In this Klarus XT21X review I had hoped to take you through unboxing to beamshots, while sharing my impressions of light quality, ergonomics and the XT21X user interface. Unfortunately, no beamshots. More on that later in the post. All of the photos in this Klarus XT21X review were taken by me.
Who is Klarus?
Klarus is a premium flashlight manufacturer. The quality of Klarus flashlights is similar to Fenix, Nitecore, and Olight. Klarus is well known for their early adoption of the dual tactical tail switch feature. I use many Klarus flashlights. So far, all but the XT21X has been problem free.
Klarus XT21X unboxing and what I ran into
Most of you that read this will probably think this is a petty complaint, but I’m disappointed that Klarus no longer has the premium packaging they’ve previously used for other new release flashlights. The current box is underwhelming compared to what they’ve used in the past. If I was buying the Klarus XT21X for a gift, I’d prefer the packaging they’ve been using up tp now. It’s much classier but I assume more expensive. So my guess is this change is a cost saving one for the company.
When you open up the Klarus XT21X you get the requisite lanyard, o-ring, and micro-USB charging cable. Mine came with a rechargeable lithium battery. Different distributors offer different bundles so when you buy from Amazon.com or another on-line store, review what you will be getting before hitting the purchase button.
What I encountered during charging
I removed the plastic battery strip so the contacts were completely exposed. I turned on the flashlight cycled it through all of the modes and turned it off. A few days later when I turned on the XT21X I got nothing, no light and no indication that it needed to be recharged. Normally, there is an LED surrounding the side switch that will glow red when the flashlight is in need of a charge. In this case there was no LED indication of any kind.
The first thing that ran across my mind is that since I was cycling through the lighting modes in a room with plenty of ambient light I may have accidentally just left it on unknowingly. I figured that might be enough to completely drain the battery. No problem, I’ll just throw it on the charger.
I plugged the micro USB charging cable into the flashlight and assumed I’d see an LED indicating that a charge was taking place. Instead I saw an orange flashing LED followed by a green LED followed by more flashing orange. Nothing in the instruction manual mentioned this particular pattern nor did I find anything after doing a search. I tried charging it from my laptop USB and an AC to USB charger. Even after attempting the charge for over three hours nothing changed.
I really don’t what’s up… bad battery, something up with the electronics in the flashlight or? So, it’s going back to the vendor and as soon as I get another I’ll complete the full review. In Klarus’s defense let me say this is the first flashlight I’ve had with any issues. If you buy enough flashlights you’ll eventually get one that’s DOA. I just wanted you to know I call things like I see them. For now, I can’t make a recommendation because I haven’t really tested the flashlight thoroughly.
Klarus XT21X photos
In the meantime, here is a series of Klarus XT21X photos for you to check out. Beamshots to follow.
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