This is my review of the ODEPRO B108 (also called TM30) flashlight! It was sent to me by Odepro Outdoors for a review! Thanks Odepro
The flashlight can be purchased on Amazon, here (non-affiliate): https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B07B9NSQYH/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I couldn’t find other reviews, video or written, so let me know if you find any, and I’ll add the links here!!
NOTE: Before reading, please note that some specs stated below were taken from this flashlight’s Amazon page (marked with * )
Body Colour: Black
Material: T6061 aircraft-grade aluminium alloy with premium type III military hard anodizing finish for scratch resistance*
Emitter: XML2 U4 (NW to CW)*
Max beam distance: up to 200 m*
Lens: Glass Lens (not AR Coated)
Max output: Not specified
Impact resistance: 1m*
Reverse Polarity Protection: Not specified (I tested and the battery didn’t heat up, and the light didn’t turn ON)
Operating time: Up to 50 hours at medium brightness level*
Low voltage indicator: When the flashlight flashes and goes off automatically, the battery is almost depleted* [NOT TESTED by me]
Waterproofness: this is contradictory as the Amazon page states 2 different things:
- IPX8 (rain or snow) [NOT TESTED by me]
- IPX-68, water repellent (rain and moisture) [NOT TESTED by me]
PACKAGE AND FLASHLIGHT
The flashlight cardboard box arrived inside an Amazon bigger box, Matrioshka style
It arrived well packed and inside the flashlight’s box there are two thick pieces of foam to protect from impacts (above and below the materials).
What do we find inside? Well: 1 ODEPRO B108; 1 lanyard; 1 holster; 1 battery charger; 2 18650 batteries; 2 o-rings.
I can’t remember but…I guess there was no silica gel bag :FACEPALM:
Unfortunately, and unlike the Odepro KL52 light I received before and also many other flashlights, there was no User Manual !!! Therefore, things like the “User Interface” and other “Specifications” had to be seen on the Amazon page. Also, specifications like runtime are not available and I have no means to test it.
More than that, as stated above, there were some contradictions on the information, namely the Waterproofness level.
My first impressions of the flashlight were that that it is very well-built, has a nice finishing and machining and no imperfections at all.
The anodizing confers a great feeling when the flashlight is held. It is smooth. As comparison, it is smoother than the Convoys S2+ and even the Odepro KJ52. I would compare this anodizing to the Nitefox UT20, that also has this “shining anodizing”.
The knurling on the body and the tail has no imperfections, it is provides a good grip but it is neither too deep nor aggressive.
The light has a removable cigar grip ring for “tactical” use and a removable pocket clip. Both are useful, but to use both, it is important to manage their position so that the pocket clip doesn’t interfere with the cigar style grip. The “cigar grip” has a hole for a lanyard.
One thing must be noted: if, on the one side, this flashlight is advertised/sold as Odepro B108, on the other side, in the battery tube is written Odepro TM30. It is not relevant for me, but it is curious to see this. Maybe Odepro Outdoors can clarify this
DIMMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Not much to say concerning this! Here are “my measurements” and weighting!
This flashlight has an overall good body construction. On the head we can find some fins to enable heat dissipation. I am not sure if this light will get extremely hot, as it doesn’t seem to be a “hot rod”, but, either way, it is nice to have these fins to help it not to get hot.
It has a bezel above the lens and an o-ring between the lens and the reflector.
The Lens is thick glass. It is not AR Coated, and that is a thing that seems to have a positive impact on the beam, as there is no major tint shift.
The Reflector is made of aluminium, it is an Orange Peel reflector and it is pretty deep. It allows the beam to have a nice balance between throw and flood! Actually, it amazed me the first time I used it in the open dark space
According to the specs, the Odepro B108 has a XML2 U4 LED, that I would say that goes from Neutral White to Cool White. Above the LED plate (can’t say if it is copper or aluminium, sorry :FACEPALM: ) there is a black gasket that helps centring the LED / reflector.
Below the plate, there is a white silicone or glue, like on the pills of the Odepro KL52.
I didn’t dismantle the rest of the head but this is what it seems to me: it appears to have a removable pill, that will get out from the top of the head. Bellow lays the driver that will probably get out along with the pill, as it doesn’t have space to be retrieved from the bottom of the head.
