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Thrunite TC15 Review (XPH35 HD, 2300 lumens, 18650, onboard charging)

Thrunite has a new 18650 light on the market, boasting an incredible 2300 lumens from a single emitter, onboard microUSB charging, in a pretty compact package. Thanks to Thrunite for sending this to me to review, let’s take a closer look.

Full Image Gallery: https://imgur.com/a/xh1RBsV
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Packaging
Packaging is similar to past Thrunite lights. It’s a nice brown cardboard box, with few facts on the outside other then the model number, picture and emitter type. Inside the light is protected in black foam, with all the accessories underneath. Included with the light is a Thrunite button top protected 3100mAh IMR battery. The wrapping on this one is thin, and I can see the model number underneath indicating it’s a Samsung 30Q which is great. Other accessories include the nylon holster, with the velcro belt loop, and plastic dring, Extra orings, a pocket clip, Lanyard, micro USB cable, extra button cover and USB cover, and associated paperwork.






The light comes with a Thrunite button top protected branded IMR battery, the wrapper is kind of transparent and you can see the pink Samsung 30Q underneath. I am a big fan of 30Q’s so that’s great.


Construction
The light is built from aluminium, anodized an egg shell black, the same as other Thrunite lights. The tail allows for the light to tailstand but it’s not magnetic. There is a recessed area where I could see someone epoxying a strong magnet too if they wanted. On the tail cap is also the lanyard attachment point. Inside the tail cap there is an additional plastic ring used to hold the spring in place. 

Threads on the body tube are anodized and square cut. The grip pattern on the body tube is a small series of squares milled in, with the edges all nicely deburred. This reminds me a lot of the Olight M2R’s body tube with a slight twist in design. It provides a medium amount of grip and should not rip up your pocket. The pocket clip is designed to fit this light on the tail end only and uses a little wider attachment point. For me I wish the clip allowed for a bit deeper carry. About 18mm of the light sticks up above the clip.

The head is allowed to separate from the body of the light. From what I can see inside it’s mostly brass contacts. There is a slight raised area in the center to act as a contact point. From the outside it’s similar to other Thrunite lights, there is an anti roll ring where you can find the button and USB charging port. The button is a silver metal, and features a LED in the center used for battery status. It’s almost flush, and won’t get caught accidentally. The charging port cover has a little different design. Instead of one weak attachment point like a lot of lights use, this has a rubber/silicone band that fits the entire way around the light that the cover attaches to. This means it gets out of the way further when charging. I like that change.

The front of the bezel is smooth with minimal fins. The lens is anti reflective coated, the reflector is deep and smooth, and the LED is nicely centered. Minimal writing on the light only the model number under the button, and under the charging port is the SN, and 3 regulatory markings.

If you drop the light from just a few inches when it’s on, onto the tail cap it will temporarily lose contact and go out for just a second, it comes back on as soon as the battery makes contact again. I think a stronger spring would help this or a spring in the head as well.

Size and Weight
I measured the length at 123mm, maximum diameter at 26mm at the anti roll ring, and minimum diameter at 25mm on the head. Weight with the included battery and clip was 125g.

Comparing it to the Olight M2R (in the video version), the TC15 is shorter by about ¼ inch, diameters at the heads are very similar with the Olight being a touch larger, but you notice it more in the anti roll ring and body tubes with the Olight being the larger of the 2 as well as weighing more. Comparing it to the Olight S2R the TC15 is a good deal shorter but similar diameters. Compared to the Acebeam EC35 the Thurunite TC15 is shorter by about a ½ inch and smaller in diameter too.

LED/Heat/Runtime
This light is using a Cree XHP35 HD LED in my example in Cool White. Thrunite on their website has a Neutral White model listed but it’s not yet available. Maximum brightness is listed at 2300 lumens but according some other reviews such as Zeroair it may be under rated as he saw 2700 lumens at the beginning of Turbo mode. 

The beam on this has a hot center, and a reduced spill. It surprised me at how well it throws light at distance. Thrunite rates it at 246m and that’s thanks to that smooth deep reflector and XHP35 HD LED. 

With so many lumens out of a small package this light does get hot. After 1 minute starting on turbo I measured it at 102F at the head, after 5 minutes I measured it at 113F, and after 10 minutes I measured it at 116F. This is getting fairly roasty but won’t burn you.

Runtime on this light is pretty solid considering it’s lumen output. On Turbo the light steps down after 2.5 minutes and then stabilizes for about 95 minutes. The last 10 minutes of that the light starts to sag a bit as the battery depletes but not too much or noticeably. At the end the LVP kicks in and the light shuts off. 

UI
Mode spacing is as follows. Turbo 2300 lumens, then 820 lumens after 2 minutes. High 1050 lumens, Medium 250 lumens, Low 25 lumens, firefly/moonlight 1 lumen, and strobe 839 lumens.

