Friday, August 8, 2014

Thrunite T10T Review

EDITOR'S NOTE: I published this review from my iPhone and the result was that I had missed a save, the most up to date version.  I have gone back, the day after I posted the review, and put in the updates.

The 1xAA market is SO competitive right now.  The Eagletac D25, in both the twisty and clicky versions, is a great light.  The SC 52 from Zebralight is very good too.  These two, for the last few years, have been tossing back and forth the title of best 1xAA production EDC light, with shifts caused by upgrades in the body tubes, UIs, and emitters.  It has been a two horse race for a while.  Enter a third horse. The T10T by Thrunite is a titanium version of the T10A.  There is also a stainless version, the T10S.  All three are very, very strong lights.  The question is whether its merely a competitor for the title, or the actual title holder.


Here is the product page. The T10T costs $59.95. Here is a written review. Here is a video review. Here is a link to Amazon, where you can find the Thrunite T10T, and all proceeds benefit the site when you purchase things through this link:



Here is my review sample:

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Twitter Review Summary:  Not the best, but my favorite all around 1xAA EDC light available.

Design: 2

The T10T is just a simple titanium tube, with six milled lines on the head. The head has a very slight taper to it as it approaches the light producing end of the light.  It is not flashy.  But boy do I like the looks of the light.  Its absolutely stunning, especially when all cleaned up and polished.  There is nothing to dislike about the T10T's design.  Even the aluminum and stainless steel models are nice looking, but not quite as nice (this is titanium after all). 

The simple looks are complemented by the metal tailswitch, an excellent pocket clip, and a good tailcap, perfect for tailstanding.  Thrunite hit every bullet point with this light and the design stands up well against the best stuff on the market.

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Here is a size comparison of the T10T next to a AA battery.

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The performance numbers are decent. The total lumens output is is found on medium (20 lumens for 2,340 minutes) and is 46,800.  The lumens:weight is 79.34 lumens per ounce.

Fit and Finish: 1

The threads are clean and smooth.  The pocket clip is nicely centered.  The parts of the light are well made.  But the clicky, the metal switch in the tailcap, leaves a lot to be desired.  It feels squashy and unstable.  Its not so bad that it is broken, but there have been a few times when I have thought I had turned the light on, only to find out I hadn't.  A stiffer spring would be a huge upgrade.

Grip: 2

Thanks to a good length to diameter ratio, an excellent pocket clip that considers how the light will fit in your hand in use and a thoughtful tailcap design, the T10T is excellent in the hand, even with the uber clean titanium.

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There is not a check, knurl, or bit of crosshatching. Its just smooth, but again, its not that big a deal.

Carry:  2

Though the clip is a bit wide, the form factor here is excellent.  Nothing about this light makes it hard to carry.  Its nicely rounded with ZERO sharp edges. It goes in and out of the pocket with ease.  Its just nice.

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Additionally, while this isn't the most compact 1xAA light I have seen it is certainly not bad, given its battery and the space necessary to accomodate a clicky.  All of this adds up to a very good light in the pocket with no complaints. 

Output: 1

I don't want to say 169 or so lumens isn't enough.  It probably is, but it is not close to state of the art (which can be found on the Zebralight SC52) and, worse than that, its right on the edge.  At 200 lumens there is very light you can't do, especially in an EDC role.  Less than that, say around 150, and you are right on the edge.  You can still get a lot done, of course, but I'd be much happier with 200 lumens.  The .2 lumens is just perfect for a low.

Runtime:  2

147 hours on the moonlight low and more than a hour on high is damn good.  There are lights that do better, again the Zebralight SC52 comes to mind, but something can be very good without being the best.

Beam Type: 2

With a nice balance between spill and hotspot, the profile is exactly what you'd want in a do-everything EDC light.   

Beam Quality: 2

One of the better beams I have seen in a light less than $100.  No artifacts, weird shadows or shapes, a great truly neutral tint.  Very, very good. 

UI: 2

Here is where the T10T differentiates itself from the rest of the market.  First you can use the light like a normal, mode memory clicky.  But you can also turn on the light, tighten the head, and use it as a twisty.  This flexibility is a huge upgrade from the normal twisty or clicky. More than a few lights can do this, but it works well here. 

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Hands Free: 2

The light tailstands:

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It doesn't roll thanks to the pocket clip.  And its not agony when held between your teeth. Overall, this is a very good light when you are otherwise unable to hold it. 

Overall Score: 18 out of 20 

The Competition

Oh man, there is really no competition.  Everything about the T10T is better than the Fenix PD22.  Its not even really close.  This light represents new generation of lights, ones that incorporate perhaps the most important feature on a modern light--a truly useful and low low.  Compared to the Eagletac D25 and the Zebralight SC52, both of which I have owned and reviewed, I like the T10T better.  It is not objectively better, the SC52, for example has a higher high and better runtimes, but I LIKE  the T10T better.  It's UI is much nicer than either "insert animal name" flashlight.  The low here is better than the  Eagletac and the UI crushes the finnicky Zebralight.  I could see reasonable minds disagreeing, but this is my favorite and is far superior to the PD22.  This light shows you just how far behind Fenix is in the EDC market space. 

22 comments:

  1. Nice review. I own the stainless steel version, and I do not mind the extra weight. This light reminds me so much of the now out of production Jetbeam E3S .

