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    Wink2 Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

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    The XT10 is part of Klarus' second set of offerings. A tactically-inspired light, the XT10 features a dual-switch tailcap interface and a revised build.

    Specifications:
    • Cree XM-L (T6) LED with a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours
    • Three lighting modes and 1 flashing mode: ----Lighting modes: 470 ANSI lumens (2.3hrs) --- 150 lumens (7.3 hrs)--- 10 lumens (300hrs) ----Variable frequency strobe: 470 lumens (4.6 hrs)
    • Working Voltage: 3.4-8.4V (The XT10 is designed to operate between 3v and 10v, but to be completely safe we have suggested a lower maximum voltage).
    • Battery: 2 x CR123A / 1 x 18650 / 2 x 16340
    • Body color: Military gray
    • Reflector: Textured orange peel reflector
    • Strobe can be activated with the Mode switch when the flashlight is on or off, giving instant access to Strobe from any mode.
    • Dual button tail switch for quick, one-hand operation. a) Forward tactical main switch for turning the light on and off. Momentary activation from off. b) Dedicated mode switch for instant access to strobe and changing modes
    • Reverse polarity protection — protects flashlight and battery from damage
    • Lens: Toughened ultra-clear glass
    • Material: Aircraft grade aluminum
    • Dimensions: 143mm (Length) x 21.5 mm (Head) x 25.3 (Body)
    • Net weight: 118g (Excluding battery)
    • Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (underwater to 2 meters)
    • Included accessories: holster, lanyard, body clip, tactical ring, two spare o-rings, and a spare rubber switch boot
    • The above-mentioned parameters are approximate and may vary between flashlights, batteries and environments; Data was achieved using SANYO 18650 2600mAh Li-ion batteries.
    • MSRP: ~$75




    As before, packaging is fairly standard. The light comes with a good number of extras. Inside the cardboard box with plastic insert is the light, manual, spare o-rings, wrist strap, pocket clip, and belt holster (with closing flap). Also new with the XT10 is a removable grip ring.

    A comment on the holster - it works well enough, as long as you don't push the light in too deeply. If you do, it can be hard to pull back out again (the concentring rings near the head seem to get caught somewhat). Also, as always, these sorts of tappered holsters work better without the grip ring installed.


    From left to right: Redilast 18650, Klarus XT10, Klarus NT20, Sunwayman T20C, Fenix TK15, NiteCore IFE2, Olight M20

    All weights with no batteries.

    Klarus XT10: Weight 121.3g, Length: 144.8, Width (bezel) 34.9mm
    Fenix TK15: Weight 131.1g, Length 147.1mm x Width (bezel) 34.0mm
    Lumintop TD-15X: Weight 150.3g, Length 147.3mm, Width (bezel): 37.8mm

    Overall size of the XT10 seems about typical for this class of light.





    Although styling is matter of personal taste, I quite like the look of these new Klarus lights. I particularly like the rich dark grey (almost brown) color of the anodizing (type III = HA claimed) – very similar to the Sunwayman lights. No blemishes or flaws on my sample, annodizing looks to be a good thickness.

    Labels are fairly small, but clearly legible against the background. I note there are distinct serial numbers on both the head and tailcap on my sample.

    Knurling is not very aggressive, but there are a number of body ridge details to help with grip. Screw threads are traditional triangular-cut, and anodized for tailcap lock-out.

    The most distinctive part of the light is the dual-switch control in the tailcap. The main on/off switch is the larger, circular, protruding one (forward clicky switch, typical feel). The smaller recessed semi-circular one is an electronic mode-changing switch (slightly firmer feel than most electronic switches, definite click on activation). Both are easy to access one-handed by the thumb or index finger, in an over-hand tactical grip

    Light cannot tailstand, despite the raised areas for the lanyard attachment.

    I haven't shown the optional grip ring or clip-on pocket clip, but both are fairly typical in this class. Note the clip is head-facing, and not reversible. You'll need to temporarily remove the o-ring to get the grip ring on.

    Although there is no spring in the head, all my flat-top high capacity cells fit and worked in the light.




    Typical size head, with OP reflector, with a well-centered XM-L emitter on my sample. I would expect a balanced beam profile.

    Which brings me to the white-wall beamshots. All lights are on AW protected 18650, about ~0.75 meter from a white wall (with the camera ~1.25 meters back from the wall). Automatic white balance on the camera, to minimize tint differences. All beamshots taken immediately upon activation.













    User Interface

    Press the large forward clicky switch for on-off (press for momentary, click for locked-on).

    Change modes by pressing the smaller electronic switch. Mode sequence is Hi – Med – Lo, in a repeating loop. Press and hold the mode-changing switch to activate Strobe.

    Note that Strobe can be activated directly from Off by pressing the secondary switch. I haven't measured it, but this suggests to me that a standby current must be present when the tailcap is fully tightened.

    There is no memory mode – the light always comes on in Hi mode.

