This is the Thrunite Catapult V6 mini thrower , sent for my review from Thrunite and NO other compensation other than keeping the light.
(ALL links are NON affiliated)……… The Catapult V6 can be found on the Thrunite main site and there is a 20% off discount at the time of this review , during their “Summer Promotion” using the code “20%” (NO quotations) ……
The Thrunite “Promotion” or sale is going on until 06-15-2018 and the discount equates to $14.00 off the listed price for the Catapult V6.
Just an FYI , also there are 5 other Thrunite lights that are using the same discount code “20%” during the promotion , here is the link to all of those as well………
The Catapult V6 can be found on Amazon as well , although I am not sure if the discount code will work there……
The Catapult V6 is the latest in the Thrunite lineup and it is a powerful little thrower utilizing the XHP 35 HI emitter with boost driver to get the light downrange.
The light arrived in an Amazon box with large bubble wrap around the Thrunite box inside that and everything was in good condition.
Everything in the Thrunite box was well packaged and well padded and it contained the Catapult V6 , a Thrunite 5000mAh cell , a nice Nylon Holster , 2 extra O-rings , charging cord , an extra rubber piece for under the switch button , an extra USB cover , a split ring (for use with lanyard if desired) the User manual and thank you card.
Upon unpacking the V6 the first thing I noticed is how well the light feels in hand and of course the Thrunite quality that seems to be present every time I grab a new light from them. The holster that comes with the package is also a pretty nice nylon holster and fits the light very well.
The large diamond knurling to me looks great on the light and although it does not have the traditional Thrunite knurling we are used to seeing (and feeling) , it is still a good feeling knurling providing plenty of grip to prevent slippage. The knurling is also very well machined and no bad spots or ragged edges that I can find. All the Anodizing is very consistent and no thin or bare spots anywhere on the light.
The Catapult V6 is just a little larger than a C8 in diameter (although slightly shorter than a C8) and just a little smaller than the Convoy L2 with single cell tube.
The Bezel is styled in the traditional Thrunite style and it sits flush at the front of the light.
The lens is AR coated and was crystal clear when I unpacked the light.
The reflector is also very well done , very smooth and NO pin prick spots , dings or anything of that nature that I can detect.
The XHP 35 HI is perfectly centered in the reflector with the large centering piece used.
The side switch button is a metallic one and sits nicely in the flat of the housing. The center of the switch is lighted and serves several functions , with those being a power indicator , when the light is on (other than Moon Mode) , a Low Voltage warning , and charge indicator , showing Red while charging and Blue when fully charged. The indicator will turn purple if something is wrong such as the cell inserted backwards , or some other malfunction when trying to charge. The charge amperage is listed at 2 amps with the built in USB charger.
All of the threads are machined well and are smooth to operate. (tighten or loosen) The threads were lightly lubed when I received the light.
The light will tailstand well as the tailcap is made very flat and there is NO switch there. There is also double springs in the tailcap , so the current should have less resistance than a single spring tailcap. A single hole for the lanyard , or use of the spilt ring to attach the lanyard on the tailcap.
The MCPCB is odd to me , as it is made square and sitting on the round shelf inside the head. Although it is odd , it does seem to do what it needs to do and moves enough heat out to the head and fins to keep the light from getting overly hot. I took temperature readings through the first part of my run time testing and at the hottest point , I never found a spot over 123 degrees Fahrenheit , or 50.5 degrees Celsius on the light anywhere. The readings were done indoors , with the ambient temperature at 79 degrees Fahrenheit and NO airflow on the light.
The UI on the Catapult V6 is fairly easy to remember and use.
To go into Firefly or Moon mode it is a simple press and hold of the switch. From there you can either do a quick click back to off , or you can do a slightly longer press (1/2 to 3/4 of a second) and go into the regular modes , without turning the light back off.
To advance to the next mode of Low / Medium / High it is again a 1/2 to 3/4 press of the switch and release when the next mode is advanced , or hold the button down to scroll through L / M /H.
From any mode (including OFF) a quick double click of the switch takes the light to Turbo mode and from Turbo you can access the “Strobe” function with another quick double click of the switch. A single quick click turns the light off.
The beam is pretty tight or defined , for the head to be as small as it is and using the XHP 35 Hi. I was surprised just how well focused and defined the beam is on the Catapult V6 to be honest , as I just was not expecting it to have the beam it does. The edges at 22 feet are well defined and the hotspot itself is pretty intense. Out at 400 plus yards , it still maintains a fairly tight hotspot for the small reflector and head , and puts a good amount of light on target at the 400 yard mark. Although the beam is well defined and all , the light does maintain enough spill for walking or what have you outdoors and is not simply a narrow pencil beam.
