Review: Trustfire Mini-01

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Look what I found in his feed back comments regarding a differnt product.

“Wanted more money after the auction. At least money back.


Reply by rray009 (Jun-20-12 02:59):
Sorry, set wrong price, have refunded you fully”

Now it looks like there’s a chance he might not ship the light. I’ve recived positive feed back from him already but the light is still not marked as shipped yet.

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darn, i was gonna buy one too. he removed it from his listing already

I got mine from here . Took a long time, but don’t think that was the sellers fault – they did ship it pretty quickly. Lots of geographic restrictions (no Germany??), arranged non alphabetically to make it a pain to look through.

The light came in a clam shell package, with a CR123. Only $9.03AU. Oh, and it’s 3 mode – H-L-Strobe, not 5 in description title (description in body of sellers details correct).

Edit>> Sorry, I’m confused – I’m taking about different light (C3, AA). I’ll take my medication and have a lie down. Well, it is warm in London today.

is this good one or copy ?

weird i just get addicted to flashlight like in a blink of an eye.

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The stainless steel C3 looks good to me – takes 14500 OK, and is 93mm long.

The Mini-01 looks OK too – that came in the clamshell pack, without any dings or scratches,with a CR123. Not bad for $9, just a little tough to operate one handed with the threads. Can’t get a Trustfire flame 16340 in there, but no biggie. Might end up in the car as an emergency light -only good use for a strobe, for me

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I noticed the other day when trying to track something on HK Post, that they have draconian regulations concerning lithium batteries – like USPS. You must have been very unlucky, because I would imagine virtually all dealers ignore such rules. You could ask them to post it again without the battery, I suppose.

Rules here.

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Horst Horstmann wrote:
We regret to inform you that your order has been returned to us due to strict customs inspection in Hongkong recently ,a package included battery is not allowed to dispatch through international air mail.

D’oh!

Same crap just happend to me too. This guy is a joke. I swear he looked around at the other listings and realized how much cheaper he was selling it for and decided to cancel all the orders.

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Mines still in transit.. any chance of an outdoor beamshot? Smile

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alex21 wrote:
Mines still in transit.. any chance of an outdoor beamshot? Smile

I’ll do an outdoor shot tonight and post it here.

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I bought mine on ebay for $15 delivered, and I love it…great little light. Anybody have a protected 16340 that fits? My trustfire grays won’t do it.

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MattSPL wrote:
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Mines still in transit.. any chance of an outdoor beamshot? Smile

I’ll do an outdoor shot tonight and post it here.

Cheers bro, look forward to it Smile

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soytnly wrote:
I bought mine on ebay for $15 delivered, and I love it…great little light. Anybody have a protected 16340 that fits? My trustfire grays won’t do it.

I bought 2 Yezl protected 16340’s to use in the Mini-01. They are about 3-4mm longer than a primary or LifeP04, so its a bit harder to screw the light back together because of the tension on the spring, but they fit. Width isn’t a problem. The Yezl cells are a little wider than a primary/LifeP04, but still fit fine.
I can post an ebay link if that’s ok on this forum?

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Ordered one on ebay too. Now for the long wait.**

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MattSPL wrote:
I can post an ebay link if that’s ok on this forum?

Go for it, we’re more laid back here than say.. cpf Smile

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Strange, I have zero problems fitting my Sonshine or Flames protected 16340s. I guess the tolerances can vary a lot in these lights.

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alex21 wrote:
MattSPL wrote:
I can post an ebay link if that’s ok on this forum?

Go for it, we’re more laid back here than say.. cpf Smile

Will do Smile . Unfortunately it’s only just gone 5pm here, so it wont be dark enough until about 11pm .
Edit: Oops, i thought you were referring to taking a beamshot. I’ll have to read more carefully next time.
Here’s the link to the Yezl 16340’s http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290739416253?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=...

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MattSPL wrote:
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MattSPL wrote:
I can post an ebay link if that’s ok on this forum?

Go for it, we’re more laid back here than say.. cpf Smile

Will do Smile . Unfortunately it’s only just gone 5pm here, so it wont be dark enough until about 11pm .
Edit: Oops, i thought you were referring to taking a beamshot. I’ll have to read more carefully next time.
Here’s the link to the Yezl 16340’s http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290739416253?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=...

np Smile Thanks for the link

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Here’s a couple of outdoor beamshots. They aren’t great, and only close range, but you can get the idea of the flood by comparing the light on the fence panels in each shot.

Mini-01 on high with Yezl 16340

P60 – 2.8A triple XP-E on high

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Nice beamshots MattSPL. This is going to be my new EDC when it arrives.

