (for me) TK-05 indeed! Big Smile

[It really is the 5th version of Anduril I have, crazy how that worked out isn’t it? ]

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Just successfully inset an AR coated UCLp lens into the TK-05. These lenses are very thick, so I reduced the thickness at the edge such that it could sit up inside the bezel part way, effectively creating the same thickness on the outer edge as the original plain glass lens. So now it look as if it has no lens. Big Smile

Numbers and a couple of pics directly…

Edit II: Numbers….. Drumroll please….. with the same cell I’ve been using, an older Efest purple flat top 14500, fresh off the charger, this little TK-05 can now hit 1514.55 lumens out the front at start. Big Smile

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If you look really close you can see the white line inside the bezel where the lens starts. These Acrylic lenses are 2.25mm thick, that’s a lot for an 18mm diameter! So with the lens stepped at the edge and inset into the bezel it works fine.

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Thanks for the review!

Can you tell me if there is a slight draw on the battery while the light is off? (electronic switch correct?)

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Yeah, all e-switch lights have a (hopefully miniscule) parasitic drain. In practice it’s negligible, unless you plan on leaving it unattended for months as a “standby” light.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Yeah, all e-switch lights have a (hopefully miniscule) parasitic drain. In practice it’s negligible, unless you plan on leaving it unattended for months as a “standby” light.

I guess it’s no big deal to loosen the tail cap if it’s going to sit.

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jayrob wrote:
I guess it’s no big deal to loosen the tail cap if it’s going to sit.

Yep, I do that all the time. Got 2 SP10s “in reserve” sitting here, TCLOed.

In fact, even my lights with hard-switch tailcaps, I’ll still TCLO them, just to keep an accidental bump from turning them on.

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Switching to a driver with a good lockout mode greatly reduces the parasitic drain and virtually eliminates the need for the tail cap loosening method. Wink

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