UI on this light is the same as most Thrunite’s, which is good, nothing new to learn and it’s a good UI in my opinion. From off, long press to get Firefly mode, when the light is on press and hold to cycle the light through the different modes, going low to high. Double click to get to turbo, once in turbo click again to go to strobe.

Recharging
Recharging via microUSB performed pretty good. I saw an average close to 1A for charging, which means it took about 3.5 hours to fully charge. This is a safe charging speed, and it won’t win any awards for speed but it should mean your battery will have a long healthy life.

Pro’s

  • High Quality Samsung 30Q battery.
  • Nice construction, square threads, small diameter, a lot of output
  • Good UI and mode spacing.

Con’s

  • To move from good to great EDC for me this would need to have a pocket clip that allows it to go deeper in the pocket.
  • Loses connection briefly when dropped on its tail from a short distance

Conclusion
The Thrunite TC15 is a pretty nice complete flashlight package. There are not a ton of similar lights with this emitter and size that are non tactical oriented. I like the longer throw that this offers in a fairly small package and small diameter but you pay for that with the light being a little longer then I would prefer for a pocket light. I do wish with this longer light you would get a spring in the head which I think would help with the connection issues when the light is dropped from it’s tail. I wish a deeper clip was offered as well to improve it’s EDC ability. Overall this light is a pretty good value for a complete package from a good brand with a great reputation and good customer support.

ThruNite is running a Christmas promotion on their website where you can use the code “20%” to save 20% when ordering direct from them (On most lights). I don’t get any kickbacks from this or anything like that I just want to make sure people can get a deal when one is available.

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Innergie 60C USB-C Adapter (60W USB-C)

The Innergie PowerGear 60C USB-C Laptop Adapter is a 60W USB-C adapter that can be used to charge any USB-C device. It can deliver up to 60W which is quite a bit of power, and it will charge most USB-C laptops, like the Dell XPS 13 line like I have, or the new Macbooks. Innergie is a newer brand but their parent company Delta Power has been in the industry from the begging. They currently make power supplies for Big OEM’s like Apple and others.

Full Image Gallery: https://imgur.com/a/BOXipg0

YouTube Version of this Review:

https://youtu.be/fiX_SmFqI0c

This thing is small, actually the world’s smallest USB-C laptop charger on the market. You can see my comparisons below to an 18650 battery and a 12 ounce can of coke.

I also compared it to my 30W USB-C PD Anker charger and it’s less then ½ the size.

There are 2 versions of this charger, a US version that I have here, and International Version. The international version comes with 3 plug adapters that make it slightly larger.

Construction is good, it’s white gloss plastic and feels solid, and well built. On the US version the plug folds down in to the body. On one end is all the are the technical details. They are:

AC input is 110-220v 1.6A at 50-60hz.

DC outputs vary, all of the following are in USB PD mode.

5V – 3A    9V – 3A 12V – 3A  15V – 3A and 20V 3A.

Charging speed is largely dependent on your device. I will explain that more here in a bit.

It comes with a cable that is almost a gray. I would prefer it match the body better but it works well. It does have a fairly large choke on it which does increase the size. While the wire was just short of 5 feet in length which is better than most phones, if you are charging a laptop this is pretty comparable. My Dell charger is 6 ft long.

The box it comes in is a white retail box. The front has a window that shows the charger, On the sides you get the technical details. My only comment is that I think it would be more credible if on the on side they removed the chinese characters from the outside of the box.

So how does it work?

I used it to charge my Dell XPS 13 model 9350. The Dell is capable of charging via USB-C with the correct charger and this Innergie PowerGear does it. In my testing it’s at 19v, so a total of 60W, This means it’s a bit faster to charge then the normal AC adapter which is only 45W. This is nice to charger faster then the Dell charger.

I also used the Inergie PowerGear 60C to charge my Anker Powerbank here, From empty it charged the powerbank up in just over 3 hours. Using my Killowatt meter it was charging at a measured 30 wall watts, where as the anker was at 31W I believe.

Lastly I charged my Samsung Note 8 for a few days on this charger and it worked great with fast charge.

Overall this is a good charger. It’s the most powerful USB-C charger I have and is also the smallest. This is just as good as my anker charger but is more powerful and smaller. For me this is perfect to pair with my laptop when traveling because I can use it to charge my laptop, powrebank, or phone, just not at the same time. USB-C is confusing but so far this charger works with everything I throw at it which is great. Innergie’s parent company Delta Power is a large well established brand, and has many years of making dependable, safe charges and power supplies. Right now this is my favorite USB-C high wattage charger.

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Cancel Save changes Anker PowerWave 7.5 Pad & Stand Review (Fast charge iPhone 8 & X & Androids too)

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Zolo Mojo (Google Powered Smart Speaker by Anker)

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Harnds Talisman CK9168 Knife Review

The Harnds Talisman is a chinese designed and made knife that stacks up an impressive value. It’s a larger unassisted flipper running on ball bearings for under $30 most places. Gearbest sent this to me so I could tell you what I think.
 