Maybe later I will dismantle this
The battery tube has nice threads that arrived slightly lubricated . On each tip there is a sealing o-ring. On the one side, there is the Odepro logotype and the “TM30” that I think it corresponds to the flashlight model; on the other side, there is the indication for the correct polarity for the battery. As this indicates…the tube is not reversible!
On the “bottom” of the tube, there are also the threads for the cigar grip ring and a groove for the pocket clip .
As mentioned above, this flashlight has 2 buttons, one in the “bottom” and one in the side of the tail. The tailcap has a nice knurling, and it has a hole for a lanyard.
Despite it seems to tailstand, it doesn’t! The silicone button protrudes a little bit; so, due to that and to the weight in the head of the flashlight, it will be difficult to tailstand.
I “half dismantled” the tailcap as I didn’t want to damage it. Here’s how it looks like on the inside.
Both buttons act very well and respond well to the pressing/clicking!
This flashlight has the following modes: Turbo > High > Medium > Low + Strobe + SOS.
It has memory for the 4 regular modes. The mode changing always operates from the highest to the lowest output levels.
Also, as seen above, it has 2 switches on the tail: one in the side – momentary switch (SS); one in the “bottom” – forward clicky switch (FCS).
So, now I’ll explain how the UI works.
- Press and hold the SS:
- Half press the FCS:
light turns ON momentarily in the last regular used mode ( T / H / M / L)
- Full press the FCS:
light turns ON in the last regular used mode ( T / H / M / L)
- Half press the FCS + “Single” clicking SS:
light turns ON momentarily in the last regular used mode ( T / H / M or L) & clicking the SS changes the modes.
A 3 seconds press on the SS while the FCS is half pressed activates SOS .
To exit SOS : click the SS (goes back to the regular modes) or release the FCS (turns the light OFF)
- Full press the FCS + “Single” clicking SS:
light turns ON in the last regular used mode ( T / H / M or L) and clicking the SS changes the modes.
A 3 seconds press on the SS while when the light is ON activates SOS .
To exit SOS : click the SS (goes back to the regular modes) or full click the FCS (turns the light OFF).
As can be seen on the image above, there are some “traces” on the beamshot.
Yes, this is one of the things in which this light might be improved: the flashlight has PWM in all the modes. The highest mode is the one that has a lower level (it seems to me, seen through the cell phone camera).
And now, some outdoor beamshots
I must say I was surprised when I first turned it ON in the dark night! The Odepro B108 has a very nice beam and illumination range! It provides more than 70-80 meters of useful visibility and the lowest mode is very useful for a 3-6 meters range.
Please note that it reaches a higher distance, but above 70 meters, the dark spots are difficult to avoid despite its power!
WHAT I LIKED?
- Overall built and the flashlight feeling in the hands – the finishing and anodizing is really nice and I think the Odepro B108 has a very good built quality. No imperfections, no scratches, nothing. The materials seem to be of good quality, not “cheappo”.
- No significant tint shift – when directed towards a white or clear wall, there are no major shifts or artifacts. The beam has a nice mix of throw and flood and travels a very good distance, so nothing to point concerning this!
- The accessories – Well, 2 batteries, a charger and a holster are enough accessories to like this package. It complements a already good flashlight by itself!
- Responsive buttons - both switches function pretty well and help to use this flashlight smoothly, despite the ergonomics of the body is not always so practical.
- Tactical Strobe - being designed with tactical purposes the instant access to strobe is nice
WHAT I THINK THAT COULD BE IMPROVED?
- PWM – Well, it is not really annoying as it can only be seen through a camera;
- No User Manual – That would nice to have, not only due to the User Interface, but to know some specifications (Low Voltage Protection/indication; Reverse Polarity Protection; Runtimes; Max Output; …)
- Contradictory Information - Amazon page must be corrected to specify if this is a IPX8 or IPX68 flashlight.
- Memory - Well, unlike in other flashlights, I guess the Odepro could have one of two things: a) programmable memory, to enable/disable the possibility to always start on Turbo or on the other modes; b) direct access to Turbo through a shortcut, turning it into a tactical light for instant bursts of light.
As you can see, the light itself doesn’t have any significant issues for me! It works pretty fine and has a “tactical” feeling due to the “cigar grip” and the Side Switch. I will try it again next weekend on my village to test it a maybe take some more beamshots
I wanna thank Odepro Outdoors for sending another nice flashlight and for the opportunity to review it!! Thanks
Feel free to ask questions or leave comments :THUMBS-UP: