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ThruNite Archer Pro

Wondering about this new offering from ThruNite, the Archer Pro: link I think I read somewhere that the battery is non-replaceable, which is a negative. But instead of the usual annoying rubber port cover it has a screw up / screw down sleeve, which I really like if it’s similar to the one on my Fenix E09R.

There was a $10 coupon initially on Amazon, but now looks like it’s $8 (20%): link

Anyone tried one of these?

Thanks,

Andrew

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Battery that is non-replaceable is not a good situation to be in.

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would love to see a review of it

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AFAustin wrote:
…annoying rubber port cover it has a screw up / screw down sleeve, which I really like…

+1 that, those covers seem to eventually break off or after a while come loose.

I have the smaller Thrunite Archer Mini rather than the Pro but if the two are anything alike in physical design the sleeve appears to be reasonably sealed. There’s an o-ring at the base by the USB-C port and possible one at the top of the travel by the TIR retainer, The charge port opening is wide enough to accept all the USB cables I have tried. I can’t say the say for some other built-in rechargeable lights (or USB rechargeable batteries) that only accept their included small profile connector.

Between the Pro and Mini – the UI’s, emitters and batteries differ; but if the tailswitches are alike, it’s a reverse clicky with short travel and requiring only moderate pressure to activate. A mod I can see may be to glue an annular ring to recess the button, to minimize accidental pocket activations.

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Reverse (or forward) clicky switch in 2022 seems like a blast from the past. We got used to better stuff, it’s hard to go back.
If this light accepted regular 14500 batteries and had a second e-switch for changing modes, it would be an instant winner for me.
We have way too many nice 21700 lights and very few nice 14500 lights. Just my opinion.

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Ventsi wrote:
Reverse (or forward) clicky switch in 2022 seems like a blast from the past…
I perhaps should have indicated that the switch action is Reverse-clicky-like as opposed to Forward-clicky-like, in all likelihood the Archer switch is actually electronic.

There are “better” lights available but I can see this light being the right choice for someone who just wants a small pocket light, and who doesn’t ever want to deal with batteries and perhaps likes the idea of in-light USB-C recharging. Also, the “Pro” has smooth ramping which is kinda cool for a muggle. Should easily last 3-7+yrs of use before it dies, if it’s not lost before that time.

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Wait, so it’s an electronic switch, for example like the FW3A?

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Ventsi wrote:
Wait, so it’s an electronic switch, for example like the FW3A?
Yes, the switch itself is electronic but it does not use a signalling tube like the FW3A.

Here is a screenshot of the tail end from Cheule’s YT video.

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I do not understand this. I guess I’ll just wait for a review.

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Ventsi wrote:
I do not understand this. I guess I’ll just wait for a review.
That’s a screenshot (from member Cheule’s YouTube video) of a disassembled Archer Pro tailswitch.

It shows an electronic switch.

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I decided to order one from Amazon and it arrived yesterday. I posted my initial impressions here: https://budgetlightforum.com/node/82272

Andrew