Review TrustFire TR-3T6 Triple XM-L T6 5-Modes Memory LED Flashlight (3x18650)

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atbglenn wrote:

Johnny, mine didn't come with a lens gasket either. If you find out where we can get one, let us know. Besides that, it's a great light!

Will do! Hey, if this body & head is the same as a TR1200 then there has to be something out there. That body is common as hell and been out for a while. Even a Maglite gasket might fit! Wink

EDIT: According to a Google search you can get the Mag-lite lens gasket at Advance Auto Parts for less than $1. I'm going to grab one next time I'm out. Reflectors and pills for the TR-1200 fit the Mags so the Mag lens gasket might fit the TR-1200 and TR-3T6.

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Happy B Day Johny Laughing

 

mine has a o-ring infront of the glass on the bezel and an alloy ring after the glass, then a o-ring on the head where the bezel screws onto the head and double o-rings every where else.

it is hard to see the o-ring infront of the glass as its tight but there is one there on mine, try looking hard between the bezel infront of the glass.

I just looked and your right. It's very thin and hard to see without shinning a light on it. Oh yeah, Happy Birthday Johnny!

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benckie wrote:

Happy B Day Johny Laughing

 

mine has a o-ring infront of the glass on the bezel and an alloy ring after the glass, then a o-ring on the head where the bezel screws onto the head and double o-rings every where else.

it is hard to see the o-ring infront of the glass as its tight but there is one there on mine, try looking hard between the bezel infront of the glass.

I just looked and your right. It's very thin and hard to see without shinning a light on it. Oh yeah, Happy Birthday Johnny!

Thanks, Guys! I removed the lens retaining ring and sure enough, the lens gasket was hiding in the corner. That's good news to me. I was able to properly tighten the retaining ring and all is nice and snug now. One thing I know I DON'T have is a gasket on the head where the bezel screws in. The groove is there but no o-ring. That's an important one and I'll have to find one somewhere.

And thanks for the B-day wishes, guys!! Smile

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Sweet.  Thanks!
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Well my TR-3T6 came yesterday (manafont) and despite being really good packaged in bubble wrap, cardboard box and bubble envelope it has lot of small nicks and bruises (mainly on head) and finish looks really delicate (far from x8)

On the bright side it works flawlessly, has really nice almost neutral white tint and it's seriously bright Cool

On two fresh hi-max cells it draws around 2.4 A and 1.55 with three cells.

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Hi there,

will it burn the driver if i would use 4*18650 batteries? ( with an extra extension tube )

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Hi there,

will it burn the driver if i would use 4*18650 batteries? ( with an extra extension tube )

best regards

You very well might. It's only rated for three cells max.
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Hi there,

will it burn the driver if i would use 4*18650 batteries? ( with an extra extension tube )

best regards

 

i have the extra extension tubes but i have not been game to try it as they say 12.6v max i dont mind running it for long times, but i worry the extra 4.2v will burn out the driver.

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Not sure why would you want to try 4S, there is not much benefit in doing so. Runtime with 3S is already pretty hardcore in low mode (the light is very efficient at those levels while still pouring out prodigious amount of light at say a campfire, more so than 1 single XM-L).

Eg, 420lumens from a single XM-L, 1.2A.   But for 3 XM-L it is 495 lumens, for comfortably under 4 watts!

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i was not going to mention this but it was brought up in another thread so i thought ill repost it here.

my wife and i have tested the TR-3T6 and the TR-1200 against my car head lights the TR-1200 will come close to the throw my car head lights but not enough spill to drive comfortable but the TR-3T6 does the job nice, even with the car,s high beams on you can still see the hot spot of the TR-3T6.

my car's high beams are 55 watt + 100 watt left and 55 watt + 60 watt right

my car's low beam is 55 watt left and 55 watt right

so the TR-3T6 must be bloody bright.

just incase any one is wondering i run an extra 40 watt of the left with my car high beams it helps light up the left side of the road to spot kangaroo's and in australia we drive on the left if some of our internation friend,s didnt know.

ive never mentioned this before as i though people would think i was crazy or being dangours but its good for a laugh and it shows it can be done in an emergency as i have had a thermal fuse blow in my car before and i could out run my head lights in my car for a few seconds at a time before they cut out, but if i had my TR-3T6 back then i could of easily driven home safely.

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I'm thinking seriously about getting one of these... Which would you recommend?

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/trustfire-tr3t6-triple-xml-t6-m...
$53.95 (2x18650)

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/trustfire-tr3t6-triple-xml-t6-5...
$55.80 (3x18650)

http://kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=11426
$51.30 (? x 18650)

http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1275
$45 + shipping? (2x18650)

Are all of these versions the same aside from the 2 or 3 battery configuration? I'm primarily concerned about build quality and brightness.

Thanks!

