Last edited by TEEJ; 06-08-2012 at 10:52 AM.
Did I open Pandora's box here?
We are all sick, aren't we?
As entertaining as the speculation of my ability to warp space-time is, there is a more prosaic explanation (see the March 2012 update at the very top of the review post).
Simply put, there was a hack of the CPF system in March of this year, resetting new posts to four years earlier. As the system displays posts in the order they were made, new posts to this thread displaced the main review. The mods restored order, but the changed datestamp of the (new) first thread post couldn't be altered. The review was originally posted in November 2011.
Just order a TM11 and seems to be a challenge finding some protected 18650 that fit, per all the post I have seen. Any recommendations for a US newbie? Need to get them ASAP, flashlight should be here Monday or Tuesday.
I recently started to have some strange problems with my TM11. The head wouldn't screw all the way down, the batteries would rattle, when it was empty you could hear some strange rattling like something was loose inside and strange 'sand' started appearing near the threads (sticking to lube). Turns out because of unique design of spring in the Tm11 few of silica gel balls (that must have escaped from the packet that Nitecore puts inside the battery tube) got stuck under it, few of them got crushed creating a strange sand-like substance ant the rest was preventing the bottom spring from compressing so I couldn't screw the head all the way down. I was really freaking out for a moment there
"We notice things that don't work. We don't notice things that do."
- Douglas Adams
Most protected batteries with small or large button tops should be fine - there are only a few sporadic accounts of some cells being too long. Avoid true flat-top cells (i.e., where the wrapper comes up higher than the metal on top). And unprotected cells are too short to work (and never recommended either).
And always stick with real brand name cells (i.e., not all the xxxxfires brands - you don't know what you are getting). And buy a decent charger. The experts in the batteries forum can help steer you.
Newbie here who just ordered the version 3 of the Tiny Monster.
thanks everyone for this incredible post -- it has been most helpful! : )
I can confirm that Hi-Max 2600mAh batteries fit as well as protected Panasonic 2900mAh. I'd recommend Panasonic. I got them for $7.69/piece shipped from ebay. Oh and I tried running TM11 with a single protected Panasonic and was surprised that I could run it on all modes including turbo.
Now I see
It is crazy how long my 4 x 3100ma redilasts go in the tm11. on low and medium it lasts through a night and keeps going !
hi guys, I am new to the forum! I got a TM11 awhile back and the switch is very smudgy and soft, i thought it was normal and the mode switching is kinda weird.. then after a few months, (no hard use) the switch cannot change mode anymore and it can only go highest mode or strobe mode. That piss me off and I return it for RMA but turn out they cannot fix it and so they return me money and get a new one. So just when I get my 2nd one, I realized the switch is very snappy and harder, much more solid feeling and the mode switch is very defined.. more important is the throw seems to be further out too. Man did I got a defected one before?
Two videos here..
One is from before, still pretty amazing if you did not got a 2000 lumens in hand before:
and now this is my 2nd test video:
If you see have the same experience, you might wanna see if it is a model issue too. I am telling you that my 2nd one is SO MUCH BETTER too.
Btw, great post thread!!!!
Mod a TN31 head on a modified TM11 body and you get a TTM - TinyThrowMonster: Shorter than the TN31 with longer runtime.
Holy crap that is a beast!
Thanks for the review!
Are you thinking about a comparison with DRY, or Skyray King or other similar looking lamp?
It's high time to make a big comparison test of this type of lamp, because there is a lots of similar lamp on the market(T60cs, tn30, etc), and this style is getting more and more popular among the manufacturers.
Actually i also prefer this type to the long, 25-30cm type lamps
I was just looking at that light on youtube, The shape of it seems kinda funky and maybe not the best grip but it Looks really cool though, I like the three LED lights, kind of like my terralux tle 310 bulb drop in for my 6-d maglite.
*And yes, I'm just posting to get my post count up PAST 3 so that message will finally go away*
in my search for an awesome torch, it was this review that pushed me over the edge to get one. My wife and I sometimes walk our dogs around our neighborhood at night where the cars sometimes go a bit too fast. I can't wait till I'm able to flash them right back....my TM11 should be getting here hopefully this week.
I am an old timer and have used 123 Surefire batteries only until I recently started to use Eagletac 3100 mAh lithium ion rechargeable batteries in my two Eagletac G25C flashlights.
My question is what disadvantage is there in using 8 123 Surefire batteries in the Nitecore 'Tiny Monster'? If battery life of the Surefire is 10 years from date of manufacture could these batteries be used in the light as an 'emergency light' and ready to work?
Well, when I'm looking for a grab and go light (investigating that noise outside), I surprisingly choose the Skyray King. It's dead simple UI, responsive switch and neutral emitter makes it a prime choice. At $65 it's a no brainer to play with.
The TM11 locator LED/volt meter is very handy... But a little deep UI.
The T60CS is easier to hold, but spongy switch.
I'm thinking if the TM11 came in neutral and a pared down UI (med, super low, high) and a good button switch it's
A perfect winner (for me at least)
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