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Rofis TR20 Review

Rofis TR20 Review

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He folks today I will be reviewing the Rofis TR20. I kind of hope that one day some one will make a company with a name that spell check actually allows! Maybe a flashlight company name like toms flashlights? Easy enough right?

So as per usual the disclaimer Rofis gave me the TR26 as a testing review sample. I will always do an honest and fair review unless some one slips me some spare cash? Cough Cough! I would actually be happy with recognition of my hard work.

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So you may ask what is the TR20? A quick Google search defiantly conforms that it is an old school train. Looks to be steam powered.

But what is the Rofis TR20? It is a single 18650 monster! Probably the most completer light you can get you hands on in the market right now. When building this flashlight they clicked add all extras! If you want any feature on a light just go out and buy the Rofis TR20! Full stop. Usually I would not features in a list like this but we will break them down more after.

  • Cree XPL-HI V3 (Very interesting choice)
  • Max output of 1100 lumen (Makes the XPL-HI an interesting choice)
  • Adjustable head (Head can bend to a 90 degree angle)
  • Detachable magnetic tail (Screw hole can also be used a tripod mount)
  • Peak beam intensity of 10850CD gives it a throw of 206 meters
  • Electronic power switch and electronic mode changing switch (both flat with the light)
  • Constant Current circuit (Low mode runs for 200 hours)
  • Inbuilt USB charger (charges the cells perfect to 4.18 volts)
  • Switch can display battery voltage/ Remaining battery power
  • Direct access to ultra low or ultra high modes
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Aero grade alloy and Type 3 hard anodizing
  • IPX-8 (Two meters submersible)
  • Impact resistant 1.5 meters
  • Tail stand capability
  • Reverse facing clip (My new favorite feature)

Okay from that list you can see what I mean right? So what comes in the pack? You get the Rofis TR20, sheath, lanyard, 3400 Mah battery, USB Charging cable, Spare O-rings and charging port cover, clip, magnetic tail, manual and warranty. That is a darn mouth full right? Nothing has been been left out or to chance. Its like going to buffet for an all you can eat! On another note I have already miss placed my spare O-rings. I will use this light to find them they are probably under my pile of flashlights. I forgot you also get the kitchen sink!

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So the TR20 is powered by the Cree XPLHI V3 well technically it is powered by a single 18650 but you get what I mean. It uses the XPLHI as the emitter which is a particular choice. This a flood style light so why go the XPLHI? I honestly have no clew? But it work so well its amazing! Using this emitter gives an incite into how much work was put into making this light. No parts where just thrown together all these parts where made for the propose of working with each other. The beam pattern is good it is not to throw heavy but it does a have tad amount of throw. Which lead me to believe the throw measurement are a little understated at my usual tree at 100 meters lights it up easy and its to spread out.
The spill on this light is good it is super wide I wasn’t expecting the spill to be that wide. I seriously do not know how they did it.

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The output of this light is more then adequate with the highest mode being 1100 lumen. It does look much brighter so I will test the light with my light meter set up. Most XPLHI lights I pick up the overall output doesn’t wow me like this light. It has very good mode separation with 6 different modes this should make most people happy but it doesn’t have a true moonlight mode! Plus you get the addition of 3 blink modes they are Strobe, SOS, Location beacon these modes are all hidden but easy enough to access. The UI on this light is so simple I love it. You can pick it up and of you go! Click power and its on you can then chose from the 5 standard modes. It also has memory mode. If you click and hold the power button you get instant turbo and if you click and hold the change mode button for more then 1 second and let go it goes onto the moonlight mode. Or you click and hold the mode change button for longer and it goes into the hidden blink modes. Easy as!

Hows it hanging mate?

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All these numbers are ANSI/NEMA FL 1 standard.

  • Turbo 1100 lumen @ 1H 10Min
  • High 500 lumen @ 2H 55MIn
  • Medium 280 lumen @ 8 hours
  • Low 80 lumen @ 28H 30min
  • Eco 10 lumen @ 140 hours
  • Moon 5 lumen @ 200 hours

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Very good mode spacing with these options only improvements could be maybe bumping high to 600/650 lumen and using a true Moonlight mode of sub 1 lumen. But this is just nit picking. All this light is very useable plus you get the added bonus of being able to turn the head to a 90% angle. So you can tail stand the light on a table or flat surface and still have the light facing your work area. No more lights rolling away sorry limp bizkit! Also comes in handy when you are fishing and you attach this light to your hat you can have the beam facing down instead of forward this will make tying knots easier! Plus you can use the magnetic tail cap and attach the light to the roof like I do in my shed and use it as work light! Its a super great feature for a mechanic who will want to use both hands free just attach to the bonnet. The TR20 also AR coated glass but they do not mention this in the specs.

