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    Cool Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDEO+

    Warning: even more pic heavy than usual.




    Thrunite has sent me the updated version their classic "thrower" light, the Catapult (now in version 5). Featuring a XM-L2, the Cat V5 runs on 2x18650 or 4xCR123A (although I understand 3x18650 is also possible with optional extender).

    Does the V5 version allow Thrunite to reclaim the "throw king" crown in this class? Let us see …

    Manufacturer Reported Specifications:
    (note: as always, these are simply what the manufacturer provides – scroll down to see my actual testing results).

    • LED: Cree XM-L2 U2 LED
    • Max output: 1500 lumen; uses 2/3 18650 rechargeable batteries or 4 CR123A batteries;
    • Tested by 2×18650 (2600mAh): Remote Switch Momentary On. 1000lumen (75min); 1500lumen (70min),750lumen (140min), 400lumen (305min), 80lumen (1344min);
    • Working voltage: 5V-14V;
    • Max beam distance: 649 meters
    • Peak beam intensity: 105,400cd
    • Short-circuit protection, Open circuit protection, Over-voltage protection, Under-voltage protection, Over-heat protection
    • Impact resistant: 1.5M.
    • Waterproof to IPX-8 standard, 2M.
    • Improved UI for more lumens;
    • Dimensions: 267.5mm(length) × 59.0mm(bezel diameter)
    • Weight: 650g (without batteries)
    • Reverse polarity protection design to protect from improper battery installation;
    • Aircraft-grade aluminum body;
    • Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish;
    • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating;
    • Smooth reflector gives perfect beam and throw;
    • Accessories (included): Holster, Lanyard, User’s manual, diffuser, O-ring.
    • MSRP: $150



    Packaging is a hard cardboard box with cut-out foam. Inside are the light (in bubble wrap), open-ended belt pouch, wrist lanyard, manual, extra o-rings, and snap-on flip-top diffuser cover.




    From left to right: AW Protected 18650 2200mAh; Thrunite Catapult V5, V3; Armytek Barracuda; Olight M3X; Crelant 7G5MT.

    All dimensions directly measured, and given with no batteries installed (unless indicated):

    Thrunite Catapult V5: Weight: 556.7g, Length: 266mm, Width (bezel) 59.1mm
    Thrunite Catapult V3: Weight: 434.8g, Length: 254mm, Width (bezel) 58.0mm
    ArmyTek Barracuda: Weight 400.8g, Length 264mm, Width (bezel): 64.0mm
    Crelant 7G5CS: Weight: 334.5g, Length: 247mm Width (bezel): 64.0mm
    Eagletac GX25L2 Turbo: Weight: 320.7g (with battery pack: 412.5g), Length: 251mm, Width (bezel): 62.0mm
    Eagletac SX25L2 Turbo: Weight: 343.4g (with battery pack: 534.3g), Length: 255mm, Width (bezel): 62.0mm
    Klarus XT30: Weight: 283.1g, Length: 247mm, Width (bezel): 58.0mm
    Niwalker 750N1: Weight: 408.0g, Length: 269mm, Width (bezel): 58.6mm
    Olight M3X with Extender: Weight 277.8g, Length 244mm, Width (bezel): 62.3mm
    Sunwayman T40CS: Weight: 296.7g, Length 227, Width (bezel): 63.5mm
    Surefire UB3T: Weight: 311.1g, Length 229mm, Width (bezel): 63.1 mm








    As before, the Thrunite Catapult V5 is one beefy light. This line has always had a very thick-walled build, with high weight for the class. Anodizing is as before, a glossy black with no chips or damage on my sample. Labels were sharp and bright white against the black background. There isn't traditional knurling per se, but the V5 uses the same checkered pattern on the battery handle for grip. Thanks to the relative sharp edges, grip is very good on the Catapult series.

    The main change from the V3 build is the use of two electronic switches in the head now, instead of the tailcap clicky/head twist control mechanism. See my User Interface for a discussion of how they work. Switch feel has a little more resistance here than typical I find, and the switches themselves are fairly small. There is a definite click sound on a full press.

    The body handle is one solid piece now – it no longer separates to allow 1x18650 use. There are cosmetic touches to the styling at the base of the head and tailcap, and bezel is more polished now (but still made of stainless steel).

    Another difference is screw thread diameter has changed at the head (unchanged at the tailcap). Threads are also no longer anodized for lock-out. Threads are standard triangular cut in the tail, and square-cut in the head. All seem of good quality.

