Review: Trustfire Mini-01

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This has a floody kind of beam me thinks, correct assertion? Smile
Decent throw too

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alex21 wrote:
This has a floody kind of beam me thinks, correct assertion? Smile Decent throw too

Yes its very floody, but with reasonable throw for its size due to the amount of lumens it puts out.

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Went to see a movie today with the kids. Before the previews started I lit up the mini….I just had to. Over a dozen guys asked me where I got the light from. Little did they know the size of it to begin with. When I showed them they were left in disbelief. I am extremely happy with this little guy and just like JAFFO mentioned, it’s so small you forget it’s in your pocket.
Big Smile I like that you ‘just had to’ light it up in the cinema. I bet that was fun :bigsmile:
I’ll do it again Smile

Regarding the mode switching, if done a little faster than normal there are no issues. I think I will end up shortening the inner spring to relieve some of the upward pressure. It would certainly make the rotation a little easier without the constant thread grinding.

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mags wrote:
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mags wrote:
Went to see a movie today with the kids. Before the previews started I lit up the mini….I just had to. Over a dozen guys asked me where I got the light from. Little did they know the size of it to begin with. When I showed them they were left in disbelief. I am extremely happy with this little guy and just like JAFFO mentioned, it’s so small you forget it’s in your pocket.
Big Smile I like that you ‘just had to’ light it up in the cinema. I bet that was fun :bigsmile:
I’ll do it again Smile

Regarding the mode switching, if done a little faster than normal there are no issues. I think I will end up shortening the inner spring to relieve some of the upward pressure. It would certainly make the rotation a little easier without the constant thread grinding.

Yeah, sounds like a plan. Keep us posted on how it goes.

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mags, you should make up some ‘referral cards’ with the BLF web address to hand out when you go to the cinema. That would likely guarantee some ‘conversions’ to members… Wink

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Thanks, Matt. I’ll mess with it a bit. Smile

It was a hit last night at the pub. The security guard LOVED it.

By the way, it is more floody because of the OP reflector. It’s a LOT of light for a tiny pocket/keychain torch – too much, really. Which is awesome. If someone finds a suitable smooth reflector that would fit, I’d be down to replace the original. Just because. Smile

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Thanks, Matt. I’ll mess with it a bit. Smile

It was a hit last night at the pub. The security guard LOVED it.

By the way, it is more floody because of the OP reflector. It’s a LOT of light for a tiny pocket/keychain torch – too much, really. Which is awesome. If someone finds a suitable smooth reflector that would fit, I’d be down to replace the original. Just because. Smile

Yeah i can imagine it would make a great little backup light for a security guard Smile

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I think every flashaholic needs this little light. Just my opinion. Smile

I would certainly love to put in a SMO reflector, the throw would be better for sure as more lumens would make the difference.

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Nice pics. You really get an idea of how small it is sitting on that cd Smile

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I’ve just ordered a pair of AW IMR 16340’s for the Mini-01 :bigsmile:

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Oh, let me know how that goes, Matt. My TFF 16340s are awesome in this little beast.

And I totally agree, Mags. We should all have one. It’s a cool little torch. Nice pics!

JAFFO

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Oh, let me know how that goes, Matt. My TFF 16340s are awesome in this little beast.

And I totally agree, Mags. We should all have one. It’s a cool little torch. Nice pics!

Will do Smile
I’m hoping it will pull about 2.9A like the Panasonic GCR18650CH. It will get very hot, very quickly, but it will be fun Smile

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ok thats it. i resisted this lil bugger since the day i first read this thread and other similiar threads about this light. cant take it no mo’
im gonna have to see what this guys all about, i knew i shouldnt have clicked on this thread today.

so i dont own any 16340’s. are there any sellers out there that includes a decent cell with the light? or should i buy them seperately? so where is most of you guys buying this light. theres a bunch on ebay…any respectable ones?