    PWM/Strobe

    Hi mode:


    Med mode:


    Lo mode:


    Unlike the early Klarus lights, the XT10 uses PWM. Oddly, this includes the Hi mode. PWM frequency varied from 953-975 Hz. While this is detectable, it is not noticeable or disturbing in practice.



    Strobe uses the oscillating format popular on "tactical" strobes lately. Strobe frequency switches between 14.8 Hz and 5.8 Hz every 2 secs. Definitely very annoying, as intended.

    Interesting feature that you can directly activate it from off.

    Testing Method:

    All my output numbers are relative for my home-made light box setup, a la Quickbeam's flashlightreviews.com method. You can directly compare all my relative output values from different reviews - i.e. an output value of "10" in one graph is the same as "10" in another. All runtimes are done under a cooling fan, except for any extended run Lo/Min modes (i.e. >12 hours) which are done without cooling.

    I have recently devised a method for converting my lightbox relative output values (ROV) to estimated Lumens. See my How to convert Selfbuilt's Lighbox values to Lumens thread for more info.

    Throw/Output Summary Chart:

    Effective November 2010, I have revised my summary tables to match with the current ANSI FL-1 standard for flashlight testing. Please see http://www.sliderule.ca/FL1.htm for a description of the terms used in these tables.







    The reported 470 ANSI FL-1 lumen spec for the XT10 is very believable (my estimate is just an approximation, based on the method described in the link above). This puts the XT10 right around the typical level for most XM-L-based lights (e.g., original Thrunite Scorpion, 4Sevens X7, Skillhunt X1, etc.), but not as high as a couple of the recent heavily-driven XM-L lights (e.g., Thrunite Scorpion V2, Spark SL6).

    Note however that the XT10 steps down to a lower max output after 4 mins runtime (see runtime charts below). I estimate this lower output to be around 320-350 lumens, depending on the battery source.

    Throw is reasonable, and what you would expect for a reflector this size, driven at these levels.

    Output/Runtime Comparison:









    Note the XT10 steps down after 4 mins runtime on all batteries tested. This is becoming a more common feature on a number of lights, to protect against overheating the cells. Initial max output can be re-obtained by simply clicking the light off-on.

    Runtime is reasonable for a PWM-based light at these output levels, but is of course not as efficient as current-control would be.

    Potential Issues

    Light uses PWM on all modes (including Hi) at a detectable, but not visually distracting ~1kHz range.

    Light lacks a memory mode, and always comes on in Hi.

    Flat-top cells fit and work, but my three Redilast 2600mAh cells all produced severe flickering on the Lo mode. Seems to be a specific issue with that series of cells, as there was no issue with any of my Redilast 2900mAh cells, or any of my AW cells (2200mAh, 2600mAh, IMR 1600mAh) or 4GREER cells (2400mAh).

    Preliminary Observations

    Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, but I like the look and feel of the XT10. It is a solid feeling light, well balanced in the hand. I particularly like the colour and quality of the anodizing, very Sunwayman-like. I also like the more substantial body design, compared to earlier Klarus lights.

    The most distinctive part of this light is the tailcap design and interface. I am not an expert on this front, but it seems to me that the XT10 has gotten this right as a "tactical" light. The light always comes on in Hi mode, and disorienting oscillating strobe is available by a single click, directly from both off and on.

    The XT10 circuit uses a step-down feature after 4 mins of continuous max output, on all batteries. This is a good safety feature (to prevent over-heating of cells), and something I am starting to see more frequently in this class. I suspect some of the tactical crowd would have preferred even higher output to start with, but I find all the XM-L-based lights to be plenty bright on max.

    Beam pattern is good, well-balanced for general purpose use.

    I am sorry to see the current-control on the original Klarus models replaced with PWM here. Although not distracting in use, the ~1kHz PWM is detectable (and all levels, including Hi), and lowers overall efficiency somewhat. But the runtimes are still reasonably good, especially for a PWM-based light.

    At the end of the day, this is another "tactically-inspired" light for you to consider in this ever-expanding class of 2xCR123A/1x1860 lights. I will have to let others with more experience on tactical use comment, but I find the rear dual-button setup to work well for single-handed use.

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    Klarus XT10 provided by goinggear.com for review.
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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    Great review Selfbuilt! DId yours actually come with a spare switch boot? Mine was missing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    Great review Selfbuilt! DId yours actually come with a spare switch boot? Mine was missing...
    Ooops, cutting-and-pasting error - there was no spare tailcap cover on mine either. Review fixed.

    FYI, I'm going to be on holidays the next few days without internet access, so will check back in on all my threads on Monday.
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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    FYI, there are three other recent reviews of this light you might want to also check out - some good additional points discussed in each of them.

    AardvarkSagus Review
    Gunga Review
    HKJ Review

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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    Self Built,

    I am absolutaly blown away by your research, its very impressive.
    The XT10 is one of my personal favorites!