    There are spring in the head and tailcap, both covered by a brass-colored cap. The tailcap has a redesigned appearance, and the light can tailstand as before (the raised ridges also serve as attachment points for the wrist lanyard).

    Here's an interesting addition to stock package – Thrunite has thrown in their flip-top diffuser:









    The Thrunite snap-on, flip-top diffuser is very similar to the old Surefire Beam Shapers (e.g., see my old UB3T review). You loosen the side clamp and slide the diffuser assembly over the bezel. Once in position, clamp down to hold the diffuser on securely. There is a spring-mounted latch that holds the diffuser cover down. Presumably, you could swap out the diffuser lens with colored filters, if available.




    The XM-L2 emitter was well-centered at the base of a very large and deep reflector on my Cat V5. Overall reflector dimensions look similar to V3, but I haven't measured it. Smooth finish as before, this should provide outstanding throw. There is a good quality anti-glare coating on the lens. Scroll down for beamshots.

    User Interface

    Turn the light off/on by clicking the lower electronic switch.

    Change output modes by clicking the upper electronic switch. Mode sequence is Lo > Med > Hi > Turbo, in repeating sequence. There is mode memory, and the light will return the last level used after turning off/on.

    To access Strobe while on, press and hold the upper mode switch. To access Strobe directly from off, similarly press and hold the upper mode switch (momentary mode). If you hold the switch down for more than 3 seconds, the light will remain in constant Strobe mode once you release.

    To lock out the light, hold down the lower electronic switch for between 3-6 seconds. After 3 secs, the main beam will flash twice. Once you release the switch after this point, the light will be locked out. Hold the switch down for 6 secs to unlock.

    There is small, faint LED indicator indicator located between to two switches. This flashes blue once ever ~12 secs or so when in standby (i.e., off, with battery installed). It turns on in constant blue when the light is running. It turns red as the batteries are running low, and starts flashing red once they are nearly exhausted.

    Video:

    For more information on the overall build and user interface of the final shipping BK-FA-series, please see my video overview:



    Videos were recorded in 720p, but YouTube typically defaults to 360p. Once the video is running, you can click on the configuration settings icon and select the higher 480p to 720p options. You can also run full-screen.

    As with all my videos, I recommend you have annotations turned on. I commonly update the commentary with additional information or clarifications before publicly releasing the video.

    PWM/Strobe

    There is no sign of PWM on any level – I believe the light is current-controlled.



    As with other recent Thrunite lights, strobe is an oscillating frequency strobe, switching between 5.6Hz and 13.9Hz on my sample. Each frequency lasts for about ~2 secs. Here is a blow-up of each strobe frequency individually:




    There is a bit of a ramp-up to the peak strobe output, but it is not something you could see in practice. Strobe is quite blazingly fast to the eye.

    Standby Drain

    Due to the electronic switch control in the head, the Cat V5 will be drawing a small current when batteries are installed. I have measured this current as 34uA on first connection, 9uA after the first few seconds. There is a quick flash of the blue LED indicator every 12 secs or, but I am not able to get a good reading during that time. If we say the average current is ~10uA over time, that would translate into 35 years before 3100mAh cells would be drained. As this is below the self-discharge rate of Li-ions, you have nothing to worry about.

    Unfortunately, you cannot lock out the switch physically (i.e., screw threads are not anodized). To prevent accidental activation, you can lock out the switch by pressing and holding for 6 secs (repeat to unlock).

    Beamshots:

    And now, what you have all been waiting for. All lights are on 2x AW protected 18650 2200mAh. Lights are 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.













    Obviously, it's hard to tell much at such ridiculously close distances. The most obvious observation is that the Catapult V5 has a very similar beam profile to the V3 - but with a lot more output (and throw).

    It is interesting to compare to the two other top XM-L2 throwers in the 2x18650 class - the ArmyTek Barracuda and Olight M3X. The Barracuda has a deeper and narrower reflector, giving you good throw, but at the expense of spillbeam width (compared to most other lights). The M3X has a relatively wide reflector, giving you a much wider spillbeam width than the Catapults.

    Unfortunately, spring is still slow in showing up in my part of Canada. Outdoor shots still aren't feasible for at least a few more weeks – I will update this thread once they are ready.

    For now, you will have to make do with some indoor shots in my basement. For your reference, the back of the couch is about 7 feet away (~2.3m) from the opening of the light, and the far wall is about 18 feet away (~5.9m). Below I am showing a couple of exposures, to allow you to better compare hotspot and spill.

    Let's compare the Catapult V5 to the earlier V3, and the ArmyTek Barracuda:






    I've done a lot of exposures above so that you can directly compare. Technically, the Barracuda can produce about the same peak intensity throw (i.e., compare the center of the hotspots). But it should be obvious from the above that the Catapult V5 has a more uniformly bright hotspot. The result is that everything that falls into that Cat V5 hotpot is evenly lit, whereas the Barracuda has a gradation in output from the center to the edge.

    UPDATE May 17, 2014: Weather conditions have finally improved enough to start taking outdoor beamshots around here. Here is a comparison of the Catapult V5 to the Thrunite TN32, and Fenix TK61 (stock).

    As always, these are done in the style of my earlier 100-yard round-up review. Please see that thread for a discussion of the topography (i.e. the road dips in the distance, to better show you the corona in the mid-ground).





    I realize these comparisons are a little unfair, as the Catapult V5 is only a 2x18650 light (compared to 3x and 4x specimens above). But it goes to show you how impressive the V5 is, that it can approach the larger and more heavily-driven TN32. If I get the chance to compare the V5 to other lights in the 2x18650 class, I will update this review.

    UPDATE JUNE 12, 2014:
    FYI, here is an additional outdoor beamshot with and without the diffuser in place.





    Testing Method:

    All my output numbers are relative for my home-made light box setup, as described on my flashlightreviews.ca website. 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 devised a method for converting my lightbox relative output values (ROV) to estimated Lumens. See my How to convert Selfbuilt's Lightbox values to Lumens thread for more info.

    Throw/Output Summary Chart:

    My summary tables are reported in a manner consistent with the ANSI FL-1 standard for flashlight testing. Please see http://www.flashlightreviews.ca/FL1.htm for a discussion, and a description of all the terms used in these tables. Effective July 2012, I have updated all my Peak Intensity/Beam Distance measures with a NIST-certified Extech EA31 lightmeter (orange highlights).



    As you could probably tell from the indoor beamshots, the Cat V5 is a lot brighter than the Cat V3 – both for output and for throw. In terms of peak intensity center beam, the Cat V5 narrowly squeezes past the ArmyTek Barracuda (which is not driven as hard overall). Given the significant differences in the beam pattern of all the max thrower lights, the beamshots really tell this story the best – scroll back up for some shots.

    I put the TN32 down for comparison, as the Cat V5 is nearing that level of output (although only on 2x18650). As you can tell from above though, the much larger reflector on the TN32 gives this light a considerable throw advantage.

    As an aside, it's nice to see that the ANSI FL-1 specs for output and center beam intensity are bang-on with my sample.

    Here is a breakdown of the estimated lumen values for both the Cat V3 and V5 in my testing:



    As usual, Thrunite's output specs remain remarkably consistent with my testing – making me thing they did indeed get these tested in a properly-calibrated integrating sphere. The exception above is the Lo level of the Cat V3, but that may have been due to the early review sample I received (i.e., later models were adjusted for Lo).

    There is a thermal-controlled step-down on the Cat V5. However, the reduced output step is actually very similar to the max output of other 2x18650 thrower lights I've tested. See my runtimes below for more info.

    Output/Runtime Graphs:

    As usual, AW protected 2200mAh cells are used in all my runtime testing










    The Catapult V5 now shows a clear step-down pattern over time, as the cells drain. The first step-down from Turbo happened around 4 mins in my testing. This is actually a positive development – the earlier Catapults were heavily driven on max, without a timed or thermal step-down. This made it potentially unsafe to run on 4xCR123A (i.e., the cells internal PTC protection feature could be set off on sustained runs).

    The overall output/runtime efficiency is excellent, at all levels tested. Similarly, the light shows flat stabilization at all levels (with defined step downs over time).

    Any way you look at it - from an output, efficiency, or regulation perspective - the new Catapult V5 is well suited to both 2x18650 and 4xCR123A. A definite winner in my books.

    Potential Issues

    As before, there is no true "lo" mode to speak of in the Catapult series.

    The physical clicky switch has been replaced by two electronic switches in the head. As a result, there is stand-by current now when off – but it was so low (~10 uA in my testing), that it is absolutely not a concern for draining your cells. This is below the self-discharge level of Li-ion. Accidental activation is another possibility, as the light no longer has anodized threads for physical lockout - but Thrunite does provide an electronic switch lock-out feature.