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The Rofis TR20 overall size is good. It is a tad on the longer side! It comes in longer then the Convoy S2+ and BLF A6 it is about the same width as these two lights. I would account the extra length to the inbuilt charger but in the end who doesn’t want a few more inches? It is 13.4cm long and 2.45 cm in width. With the magnetic tail on the TR20 it is 13.6cm long not a bad effort. Weight wise it could use a diet but so could I! The TR20 is 85 grams with out the battery so that is like 10+ grams more then the S2+ so for all the extra features not bad at all.

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The switch on this light is really good! Lots of thought has gone into the switch. Fair enough it has no lock out but it sits flat with the body of the TR20. Rolling this light around it did not activate once. The switch takes a bit of force to activate nothing to serious and makes an awesome clicking sound and has a good tactical feel. The power button and mode changing buttons are separate but they are both in the same groove. More then enough room to chose either button with out hitting the other button and I have fat fingers. Their is also two lights under the switch a red and green LED lights these are mainly used when charging. Red means still charging and green means complete imagine if they reversed it just to play with us ha! The switch also double as a battery tester when you turn the light on or change modes the lights will blink to show you remaining battery. After 3 second of turning the light on (excluding blink modes). The TR20 will either blink green if the battery is over 50% or red if the battery is under 50%. When the battery is almost flat the red light will blink rapidly.

Green means the battery is over 50%

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The Rofus TR20 comes with an inbuilt charger from my charging experiences every thing works good. The batteries come out fully charged at 4.18 volts so perfect in that department. The charging current is unknown I have no way of measuring in this light except time so I would guess its charging rate is around 500MAh. Also by checking the battery voltage I can conclude it does lower the current towards he end of the cycle this is also why charging seems a tad slower. The supplied cell is huge not only in size but in capacity coming in at 3400mah I did test the cell on litokala engineer it is defiantly 3400mah. It most likely a NCR18650B Panasonic cell but it has no marking of being Panasonic branded it also a protection circuit.

This is the driver i am not sure what the driver it is i would say its a Mosfet driver.

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The light its self is very well made and designed. The threads on the tail cap are not anodized but they are well cut and thick they came already lubed this is the only place you can open the light from. The light looks flawless not one mark or scratch on the light it is hard anodizing type 3 so that helps.
The knurling is all cut good it is a fine cut knurling but still has adequate grip the light has no visible cooling fins but it does have a pattern design on head of the light.

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The charging port is well covered seeing as the light is IPX8 it needs to be. You can access the charging port with the head in either position straight or at 90 degree angle or just about any position in between. The magnetic tail is attached through a screw hole which also doubles as a tripod mount. The magnet its self gets stuck to the light probably the internals of the light seeing as it is so big! So mine came out of the housing and I had to re-glue it back together not a major issue because I have tried adding magnets my self and the same thing happen. This magnet is big enough to hold the light side ways so you can imagine the strength of the magnet. The Rofus TR20 also has AR coated glass as a nice touch just for the extra lumens. The included clip with TR20 is good it is a reverse facing clip so you can put this light on your hat and actually use it. The clip is strong enough to hold the light with ease to it will not fall on your head! I will also add the spring in the tail cap looks to be gold plated also for extra lumens. More power!

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Overall I think it is hard to beat the Rofus TR20 package it has just about every thing every one wants in a lights. It appears to be targeted as a work light with all these features not so much an EDC. but I guess would be carrying the light every day if it was a work light! With the built in USB charger and they even include the cable in the package and the mega sized battery will give you very long run times on either setting. I do not know how you can hate this light its not overall big in a sense its still shorter then a C8. You can always make the light shorter by angling the head any ways that makes it shorter then the S2+ or is that cheating? You can safely store TR20 any where and not worry about the battery going flat because the button got pushed. Having the clip on the front of the light makes sense when storing the light and using the clip the TR20 will already be facing the right way for use. This light has more then adequate output for most situation. so check the Rofus TR20 you may never need another light ever!

BEAM SHOT TIME

Rofus TR20 on turbo @ 100 meters

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Moonlight mode 5 lumens

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Eco mode 10 lumen

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Low mode 80 lumens

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The tricks of ISO! medium mode 280 lumens

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High mode 500 lumen

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Turbo mode 1100 lumen

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Rofis TR20 (Left) VS Convoy S2+ (Right)

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Rofis TR20 (left) VS BLF A6 (Right)

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Video review here! If you want to be bored! But who doesn’t leave beam shots?

