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ThorFire TK15S XPL2 Led Flashlight 1050 lumen Ultra Bright Pocket Light With Bike Blink for Cycling Camping Emergency, Powered By One 18650 Rechargeable Battery Not Included …
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- Super Bright: Latest XPL-2 V6 CREE Led delivers Max 1050 Lumens, covers a long throwing of 150 yards.
- Multiple 6 Modes: Moonlight(1LM)/Low(100LM)/Mid(500LM)/High(1050LM)/Hidden Strobe(1050LM)/ Hidden Bike Blink(200LM) with memory for daily different usage; Hidden Strobe for emergency, self defense; bicycle blink for cycling.
- Compact&Durable: Made from aviation aluminum material with premium type III hard -anodized tough for extreme condition; IPX8 Waterproof standard for use in heavy rain.
- Smart Design: TK15S flashlight has reverse polarity protection, high voltage protection and low voltage indication; Pocket size with a removable clip for EDC; Tail stand as an emergency lamp.
- What you get: 1* ThorFire TK15S flashlight with clip, 2 spare o-rings, 1*user manual; ThorFire provide customer 18 month warranty and helpful customer service.
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High/Moonlight/Low/Medium modes which are well spaced with memory mode from your last use. The moonlight mode is perfect for finding a keys holes and not being blinded. Modes are selected with a quick half press of the tail cap clicky to cycle through the modes.
The torch has a quality feel with clean threads and is water and dust resistant, I don't ever feel like it is going to break.
A sturdy belt clip/pocket clip makes this torch secure when I am out for a walk and fits in my jeans pocket.
Warm White XP-L2 LED which I'd estimate to be close to the 1100 lumens on a fresh battery, it really puts out a nice beam of light and gives enough spill to let you know what is nearby with good definition.
I've tested it with 18650 Protected and Unprotected (18700 also) cells without issue and you can use flattop or button cells as it has a spring at each end.
I'm really happy with this new torch, I'll report back if it causes me any grief but if this is like my other Thorfire lights it will be a keeper and perfect for my night walks.
Great work Thorfire!!!
If you’ve studied the specs and think the TK15S suits your needs, go ahead and buy it. The TK15S is a well designed and well built torch with a thoughtful user interface that has quickly became one of my favourite and most used 18650 tube lights. At the Amazon Australia price I think it’s a great deal - you can buy similar lights from overseas if you don’t mind waiting weeks for it to arrive, or you can buy it on Amazon and get it in a couple of days. The price difference is probably a cup of coffee.
Before you buy the torch there are a few things you should to be aware of:
* you’ll need an 18650 cell (battery) and charger if you don’t already have them - it’s important not to skimp on quality, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot.
* the TK15S is a dual-switch torch - there are separate switches for turning it on and off and for changing modes. If you prefer a single switch check out the TK15 or VG15S.
* the mode sequence is up and down (i.e. LL-L-M-H-M-L-LL) rather than the usual looping (i.e. LL-L-M-H-LL-L-M-H). I think that’s one of the TK15S’ best features, but it’s unusual so worth mentioning.
I must admit I wasn’t especially excited about the TK15S when I saw it, expecting another competent but unexciting tube light, but that changed as soon as I picked it up. The slender shape of ther TK15S just feels right in my hand and makes it easy to use a variety of grips. Comparing it to a couple of well-known tube lights, I think it’s more comfortable to hold than a Convoy S2+, and the Zanflare F1 feels ridiculously fat by comparison.
The build quality is excellent. I couldn’t find any flaws and it absolutely looks and feels like a high quality torch. The only improvement I could suggest is a bit of silicone grease on the threads and o-ring at the head end of ther battery tube, but a lot of torches don’t come with grease there so I’m not counting that against the TK15S. Overall the TK15S looks and feels much better than the Zanflare F1, which is the only other dual-switch torch I own. Using a forward-click tail switch on the TK15S was the right decision, and the e-switch on the TK15S looks and feels nicer too.
The UI of the TK15S is good, but a bit different to any other torch I own. The ‘up and down’ rather than ‘looping’ mode order makes sense to me – if I’m using the highest mode it’s unlikely that I’ll want to drop straight down to moonlight, and vice versa. The only drawback I can see is that if you turn the torch in anything other than the highest or loewest mode you don’t know whether the next brightness step will be up or down. However, I don’t think that’s much different to having to cycle through modes on any other torch, and in practice I always set the torch back to moonlight when I’m finished with it. The smooth ramping between brightness modes is a nice, I don’t mind waiting a fraction of a second to reach the next brightness level. I haven’t used the bike flasher, but I think it’s more likely to be useful than the dual-frequency flash.