    Switch buttons are relatively small, and require a firmer than typical press to activate. I sometimes found nothing would happen upon a button press, if I didn't press it firmly in the center.

    The bezel has a more polished/brushed appearance now, but it is still made of stainless steel.

    Preliminary Observations

    The Catapult V3 was a mainstay in the 2x18650 "thrower" class light for quite some time. The new V5 has a significant leap in output and corresponding throw – it's about twice as bright on max now.

    In addition to the raw horsepower output increase, the interface has been completely revised as well. Gone is the combination of head twist and physical clicky switch, replaced by two electronic switches in the head (one for on/off, one for mode changing). I think most people will find this interface quite intuitive. It also has a potentially nifty "hidden" feature for some – you now have instant access to strobe from Off, as either momentary or locked on.

    Build-wise, the main changes are the replacement tailcap (lacking a physical switch), and the extension of the "neck" area where the electronic switches are now located. I find the switches to be a bit on the small side, requiring firmer pressure than typical for a definite click. Note as well that a physical lock-out of the light is no longer possible (i.e., screw threads are not anodized now), but there is an electronic lock-out and the standby current is so small as be below the self-discharge limit of Li-ions (i.e., not a concern for draining your light). As an aside, the tailcap threads haven't changed, so you could still install the anodized tailcap (with clicky switch) from the V3 onto the V5.

    For those who like a solid club-style light, rest assured that the V5 is as "beefy" a light as ever. In fact it is even longer and heavier now.

    Performance-wise, I am glad to see the over-heat and circuit protection features of the light now (something that was lacking from earlier models). This means the light will step down in output as the batteries drain, or if excessive heat is detected (which can happen on primary CR123A cells especially). There is a useful standby/low voltage indicator LED located between the two switches. From the specs, it would seem that unprotected cells could be safely used (but I have not tested this). Regulation and overall output/runtime efficiency were excellent on my sample, in keeping with other current-controlled lights.

    Of course, what probably matters to many of you – peak beam intensity has more than doubled from my Cat V3. This nudges the Armytek Barracuda out of the top spot in my 2x18650 summary tables. In real life, I find the Cat V5 hotspot to be broader and more uniform that the Barracuda, but you will have to wait a little longer for outdoor shots (spring is coming).

    Some small touches that I quite like – it is good that a holster is now included, as well as an excellent quality flip-top beam diffuser. The bundled diffuser cover is very similar to the classic Surefire beam shaper accessory (see my old UB3T review for an example). I understand a remote momentary switch is also available, and presumably a 3x18650 battery tube extender as well (since it is mentioned in the specs).

    The Cat V3 was a very popular 2x18650 thrower light, and I suspect the V5 will follow down that same path given its outstanding output and throw. While some may miss the physical tailcap clicky switch, I can see the placement of the electronic switches near the head working well for how most people carry and use the light. Certainly a very impressive output/throw showing in this class, made possible by the broader range of heat and voltage protection features in the circuit.

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    Catapult V5 provided by Thrunite for review.
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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Nice Review!!

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    Thanks for the review
    I like that flip-clamp-on diffuser.

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    Great Review Self built,I will be adding this one as well to my growing collection! LoL

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    Thanks for another in-depth non-biased review. The only issue I see here is the quirky action or non-action of the switch. I understand that the switch may take a firm press but seems that this could be an issue under certain conditions. A flashlight should work first time every time. I doubt that Thrunite or any manufacturer would send SB a light for review and testing that was faulty so I assume this sample is the norm. This may not be such a problem as I think it might be, without having a sample to test, I do find it odd. I have a light or two that the switch is a little quirky to, and those are the lights I use the least and my wife will not use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kj2 View Post
    I like that flip-clamp-on diffuser.
    Yes, it quite a nice attachment - especially when included bundled with the light.

    Quote Originally Posted by gkbain View Post
    The only issue I see here is the quirky action or non-action of the switch. I understand that the switch may take a firm press but seems that this could be an issue under certain conditions. A flashlight should work first time every time. I doubt that Thrunite or any manufacturer would send SB a light for review and testing that was faulty so I assume this sample is the norm.
    On the last point, I wouldn't be too sure - I've tested a lot of lights with unexpected quirks or issues that weren't the norm (i.e., it typically doesn't seem like I get "cherry-picked" examples, just a random pull from inventory).

