Review - Klarus XT2CR

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For review I have the Klarus XT2CR a 1600 Lumen EDC able flashlight with two modes of operation , Tactical and Outdoors . And right off may I suggest that the outdoor modes are the choice modes for most people . The XT2CR came set to tactical out of the box and initially I was left some what confused by exactly what Klarus was trying to achieve with the mode of operation ( Tactical ) . The XT2CR has two switches at the back of the tailcap , the main switch and a mode switch . Pressing down on the mode switch in the Tactical mode short cuts to strobe and the only way to stop accidental activation is to unscrew the tailcap . ( Lock out the tailcap ) There does appear to be mode memory , but its the strangest mode memory ! and only seems to work for Low , though a few times I got the light to go into medium ? ( Very strange ) But then there is no mention of mode memory in the instructions ?

User Interface :

You have two switches in the tailcap . The main switch ( a forward clicky ) and a mode switch . The main switch turns the light on or gives you momentary function with Turbo output . There are two modes of operation , Tactical and Outdoor .

Tactical = 3 Light levels ( Turbo - High - Low and strobe function )

Outdoor = 4 Light Levels ( Turbo - High - Medium - Low and SOS function ) .

Changing Mode = Instruction manual sux’s for this one : Hold down the mode switch , a green light will come on to indicate battery condition , keep holding down the mode switch . The green light will go out , then after a while a red light will come on and start flashing = Now press the main switch and you have changed from Tactical or Outdoor to the other mode of operation .

Two Switches - Its interesting that Klarus has gone with two switches , but it is one way to have your cake and eat it . With a forward clicky switch once you have selected a light level you must turn off the light and then using the momentary function select a new light level and turn the light on again . Yes this is the burden that people that like the forward clicky normally need to put up with . No longer , now you can have your forward clicky and just use the mode switch to change light levels .

Changing Light Levels

Tactical = Turn the light on and press the mode switch - just a quick press will do it . ( Turbo - High - Low )

Outdoor = There are two ways to do in outdoor mode . Press the main switch to turn the light on and then press the mode switch . This way the light starts in Turbo - Low - Medium - High .

If you don’t want to start in Turbo … Press the mode switch and hold for two seconds . Now the light starts in Low - Medium - High - Turbo … To exit either momentary the forward clicky or hold down the mode switch for 2 seconds .

Short Cuts :

Mode switch = Strobe in Tactical mode . Low in Outdoor mode .

Strobe = Mode switch in Tactical mode , instant from the light being off or a few seconds to activate with the light on . ( Only available in Tactical mode )

SOS = Mode switch held down for 4 seconds when the light is on ( only available in Outdoor mode )

Turbo = Always VIA the main switch .

Performance :

Tactical Mode

Himax 18650

Turbo - 790 Lumens / High - 395 Lumens / Low - 19 Lumens

Solarforce V3 18650

Turbo - 1165 Lumens / High - 394 Lumens / Low - 19 Lumens

SONY VTC4 18650

Turbo - 1630 Lumens / High - 394 Lumens / Low - 20 Lumens

Outdoor mode

Himax 18650

Turbo - 790 / High - 392 / Medium - 93 / Low - 17

Solarforce V3 18650

Turbo - 1170 / High - 393 / Medium - 94 / Low - 18


Turbo - 1635 / High - 397 / Medium - 95 / Low - 18

There is quite a bit of sag on Turbo , whether it is voltage or heat related or quite possibly both as there is quite a bit of heat pumped out by the Cree XHP35 emitter . Also from the output figures we can see that the Klarus XT2CR really wants high performance batteries if you want to see maximum output . Anything short of really impressive batteries will most likely result in a performance loss . Checking for parasitic drain , I measured some 4.59mA .

Conclusion :

The Tactical mode just confused me in the sense that I could not really understand what Klarus was trying to do ? On the other hand the Outdoor mode was to me some what brilliant . Two different ways to turn on the light , from polar opposites ( Low - Turbo ) and SOS hidden away . ( Would I have done it this way - No ) Yes you can EDC the XT2CR , yes it’s well made , has a sturdy clip and the UI is easy to use and live with . Performance is very much dependent on the battery chosen ( so chose a good one ) and I found the light levels easy to live with .

Tactical mode - I just don’t see it ?

The holster - ? Light does not fit it that well .

Outdoor mode - Love it !

Belt / pocket clip - Sturdy and functional !

Beam profile - Flood with lots of power !

Smooth reflector

Nice hard anodizing

Well machined - Threads etc

USB port for recharging - In a car - caravan - boat - anywhere you have a USB adapter or powerbank .

Parasitic drain = 4.59mA measured .

I can dream - Yes I would have done it differently … First the mode switch would do nothing but change modes , I would have gone with about 6 light levels . Adding Moon mode 1-2 lumens , and something after 400 lumens , maybe 800 lumens . Also would have added mode memory and no short cuts to anything , no flashy modes . Just go with a easy to live with , easy to use light with mode memory , the forward clicky and mode switch . ( Now that’s Tactical )

Anyways I can not only live with , but actually enjoy the Outdoor mode ( It’s trick ) and I do really like the light levels . But there is this slight nagging feeling that there is a light level or two missing from the package . Klarus has certainly made a trick or is that flash - flashlight that they probably hope will appeal to people that like trick stuff . Unfortunately the Tactical mode left me unimpressed , but to counter that the Outdoor mode of operation is impressive if perhaps a little complicated or confusing to newbees . Certainly the user manual could use a little revision when it comes to choosing which mode of operation you want to go with .

What you have is a well made powerful flashlight with perhaps more options than the average person would need . ( Is it too trick ? ) There are so many flashlights built to this form factor now that the market might be a little flush with choices and I can’t help but feel that perhaps Klarus was just trying too hard to make this light appealing to everyone and in doing so , perhaps they lost some direction .

In the Outdoor mode of operation I think the Klarus XT2CR ticks most of the boxes for the majority of people and I found it easy to live with and impressive in performance . The light has given me no problems or concerns in regard to quality and because my personal feelings I will forgo giving the XT2CR a score , my opinion is some what negative to the Tactical mode of operation and quite frankly other people might just love it . Bottom line is - No problems detected - a well made and powerful flashlight with a very nice beam profile ( for me ) that really pushes light out , especially in Turbo .

Nice review old4570.

XT2CR is one of my favorite EDC lights but the second button so near to the main button does not work very well for me, even after I removed the metal cover over it. The reason is that, sometimes I accidentally press the mode changing button while I was only trying to momentary ON …and it switches to low. Not so “tactical”. I’ve placed the clip at the best point, according to how I clip it at my pants, so I can minimize the possibility for it to happen and it works …most of the times

So, if someone wants to use an XT2CR in stressful situations, know that, sometimes, you will want turbo but you will get low.

Also, I prefer using a BLF A6 deep carry clip over Klarus’.

Still, one of my favorites among my EDC 18650 tube lights. Very good quality, nice beam, powerful, seems dependable.

Another thing I forgot to mention is that, before I removed the metal cover, I had it switching ON in my pocket many times per day. Once, while I was driving, it switched ON, switched to turbo and burned my leg, all by itself :smiley:

Hmmm , yes I thought that may be a possibility … I wear gloves when it cools and in tactical mode of operation its hard not to strobe yourself …
I very much prefer the Outdoor mode of operation as I can operate the light VIA the mode switch alone , bye passing the main switch all together .
You definitely want to unscrew the tailcap to lock out the switches if your going to EDC or store the light with a battery in it .