[Review] JetBeam RRT01 2019 (Rotary EDC, 18350, Almost Perfection?)

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[Review] JetBeam RRT01 2019 (Rotary EDC, 18350, Almost Perfection?)

Jetbeam has reintroduced an updated RRT01 for 2019. This an exciting EDC light because it has a infinitely variable control ring meaning it’s a new affordable rotary light. It comes with a USB rechargeable 16340 battery but also takes 18350’s. Thanks to Banggood for sending this to me to take a look at.

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Packaging
Pretty standard packaging from Jetbeam on this light. It’s a retail blue and black hanging box, with a picture of the light on the front. Banggod has kindly placed a large sticker and a piece of yellow tape on mine. On the back you get the features and specs. Included accessories are the light, a Jetbeam branded 16340 700mAh battery that is USB rechargeable, a decent lanyard, extra oring and small hex wrench for removing the clip, and small MicroUSB recharging cable.



Construction
The light is made from aluminum and anodized a dark gray with the control bezel being a silver. It’s nice to see something that’s not black. Machining is very good. Starting at the tail, it’s flat, with 3 places for 12mm long tritium vials, it’s flat so the light will tail stand provided it doesn’t have a lanyard attached. There is a place for the lanyard in the side but doing so makes it not sit very flat anymore. The body section of the light has knurling around it with 2 flats with the minimal labeling on each side. The light then grows to match the size of the head and control ring.



The rotary control ring has some areas milled into it to give grip. It has a detent on both ends of the control area. From 0 to 100% is about 150 degrees of rotation. The detent in the control ring isn’t super crisp, but a little mushy, it also takes a decent amount of effort to get over the detents but once over them it turns easily but has enough resistance to stay where you leave it. The rotary really allows you to dial in the exact amount of light you want very quickly.

The head has a aluminum bezel with shallow crenelations. It is not glued in place and is easily removed. I think this will be an easy and popular light to modify because of that. The glass lens is double anti reflective coated and it has a deep smooth reflector.


Size/Weight/Carry Comparison
While not the smallest 16340 light on the market for me this makes a really nice EDC. A big part of that is a good pocket clip, and while the stock one is decent, Jetbeam wisely decided to make this compatible with a wide variety of aftermarket clips such as, Steelflame, Okluma, Oveready, and others. The stock clip for me had just a little to much upward flare on the tipI measured the length at 81mm, maximum diameter at 26mm, and minimum diameter at 20mm. Weight with the included cell and clip was 93g.





LED/Beamshot/Runtime
The RRT01 is using a Cree XP-L HI LED in cool white. No tint data is given but it is cool white, with no undesirable tints (green). The beam is has a slight donut that you notice with lower power levels. Around the hot spot there is a thin reflection an additional small artifact in the beam that’s brighter. It’s noticeable but not a deal killer given all the lights other strengths.

I did 2 uncooled runtime testes, one with the included 700mAh 16340 and the other with a 1200mAh 18350. With the 16340 the total output on the highest output lasted a total of 24 minutes. During this output decreased slowly and pretty linearly, before the LVP on the battery itself kicked in. The runtime using the 1200mAh unprotected 18350 was a similar but different story. Output was a little more stable at the top, and total output increased to over just under 40 minutes (Technically longer). Outputs were pretty smooth and similar but at the 30 minute mark we saw lots of very little steps and then at the very end the light flashed to let you know the cell was very low. However then instead of cutting off output the light continued to run since the light itself has no LVP. My recommendation would be to run this with a protected battery or just charge frequently to avoid damaging the cell from ultra low voltage running.

UI
UI on this light is super simple, Instead of buttons and modes it uses a rotary switch in the bezel with a detent on both ends. The detents are a little mushy, and do require some force. As mentioned earlier it’s about 160 degrees full rotation with detents. Low on this light is super low, sub lumen which is nice to see. I find the rotary switch to be faster than ramping UI with a ebutton too.

The light also has strobe if you rotate the rotary to maximum brightness past the detent, then reverse slightly over the denent and reverse again (Twice). Doing this twice gives you strove and then you can decrease brightness to the level you wish. Doing this 3 times gives you SOS. Rotate past the off detent to end the blinking modes.