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Thanks Smile

Yep, very handy little pocket rocket.

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Horst Horstmann wrote:
RoyalFizbin wrote:
Horst Horstmann wrote:
We regret to inform you that your order has been returned to us due to strict customs inspection in Hongkong recently ,a package included battery is not allowed to dispatch through international air mail.

D’oh!

Same crap just happend to me too. This guy is a joke. I swear he looked around at the other listings and realized how much cheaper he was selling it for and decided to cancel all the orders.


Just ask him if he sells it without battery for the same price.
In my case he agreed.

The offer has been limited to 10pcs and he’s selling another 10pcs at 13.55$ea right now.
That’s how promotions work.

I thought I had bought one too.
Seller is just messing with us.Give him a bad feedback? Lennart

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Hi, I bought one and it is a tiny monster!
If a driver repacement is needed, which do you suggest?

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MattSPL wrote:
Here’s a couple of outdoor beamshots. They aren’t great, and only close range, but you can get the idea of the flood by comparing the light on the fence panels in each shot.

Very impressive, thanks! Smile

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alex21 wrote:
MattSPL wrote:
Here’s a couple of outdoor beamshots. They aren’t great, and only close range, but you can get the idea of the flood by comparing the light on the fence panels in each shot.

Very impressive, thanks! Smile

No problem Smile

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zeremefico wrote:
Hi, I bought one and it is a tiny monster! If a driver repacement is needed, which do you suggest?

I’d also be interested in trying to modify one of these, but wouldn’t know where to start.
I’d like to put a U2 XM-L into one, and get rid of the strobe if possible.

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I purchased again from a differnt seller. This time its $15.50 coming from china instead of hongkong.
What are the exact measurements? The manifont pictures show 63.8mmx17.36mm. All the ebay listings say slightly bigger. Is it bigger or smaller than an ipt eos a1?

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Horst Horstmann wrote:
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Seller is just messing with us.Give him a bad feedback? Lennart
For what reason? I bought it at 9.95$, got refunded, asked him to sell it without battery, he agreed, I paid again, everything’s fine now. That’s nothing I’d call “seller is messing with me”. Wink
Guess I am in a bad mood.Thanks for the update.Will try again tomorrow. Lennart

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RoyalFizbin wrote:
I purchased again from a differnt seller. This time its $15.50 coming from china instead of hongkong. What are the exact measurements? The manifont pictures show 63.8mmx17.36mm. All the ebay listings say slightly bigger. Is it bigger or smaller than an ipt eos a1?

I just measured my Mini-01 and those manifont measurements are correct. If you ground off the key chain attachment, the light is about 59.5mm in length.

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MattSPL wrote:
I just measured my Mini-01 and those manifont measurements are correct. If you ground off the key chain attachment, the light is about 59.5mm in length.

How about that diameter of 17.36? My eos a1 measures 20.4 and a primary rayovac is 16.54mm. It would seem 17.36 would make it imposibly thin.

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RoyalFizbin wrote:
MattSPL wrote:
I just measured my Mini-01 and those manifont measurements are correct. If you ground off the key chain attachment, the light is about 59.5mm in length.

How about that diameter of 17.36? My eos a1 measures 20.4 and a primary rayovac is 16.54mm. It would seem 17.36 would make it imposibly thin.

Sorry, i forgot about the width. The head seems to be the widest point at 19.5mm.

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Got mine today and ran it on high with a run-of-the-mill unprotected LiCo 16340. It ran for about 9 minutes, reaching over 186 deg F before I stopped it. The temperature had nearly topped out because it was rising about 0.1 deg every 15-20s at that point. Not sure if it ran out of battery, or had reached thermal equilibrium. My guess is the former. There was a distinct burning electronics smell but otherwise no adverse affects.

Nice natural/cool white. Considerably warmer than the typical “cool” china lights.

Inside: Driver is glued to small aluminum “pill” carrier with the star glued with (assumed) heatsink epoxy to the other side. The solid cast aluminum reflector screws onto that, and that’s pretty much all the heat sink there is. I would suggest removal of the pill/reflector assembly (unscrew with needle-nose) and put Ceramique or Arctic Silver on the threads between reflector slug and pill carrier, as well as between pill and stainless steel body.

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Low has a low refresh rate but flicker is only really noticeable when you wave the light around quickly. Strobe is not so fast as to think you’re at a rave, but fast enough to draw attention if you were using it as a safety beacon.

Nice little light.

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That’s a bit toasty.

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