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Video Review

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This knife is running on small bearings and flips really smoothly right out of the box. It’s an unassisted flipper, Many budget blades or even higher end knives need some break in time. The Talisman was really smooth right out of the box and centering was great. It did have a bit of excess oil that needed wiped off but that’s not a bad thing. The flipper seems to be at a pretty good angle but not perfect. It has some jimping http://i.imgur.com/5pg0pwU.jpg on the flipper itself to aid in deployment.
 

The blade is a modified drop point shape, that’s full flat ground in a satin finish http://i.imgur.com/x3UjKZ0.jpg and made of AUS-8 Steel. I like drop point blades and I find it to be a great slicer both in practical everyday tasks like opening packages and envelopes, and food prep. AUS-8 is an ok steel, slightly better than 8Cr13Mov. Some big knife companies like SOG use it on a lot of knives that cost way more. Out of the box sharpness was good but not hair popping sharp like some of the Ganzo’s I have gotten. This should be a quick touch up though and then it will be great, just don’t expect it to hold an edge without some up keep. The grinds on each side of the blade are nice and even. Lockup http://i.imgur.com/2OaMqLJ.jpg is a little early on this liner lock. I would guess this will wear in and improve as you use the knife.
 

This knife users a custom pivot screw head the presentation side http://i.imgur.com/MmGnBpC.jpg. On the locking side it uses T8 Torx for the pivot and body screw, on the clip screw it’s a T7 Torx. The screws are flat and appear to be well made and I didn’t have any issues with them stripping.
 

The black G10 is contoured and profiled http://i.imgur.com/x3UjKZ0.jpg. It fits in my hand decently but isn’t the most grippy surface. The hump in the middle isn’t quite in the right place for my hand but it’s not too bad either. If you’re used to G10 from Ganzo this is much smoother. When in the hand this isn’t a problem but when pulling it out of my pocket I wish I had a little more grip. The look is attractive and with the G10 layers it almost looks like wood grain a little. There is jimping on the top spine of the blade thats really nice. It’s not too aggressive, or to passive.
 

The clip is thankfully a very deep carry http://i.imgur.com/IfWGlNa.jpg. It’s a loop over design, tip up right side carry only. It is removable but you would have to disassemble the entire knife and you can’t mount it any other way. It’s a little shorter than most and I think this makes it a little harder to grab, or you have to adjust your grip. The clip fits pretty tight on the body of the knife yet at the same time is pretty easy to insert onto a pocket. Overall it’s a great clip!
 

The liners opposite the lock side of the knife are milled and skeletonized to reduce weight. That’s a good thing unfortunately it’s still not the lightest knife at 5.2 Oz Ounces. That said for a knife that has a 3.5” blade and decent blade stock it’s not too bad. At this price range I don’t expect milled liners. This is a simi flow through http://i.imgur.com/0hFUY0Q.jpg design and the backspacer runs about half the length of the knife and has a nice texture milled into it for added grip. The lanyard hole is oblong and on the larger side. This will make attaching paracord easy if you want to do that. All the surfaces have been nicely finished and there are not any sharp spots where there should not be any. This attention to detail is impressive for this price category. The packaging is nothing special but it does include a manual which can be seen here http://i.imgur.com/OslF0BB.jpg
 

On the Gearbest website this knife is as “Girl Pocket Knife” and I can’t figure out why. Nothing about it is specific to one gender or another. It’s a little more gentlemanly but definitely on the larger side of things. Overall this is a pretty solid knife for the price. It carriers better in the pocket then I thought it would due to the contoured edges and deep carry clip. For the price point the steel is what i would expect and it looks like Harnds has good quality control throughout production. The action on this knife is great and I expect it to get better as it breaks in more and if I take it apart and clean out the bearings and lubricate. If you are looking for a 3.5” flipper on bearings for under $30 I would definitely recommend you add this to your list.
 

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Olight M3Xs-UT Javelot Review

Here is my review of the Olight M3Xs-UT Javelot. It’s a very impressive thrower flashlight. It is truly possible to have a flashlight that can reach out to 1000M+. I ran out of room at 860 Meters at a local lake but truly believe it would reach. While not an EDC light, it’s pretty special and is a lot of fun to show people. See my full video review below.

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Nextorch MyTorch S 18650 – Review (Nextuner Software too)

This is a unique and interesting flashlight. On one hand it’s output is a bit outdated but on the other hand it’s ability to change the programming via PC is pretty spectacular. Watch the review for the entire story.

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FireBird F759M Review

The Firebird F759M is a knife by two names, it’s also called the Ganzo G759. Ganzo has announced that their knives will now be known as Firebird but right now they are in a transition time. For a under $13 dollar knife shipped from China I am impressed, that said the action is a bit stiff and gritty. It would probably be best to take the knife apart, clean and oil everything before reassembly. See my full review video below.