Discount code here!
Coupon: LIG18OFF Price: $52.74
Rofis TR20

Thanks for taking the time to read!

Regards Chris

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Nice review
Love the humor!
Neat feature set with that 90° angle.

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Thanks Miller!

Yea its my only light that does that! My keyboard doesn’t have the degree symbol lol

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Thanks for the entertaining read. Lots of neat features.

You get the ° symbol by holding alt and entering 248 from the numpad.

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Thanks mate!

You are a genius! lol ° Thanks!

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Thanks for the review. Makes me want one now actually. What’s the UI like? All u said was its simple. I thought you were gonna go into it, but you went straight to some shot on the wall hanging.
So how strong is the magnet? Can you do a favor and see if the light can stick onto your wall inside your home? If it’s a strong magnet, the light should stick on the wall where the studs are.

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Thanks for the review, nice light. I have it’s predecessors the JR10 and JR20.

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Thanks for the review. Makes me want one now actually. What’s the UI like? All u said was its simple. I thought you were gonna go into it, but you went straight to some shot on the wall hanging. So how strong is the magnet? Can you do a favor and see if the light can stick onto your wall inside your home? If it’s a strong magnet, the light should stick on the wall where the studs are.

Hey mate the UI is good because its simple! Click power and its on you can then chose from the 5 standard modes. If you click and hold the power button you get instant turbo and if you click and hold the change mode button for more then 1 second and let go it goes onto the moonlight mode. Or you click and hold the mode change button for longer and it goes into the hidden blink modes.

I live in a double brick house. No can do! Most houses in Sydney that are older are double brick. Sorry

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CRX wrote:
Thanks for the review, nice light. I have it’s predecessors the JR10 and JR20.

Yea they have a massive range but i have never come across there lights before. When did you buy your models?

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Some of the first lights i bought, sure it was sometime early in 2012.

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Cool thanks! I was reading that they use to make lights and then stopped or something or they haven’t had a model for a while.

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Yeah they remind me of Xeno, they have the capability to make some quality lights but we don’t hear much about them, maybe their market is mostly domestic.

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Today i have been schooled in flashlights! I just checked out Xeno some models are fairly similiar to Crelant makes me wonder.

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
blueb8llz wrote:
Thanks for the review. Makes me want one now actually. What’s the UI like? All u said was its simple. I thought you were gonna go into it, but you went straight to some shot on the wall hanging. So how strong is the magnet? Can you do a favor and see if the light can stick onto your wall inside your home? If it’s a strong magnet, the light should stick on the wall where the studs are.

Hey mate the UI is good because its simple! Click power and its on you can then chose from the 5 standard modes. If you click and hold the power button you get instant turbo and if you click and hold the change mode button for more then 1 second and let go it goes onto the moonlight mode. Or you click and hold the mode change button for longer and it goes into the hidden blink modes.

I live in a double brick house. No can do! Most houses in Sydney that are older are double brick. Sorry

Sounds like a great ui. But most importantly, can turbo be memorized? So that it can turn on with a single click from off.

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Good review! I like this appearance.

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Timing is everything.

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Yea turbo can be memorised

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Yea turbo can be memorised

Great! Now if we can generate enough interest, we can get a group buy going. I feel $79 is too expensive for a light like this. If it had a xhp35 or 70, then it’s worth it.

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Good review and I have a hankering for a light that has that head swivel feature. It all falls flat for me with the 500 lm high though. As a work light I need something that can shine brighter than that for the job I do and if turbo keeps cutting out on me to drop to 500lm then it becomes a bit pointless. Why can’t they make a light that chugs away nicely at say 800 for extended periods of time? For some of us they are not toys but tools.

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Your in luck I think it has no stepdown as such I didn’t notice at least. But there is no way you leave it high for that long. I had it on turbo for 5 mins and to hot to touch. It doesn’t have the overall mass. The run time leads me to believe it doesn’t stepdown because you get an hour from a 3400mah battery.

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I know that when you start talking big lumens the heat is going to be an issue hence me saying a high of 800 would be nice. It shouldn’t be that hard to get a light to stay physically usable at the 700 to 800 range and that for me is a good light level.

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Have you thought about a headlamp?

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Added a video then banish this thread its been here for to long! My name clogs the home page list lol

On another thanks do doing some ceiling bounce test tint make a huge difference.

