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    The TN4A is Thrunite's first entry into the popular world of compact 4xAA flashlights. As you'll see in the specs below, it also tops the output charts for this class - thanks to use of the new XP-L emitter.

    How does the TN4A compare to the all other members I've tested in this class? I will do my usual detailed testing on this model below. But please also check out my 4xAA Round-up Review, to see additional comparisons to other members of this class.

    Let's get started …

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

    • LED: CREE XP-L V6
    • Runs on: 4x AA(NIMH 2450MAH)
    • Working Voltage: 2.75-8V
    • Output mode/Runtime*: Strobe(1150 lumens/150 minutes), Turbo(1150 lumens /56 minutes), High(550 lumens / 150 minutes), Medium(139 lumens / 14 hrs), Low(15 lumens / 93 hrs), Moonlight(0.5lumens/80 days).
    • Peak Beam Intensity: 26640cd
    • Max beam distance: 326m
    • Compact thrower with high quality beam from orange peel reflector.
    • Latest LED technology gives great light efficiency.
    • Advanced electronic switch with low voltage indication for silent operation.
    • ThruNite ITC (intelligent temperature control) technology to prevent possible light damage from overheating.
    • Six modes: firefly, low, medium, high, turbo and strobe.
    • Reversed polarity protection system prevents damage to the light.
    • Ultra clear tempered glass lens with anti-reflective coating.
    • Aircraft grade aluminum body structure with knurling for firm grip.
    • Premium type III hard anodized anti-abrasive finish.
    • Memory function to set any mode(except for firefly, turbo and strobe) for immediate use.
    • Impact resistant: 2 meters.
    • Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (1.5meters)
    • Weight: 218.6g without battery.
    • Dimensions: 111.5mm in length, 45.5mm in diameter.
    • Accessories: Holster x1 Spare O ring x2 Battery Carrier x1(inside the flashlight)
    • MSRP: ~$55



    Packaging is the standard hard cardboard box with packing foam. Inside, included with the light are spare O-rings, holster with Velcro closing flap, spare switch cover, and manual. Note that there is no wrist-strap provided (nor an obvious place to attach one). I will discuss the purpose of the spare switch cover later in this review.




    From left to right: Panasonic Eneloop Pro (2550mAh) NiMH; Thrunite TN4A; Nitecore EA41; Fenix E41; Sunwayman D40A, F40A; Eagletac GX25A3.

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

    Thrunite TN4A 4xAA: Weight: 217.6g, Length: 112.6mm, Width (bezel): 45.5mm, (tail): 42.0mm

    Eagletac GX25A3 3xAA: Weight: 151.4g, Length: 109.2mm, Width (bezel): 38.6mm
    Fenix E41 4xAA: Weight: 204.1g , Length: 115.9mm, Width (bezel): 44.1mm
    JetBeam PA40 4xAA: Weight: 184.0g, Length: 183mm, Width: 40.8mm (bezel), 42.1mm (max width)
    JetBeam SRA40 4xAA: Weight 236.0g, Length: 126.1mm, Width (bezel): 48.5mm
    Lumintop SD10: Weight: 117.6g, Length: 120.3mm, Width (bezel): 40.1mm
    Nitecore EA41 2015 4xAA: Weight: 147.9g , Length: 118.4mm, Width (bezel): 40.1mm
    Nitecore EA4 4xAA: Weight: 161.6g , Length: 117.9mm, Width (bezel): 40.2mm
    Sunwayman D40A 4xAA: Weight: 167.9g, Length: 120.4mm, Width (bezel): 40.0mm
    Sunwayman F40A 4xAA: Weight: 182.0g, Length: 109.3mm, Width (bezel): 42.0mm

    The TN4A is a little heavier than most lights of this size in the 4xAA class, but otherwise overall dimensions are comparable. Note that it is a bit wider at the head than the tail (i.e., flares out a little before the bezel).










    The TN4A is cylindrical, like most other members of this class. Anodizing is a flat black, and is in excellent shape on my sample. Body labels are minimal, and clear. Knurling on the body handle is slightly more aggressive than typical for this class, and helps with grip. Note the light can roll fairly easily, and there is no obvious attachment point for a wrist lanyard (none provided). The light can tailstand stably.

    Screw threads are square-cut, and anodized for lock-out. A quick twist of the head is all that is required to lock out the light. .

