This is my quick review of the ThorFire KL02 light. Here it is with an Eagle Eye A6, a Manker AAA and my Carmex for size.
This is a single mode (for now… mwahahaha) area light that takes either a CR123 or a 16340 battery. I have some 16340’s on order, both LiFePO4 and 3.7V LiIon, but for now this light is running well on an “expired” (12-2013 good by date) CR123. It is pulling around 40ma on this old battery that was reading 2.99V prior to the testing.
The light activates by screwing the base all the way down, simple and reliable. There are no springs in this light, instead ThorFire has gone the foam doughnut route (mmmmmm, foam doughnut), and the tail has a center post surrounded by the foam.
This works very well on other lights like the DQG’s and keeps the battery from rattling in this when it is off. There is nothing to this light electrically, it appears to have the board press fit into the light from the front, with an LED emitter and a single resistor as the only circuitry. If there is anybody that can help with deducing this electrically, let us know, but it looks like a simple resistor circuit to me. Looks nice for modding as well…
The anodizing looks good, the knurling is enough, but not sharp and the threads and o-ring grooves are smoothly cut. Well manufactured for sure. Next to my DQG Tiny III 18650…
The front dome is thick, over a 1/4 inch thick in the middle, the plastic is frosted and the threads are deep and well cut.
There is an o-ring on the front as well, so this light should be pretty good with even a dunking in the water, a quick check in the shower for a couple of minutes seemed to do no harm… A simple and robust design. The supplied clip is adequate, but there are four holes for lanyards on the tail and they would be big enough for plenty of options. I wonder if a Convoy S2 clip, shortened, would fit?
More modes may be in order for some, but for a glovebox, purse or camping light like this, simple is better in my opinion. I believe it is rated for brighter output on the 16340 battery, but the run-time will be less, and then you have to have a charger, know LiIon battery dangers/chemistries, join BLF, get a few C8’s and other lights, take apart old laptop batteries for “pulls” and well, you know….you are here reading this…. Fun, aint it?
Seriously, if you want a light for someone to just have, throw a CR123 in this and forget about it. My quick math of ” 1500mah “:http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/123.pdf for a CR123 divided by conservative 45ma that the light draws is showing about 33 hours of use prior to a new battery needed… that is a pretty good number, but correct me if I am wrong…
This is a great light at a good price, I would not pay more than about $10 for this light personally, but is is a good bargain none the less for someone that wants a small area light. These are available on Amazon right now, and I have inquired if BangGood is going to carry them as they have told me ThorFire is their brand (apparently GearBest was poaching their images/sales).
Thanks for reading this mini review, I will post more when I get the other batteries.