    Gunga,

    Your XT10 should have come with the spare switch boot. That was definitely a packaging error. You should request a replacement spare switch under your 2 year Klarus warranty coverage. But other then that, I hope you are enjoying your XT10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alicia @ KLARUS USA View Post
    Your XT10 should have come with the spare switch boot. That was definitely a packaging error. You should request a replacement spare switch under your 2 year Klarus warranty coverage. But other then that, I hope you are enjoying your XT10.


    Thanks for the comments Alicia, and welcome to CPF. Always good to see an official representative participate in these threads.

    FYI, my package didn't come with a spare switch boot either.
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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    Quote Originally Posted by selfbuilt View Post
    FYI, my package didn't come with a spare switch boot either.
    From another thread:
    Quote Originally Posted by Alicia @ KLARUS USA View Post
    The XT10 has a memory chip that remembers the last level used befor clicking it off. If you Set it on high then everytime you turn it off it will turn on on high.
    It does not look like Alicia is up to date on the packing or function of the XT10. The one I reviewed did not include the extra boot or memory either.
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    Hi, this is the first time I write, but I read a long time.
    Selfbuilt Congratulations for your reviews.
    In your opinion, between Fenix ​​TK12 and R5 Klarus XT10 XM-L, who better thrower?
    Thanks, and sorry for my English

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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    Quote Originally Posted by alessior100 View Post
    In your opinion, between Fenix ​​TK12 and R5 Klarus XT10 XM-L, who better thrower?
    Techanically, throw is pretty similar. My ANSI FL-1 measures for the Fenix TK12 (XP-G R5) on max on 18650 are 265 estimated lumens output, with lux @1m of 6850 (for a beam distance of 166m). This is virtually the same as the throw of the XT10 (XM-L) in this review (i.e. 6500lux, or 161m beam distance).

    But in practice, the TK12 has a smaller and much more tightly defined hotspot, as is common for XP-G lights with smooth reflectors. The XT10 has a very difffuse centre, with wide corona. I haven't directly compared at a distance, but I suspect the TK12 would throw marginally further.
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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    Great review 'selfbuilt'. Thanks!

    When this light goes into strobe, does it still have PWM, or is it full power? If no PWM on strobe, then strobe would have more lumens, correct?

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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    Thanks for the great review! Interesting flashlight!

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    Mine came with the extra rubber boot but my holster is different I wish I got the holster in your pics. Thanks for the review this review was one of the reasons I bought this light. I only had a Streamlight Strion before and we also use Stingers in my department and didn't know much about all the lights out there the XT10 hands down blows away any other light I used for duty. The XT10 is perfect for my needs at work and as a home defense weapon light for my shotgun. My only wish is that they make another XT10 model that is more of a thrower so I can mount one on my rifle for more distance type shots. Maybe I'll email Klarus and ask about it.

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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    First, thank you for the review. I just ordered one of these and I am hoping it works out for me as I have been looking for a new duty light.
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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    Small update.
    I received my XT-10 and I am very impressed. Mine DID NOT include a holster in yhe package. I am not overly upset since I have numerous holsters and the light has a norrow enough head to fit in my blaxkhawk nylon holster.
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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    I love my XT10, BUT ..... aside from the PWM which is annoying to my eyes during movement of the light (i see a pattern of dots) the greenish tint is my biggest problem with it. Its ALMOST a deal breaker for me.

    Does anyone know anyone who can modify this light for me, and replace the current XML with something more "cool white" or something without the green tint? Can the LED be replaced easily but keep the same UI? I would love an R5, MC-E, ANYTHING other than this green tint I'm seeing.
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    I received my XT10 today and it's actually black though the packaging reads "military gray".
    Now it's not the first time that descriptions on Klarus packaging read one thing and inside the packaging there is something different but I'm just wondering if they changed the color in recent stocks or if it is now available both in black and military gray. The packaging is the newer Klarus one, the same one used for the XT1A, XT2A, XT2C, and XT11 - rather the older one shown in the third picture at the top of this thread - so it's definitely one of the stocks dating back to the end of 2011 or later.

    It's more out of curiosity than anything else: even if still available in military gray I'm not going to return it to get a different color or else after paying for shipping it back and forth it wouldn't be that great of a deal anymore. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    Quote Originally Posted by Labrador72 View Post
    I received my XT10 today and it's actually black though the packaging reads "military gray".
    Now it's not the first time that descriptions on Klarus packaging read one thing and inside the packaging there is something different but I'm just wondering if they changed the color in recent stocks or if it is now available both in black and military gray. The packaging is the newer Klarus one, the same one used for the XT1A, XT2A, XT2C, and XT11 - rather the older one shown in the third picture at the top of this thread - so it's definitely one of the stocks dating back to the end of 2011 or later.

    It is my understanding that Klarus made the XT-10 in Gray, then changed to black later in the run.
    I think the XT-10 is discontinued.

    It's more out of curiosity than anything else: even if still available in military gray I'm not going to return it to get a different color or else after paying for shipping it back and forth it wouldn't be that great of a deal anymore. Thanks in advance.
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    Default Re: Klarus XT10 (XM-L T6, 2xCR123A/1x18650) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS and more!

    Thanks a lot Madecov!

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