    In this case, I think it is more an issue of my getting used to the right pressure and timings of the switch. I recorded the video shortly after arrival (and was holding the light in a few unusual positions when trying to press the switch). I find now that I can reliably activate either switch in traditional carry on every press. Whether that was due to some breaking in of the switch, or of my own holding/motor memory timings, I don't know (but I suspect the latter). But it is working consistently for me now.
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    For those of you who were wondering how the the Catpult V5 compares to the recent TN32, here are some shots:









    The exposures and short distance don't really let you compare throw (which is much higher on the TN32). Unfortunately, that is the fastest shutter speed my camera will do!

    For more info, please see my TN32 review
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    Hi Selfbuilt,

    Thanks for the great review.
    Its nice to see that Thrunite has improved the Output of the Catapult. But i prefer the design from the catapult V2/V2.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by deSede View Post
    Its nice to see that Thrunite has improved the Output of the Catapult. But i prefer the design from the catapult V2/V2.
    I've seen similar comments on my YouTube channel. Personally, I can appreciate that the earlier Cat V2/V3 had a more "traditional" shape and function. But the new V5 is more functional for the way most people carry and operate their lights (i.e., light forward in front of them, not overhead). Plus you no longer need to use two hands to change output modes.

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    I have a question about the "step-downs" on your run times charts for this light. After the initial step-down (4 minutes on turbo), if you turn off the light and let it cool off, I assume you will get full turbo brightness if you turn the light on again. (Maybe that's wrong.) What happens to the later step-downs under the same circumstances? For example, if the batteries are sufficient depleted to have triggered a step-down in high mode (or medium mode), will a cooled-off light come on at the stepped-down level or will it recover?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akapuckthecat View Post
    I have a question about the "step-downs" on your run times charts for this light. After the initial step-down (4 minutes on turbo), if you turn off the light and let it cool off, I assume you will get full turbo brightness if you turn the light on again. (Maybe that's wrong.)
    That's correct. The first step down is different from the later ones, as it responding to the heat generated on Turbo. If you restart the light cool, you will get max output again for a few mins.

    What happens to the later step-downs under the same circumstances? For example, if the batteries are sufficient depleted to have triggered a step-down in high mode (or medium mode), will a cooled-off light come on at the stepped-down level or will it recover?
    No, in these cases the batteries are too drained to let the light continue to run at the higher levels. Cells recover a bit of voltage once you remove the load, so it's quite likely you will be able to re-active at the higher set level - but the light won't stay there for long, as the drained batteries will trigger a step-down.

    I haven't tested the light to confirm the above, but it is what I would expect based on my experience with other lights with similar circuit patterns.
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    Great review as always... Thanks you! This has pretty much made my mind up to buy this light, as I prefer a 'club' style thrower. I love my XM-L2 TN31, but find the form factor more restrictive to carry, particularly in the supplied holster on my belt. Too many years of hanging a 3D-cell Maglite off it I suppose!

    But while mentioning the Mag – The leather and plastic-ring belt holder still remains my favorite method of carrying larger flashlights, but I couldn’t use it with the TN31 as it was too stubby and too top-heavy.

    http://www.amazon.com/MAGLITE-ASXD03.../dp/B000056BMW

    Has anyone tried the holder with the V5? I’ve ever actually handled any of the Catapult range, and not sure if its head or neck (where the controls are) would fit or be too tight, or be liable to snag on the buttons/cooling fins?

    Any help or opinions would be great! SoH

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    Quote Originally Posted by StageofHistory View Post
    Has anyone tried the holder with the V5? I’ve ever actually handled any of the Catapult range, and not sure if its head or neck (where the controls are) would fit or be too tight, or be liable to snag on the buttons/cooling fins?
    I haven't tried that holster, but judging form the pics, the Cat V5 should fit in it quite well.. FYI, the D-cell Mag is a little <40mm just below the head (~41mm at the button) - and rapidly increases to ~56mm at its widest point on the head. The area where the switches are on the Cat V5 is ~41.5mm (switch included), and quickly jumps to ~55mm at the next segment.

    Given how the Mag hangs in that picture, I would think the V5 would fit perfectly in that holster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selfbuilt View Post
    Given how the Mag hangs in that picture, I would think the V5 would fit perfectly in that holster.
    Sorry for the delay but thanks for that info, SB - Very detailed as always and good to hear! I'm hoping mine will be arriving this week from HK, so I'll let you know how the Mag holder works out.

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    My V5 U2 CW turned up this morning, and I'm very impressed with the build and performance... I can't wait to try it out in the fields tonight!

