Thorfire mini keychain light with Nichia 219c Review

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Thorfire mini keychain light with Nichia 219c Review

This is the TK 01. I received this sample free for review.
I have a couple of one time use coupon codes on Amazon that I can share on PM only which will drop the price 40%. Here is the link to the site: Amazon
It is under $14 and I think it is worth that to have a decent CRI light in my pocket all day. If you do not yet have a light with a Nichia 219 you owe it to yourself to get one. This replaced a stream light that takes two coin cells and had a seriously purple tint that I had on my keychain for more than a decade. I had to give that light away as it now creeps me out.

This cell phone pic does not due it justice, but it is what I have. I would call the tint a bit pinkish compared to the XML, XPL, and XPG lights I normally buy. It is not super bright, so it will not replace the 18650 powered light that I usually carry, but I have been leaving it in the car a lot because this is plenty of light for indoor use with the enveloop AAA.

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Thanks for the heads up. Ordered one and with the discount, (didn’t use yours), it came to a total of $11.64 with free shipping. I’m a sucker for tiny AAA lights.

I’m a CW fan but I do have one AAA light with a Nichia 219 and the beam is very pleasant. Hope this isn’t too pinkish.

Do you know if it will accept a 10440 cell? I couldn’t find anything that states it does.

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I saw nothing that allowed a lithium battery so I just used eneloop AAA
It is $13.69 on Amazon

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I have one of these that I’m also evaluating for Thorfire. Must say that I like it a lot more than expected. The Nichia emitter has probably the best NW tint/temp/and CRI combo I’ve seen to date, really pleasantly surprised. No pinkish bias on mine that I mind at all. I also think the output level is about perfect for what I want from a one-mode keychain light.

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I did not intend to imply the tint is too pink, most lights look too blue or purple to me and this is just different. I love it for indoor use especially.

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I just received mine. Nice little light. The “can’t twist the head off” to me is a nice touch. Tint is very nice and I notice no pink. Build quality is very good.

For a keychain light though, I prefer the Olight i3E EOS which noticeably smaller and also has a nice tint.

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I also noticed this has a slot in the tailcap for a 1.5×6mm tritium tube if so desired.

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Where can I buy the tritium?

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Good heads-up. Thanks.

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Gebe wrote:
I also noticed this has a slot in the tailcap for a 1.5×6mm tritium tube if so desired.

Maybe here.

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I have all the flashlights I need, but not as many as I want...

 

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Calaveras wrote:
Amazon this is plenty of light for indoor use with the enveloop AAA.
Gebe wrote:
I’m a sucker for tiny AAA lights.

the link is to an AA light, not AAA:

ThorFire Mini Flashlight, 500 Lumen Professional EDC Tactical Light with Strobe, Compact TG06S Powered by AA or 14500 Battery (Not Included)

"High CRI Lights for Sale":https://budgetlightforum.com/node/75426

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My mistake
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07CNHZN43/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=...
Try this link
I am sending you my last code Jon if you want one…

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yes, that link is correct now, to an AAA light

suggest you correct the link in the first post also

thank you for the code, I do not plan to use it, please offer it to someone else if interested
Im full up on AAA lights, half a dozen Copper Maratacs with Nichias

my latest adventure involves an accumulation of 5 CR123/16340 lights, 4 of which are modded to Nichias

"High CRI Lights for Sale":https://budgetlightforum.com/node/75426

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I forgot you can edit a post. Thanks Jon
I guess the last code may still be available. I saw a 15% off coupon on Amazon today for this item

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There is something I absolutely hate about this light that I have yet to read in a review. There is no grease on the threads. It makes high pitched squeaks and metal to metal noise for the full 1 1/4 turn to on or off. The lack of grease (and it “feels” like lack of o-ring) make the head twist too freely. As in it’s very loose unless tightened all the way in either direction. Both issues could be easily fixed with a dab of grease if I could figure out a way to get the head off without damaging the it. The bezel seems to be glued on. I cant get it to budge.

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I had KL02 Old ThorFire Key Chain Flashlight. That light was not impressive at all. But, I have listed some of the best keychain flashlights in my blog that I have used personally http://tacticalflashlightguide.com/best-keychain-flashlight-for-everyday.... Thorfire keychian flashlight isn’t my top pick.

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Calaveras wrote:
Where can I buy the tritium?

I’ve had good luck at fasttech.com. They’re also cheaper if you buy a lot of three.

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I still have some items in transit from FT. My rule is I cannot make a new order while another is shipping…

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Snoballz wrote:
There is something I absolutely hate about this light that I have yet to read in a review. There is no grease on the threads. It makes high pitched squeaks and metal to metal noise for the full 1 1/4 turn to on or off. The lack of grease (and it “feels” like lack of o-ring) make the head twist too freely. As in it’s very loose unless tightened all the way in either direction. Both issues could be easily fixed with a dab of grease if I could figure out a way to get the head off without damaging the it. The bezel seems to be glued on. I cant get it to budge.

Yeah, mine squeaks a bit but not too bad. This thing though is just about impossible to operate one handed unlike the Olight i3E EOS which is smooth as silk even one handed.

By the way, I bit the bullet and tried a 10440 cell in it and it works great and now puts out an amazing amount of light!