Recharging
Included is a Jetbeam branded 700mAh 16340 battery that has recharging built in via MicroUSB on the battery. Charging speed was 0.4A which is what you want for these smaller capacity batteries. It took right at 2 hours to charge completely. The LED indicator on the battery goes Red when charging and Green when charged.

The light will take 18350 batteries too, these fill up the cavity better (Although no rattle with the 16340 that’s included) but if your using a protected 18350 it might not screw down completely flush. This doesn’t harm the IPX8 water resistance.

Pro

  • Love that it takes 18350’s including protected cells (Protected will have a bit of brass sticking out)
  • Great size and clip for EDC
  • Rotary switch in a small affordable package
  • Easily modifiable emitter
  • Takes standard clips if you want to upgrade.

Cons

  • There are some beam artifacts
  • No LVP (Running a protected battery is a good idea)
  • Not a completely smooth beam profile, there are some extra rings around the hot spot.

Conclusion
The Jetbeam RR01 2019 edition is a really nice little EDC light. It’s been my EDC since I got it, and that’s saying something. Rotary control rings this small are not common, and I think they should be used more. It allows you to get exactly the amount of illumination you need for your specific application. The RRT01 does a lot of things well for an EDC in my book.

The stock clip is pretty good for a fairly deep carry, and can easily be swapped out to a steelflame style clip from a variety of manufacturers if you would like. The modding potential for this light is big too, there is some talk of someone trying to make a triple in this light too which would be pretty awesome, and something I will definitely be paying attention too. I will probably look into an LED swap here in the coming weeks too, to get something high CRI and a touch warmer. Overall it’s a great little EDC light and I am glad Jetbeam revived the design and updated if for 2019. I definitely recommend it.

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liquidretro wrote:
The Jetbeam RR01 2019 edition is a really nice little EDC light. It’s been my EDC since I got it, and that’s saying something. Rotary control rings this small are not common, and I think they should be used more. It allows you to get exactly the amount of illumination you need for your specific application. The RRT01 does a lot of things well for an EDC in my book.

Great information!

My Jetbeam Rotary (I have the Original) had also taken up permanent residence in my EDC pocket, since I got it a few months ago. I say “had”, because my RRT-01 got bumped out of my pocket, by the Jetbeam Ti(unobtanium) Rotary. Both are LED modded to N219b 4500k.

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Nice review. I have been very tempted (at times) to pick up this light. The picture in the middle of the page of the RRT01, D4 18350, and S1R cinched the deal. I won’t be buying it any time soon, at least not for $80. My D4 18350 is my EDC, and its noticeably smaller, brighter, and more functionality. I still think the RRT01 is a cool light, but I have learned using my D4 I prefer a stepped interface, rather than infinitely variable.

All that said, I’ll keep reading about the RRT01, and if I end up finding a deal I can’t resist, then I may just have to grab one up.

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Was searching for more info on the various Jetbeam RRT lights and found this on Jetbeams site,

http://www.jetbeamlight.com/products_show312.html

Is this a new version or have I missed the boat on it already?

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rockhound42 wrote:
Is this a new version

yes, the 2020 version has a tailswitch, and battery adapters.

It has been announced, but I have not seen it for sale yet.. you are not late to the party Smile

the 2019 version is the version this review thread is about. It does not have a tailswitch (I prefer no tailswitch).. , uses CR123, 16340, and 18350. No adapters required.

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So they made this light even bigger and heavier.

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Thanks for the quick reply, will do a little more digging on the new one, and look out for a 2019 version.

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yes I think same head size as the 2019 model, but new body tube

The 2020 model is for people that want a rotary with tailswitch

and adapters for more battery options
14500 (like Sunwayman V11r), and
18650 (like NiteEye Eye15)

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jon_slider wrote:
The 2020 model is for people that want a rotary with tailswitch

But they didn’t think about people who want 18650, and a rotary switch.

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Chatika vas Paus wrote:
jon_slider wrote:
The 2020 model is for people that want a rotary with tailswitch
But they didn't think about people who want 18650, and a rotary switch.

Actually you can choose 18650 also...