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i would go the TR-3T6 from manafont

you can buy spare driver if needed but you should not need it Triple T6 Cree Circuit Board Driver you can use the cail cap switch, bezel, glass lense, o-rings and extention tube from the TR-1200 if you damage the light externaly

there is two modles.

TrustFire TR-3T6 Triple XM-L T6 5-Modes Memory LED Flashlight (3x18650)

TrustFire TR-3T6 Triple XM-L T6 5 Modes LED Flashlight (2x18650)

but i would get the 3 X 18650 its claimed it has 0.5 amp higher regulation and it gives you longer run time and more options, you can run the light for 60 min's no worries

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sb56637 wrote:

I'm thinking seriously about getting one of these... Which would you recommend?

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/trustfire-tr3t6-triple-xml-t6-m...
$53.95 (2x18650)

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/trustfire-tr3t6-triple-xml-t6-5...
$55.80 (3x18650)

http://kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=11426
$51.30 (? x 18650)

http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1275
$45 + shipping? (2x18650)

Are all of these versions the same aside from the 2 or 3 battery configuration? I'm primarily concerned about build quality and brightness.

Thanks!

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/4472  TF 3t6 around $46

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JohnnyMac wrote:

As I recall the 3-cell is 0.5A stronger driven as well as increased runtime plus you can remove the extension and run in 2-cell mode if you like.

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i've just received TR-3T6 2 cells version. what i can assume that 3 cells model does have higher output than 2 cells.

just like my TF-x8, 2cells output is somehow higher than 1 cell.

 

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jamesearljonesisascab wrote:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/4472  TF 3t6 around $46

 

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harry25175,

  I have measured the lux throw of the light doing 3 cells and 2 cells.  Both light output are the same.

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It's got a good driver, buck boost, so it shouldn't output more with 3 batteries. 

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2100 wrote:

harry25175,

  I have measured the lux throw of the light doing 3 cells and 2 cells.  Both light output are the same.

Have you measured the run time difference between 2 and 3 cells?

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atbglenn wrote:

Have you measured the run time difference between 2 and 3 cells?

It doesn't have LV cut-off so it's a bit difficult to measure. It just jumps out of regulation and slowly dims. 

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harry25175,

  I have measured the lux throw of the light doing 3 cells and 2 cells.  Both light output are the same.

Did you test a specific 2-cell version against a different specific 3-cell version? Or did you test a specific 3-cell light with 2-cells against the same light with 3-cells? If yes to the latter then it proves only that the 3-cell has great regulation. It doesn't prove whether the 3-cell runs 0.5A higher and therefore brighter than a 2-cell only model.
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Did you test a specific 2-cell version against a different specific 3-cell version? Or did you test a specific 3-cell light with 2-cells against the same light with 3-cells? If yes to the latter then it proves only that the 3-cell has great regulation. It doesn't prove whether the 3-cell runs 0.5A higher and therefore brighter than a 2-cell only model.

Actually have mentioned this quite a number of times before....here goes....

I've got the 3-cell version.

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/trustfire-tr3t6-triple-xml-t6-5modes-memory-led-flashlight-3x18650-p-7443

You can check thaicpf, they have got the 2-cell version and the current draw is the same as my 3-cell version running 2-cells. Lots and lots of info there. Their beamshots also indicates that a stock SR3800 is slightly brighter than the TF-3T6. The current draw of both lights in 2-cells config supports this.  (the SR3800 draws slightly more current, assuming similar batteries). From my own data, this is also the case, both for throw data as well as reflected ceiling lux data. The SR3800 is not dimmer than the 3-cell TF-3T6, in fact it is 19% brighter.

I do not take any data from the manufacturers or sellers. Not even the Fenix TK70/official website.

 

For this light, 2 cell gives you about 2.1A range. 3 cell gives me about 1.4A.  As you know a lot depends on the cells voltage sag. I have Panasonic NCR18650A, NCR18650, Solarforce 2400, XTAR 2600, TF Flames, Palight, Ultrafires, CGI etc... the first 4 do not sag much and gives me the lowest current.  Since then i have gotten a new DMM the UT-58E and have been measuring with 4-inch long leads, but i haven't gotten down to measure all the cells in various configs.... coz this light is already utilitarian to me as i use it in shorty 2 x 18500 mode with the BIO IMRs.  (discharged to be about 1050mAh).  If you are interested in these cells, this seems to be correct as i get 40 mins run on the STL-V6 and 35 mins with the 18350.  This light can run on 18350s as well if you want to pack the biggest amount of energy in shorty mode.

 

All in all i have purchased 7pcs of various triple XM-Ls now.  I think I have over-measured all of them...time to enjoy now.  LOL!

 

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2100 wrote:

JohnnyMac wrote:
Did you test a specific 2-cell version against a different specific 3-cell version? Or did you test a specific 3-cell light with 2-cells against the same light with 3-cells? If yes to the latter then it proves only that the 3-cell has great regulation. It doesn't prove whether the 3-cell runs 0.5A higher and therefore brighter than a 2-cell only model.