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Big Smile

Mine came from here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270983599351?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619#ht_2273wt_1151
Seems like a good one, so i ordered the second one there too.

The light comes with a Trustfire primary which throws out plenty of light, especially for such a small flashlight. But feed it a 3.7v rcr123a and it gets REALLY bright.
Depends on what you want the light for. If you want extended use on high without heat issues, then a primary cr123 is the way to go, that way you can drain the cell until its empty. Or a 3.2v rechargeable cr123 LifeP04 cell, but you need to be careful not to over discharge or the cell will get damaged.
A protected rcr123a seems the best option if you want BRIGHT, that way, if you run the cell too low, its protection circuit should save any issues.

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The TF primaries suck. Not much capacity. Certainly need some 16340 to make it really shine anyways.

I have good results with TF flames fromDX, but you have to wait forever to get them.

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The TF primaries suck. Not much capacity. Certainly need some 16340 to make it really shine anyways.

I have good results with TF flames fromDX, but you have to wait forever to get them.

Pick-up a pair of Yetzl 3.7v 16340 batteries from here: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/290739416253?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p39...
Much better than the TF flames…

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just recieved mine this weekend…… very nice little light Smile got a 600mah xtar 16340 in it at the minute…. may try an unprotected in it when i get round to buying one Smile

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just recieved mine this weekend…… very nice little light Smile got a 600mah xtar 16340 in it at the minute…. may try an unprotected in it when i get round to buying one Smile

Is it a bright hand warmer?

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yep… gets nice and hot after a minute or two….. took dog out to a mates and took it with me and got the response “what the hell is that” when i turned it on in his back yard lol

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yep… gets nice and hot after a minute or two….. took dog out to a mates and took it with me and got the response “what the hell is that” when i turned it on in his back yard lol

I get that response all the time….last one was…“I can’t believe that little thing gives off so much light” :bigsmile:
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:bigsmile: Big Smile

Yeah, it really does hold its own against even bigger more expensive lights. Throw could be better, but its sheer output helps it throw far enough for most purposes.

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I also like the low mode on this light…..you can keep it there for quite some time without it burning up and the light output is pretty good.

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I also like the low mode on this light…..you can keep it there for quite some time without it burning up and the light output is pretty good.

Yeah the low is good. I think a different driver that could do just Low first, then High would be good too for a general edc.

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My AW IMR 16340’s just arrived for the Mini-01 :bigsmile: On charge at the moment. I’ll post again once ive tested them.

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I just tested the IMR 16340’s.

I measured a peak of 3.07A which then settled to 2.8A on high :bigsmile:

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Mine arrived today to the land of the long white cloud.

Must say even running old grey TF’s it was pretty cool.

Then I put in the yezl’s, it was no longer cool, rather warm actually.

This has to be the best value/light output EDC so far.

Even put a diffuser on it on low and it should provide about 3 hours of bivy illumination when in the bush, while providing a very minimal weight penalty.

Happy days!

II’z

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Deadeyez wrote:
Mine arrived today to the land of the long white cloud.

Must say even running old grey TF’s it was pretty cool.

Then I put in the yezl’s, it was no longer cool, rather warm actually.

This has to be the best value/light output EDC so far.

Even put a diffuser on it on low and it should provide about 3 hours of bivy illumination when in the bush, while providing a very minimal weight penalty.

Happy days!

II’z

Sounds like your enjoying it anyway :bigsmile:

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The last weeks I thought of buying this light or not, but now I pulled the trigger Wink
I’m really curious how it will perform, but I think the 16340 Yezl’s I bought should do the job!

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AlexHH wrote:
The last weeks I thought of buying this light or not, but now I pulled the trigger Wink I’m really curious how it will perform, but I think the 16340 Yezl’s I bought should do the job!

Great :bigsmile: Let us know what you think when it arrives. The Yezl’s are very good in this light. Very bright, and good run times also considering the output.

I will try mine outside tonight with the IMR 16340 and post my findings compared to the Yezl cell.

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