LED in Moon Mode (closeup) …… then 22 feet in Moon / Low / Medium / High / Turbo……
50 yards from gate in Medium / High / Turbo…………
100 Yards from gate in Medium / High / Turbo……….
And at 400 yards from far white marker and treeline , and then the center , or hotspot from that same picture enlarged……………
Also I was asked about posting the still photos of the light along with all the GIF animations (in another thread). Since I already have a ton to do to get these reviews posted here in BLF and also on TFF , as well as Youtube and my dedicated Facebook review page , it would not only take alot more time , but with 36 individual pictures would take alot of space here as well , as well as adding alot of time to post each one of those links separately. Soooooooo what I did decide to do is , I uploaded the pictures to the hosting site and if you would like to see a particular picture that is in the GIF images , to get a better look at it , then here is the link to all the stills on the hosting site……
Also I just want to say my readings may not be right in line with other Catapult V6 readings on lumens and amperage for other lights. I may be a lucky one that got a “super driver” in my light…….lol
In my testing on the lumens , the sample light I got for review started out pretty close to the listed specs in lower modes, but as I increased the modes higher , my readings got consistently higher than what is listed for this light , up to 330 lumens more in Turbo mode.
I double checked my light box and my DMM both , with a couple of other lights that I know the readings on already and that I am sure are right , those were consistent with previous numbers on them , so the numbers posted in the charts below ARE correct for the particular sample I received of the Catapult V6 and I do not expect these numbers to be “written in stone” for all of the other Catapult V6 lights.
The V6 DOES have a Turbo timer at 3 minutes and steps down at that time to the High mode. I am not sure if I would call it a step down , or simply a voltage drop after that , but at 8 minutes my sample of the V6 dropped to 867 lumens. The light then ran the rest of the time through the test in that mode , or state. All of the runtime testing and lumens are listed in the chart I made for the testing below.
EDIT: Added testing of the voltage needed for Turbo mode to activate and also noted the lumens at each particular voltage…………
Overall I think the Catapult V6 is a well built little thrower , with alot of punch and serves its purpose well.
The ONLY thing I would suggest changing would be to make the bezel slightly Crenulated so that if it did get set down flat on the bezel with the light turned on , you could see a little light coming out , as it may make a burn sitting head down on something. Personally (and just my opinion) I feel it may look a little better too.
Other than that I LIKE IT !!!
For those that may want to see the comparison of the Catapult V6 with the (Very Modded) Convoy L2 and the (stock) Acebeam L16 in the live outdoor footage ……. that segment starts at 15:00 of the video timeline.
Video followed by listed specs and info…………….
•LED: CREE XHP35 HI LED with a lifespan of 20+ years of run time.
•Output mode/Runtime(Tested by ThruNite 26650/5000mAh battery):
-Turbo (1700 lumen; 150 minutes)
-High (950 lumen; 165 minutes)
-Medium (180 lumen; 9 hrs)
-Low (22 lumen; 62 hrs)
-Firefly (0.5 lumen; 41 days)
-Strobe (1200 lumen; 180 minutes)
•Working voltage: 2.75V-4.2V
•Battery: 1 x 26650 batteries ( included in the light)
•Max beam distance: 750 meters
•Peak beam intensity: 140650 cd.
•Waterproof: IPX-8 Standard (2M)
•Impact resistance: 1.5M
•Working temperature: –20℃ to 40℃.
•Weight: 192g without battery.
•Dimensions: 132mm (Length) x 58mm (Bezel Diameter) x 33.5mm (Tube Diameter)
•Accessories: Holster x1, Lanyard x1, ThruNite 26650 battery x1, O ring x2, User’s manual x1, USB charging cable x1, Spare USB plug x1, Spare side switch cap x1
Single press the side switch to turn the flashlight on/off . Long press the side switch to get firefly mode.
With the light turned on, long press the side switch to circle through Low, Medium and High. Double click from any mode to get to Turbo. Another double click to get to Strobe.
The light will turn on in the last mode accessed, except for Firefly, Turbo and Strobe.
•Charging and indicator
2A USB charging. When the indicator on the switch flashes red, it means the battery need to be changed or charged. During charging, the indicator is RED, and only firefly, low and medium modes are available. After the light is fully charged, the indicator light will turn to BLUE. The indicator will be off when it is firefly mode. Purple light means abnormal charging.
Take off the tail cap, insert the battery with the anode (+) toward the LED assembly (head of the light), screw the tail on and tighten it all the way to operate the light.