    The TN4A uses a battery carrier to hold the 4xAA cells. The carrier is reversible inside the light. Although it seems well made, there is a lot of tension on the springs for each battery. I found it hard to insert and remove cells – especially my Panasonic Eneloop Pros, which were a real challenge to get out. I would recommend they use shorter springs in this carrier.




    The TN4A uses a single electronic switch to control on/off and mode switching. Switch design is distinctive, as there is a hard plastic outer switch cover, with a clear centre (used to show blue LED indicator underneath). There is a stainless steel ring surrounding the switch, which holds the switch cover in place. Actual switch feel is about typical, and there is a definite "click" when making full contact. Scroll down for a discussion of the user interface.

    But first, you may be wondering what the extra clear switch boot cover is for. Let me demonstrate by opening everything up. You start by unscrewing the stainless steel surround, using snap-ring pliers (or very firm tweezers).








    Basically, the extra clear switch cover is just a replacement for the built-in cover underneath the external button. The light is always meant to be run with the outer button cover in place.

    The TN4A is distinctive for this class for its choice of the new XP-L emitter. Basically, the XP-L is an XM-L2-sized die that has been squeezed into a XP-G2 footprint. It is meant to be a drop-in replacement for XP-G2 (for more output but reduced throw), and should be comparable to the XM-L2 for output.





    XP-L was perfectly centered on my sample, thanks to use of a centering disc. As you can see, the TN4A uses a textured reflector, which is not as deep as some in this class. Unfortunately, the reflections from the reflector texturing are distorting the emitter image above. Scroll down for beamshots and direct throw measures.

    User Interface

    The TN4A uses a single electronic switch for on/off and mode control. Turn the light on by a single click (rapid press-release).

    From on, change output modes by holding the switch down. The light will cycle between constant output modes in the following order: Lo > Med > Hi, in repeating sequence. The light has mode memory, and will retain the last constant output used when turning off and back on.

    To access Firefly, there is a shortcut accessible only from off: press-and-hold the switch.

    To access Turbo, there is a shortcut from either on or off: double-click the switch. To access Strobe, double-click the switch again (i.e., need to be in Turbo mode). Double-click again exits to Turbo (single click turns off, as always).

    There is no mode memory for the shortcut-required modes.

    Video:

    For more information on the overall build and user interface, please see my new video overview:



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    PWM/Strobe

    There is no sign of PWM that I can see, at any output level – the TN4A is fully current-controlled.



    Strobe was a fairly fast tactical strobe of 13 Hz.

    Standby Drain

    A standby current drain is inevitable on the TN4A, due to the electronic switch in the head. I have measured this current as 6.5uA on my sample. Given the batteries are in series in the carrier, that would mean that a 2000mAh Eneloop NiMH would be fully drained in about 35 years (theoretically). Since this is far below the self-discharge rate of NiMH, it is not at all a concern.

    Note that you can easily break this current by unscrewing the head slightly, thanks to the anodized threads and use of a battery carrier. I recommend you do for this for lowering the risk of accidental activation – it certainly is not necessary from a current drain perspective.

    Beamshots:

    And now the white-wall beamshots. All lights are on Sanyo Eneloop NiMH (4x). 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.













    Thanks to shallower than typical reflector, the TN4A has a much "floodier" beam profile – very similar to the Fenix E41 (i.e., a very wide spillbeam). Throw is still significant on the TN4A – scroll down for some direct measures.

    There is some tint variation in the beam profile of my sample, with a somewhat yellow-green tint-shift in the corona specifically. I don't know whether that is due to the reflector design or the XP-L emitter (or some combination thereof). Not an issue for me personally, but fans of consistent beam tint may object.

    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).



    Overall output of the TN4A on Turbo exceeds any of my other 4xAA lights at present. Throw is similarly very high, thanks in part to the incredibly high output level.

    Let's see how output compares across the various levels:



    I typically get very good concordance of my output measures with Thrunite's published specs, and the TN4A is no exception.

    Output/Runtime Graphs:

    Note that I have been moving my NiMH AA testing to the newer Panasonic Eneloop Pro NiMH (2550mAh typical capacity). Panasonic acquired Sanyo a little while back, and the new Panasonic-branded Eneloop Pro cells are an updated version of the former Eneloop XX cells (i.e., Panasonic Pros are basically 3rd generation XX cells, with improved charge holding ability). These were a very tight fit in the TN4A, but I was able to perform my full range of battery testing here.

