In this Thrunite T1 review I’ll share my impressions of a 1500 lumens EDC flashlight that’s a mere 2.7″ long that I bought for less than $40. That’s a lot of power for not a lot of money. It’s been a while since my last Thrunite purchase but when I saw 1500 lumens of output in such a small form factor I just had to grab one from Amazon.
Thrunite has been popular with flashlight enthusiasts for quite some time. Thrunite may not be the biggest name in flashlights, but every one I’ve owned has been a good flashlightn and on par with most of the more well-known brands.
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Thrunite T1 unboxing
My Thrunite T1 came nicely packed in a plain cardboard box. It comes with a wrist lanyard, rechargeable battery, charging cable, pocket clip and spare o-ring. All standard stuff you expect to get with a flashlight.
Thrunite T1 user interface
The T1 lighting modes are controlled by a single side switch. The unique thing about the T1 is how you adjust lighting levels. This flashlight really has infinite lighting modes between “Firefly Mode” (1 lumens) and “Turbo Mode” (1500 lumens).
You turn the flashlight on with a single click (this puts the flashlight in Firefly mode. Then you press and hold the side switch as the flashlight slowly brightens. When you reach the level of illumination needed you release the side switch.
Immediate access to turbo and strobe modes
If you need immediate access to the Turbo mode (1500 lumens) you depress the side switch once and the double-click the side switch. If you need immediate access to the strobe you depress the side switch one and then triple-click the side switch.
T1 memory mode
The Thrunite T1 employs memory so the flashlight will turn on in the last level of illumination used. It will NOT use memory if the flashlight is turned off in Turbo or Strobe modes.
Final thoughts on the T1 user interface
The reason I spent quite a bit of time describing the lighting controls of the Thrunite T1 is mainly to make sure the potential buyer understands that it just works differently than most flashlights. If I had one complaint it would be that it just takes a bit longer to dial in the T1 when determining the lighting output you need. On the plus side you get infinite light output settings. It may just take you a bit longer becoming used to the T1 user interface if you are used to flashlights that require you to click through all of the lighting modes
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Other useful things to know about the Thrunite T1
The T1 uses the Cree XHP50 LED. For a flashlight of this size it has a nice balance of flood and throw with exceptional brightness. I’m not trying to say it has the same type of throw you get in a mid or large tactical flashlight. The beam is definitely on the wider side with excellent edge to edge brightness.
The reflector is silver with a very light orange peel. Because this flashlight is slightly longer the reflector is a bit deeper as well. All of this things coupled with the 1500 lumens of output contribute to the Thrunite T1’s capability to light objects at greater distances then slightly smaller flashlights in the EDC category.
Fit and finish
I felt the fit and finish of the Thrunite T1 was better than expected for a sub $40 (at the time of this writing) flashlight. The LED is well-centered and everything felt solid. The flashlight anodizing was good and the threads were clean and lightly greased. Since I don’t take flashlights apart right down to the circuit board I can’t speak to the internals but I feel confident in this flashlight based on my past experience with other Thrunite flashlights.
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Battery and charging
The Thrunite T1 uses a 18350 rechargeable battery. You charge the Thrunite T1 via a micro-USB cable that plugs into the body of the flashlight. A red led (behind the side switch) indicates that the flashlight is being charged and a blue LED behind the side switch indicates the flashlight has been fully charged. Here are the run times in the various modes:
- Turbo (1500 lumens) – 3 minutes at a time (total overall less than 80 minutes)
- Strobe (700 lumens) – 120 minutes
- Infinity (685 lumens) – 80 minutes
- Infinity (15 lumens) – 36 hours
- Firefly (1 lumens) – 14 days
Note: Turbo mode (in any flashlight) should be used for only short amounts of time to prevent damaging internal circuitry by overheating.
Waterproofing and impact resistance
The Thrunite T1 is IPX8 water resistance rated. It has 1 meter of impact resistance.
The Thrunite (like many EDC flashlights in this category) features a magnetic tailcap. This make it extremely useful for hands-free task lighting.
Thrunite T1 Beamshots
No review is complete without some beamshots. All of these photos were taken with an iPhone 6 and directly out of the camera with no alterations besides cropping. I like to test flashlights in real-world conditions. This means I try them out in areas with ambient light because quite frankly that’s how many get used. Unless you live out in the sticks chances are you’ll use your flashlight in areas (like parking lots or streets) where some ambient light exists.
Thrunite T1 review conclusion
In this Thrunite T1 review I’ve shared three reasons why you’ll want to consider buying this flashlight:
- It’s really inexpensive
- It’s really bright (1500 lumens)
- It’s really small
If you don’t have a small EDC flashlight yet I highly recommend the Thrunite T1. If you already have a stable of EDC flashlights, this is just too good a deal not to grab.
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