Review: Trustfire Mini-01

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alex21
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Well better late than never.. Nothing you haven’t seen before, but anyhoo..here are my beamshots (first ever, be kind!) taken with my Samsung Tab Smile

This is the stock version of the Trustfire Mini-01 off ebay running on a freshly charged AW IMR 16340, enjoy!

First up.. the control shot ofcourse Smile

Medium or Low:

Glorious High:

Apologies if Med/High look off kilt a bit as I had to drop the tablet to switch modes (always tricky with one hand..) and things might have moved a bit
The control wasn’t totally pitch black (as dark as you’re gonna get at 3am anyway).. I tried with the flash but it just lit up the area too much.. the flash on this tablet is like a flashlight itself!

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Nice work Smile

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Mine still has the CR123 it came with in it. Must test it some day - against the TLF Mini-02. Personally, I prefer the styling of the -01.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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MattSPL wrote:
Nice work Smile

Cheers mate Smile

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Don wrote:

Mine still has the CR123 it came with in it. Must test it some day – against the TLF Mini-02. Personally, I prefer the styling of the -01.

I agree. Had it on and off the keychain, but decided it looks too perfect on there. More so than most AAA lights

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Hi,
is it possible to install NANJG AK-47 driver into MINI without any major modification?
Or, is the current MINI driver based on ATTiny?

Thanks.

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The Mini-01 has a 16 mm driver board.
The NANJG-AK47 is 17 mm in diameter and can’t be trimmed down to 16mm.

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I have a mini01with a 4 or five mode driver…?
I just have glued the led down, but I will check it later again.

Anyone ever had a SOS in a mini01?

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Hi
I got the mini 02 and im very pleased with it, gets hot on 16340 but with a CR123A the power is so dim,
a great pocket torch for short runtime work,

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Nightbird95 wrote:
Werner wrote:
Be careful with non protected because the driver will deplete them very fast and as it is designed for 3V batteries you may not notice until it is too late…

The best battery is the nitecore 16340 protected…

Anyone removed the driver? it is kind of glued in in mine, the stock LED wire is very thin and should be upgraded.

+1 I have tested a pair of Nitecore 16340s on my Mini-02 last May 24 and both ran more than 36 minutes on high. I also changed the LED wires with 22 AWG wires.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/20741

One minor problem I encountered with the Nitecore 16340 is that one fits tight into the Mini-02 while the other fits just right. Smile

hopefully not 36 minutes continually lol, i just got one and its way brighter than i thought it could be.. lights up the whole neighbors house lol, i can see all the cats creeping in the dark.. and slenderman…

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It is a boost driver. It lighted up with a 1.5 volt cell.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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About a year ago, since being convinced by the over-all building quality of the Trustfire Mini 02,
I also baught a Tf. Mini 01 together with a Mini 05, from a german/chinese ebay shop (tomorrowtop).

Although it was offered as the “normal” version with the usal XM-L T6 Led, the Mini 01 that I recieved was
surprisingly fitted with a XM-L2 Led as well as the Mini 05, like you can see in the middle at the picture below.

Due to my affinity for little stainless steel made flashlights, I was still happy with this three nice little gadgets, even though
it was quite clear that all of them were much to heavy to be used on a keychain, and from my esthetical point of view I always had
a feeling, that the Mini 01 as well as the Mini 02 have definitly to get rid of these pitiful ugly keychain holders at their back sides,
which imo have simply been good for nothing than hindering the tailstands.

But as you can see,



since a couple of weeks these times are absolutely over.

The solution to enable the Mini 01 to tailstand


was to take an angle grinder, fit it with a very thin but strong cutting disk about 12,5 cm (~ 4,92 inches) in diameter,
mount it solid fixed on a bench vise and cutting, really carefully and step by step, the keychain holder off.
After this was done in a few minutes, I had to grind and sand the resting parts down manually, by using some diffrent
kinds of grindstones, which of course needs a lot more of time. The result is a loss of 5 mm down to the actual length
of exactly 6 cm (~ 2,36 inches). Easy to see that the Mini 01 is able to celebrate a tailstand in perfection. Smile
With a protected AW 16340 cell the Mini 01 XM-L2 was measured with an output of 520 lumen.
According to my personel taste the Mini 01 looks much more beautiful without that keychain holder. 0:)

Compared to the Mini 01, the solution that came out to enable the Mini 02 performing the tailstand dance,
was a really good, much easier, relativ perfect and a little bit close to genius, one.

Just experimental trying I found out that a stainless stell screw-nut with an outer diameter of 25 mm (~ 0,98 inch) and an inside diameter
of 12 mm (~ 0,47 inch) fitts absolute perfectly on the backside of the Mini 02.
The srew-nut ist only centered and then simply pressed over the keychain holder by the little help of a bench vise,
so that the srew-nut is fixed on the Mini 02 as if it is welded.

Trustfire Mini 01, 02, 05

relaxing

and in family companion

Dive means danger

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Nice work.
I really like the keychain holder of the mini 01, it’s the best I ever had for the keychain. It’s centered and hanging there perfectly without knotting up.
I see no way of making that better, all the other minis are a step back. On my keys I can tail stand it with adjusting the key ring and keys…a bit Angeld but it works good enough. If someone doesn’t use it on keys I definetly can understand your point, just extra material with no use.
I have my minis01 (have two one mostly dissassembled to improve it, then I switch them out and mod the other head) on my keychain since forever and the steel takes up the beating very very good.

The only complain I have is that it isn’t made for 18350, just a bit wider and so much more power would be possible…

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What is eating your TF02???

This are both good little lights, If you want an attachment for your Mini 01, try some turks head knots in paracord or other methods…

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ReManG wrote:
What is eating your TF02???

It’s a very dangerous deep sea monster named Melanocetus Johnsonii (Humpback anglerfish) from the Melanocetus family, which is a part of the Antennariidae species.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humpback_anglerfish
The beast that eats my TF 02 is from the even more dangerous siteline Melanocetus Johnsonii Rubbercus. |(

This are both good little lights, If you want an attachment for your Mini 01, try some turks head knots in paracord or other methods…

Thank’s for the advice. I will think about it.

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Still my favorite, Keychain light. I have a Mini-01 on my key-chain now for almost 3 years, and still looks & performs great. with a XP-L V2 & BLF mini driver mod, and a TF 16340 Protected cell its powerful and near bulletproof.

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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Is there any better light nowerdays? I still have a modded mini 01 on my keys.

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Wow, a blast from the past. These are still great lights, very good looking too. They are heavy for a keychain though.

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