    I can confirm that the Mag holder takes it perfectly when naked, having had no snags at all during the couple of dozen times I've drawn the flashlight. With the diffuser on, it is a bit top heavy and I feel as if it could topple out, like the TN31. The added weight of the extension tube/third battery would counter this, though! Would the extra tube from the V3 fit? I'm sure I saw somewhere that the threads on the backend and tailcap where the same between the V3 and V5.

    I’ve also emailed HKEquipment.net, to ask if the TN Catapult Flashlight Flip RED Filter they are selling is diffused light or a coloured lens.

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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Weather conditions have finally improved enough to start taking outdoor beamshots around here. Here is a comparison of the Catapult V5 to the Thrunite TN32, and Fenix TK61 (stock).

    As always, these are done in the style of my earlier 100-yard round-up review. Please see that thread for a discussion of the topography (i.e. the road dips in the distance, to better show you the corona in the mid-ground).





    I realize these comparisons are a little unfair, as the Catapult V5 is only a 2x18650 light (compared to 3x and 4x specimens above). But it goes to show you how impressive the V5 is, that it can approach the larger and more heavily-driven TN32. If I get the chance to compare the V5 to other lights in the 2x18650 class, I will update this review.
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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    I decided to pull the trigger on a Cat V5. Will it run on Cally Kustoms 3400mah 1mm button top cells?

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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Quote Originally Posted by Tex S View Post
    I decided to pull the trigger on a Cat V5. Will it run on Cally Kustoms 3400mah 1mm button top cells?
    Should be fine.
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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Hi, I have just purchased a V5 can't wait until it arrives. Paid AU$ 154.95 with free postage, which was the best price I could find.
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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Thanks for the very informative review. This is one I would like to buy but think I'll wait a little.

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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldkid View Post
    Thanks for the very informative review. This is one I would like to buy but think I'll wait a little.
    You're welcome, and (at least for your first post).
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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    FYI, here is an additional outdoor beamshot with and without the diffuser in place.



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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Is the neutral version really the same 1500 lumens on turbo? I'm starting to think this might be my next light purchase. Such a beast build-wise. Kind of disappointing though that there isn't a 10-20 lumen low mode. The diffuser is really nice.

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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Quote Originally Posted by martinaee View Post
    Is the neutral version really the same 1500 lumens on turbo? I'm starting to think this might be my next light purchase. Such a beast build-wise. Kind of disappointing though that there isn't a 10-20 lumen low mode. The diffuser is really nice.
    It could be, if they are able to source neutral white tints in the same output bin as their cool white. Typically, most neutral whites are ~1 output bin lower. But it is possible to see neutral lights with the same output as cool white models.
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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    I bought the TN 30,32 and 35 and their all nice lights.But if I had to do it again,I would just buy the V5,With the diffuser this thing is a spotlight and floodlight all in one,I love it.It is my favorite light at this point,it would be nice to have a low mode,like 5 lumen but oh well,with the cr123 option to use if needed,I would say this light is the perfect emergency,camping,nightly walk light.Anyone looking at it comparing it to the barracuda or olight m3x,got all them to,the v5 is the best in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Quote Originally Posted by markeday View Post
    I bought the TN 30,32 and 35 and their all nice lights.But if I had to do it again,I would just buy the V5,With the diffuser this thing is a spotlight and floodlight all in one,I love it.
    Thanks for adding the perspective. Yes, it does just go to show what a well-designed diffuser cover can do to enhance the value of a light.
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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Does anyone know where to buy it? Even on thrunite's own web site it's not available.

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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Quote Originally Posted by selfbuilt View Post
    Thanks for adding the perspective. Yes, it does just go to show what a well-designed diffuser cover can do to enhance the value of a light.
    I got a diffuser with my Eagletac MX25L3 and used it a few times. I'm not really convinced they're a great idea or at least it failed to impress on that light.

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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    Quote Originally Posted by InspectHerGadget View Post
    I got a diffuser with my Eagletac MX25L3 and used it a few times. I'm not really convinced they're a great idea or at least it failed to impress on that light.
    The value of a diffuser often depends on how throwy a light is, and how narrow the spillbeam. It definitely makes a huge difference to the Cataput V5. I wouldn't consider it as essential for the MX25L3 MT-G2 version (although could be more useful on the XM-L2 version)
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    Default Re: Thrunite Catapult V5 (XM-L2, 2x18650 4xCR123A) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDE

    I have the original Catapult, still love it with the diffuser. Seresphile, are you in the U.S.? Ebay has several listed.

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