Review: ThruNite TN12 XP-L Flashlight

If you enjoy exploring the wilderness or your job requires the use of a reliable and highly-portable flashlight, we’ve got three words for you: ThruNite TN12 XP-L ($46).  This thing is a powerful beast living inside a slim, compact body.  Some reviewers call it the “brightest flashlight ever with a single battery.” After putting it through its paces for the last week, we concur.

In case you didn’t know, ThruNite has been guiding folks through the night since 2009, producing high quality LED flashlights that are backed by a stellar customer care (30-days refund for any reason, 24-month free replacement & Lifetime limited maintenance).  Their 2016 TN12 XP-L model caters to those in need of a potent tactical flashlight that doesn’t take much space.  The unit weights in at only 86g, arrives in an aircraft-grade aluminum body with anti-abrasive black finish, and boasts a toughened glass lens with anti-reflective coating.

Some of TN12’s impressive capabilities include a max beam distance of 226 meters (741 ft), shock-proofness and an IPX-8 protection against water submersion (at least 1M depth for at least 30 minutes -we’ve tested it), and six light modes available: Turbo (1100 lumens /95 minutes), Strobe (1100 lm /3.8 hours), High (435 lm /4.2 hours), Medium (175 lm /11.8 hours), Low (18 lm /5.5 days), and Firefly (0.4 lm /74 days).  It’s worth noting that the max mode is so intense, you shouldn’t run it for more than ten minutes at a time, in order to avoid overheating.  The one-key-to-strobe function is also super handy for signaling or blinding enemy’s eyes in dangerous situations.  And while we’re at that, here’s another feature: the TN12 has a standard gun clip diameter(25.4mm), which makes it a good choice for outdoor tactical use and gun shooting at night.

In addition, the ThruNite TN12 XP-L can tail stand, has two attachment points for a wrist lanyard, and comes with holster, spare O-rings, lanyard, extra tail cap, and a pocket clip.  The only thing it doesn’t include is a battery (uses one 18650 rechargeable battery or two CR123A batteries) but that’s no biggie.  Bottom line, if you’re looking for a portable galactic death star in your pocket, or just an affordable flashlight that is superior in quality to others of the same price range, you surely can’t go wrong with this rugged piece of tactical gear.  (Get this -or any other flashlights- for a 5% off discount on www.thrunite.com , with the coupon THRUNITE).