My one significant suggestion for improvement is the UI, and it’s largely a matter of preference. Despite the forward-click tail switch I don’t consider the TK15S a ‘tactical’ torch, and I don’t think the dual-frequency strobe is all that useful. I would much rather to have quick access to moonlight with a long press of the e-switch, and direct access to the highest mode with a double press. Strobe could be activated with a triple-press. Basically I’d prefer something a bit like the Olight Baton UI, but with the added tail switch. Perhaps the strobe mode could be a group, with a double press to change strobe modes once you’re in it, but I’d be happy with just one even none.
Colour temperature, beam and tint are all good. I haven’t tried to work out what the colour temperature is yet, but I’m happy with it. I wouldn’t buy ore recommend the torch with a cool whit emitter. There’s a bit of tint shift in the beam, but it doesn’t bother me.
I would be interested to see the beam with a textured (orange peel) reflector. In this style of light I’d be happy to trade a bit of throw for a smoother beam, but again that’s a matter of personal preference.
Finally, there’s the price. I was really happy to see Thorfire’s prices on Amazon Australia – the price on the TK15S is no more than I would have expected to pay if ordering from overseas, and the C8 price is fantastic. That fact that you won’t have to wait weeks for your torch to arrive is a huge bonus.
I would happily recommend the TK15S (and already have to a friend) with only one caveat – as much as I like the TK15S I’m not sure whether dual-switches is my favourite UI, so I might suggest people also check out ThoreFire’s single-switch torches as well since I’m confident they would be of equal quality. However, probably only torch-geeks would even think about that, and I’m sure anyone who bought a TK15S would be happy with it.
Some of the key specs are,
- XPL2 LED
- Moonlight(1LM)/Low(50LM)/Mid(300LM)/High(1100LM) along with hidden strobe.
- 18650 Battery powered
In the box
- Thorfire VG-10S flashlight with pocket clip attached
- 2 spare O-Rings
- User manual
The size and style of the flashlight is not unlike the very popular solarforce series. The diameter of the head section with the finned design assists in cooling which provided the Thorfire engineers and opportunity to drive the LED on HIGH for longer without overheating. The flashlight fits nicely in hand, it’s not a small size nor large, however it’s not the most compact 1,000 lumen flashlight around. For those who like to carry flashlights in their pockets you need to consider the size here. I’d recommend a flashlight pouch for this one, however if you have good size pockets the VG-10S will be fine. The quality of the host is excellent. The flashlight was provided in a sealed cardboard box ensuring no damage in transport. The flashlight host had no blemishes or damage. The black anodization appears to be HAIII, so should not be easily scratched. The threads of the host are square and were lubed with Orings fitted to ensure some water proofing. The bezel is stainless steel too.
The flashlight can tail stand however the rubber cap on the tail button extends a little too far. This being just enough to cause the flashlight to be slightly unstable when tail standing.
Flat or button top 18650 batteries can be used.
The attached pocket clip seems to be made of stainless steel and is very strong and can be removed if desired.
The user interface is simple to use. Simply press the rear button to turn on the flashlight on. Once on you can cycle through the modes High-> Moonlight->Low->Mid via a half press of the tail button. To activate hidden strobe a double half press of the tail button. The tail button is a little soft and takes some getting used to, but if works ok.
The performance of this flashlight is very good. The modes are well designed with excellent spacing. On high the output is very bright and likely to be around the figure of 1,100 lumens stated in the specifications. The output whilst running in high mode is impressive and continues for at least 5 minutes, with a small gradual drop. After a 5 minute run on high the head was very hot however the body was noticeably cooler. A beamshot of high is included. The hot spot is well defined with a faint yellow donut around it. I’ve noticed this on other XPL LED flashlights and it’s only noticeable when shining onto a wall at short distance from the user, so nothing to be concerned about.
The Tint seems around 4500-5000k
On high I measured approximately 15,500 Lux at 1m. This is a good result for a LED that isn’t optimised to throw very long distances. This flashlight design provides a good balance between flood and throw which is ideal for outdoor walks. The mode selection choices cover most needs.
Overall a really nice flashlight. I’ve been a fan of the smaller sized 18650 flashlights for years, however some promise the 1,000+ Lumen output but only do so very briefly. This flashlight enables the user to run high for around 5 minutes as the thermal design ensures that the heat is dissipated efficiently at the head. The strength of this flashlight far outweigh the weaknesses. If you’re after a very good value small to medium sized pocket flashlight with great performance this is a good choice.
- Very Bright! Definitely peaks over 1,000 Lumens.
- Good range of mode options with nice spacing.
- Heat Management on high is very good.
- Excellent quality
- Not perfectly stable when tail standing.
- Lacking lanyard
- May be a little large for people wanting to carry around in pocket