[review] Orcatorch T20 in 4K UHD

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[review] Orcatorch T20 in 4K UHD

Review copy was sent in by Outdoor Equipment Expert via Amazon to me here in the Philippines, whom I thank for the confidence afforded to me.

Preface: If you held an Orcatorch before you would know the feel of the build quality on their lights. This particular model is no different. The T20 is robust, is a performer, surprisingly enough in terms of lumen output to performance hotness ratio. This is the smaller version of the T35 prototype from Orcatorch.

It comes very well packaged in a brown carton, secured with bubble wrap and foam. And inside the box is a black, blue and orange retail packaging which holds the light and accessories, protected and secured by foam inside so everything stays in place.
It is somewhat designed like a tool or gun box for easy carry when travelling, it comes with a large carved out handle, and two heavy duty plastic snapping enclosures.

1x Orcatorch T20
1x Nylon Holster
2x 3000mah 18650 batteries

2x spare O-rings
1x battery case
1x 2-bay charger
1x user manual
1x warranty card
1x Outdoor Equipment Expert sticker



Quick Features:
-Tail and side switch system
-Momentary on
-Mode memory
-IPX 68 waterproofness rating
-4 brightness levels, strobe and SOS mode
-runtime of up to 275 hours
-19800cd, 980 lumens, 281 meters of throw with a good spill

Manufacturer Specifications:

Working voltage: 3-8.4V
Brightness and battery life: Turbo (980lumen 1h35min)-High (350lumen 3h)-Middle (50lumen 22h20min)-Low (2lumen 275h)
Mode or stalls: Six modes (TURBO-HIGH-MID-LOW-Strobe-SOS)
Irradiation distance: 281M (922 feet)
LED runtime: 50,000hours
LED: Cree XM-L2(U2) LED
Body Material: Aircraft-grade high strength aluminum AL-6061-T6 with premium
Battery: One 18650 battery (note torch operating voltage range)
Waterproof level: IP68, it is waterproof underwater 2 meters within 30 minutes
Size: 153 * 25.4 * 40mm (5.9 * 0.99 * 1.56 inches)
Flashlight Weight: 183g (excluding battery)
Reflector: Aluminum alloy material

-High efficiency constant current circuit, constant brightness
-Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery installation Intelligent memory function
-Over-heat protection function
-Over-discharge protection function
-Stainless attack bezel and drop resistant stainless rear design
-Anti-roll, slip-resistant body design
-Type III military hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
-Alloy aluminum reflector with professional opticalanalysis
-Toughened glass with anti-reflective coating

Battery Specifications: 1. Battery Type:18650 Rechargeable Battery 2. Capacity: 3000mAh 3. Voltage: 3.7V 4. Material: Lithium 5. Charge Time: about 3.5hours

Charger Specifications: 1. Input Voltage: 100V~240V 50/60Hz 2. Output Voltage: 4.2V 3. Compatible with 18650 batteries 4. Indicator light: Green (before charge)--red (charging)--Green (finish charge)


From OFF:
-Click the tail switch for ON, to switch modes, use the side switch.
-Half-click the tail switch for momentary ON

From ON:
-Cycle through the modes using the side switch, modes always go from LOW->MED->HIGH->TURBO.
To activate strobe and SOS, you need to have the flashlight on, and then press and hold the side switch for around 2 seconds, and again for around 2 seconds to go to SOS from STROBE.

There is no electronic lockout on this light. There is a mechanical lockout instead (just turn the tailcap 1/4th counter clockwise).

Form Factor:
The T20 has some heft to it. Built very well and straight forward in design, it has an anti roll feature as well. Fits very well in hand and has good balance. The design gives the light a very substantial cooling system that even on TURBO for long, it doesn't heat up the light, thus giving more
TURBO time.

It has a stainless steel, mildly aggressive strike bezel.

The toughened glass with anti reflective coating houses the CREE XM-L2 LED which is perfectly centered between the deep, smooth, polished
aluminum alloy reflector which gives the light decent throw and useable spill.

There are 3 deep set cooling fins on the head which gives the light very good heat dissipation. The side switch is made of rubber, embossed is the Orcatorch logo in a dotted pattern, around it is an aluminum ring.

The head can't be separated from the barrel of the light.

Inside is a gold spring for contact of the cell.



It is one with the head of the light. Has parallel fine knurling and some flat panels which the brand and model is laser engraved on either sides.

It has a very sturdy black clip, and a tactical ring comes installed, however, you can still detach if you choose to.

An o-ring is installed with well lubricated, square cut threads.

It does have a tail-stand capability, has a stainless finish on the tail end which also has a lanyard hole. The main switch is a rubber switch boot which also has the brand logo embossed in a dotted pattern.

There are 2 flat panels on the tail cap to provide good grip when opening the light. It has a crisp, audible click when pressing.

Inside is a nipple like aluminum contact button for the cell.

Beam shots:





Control shot:










Creative shots:


To sum up, I believe that the most important part of any review is if given the chance to purchase the same light for my own EDC, would I still purchase it?
For this light, it is a definite YES. Specially if you are looking for a tactical edc light with complete functions. The OrcaTorch T20 possess all the quality hallmarks of a tactical LED flashlight – smooth beam, evenly spaced modes, hidden but accessible strobe and SOS modes, and robust design. I must say I was impressed with the TURBO runtime that it didn't heat up the light and stepped down fast. I recently had an out of town trip with my girlfriend and we brought our T20's with us, we used it the whole time, and I can really vouch for it performance wise. I've held quite a number of torches already and even did a review for the Orcatorch T35 sometime last year, I must say this is no different in terms of build quality as I've mentioned earlier and the brightness which is expected from a 980 Lumen light is ample and great.
Scrutinizing the light over throughout the review, I am hard pressed to find any flaws at this price point. If I were to nit-pick, it would be the UI, I prefer the UI going from LOW-MED-HIGH-TURBO-HIGH-MED-LOW rather than this lights UI, and also that you can't turn on the light using the side switch. Lastly, I would suggest to the manufacturers that they update the LED for this light, maybe add a charging dock as well. But given the age of this light and design, I'd stay it still impresses up to this day comparing to the other tactical lights in the market. Truly a value for money.

As with all gears, two is one and one is none.

Light on brothers!

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Edited by: sacrileizei on 06/05/2019 - 00:20
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Nice review, cool pictures!

“Electricity is really just organized lightning”
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Thanks for the great review. I like the square cut threads and overall aesthetics of this light.

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Mmm, I got the one that has the pushbutton switch in the tailcap, and it’s quite nice as well. Same tough case, 2 cells, charger, the works. Literally everything you need to get going.

The… was it the EA01?… the AAA twisty light that looked sleek like an elongated chesspiece, was really nice ‘til an alkaleak ruined it from the inside. I asked and bought another one long after it was discontinued.

(Ha! Looked, and my review on Amazon is still there.)


I want an Orcahat!!

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