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Hey guys i got a discount code for the TR20 it works out a bit cheaper.
Coupon: LIG18OFF Price: $52.74

This is the Discount link here it should even with out using this link!
Rofis tR20

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thx for review.

I wish they made flashlights with the tripod mount more towards the middle of the body so you can use the little tripods without it tipping over.

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^I think with this one you can get the angle you need, as the head rotates.

@OP, thanks for the review, looks very similar to my Klarus AR10, but better in some ways. I like that its abit shorter, has two buttons, shortcuts to both moonlight & turbo Smile

About the magnet, is it as strong as the olights? I have a few olights and also Klarus AR10, all of which have tail magnets. I’ve noticed that the Klarus magnet is abit weaker, and it often won’t stick on some “weaker” vertical surfaces. What about this one, does it stick just about everywhere it should?

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^I think with this one you can get the angle you need, as the head rotates.

@OP, thanks for the review, looks very similar to my Klarus AR10, but better in some ways. I like that its abit shorter, has two buttons, shortcuts to both moonlight & turbo Smile

About the magnet, is it as strong as the olights? I have a few olights and also Klarus AR10, all of which have tail magnets. I’ve noticed that the Klarus magnet is abit weaker, and it often won’t stick on some “weaker” vertical surfaces. What about this one, does it stick just about everywhere it should?

Hey mate it wouldn’t stick on the shed wall but i think because that is thin the wall and the light is just to heavy? Sticks side ways on the fridge and side ways further up on a stronger part of the shed. The magnet is huge.

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Looks like this one goes on my bucket list.

The aimable head combined with the magnetic base is the clincher for me, a magnetic base does no good if you can’t point the light where you want it to shine once it’s stuck. Of course the high output and design/build qualities come into play- no point in having crappy lights here anymore Cool I’d guess the magnet could be doubled-up or replaced with a stronger one. The USB charging I could do without but that’s not a deal-killer with it being IPX8.

One question on the clip: How well does it resist being turned? I’ve had numerous problems with side-switches self-activating but here the clip can be turned to ‘guard’ the switch without obscuring it which would solve that problem.

Too many other things gnawing at the finances right now to spend on any more lights but that will resolve itself at some point and I’ll have at last one of these when it does Wink

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Looks like this one goes on my bucket list.

The aimable head combined with the magnetic base is the clincher for me, a magnetic base does no good if you can’t point the light where you want it to shine once it’s stuck. Of course the high output and design/build qualities come into play- no point in having crappy lights here anymore Cool I’d guess the magnet could be doubled-up or replaced with a stronger one. The USB charging I could do without but that’s not a deal-killer with it being IPX8.

One question on the clip: How well does it resist being turned? I’ve had numerous problems with side-switches self-activating but here the clip can be turned to ‘guard’ the switch without obscuring it which would solve that problem.

Too many other things gnawing at the finances right now to spend on any more lights but that will resolve itself at some point and I’ll have at last one of these when it does Wink

Phil

Hey mate the clip is facing the other way. It faces down. You can turn it around but the notch sits on directly on the top of the change mode switch. I tried to turn the light on by rolling it around and the button are recessed enough to not activate.

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Thanks for that discount code. I have EDC’d an “older’ JR 20 300 lumen model for a few years and love it! Although I’ve admired the 38% brighter 400 lumen version, it didn’t seem to make sense to buy it. Now with 1 1 0 0 lumens and the USB charging capability. that special deal takes a $115 retail light to not $79.85 nor even $63 but to an amazing $52.74 with shipping! maybe this will be an early Christmas present for myself LOL. it should arrive by mid November. THANKS AGAIN for your post and that discount code.

with PPal the site worked!

My 1100 lumen version is on the way yea!!!!!!
as much as I have enjoyed my JR 20 this will be even better!!!

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I have older model, JR20, swivel mechanism is just terrible. At first it worked OK, was a bit stiff but it worked, now it just james at the middle and I have to use excessive force to get it back to “straight” position, doesn’t want to go all the way to 90 degree position. Driver is glued so I can’t take a peek to check what could get so wrong inside there…

 

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Sirius9 wrote:
I have older model, JR20, swivel mechanism is just terrible. At first it worked OK, was a bit stiff but it worked, now it just james at the middle and I have to use excessive force to get it back to “straight” position, doesn’t want to go all the way to 90 degree position. Driver is glued so I can’t take a peek to check what could get so wrong inside there…

Question:

would it be possible to place the light in a sealed plastic bag and place in boiling water for a while?

that MIGHT loosen it up a bit. Hope it works out. I love having that light on my strong side in a belt holster.

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