Actually have mentioned this quite a number of times before....here goes....

I've got the 3-cell version.

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/trustfire-tr3t6-triple-xml-t6-5modes-memory-led-flashlight-3x18650-p-7443

You can check thaicpf, they have got the 2-cell version and the current draw is the same as my 3-cell version running 2-cells. Lots and lots of info there. Their beamshots also indicates that a stock SR3800 is slightly brighter than the TF-3T6. The current draw of both lights in 2-cells config supports this.  (the SR3800 draws slightly more current, assuming similar batteries). From my own data, this is also the case, both for throw data as well as reflected ceiling lux data. The SR3800 is not dimmer than the 3-cell TF-3T6, in fact it is 19% brighter.

I do not take any data from the manufacturers or sellers. Not even the Fenix TK70/official website.

 

For this light, 2 cell gives you about 2.1A range. 3 cell gives me about 1.4A.  As you know a lot depends on the cells voltage sag. I have Panasonic NCR18650A, NCR18650, Solarforce 2400, XTAR 2600, TF Flames, Palight, Ultrafires, CGI etc... the first 4 do not sag much and gives me the lowest current.  Since then i have gotten a new DMM the UT-58E and have been measuring with 4-inch long leads, but i haven't gotten down to measure all the cells in various configs.... coz this light is already utilitarian to me as i use it in shorty 2 x 18500 mode with the BIO IMRs.  (discharged to be about 1050mAh).  If you are interested in these cells, this seems to be correct as i get 40 mins run on the STL-V6 and 35 mins with the 18350.  This light can run on 18350s as well if you want to pack the biggest amount of energy in shorty mode.

 

All in all i have purchased 7pcs of various triple XM-Ls now.  I think I have over-measured all of them...time to enjoy now.  LOL!

 

All sounds good enough to me. I enjoy it in either amount of cells but it's certainly easier to carry with just two.  Smile

So with just the main body and the tail cap (shorty mode) two 18500 IMR cells fit perfectly? This light runs well with just one 18650 and a battery extension but just not as bright (still pretty bright) as with 2 cells and I love it in shorty mode! Wink

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So with just the main body and the tail cap (shorty mode) two 18500 IMR cells fit perfectly? This light runs well with just one 18650 and a battery extension but just not as bright (still pretty bright) as with 2 cells and I love it in shorty mode! Wink

Yep, both the 2 and 3-cell models can operate in shorty mode with just the "main body".  It's the same thing with STL-V6. TR-1200 too i'd believe as the tube lengths concept is the same (but the tubes do not fit, these triple XM-Ls front part of the tube has walls that are nearly 5mm thick!).   2 x 18500 cells fit perfectly and the tailcap screws on 100%.  With 3 x 18350 IMRs it just leaves a wee bit of 2mm gap as it can't screw on 100%.  3 x 16340 might work if you don't mind taxing the cells as it's probably runs till 1.6A as the cells discharges.  A bit hard for the TF Flames which i have measured to be 781mAh at 0.5A and old4570 measuerd 795mAh, so that's 2C. But still doable for 3 min runs.

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And can somebody please confirm that the 3x18650 version in shorty mode works well with two regular 18650's? And would two XTAR 18700 cells fit?

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And can somebody please confirm that the 3x18650 version in shorty mode works well with two regular 18650's? And would two XTAR 18700 cells fit?

Thanks!

Shorty mode won't work with two 18650 cells. You will need the shorter of the two extensions. One 18650 will work in shorty mode with a 3/4"-1" battery extension.

Two XTAR 18700 cells are snug but fit well...again, you will use the shorter of the two extensions.

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JohnnyMac wrote:
Shorty mode won't work with two 18650 cells. You will need the shorter of the two extensions. One 18650 will work in shorty mode with a 3/4"-1" battery extension.

Two XTAR 18700 cells are snug but fit well...again, you will use the shorter of the two extensions.

Thanks very much! So in this picture...

... for 2x18700 I would use the head + the body at 5-o-clock + the extension at 10-o-clock?

And for an extender to use with 1x18700 I could use a stack of dimes or pennies or something?

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JohnnyMac wrote:
Shorty mode won't work with two 18650 cells. You will need the shorter of the two extensions. One 18650 will work in shorty mode with a 3/4"-1" battery extension.

Two XTAR 18700 cells are snug but fit well...again, you will use the shorter of the two extensions.

Thanks very much! So in this picture...

... for 2x18700 I would use the head + the body at 5-o-clock + the extension at 10-o-clock?

And for an extender to use with 1x8700 I could use a stack of dimes or pennies or something?

Thanks!

Correct on both accounts. Wink
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Thanks Johhny.

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Thanks Johhny.

You are always welcome, my friend. Smile

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