Hello.This is the new model from Klarus-RS11-combination of tactical flashlight and flashlight for everyday use.I love the look of all Klarus flashlights and their user interface.For that I write this review and will add many pictures so You can see every detail of the flashlight.
Each series flashlights Klarus have something innovative that makes the flashlights unique.
RS 11 also has some innovations that make it very convenient to use.The most important in this model-it is a rechargeable flashlight.It can be charged from PC USB port,adapter from 12V plug in the car or adapter for 220/110V to 5V.
Specifications from the manufacturer: •Included accessories: holster, lanyard, body clip, USB charging cable and one spare o-ring
• CREE XM-L (U2) LED with a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours
• Lighting modes:
620 ANSI lumens (2.2 hrs) -- 150 lumens (7.3 hrs) -- 10 lumens (215 hrs)
Variable frequency strobe: 620 lumens (4.4 hrs)
• Working Voltage: 3.4V - 8.4V
• Battery: 2x CR123A / 1x 18650 (any 18650 battery with PCB protection–
using unprotected batteries may be hazardous to the user and cause damage
to the flashlight)
Input: 5 V
Output: 4.2V/500 mA max
• Charging time: Decided by battery capacity. Formula is:
Charging time = (battery capacity/500 mA) + 0.5 hrs
• Body color: Dark grey
• Reflector: Textured orange peel reflector
• Lens: Toughened ultra-clear glass
• Dimensions: 160mm (Length) x 36 mm (Head) x 25.4mm (Body)
• Net weight: 156g (Excluding battery)
FeaturesThe flashlight has beautiful dark grey type III hard anodizing,very nice to the touch.There are interesting cooling fins on the head.The strike bezel is stainless steel and it is detachable.It is more aggressive and bigger than the strike bezel of Klarus XT11.Color filters and diffuser can be attached.
• Specially designed magnetic connection. When the charging cable is within 1cm of the charging
port it self-locates to make the connection. The charging cable can be removed quickly and safely
at any time, which makes it an effective flashlight to use in rapid response situations.
• Ergonomically designed to be easy to operate with just one hand. The switches are very easy to
locate by touch in the dark.
• Uses a USB interface chargeable design, so you can charge in the home, office, airport, vehicle, etc.
Basically, anywhere that has a USB interface. You can also remove the battery and charge separately
and also use CR123A batteries (do not charge CR123A batteries).
• Low loss, high intensity, portable USB charging cable (K1-D5).
• Any 18650 rechargeable battery with PCB protection can be used.
• Strobe can be activated when the flashlight is on or off, giving instant access to a blinding strobe from
• Three lighting modes with memory function make it adaptable for different situations.
• Detachable stainless steel strike bezel protects the lens and has a self-defense purpose.
• Color filters and a diffuser can be securely attached; screwed-in to replace the bezel.
• Uses just one 18650 battery. Max output is 620 ANSI lumens and super long runtime of 9 days.
• Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (underwater to 2 meters).
Sturdy holster,lanyard,USB charging cable,split ring,two spare o-rings
The cnurling of the flashlight is excellent.The clip seems stable.The grip of the flashlight is very comfortable.
This time the patented dual switch is placed on the side of the flashlight.The buttons are with different height for easy location.
Their handling is easy and fast to convene.Using them is very nice and after using RS11 I feel the dual switch on the XT11 little bit stiff.
Screw threads are square shape.All rubbing parts are very well greased.
The battery tube is complex construction and thick enough.All is well sized and 18650 protected batteries fit perfectly.
There's no spring at the head,but flat contact batteries work well.
RS11 can tailstand
The main switch is for ON-OFF and mode changing,the other switch is for strobe.The strobe can be activated at any time.The main switch is not a typical forward clicky switch.It is the same as the strobe switch(electronic switching)-a switch without fixation in two positions.This makes working with RS11 very light,comfortable and quiet.
Shorter pressure is needed for the switch to be activated.So it is easier to be activated in emergency situations.
There's no switch at the tail of the torch.There is innovative magnetic self locating connector for charging the battery and LED for indication of charging status-red when charging and green when charged.No cap for the magnetic contacts,but there's no voltage on them,so maybe no problems with shorting from a metal objects(I didn't test it).
The cable for connection with power supply uses USB connector at one end and magnetic connector at the other.Lenght of the cord 1.2m(47.2 inches)
This type of connection is very useful.Can be connect and disconnect fast in any situation.
Klarus RS11 is equipped with orange peel reflector and LED Cree XM-L U2.
The LED is perfectly centered and gives well shaped hotspot.
Blue color AR coated,Toughened ultra-clear glass lens
Compared to Klarus XT11 the orange peel looks slightly different and on my sample gives a beam with better color and shape and looks more concentrated.
The beam illuminates very wide area and all around is visible.This combined with pretty good throw for OP reflector+XM-L led,gives excellent use of these 620 lumens.
200 meters are not a problem for light throwing(depends on weather condition-dust in the air,moisture). This is a whole wall of light !
Klarus RS 11 Vs Klarus XT11
Wall at 5 meters.
No visible difference in the beams when on the photos.
Each of the three modes is usable.High mode-620 lm-pretty bright; Medium mode is 150 lm and it is perfect when long runtime is needed.150 lm give a very good illuminating.
Low mode 10 lm is useful on close distance-reading maps,walking,or just to check the watch.
Again,the strobe is variable frequency 620 lm.It's good but can't disorient me and I will use it for other purposes-signaling,maybe for some bad dogs.
The light output seems to be well regulated.I use only 18650 batteries,so I don't have impressions of using CR123 batteries.
Three lighting modes-High,Medium,Low
Wall at 1 meter.
Beam compared to other flashlights->(from left to right) XR-E Q5 SMO , XP-G R5 TIR ,Klarus RS11 XM-L U2
Wall at 5 meters
The user interface is easy to remember and easy to use.The memory function need the light to be on for more than 3 seconds.This is a little bit long time for me,but not a big problem.
Lighting switch: Click the higher button for less than 0.6 of a second to activate momentary-on function. Press and hold the higher button for longer than 0.6 of a second to access the memorized mode (the mode that was previously used). Press and hold the higher button for more than 0.6 of a second to cycle through High-Mid-Low modes and release the switch to select a mode. Click the higher button to turn the light off.
Strobe switch: Press the lower button for less than 0.6 of a second for momentary strobe. Press and hold the lower button for more than 0.6 of a second to lock the strobe. Click the lower button to return to previous lighting mode.
There is a memory function for the last used lighting level.
Memory function:When the light is on for more than 3 seconds,the mode will be memorized.Turn the light off, then the next time you switch the light on it will activate with the memorized mode.
And the best news for many people-There's no sign of visible PWM on High mode.
On Medium and Low RS11 uses PWM-It cannot be avoided because it's needed to operate the dual switch UI.
No high frequency noise on my sample at High lighting mode.On medium and low the noise is too low to be heard.
Here is comparison to Klarus XT11:
XT11 left-RS11 right
Color compared to a black flashlight and Klarus XT11
RS11 comes with good sturdy holster with many options for attaching.
One of the biggest benefits of RS11's placed on the side dual switch-can be used even with a bag in hand and all lighting modes are accessible for use without need to changing the grip.
This flashlight offers many possibilities for using it in any situation and can be kept always charged thanks to the convenient way of charging.The dual side switch also provides many benefits.
The user interface is perfect and gives enjoyment working with it.Very good looking flashlight and very bright.
I have nothing bad to say about Klarus RS11.
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