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the extension tubes might fit the 2019 version as well, threads look identical

hopefully it will be sold as a spare

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Anthon wrote:
the extension tubes might fit the 2019 version as well, threads look identical

hopefully it will be sold as a spare


Jetbeam sold me a spare part for a different light. All it took was to email them (info at jetbeamlight.com) and to pay the invoice. My contact was very knowledgeable.

If the new battery tube fits the old 2019 head, I’ll order it.

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Thanks for the info Unheard. I hope it’ll be compatible.

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Chatika vas Paus wrote:
jon_slider wrote:
The 2020 model is for people that want a rotary with tailswitch
But they didn’t think about people who want 18650, and a rotary switch.

Actually you can choose 18650 also…

Yes, but I said about rotary switch only. Without tailcap.

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Unheard wrote:
If the new battery tube fits the old 2019 head

I wrote to ask jetbeam, they said no:
“Extension tube is not suitable for 2019 rrt01 .”

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Of course the real test is to buy it and see if it fits. Silly

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^
This

jon_slider wrote:
I wrote to ask jetbeam, they said no: “Extension tube is not suitable for 2019 rrt01 .”

They wrote so as to encourage you to buy the new version

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I wonder if the slots around the tail cap on 2020 version are large enough for tritium vials. Interesting light as I’d the switch. Did the older models offer Nichia 219C as well as this one?

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here is the info on the 2020 model (on right)
http://www.jetbeamlight.com/products_show312.html

and the 2019 model (on left)
http://www.jetbeamlight.com/products_show299.html


pic (not to scale) is a link to more info on the 3 versions of RRT-01

Jeffg0330 wrote:
… tritium vials … 219C

no one has the 2020 model in hand yet, so we dont know the size of the lanyard slots.. to my eye, they look larger than a 1.5 × 6mm tritium, pure speculation..

the 2020 is the first to offer 219c, and tailswitch

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If it’s smaller in diameter then it’s mine. Hope there will be a GB. Thanks for the infos.

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Unheard wrote:
If it’s smaller in diameter then it’s mine. Hope there will be a GB. Thanks for the infos.

the original has the smallest diameter…

clic pic for specs of the three versions, where to buy originals, and detailed modding supplies info

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jon_slider wrote:

the original has the smallest diameter…

Wish I had one. Really not happy I couldn’t get one at an (to me) affordable price. Guess this won’t change anytime soon. Fingers crossed the 2020 is somewhere between both in dia.

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Unheard wrote:
price

yes, not cheap
I hope you find a way to get your hands on one

a couple of thoughts.. to help you to make peace with the price:

after I bought my first RRT-01, I stopped buying clickies
I have saved a lot of money.. LOL!

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The new 2020 RRT01 is now listed at FT, but its quite a bit more expensive than the 2019 model (even with MAP coupon code).

In the pictures it looks like there is a small hole in the control ring, very odd. Anybody have a guess what that is about?

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Strange...

It says in description “5 mode” and not mentioned about extension adapters...

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From FT description:

Depth 25.7 mm
Height 91 mm

Same diameter, 10mm longer. Jetbeam, you may keep it.

jon_slider wrote:

I hope you find a way to get your hands on one

a couple of thoughts.. to help you to make peace with the price:

after I bought my first RRT-01, I stopped buying clickies
I have saved a lot of money.. LOL!

“the taste of quality, lingers long after the price is forgotten”


I know you’re right. Still would have a very bad conscience spending 100 EUR or more.

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Does anyone know how the new tail switch works and interacts with the regular on/off exactly? Is it just a momentary turbo?

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No reviews yet so no way to tell.

That said, I highly doubt there is a secondary inner tube contact to the tailcap like in an FW3A…. which means the tailcap switch is likely not electronic and can’t control the driver in the head of the light.

My guess is the tailcap switch is a simple forward clicks like in a Sunwayman V11r. The ring lets you set the brightness before using the switch to turn the light on or off.

If they use a forward clicky the light should also have momentary available in all modes.

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Rotary with tail switch (and stock option for a very decent emitter) puts this in much closer competition with the HDS Rotary, at least interface-wise.

Considering this is now only one of two lights I’m aware of with fine/continuous output selection from off with a tail-switch for activation that makes the price fairy attractive.

The size/weight for each battery format is competitive also, with the added benefit of much higher output than an HDS.