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  2. Tony,
    Mind double checking your performance numbers? I'm out looking for my first real EDC light. I only stuff my old Surefire 6P LED into a pocket at night.
    Thanks!

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  3. There are a couple of bad typos. You omit the total score, and this:

    The total lumens output is XXXX. The lumens:weight is XXXX

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    1. I posted through my iPhone. I'll fix them when I get to a computer. Sorry, didn't save the changes.

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    2. Other typo: I think the flashlight benchmark is supposed to be the PD22 not the (large, 2xCR123) PD30.

      Identifying this as favorite light 1xAA is evidence of how much you dislike the UI on the Zebralight SC52, because the SC52's output and build quality are pretty clearly superior to this light.

      Not a criticism btw -- the SC52 UI really is wonky. I got used to it, but it is wonky.

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    3. The sc52 ui is amazing of you don't mess with the sub levels.

      Short click for hi

      Double click for medium.

      Long click for low.

      All three levels easily accessible from off. No other ui that I know of can do that.

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    4. The HDS Rotary can go direcly to any output level from off.

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    5. Don't you have to preset your desired brightness with the ring and then click it on?

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    6. The genius of the SC52's UI is that not only can you operate it with one hand (i.e. the other hand is occupied), but you do not even have to shift your grip around like with a tail-cap clicky. I'm surprised it doesn't get the love on this site considering how much one-handed deployment counts for knives.

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    7. I would like the SC52's UI a lot (instead of tolerating it, as I do) if it weren't for the "short press = blinding High; medium press = Low; somewhat longer press = jump to Medium" feature. Holy shit is that annoying. When you hold the press 0.2 sec shorter than required and you get HIGH BEAM [blink blink] when you just wanted a Pepsi -- err, I mean, the moonlight low that you programmed for reading in the dark.

      I tolerate it, because I adore literally all other facets of the SC52. I've spent the time to get good with the UI, so I rarely miss modes, but still eeeevery once in a while I flashbomb myself inadvertently and mutter curses.

      It is a fantastic light with one significant design flaw.

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  4. How is there no competition? You mention the d25 and sc52 as competition from the start and nothing I have read here has convinced me it's better than my sc52.

    I love your reviews but when you are prepared to call something the best or close to the best available in the category, you should defend the statement. Sometimes it's not really evident in the review.

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  5. I believe he is saying there is no competition between this light and the readily available benchmark.

    http://www.everydaycommentary.com/2013/12/readily-available-benchmarks.html

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  6. I have the T10S and I really like it. I picked it up as soon as it was announced and am a little disappointed that I didnt wait for the Ti version. But I am very happy with the Stainless Steel one. My one gripe is that its a little heavy. But sometimes the heft feels nice in the hand.

    I think my favourite thing about it is the mode spacing. The low is truly low and very user friendly when you dont need a lot of light. The medium is spaced out to differentiate it, and the high is great. I find myself using the low mode the most.

    Great review of a great light.

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  7. I was looking at getting a T10 in aluminum. However, for a slightly higher price there was this model I came upon from my research on ThruNite.

    ThruNite® Archer 1A 178 Lumen Single CREE XP-G2 LED Handheld Flashlight Black (Archer 1A)

    It has a higher lumen output of an extra 10 but not as many included accessories it seems. There is not the option for using twisty and click. However, there is the philosophy that more features means more things that can potentially fail. The light is lighter in weight but no idea if it can stand on tail cap. There is no other barrel material options available to pick from. Still, why no love on this one?

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    1. Ugh - I did a little more digging and found out it was like all the other generic tacticals in features and design. For EDC it is not very compact. Oh well. T10 in aluminum for me it is then.

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    2. Found it on Amazon Canada and going with the Ti in Neutral White Emitter. Too bad there is no link to the U.S. vendor that ships to Canada otherwise I would have sponsored the site with some proceeds. Oh well. My first flashlight purchase based on a review from this site. Wish me luck.

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  8. Its a gossip between this and the new L10C high CRI which is AA, shorter, thinner, has the same clip style, tailstands, moonlight low PLUS comes in 3 colours AND is HIGH CRI for about half the price. The thing is I like titanium and this is a decent price for a Ti light.
    Can you review the L10 C sometime?

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    1. YES. You should try the L3 Illumination L10C. It is more budget than most gear on this site, but a great little light. I still love my L10 twisties. Need to get the clicky. With the nichia high CRI both are great buys.

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  9. I got the T10T in neutral white. I am kind of underwhelmed by the simplicity of the design. It is still very nice for the price though for Ti. I will put it through it's paces in the next little while.

    I am, also, looking at this little guy. The price is right and the design is interesting. Too bad they don't have it in stainless or Ti because it would look even more fantastic. I like the pocket clip as it can be clipped on the brim of a cap or hat.

    http://www.nitecore.com/productDetail.aspx?id=19#.U-_5xPldXuc

    Maybe a review can be done on it if possible? I would be interested in what people thought. Thanks.

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  10. Why does this light, with 169 lumen, only get a 1 on output while the L10C gets a 2 with only about 120 lumen?

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    1. Probably a mistake but the Hi CRI on the L10C would make a difference to me.

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    2. Also none of this really matters with the Surefire Titan Plus out. 300 lumens in a 1xAAA light makes all of this moot.

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