ThruNite TN12 EDC LED Flashlight Review: Worth It?

Are you a flashaholic?

If yes, ThruNite TN12 EDC LED Flashlight is no stranger to you. It has been there in since its release in 2014 and has become a favorite for most of us. But 2016 is here with us and flashlights are improving for the better.

ThruNite too hasn’t been left behind. They’ve worked on the 2014 version to eliminate all the flaws and replaced them with awesomeness…

The number of improvements in the ThruNite TN12 (2016 version) is many and as great as you can imagine. First, the side switch and the circuit design have enjoyed a massive portion of the improvements.

Its performance too has not been left out. And the new model is now able to output a fantastic, ultra-bright LED light rated at 1050 lumens. The flashlight needs only one 18650 rechargeable battery to give you all these lumens.

More and more improvements have been made to this light to make it the best every day carry flashlight you’ve ever used. Let’s look at the new overwhelming features of ThruNite TN12 below…

Key Features and Benefits of ThruNite TN12:

Pros

  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Affordable
  • Ultra bright light output
  • Works better than its earlier version
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    High drop resistance
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    Waterproof design
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    Overheat protection
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    Reverse Polarity Protection
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    Ability to vary the light output

Cons

  • After sale service is not up to the work
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High-Performance CREE XM-L2 U2 LED

CREE XM-L2 U2 LED bulb used in this flashlight is one of the finest inventions by CREE technology. This bulb is capable of throwing a cool LED light of1050 lumens when powered by a single 18650 battery! You’ll not find this high-performance LED in the 2014 version (which explains why this model is special).

The great bulb is more centralized to facilitate a better beam focus.

Above all, the LED is failure-proof and has a lifetime spanning to 50,000plus hours under regular use.

Rechargeable Flashlight

Because the light is powered by one 18650 Lithium rechargeable battery, it automatically qualifies to appear on the list of rechargeable flashlights. The flashlight performance of over a 1000 lumens with the single battery is beyond expectations.

The 18650 battery is included in the box- smile!

An alternative power option for the above battery does not hurt, right? Next, we look at the alternative power options available…

Dual Fuel Support

This flashlight accepts either one 18650 rechargeable Li-Ion battery or two disposable CR123A batteries. This gives you a great power alternative at all times.

For example: when there's power blackout and the rechargeable battery is out of power, you can reach for the disposable models.

Maximum Beam Distance

The light produced by the flashlight falls on a Light Orange Peel reflector which then concentrates it into a fine, extended range beam that covers a maximum distance of 285 meters.

This beam then oozes through the toughened Glass Lens, which is ultra-clear to offers a smooth flow of the light.

SIX Different Power Output Modes

The mode-change switch allows you to sail through different power modes with Thrunite T12 ED LED Flashlight. This button is textured to enable you to locate it easily in the dark. This means that’s switching between different modes is like a fast as your fingers can press the switch.

The six modes are:

  • Turbo Mode: 1050 lumens for approximately 90 minutes
  • High Mode: 800 lumens for 1 .5 hours
  • Medium Mode: 280 lumens for 1 1/2 hours
  • Low Mode: 20 lumens for 5 hours
  • Firefly Mode: 0.3 lumens for 1,583 hours
  • Strobes Mode: 1050 lumens

NOTE: To use the strobes mode, just press and hold the switch (in any mode). Another quick press will land you back to the previous model.

Aircraft Grade Aluminum Body

The light features a strong aluminum body that helps it endure abuses of all kind. The metal is then coated with Premium type III Hard Anodizing Finish. This finish is very strict to corrosions, abrasions, and scratches.

Compact, Lightweight, Portable Design

The light is slim and lightweight. This makes it a good everyday carry (EDC) light for you. It comes with a holster for convenient carry.

Other than this, the light is accompanied by a lanyard to allow you to comfortably carry it around your wrist.

How do you prefer to carry this flashlight? Using a holster, around your wrist or in your pocket? Any of these methods is possible.

Extremely Easy to Operate

Another major area that ThruNite concentrated on when transforming this flashlight is the user interface. They made it extremely easy for you to use.

The various power modes are even memorized to allow you the light to resume the existing mode before you switched off the light.

A detailed user manual is also included in the box to guide you through the operation of the light for the first days.

Thermal Limit System

The thermal limit system is great because it helps get rid of excess heat produced when the light is at work. Production of too much heat that makes the light get very hot is a common characteristic for all tactical flashlights.

While many manufacturers don’t care about the excess heat, ThruNite has this safety system in place to stop overheating from causing damages to your light.

Waterproof Design

The simple fact that this flashlight is O-ring sealed makes it suitable for use in wet conditions. The manufacturer specifies that you can use this flashlight under 2m depth water for close to 30 minutes (half an hour). Two bonus O-rings are included in the box to allow you to replace the current rings they’re worn out. And hence, continue enjoying the waterproof capabilities.

1.5m Impact Resistance

A drop resistance is an important characteristic in all tactical flashlights. Unfortunately, most of them do not have an impact resistance. It is, therefore, an advantage to find this feature right here in this flashlight. What’s more, the drop resistance is quite high- at 1.5 meters.

Frequently Answer Questions

1. Does ThruNite TN12 have a warranty?

Yes. The flashlight manufacturer, ThruNite, grants you a limited lifetime warranty when you buy this light from their stores.

2. What will I get in a complete package of this flashlight?

The items you’ll find in this package include the flashlight, two spare o-rings, a lanyard, extra rubber boot, split ring, a holster, extra switch, and user manual.

3. What type of batteries does this flashlight use? Are they included in the package?

ThruNite TN12 is a dual fuel flashlight which means that it can use a single 18650 rechargeable battery or two CR123A disposable batteries. The rechargeable version is included while the disposable ones aren’t included.

Final Verdict

From the above review, it’s clear that ThruNite has taken the 2014 models through a great transformation to give it a better appearance and performance.

This new, highly reliable version selflessly serves all your every day carry flashlight needs. One of the most improved areas of this light is the mode- changing switch which makes it completely easy to operate the light. Despite all these great improvements, the light retains its pocket-friendly price, meaning that it will suit your budget.

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