ThruNite TC12 V2 Review – Compact USB rechargeable LED flashlight

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ThruNite TC12 V2 Flashlight

The TC12 V2 is the latest compact rechargeable EDC torch from ThruNite. Featuring Six light modes, a max brightness of 1100 lumens and an IPX-8 waterproof rating.

A lightweight flashlight ideal for emergency services, security, hunting, camping and other outdoor activities.

Highlights

  • Latest CREE XP-L V6 LED
  • Micro USB charging port
  • Six modes including Firefly and Turbo
  • 1100 Lumen emergency Strobe mode
  • Mode memory function
  • Very compact and lightweight
  • ThruNite 3400mAh 18650 battery inc.
  • Comes with holster and spares

Pros and Cons

Where to Buy?

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The ThruNite TC12 V2 is the perfect EDC flashlight to pair with a Power Bank on hiking trips.

ThruNite TC12 V2 – Full Review

The Gadgetviper review of the ThruNite TC12-V2 Torch

The TC12 V2 flashlight comes inside a sturdy box along with a really good quality holster, a lanyard, charging cable, lots of spares, and a 3400mAh capacity Thrunite 18650 battery. The torch measures 140mm long (5.5 inches) and 25.4mm (an inch) in diameter. It’s made from an aircraft grade aluminum which is machined to a very high standard. The diamond-knurled surfaces, heat dissipation grooves, and milled faces are flawless.

The TC12 Version 2 Flashlight from ThruNite

There are two control buttons on the TC12-V2. On the rear is a tail switch to power the torch on and off. This is well designed with a formed end for the lanyard to attach, it also allows the torch to tail stand on flat surfaces.

A view of the tail switch on the ThruNite TC12-VC EDC flashlight

The other button is well positioned on the side of the torch in just the right place for the thumb control. This button toggles through the light modes or activates the strobe when held for one second.

The side switch is made from stainless steel and is very tactile and responsive when cycling through modes. There is a small LED light in the centre that glows blue in all modes except Firefly.

This light also indicates charging progress and will flash red when the battery is below 20%.

The side button on the ThruNite TC12-V2 flashlight

On the other side is a micro USB port protected by a waterproof rubber cover.  This fits well and has been tested to IPX-8 rating which is good to a depth of two metres (assuming you’ve closed it properly).

The rubber cover on the ThruNite TC12-V2 protecting the Micro USB port

ThurNite provide two replacement covers for the USB port as well as spare o-rings. I assume in very cold conditions or when exposed to seawater the rubber might perish over time.

I haven’t seen any sign of this on the ThruNite Headtorch I’ve been using, although I’m yet to expose it to a winter hike or a coastal trip.

The TC12-V2 Thrunite EDC torch with its individual parts

Recharging the TC12-V2

Once you connect the USB charging cable to the TC12-V2 you’ll notice a flashing purple light on the side switch. This means the battery is not charging. You actually have press the tail switch to place the torch into charge mode. When the light turns red, it’s charging correctly and it will turn blue when it’s complete.

Charging the Thrunite TC12 V2 with a portable power bank

The battery that comes with the ThruNite TC12-V2 is of a decent quality. It’s a 18650 cell with a total of 3400mAh and a maximum output of 3.6V. It took 2.5 hours to charge the battery to 70% and a further 2 hours to fully charge. (4.5 in total)

Light Modes and Performance

The TC12 V2 puts out 1100 lumens on its brightest modes (Turbo and Strobe). The beam is produced by the XP-L V6 Cree LED with a smooth reflector. The throw is long with a fairly tight spot that spills out nicely. (see demo of beam)

Firefly Low Medium High Turbo Strobe
3 Lumens     (49 days) 21 Lumens   (2.5 days) 200 Lumens (8h 45m) 472 Lumens (3h 20m) 1100 Lumens (2h 10m) 1100 Lumens (3h 35m)

The Thrunite TC12 V2 does a very impressive job of maintaining brightness in turbo mode. There will, of course, be a gradual decline once the battery starts to deplete, but it holds well until then.

Other Specs

  • Peak beam intensity: 14399cd.
  • Max beam distance: 240m.
  • Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (2 meters).
  • Impact resistant: 1 meters.
  • Working Temperature: -40℃-80℃.
  • ThruNite ITC (intelligent temperature control)
  • Reversed polarity protection system prevents damage to the light.
  • Ultra-clear tempered glass lens with anti reflective coating.
  • Memory function to set any mode (except Strobe) for immediate use.

Verdict

The ThruNite TC12 V2 is definitely one of the best compact flashlights I’ve had my hands on. The build quality is as good as you could hope for. The holster is well made and the included Thrunite 18650 battery performs exceptionally well.

The inbuilt USB recharge feature is super handy especially if you’re on a long trip. With the TC12 V2 torch, a spare 18650 battery and a portable power bank, you’ll never have to worry about running out or light.

ThruNite TC12 V2 Flashlight Latest Price Shipping Product Page
Amazon Marketplace
$69.95* Free delivery view
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$69.95 Free delivery view

Price updated – 24th of April 2017 at 10:00 GMT
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