    Also, keep in mind that all my runtime tests are done under a cooling fan.












    On Med/Hi levels, the TN4A is certainly a very efficient performer - consistent with the Fenix E41 or Nitecore EA41 2015. It also shows a very flat-stabilized regulation pattern.

    But where the TN4A really "shines" (pardon the pun) is on its Turbo level. This is frankly an unbelievable amount of light – even higher than the momentary Turbo mode of the Fenix E41. I am also impressed that the step-down only occurred near the end of the regulated initial run, as the batteries were nearing exhaustion (i.e., ~30 mins on Eneloop, ~40mins on Eneloop Pro, and ~60 mins on L91 lithium). Of course, alkalines are not a good source cell for sustained Turbo output – I recommend you stick with the Hi mode on those AA cells.

    Basically, you get top-of-the-line output/runtime efficiency at all levels, and by far the highest maximum regulated constant output of any 4xAA light that I've tested.

    Potential Issues

    The light does get very hot with sustained runtime on Turbo. Without externally supplied cooling, I expect you would have drop down to a lower level fairly quickly (for personal comfort).

    The battery carrier holds the AA cells very tightly, making it hard to get them in or out. It is particularly difficult with the longer Eneloop Pro cells – these are a very tight squeeze.

    There is some variation in tint across the beam profile, with a detectable shift to yellow-green in the corona around the hotspot. This is likely due to some interaction between the XP-L emitter and this specific reflector design.

    There is no obvious attachment point for a wrist strap/lanyard.

    Due to the electronic switch in the head, the light has a stand-by current when batteries are installed. But this is completely negligible, and not a concern. To prevent accidental activation though, I recommend you lock the light out by a simple twist of the head.

    Preliminary Observations

    The TN4A is the highest output 4xAA light I've tested to date. It even surpasses the momentary-only Turbo mode of the Fenix E41. And it doesn't even use a timed step-down feature.

    I don't know how Thrunite managed to drive this light so much harder than the competition, but they certainly didn't do it as the expense of efficiency – the TN4A is one of the best-regulated and most efficiency 4xAA lights I've tested. It is also quite compact, consistent with the class (although a touch heavier, suggesting use of additional necessary heatsinking).

    Right there, I expect a lot of readers are sold on the light. So are there any drawbacks? Well, the interface is certainly reasonable for a single-switch design – but I'm a fan of dual-switch lights for their greater versatility and intuitiveness. The battery carrier seems of quality design, but is awfully tight for modern high-capacity NiMH cells (i.e., my Eneloop Pros are very hard to get in or out of the carrier). I would recommend they relax the tolerances somewhat there.

    In terms of beam profile, the TN4A has one of the widest spillbeams I've seen in this class while maintaining excellent throw (thanks to the super-high output). Fans of the Fenix E41 will also like the TN4A, I expect. For tint purists, please note that there was some noticeable yellow-green tint shifting in the corona surrounding the hotspot on my sample. I expect this is the result of an interaction of the new XP-L emitter with the heavily textured reflector design on this light.

    I don't usually comment on price, but this is another area where the TN4A is very competitive for this class.

    At the end of the day, the TN4A marks an excellent entry into the 4xAA realm by Thrunite. I expect max-lumen hounds will flock to this light, given the high Turbo drive level – but it is really a very good performer at all output levels. I plan to add these testing results to my 4xAA round-up soon, so you can compare it directly to all the members in this class. Certainly a strong contender.

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    I am back in the game, thanks for the review!

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    Welcome back Ryp ... Capolini will be disappointed.
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    Thanks! Oh I'm counting on it

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    What is going on?? The Canadians are ganging up on me!!

    Great review SB ,,,,, and good job RYP for posting first again................it is ABOUT time!! lol!!!!!

    SB do you know why they don't make these kind of lights to accept L.Ion 14500 batteries? I use to have an EA4 and sold it. Maybe it was just the parasitic drain on that particular light. If I did not use it for a week or Two it seemed to lose way to much capacity.

    I have stayed away from enloops NIMH since then.Another thing was that is was hard to tell when they were charged using the multi-battery type chargers,,ie I4/ARE-C2

    I like L.Ion batteries and would certainly consider this light if it was capable of taking them.
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    Thanks for the review Will you be doing a review on the TN36 also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capolini View Post
    SB do you know why they don't make these kind of lights to accept L.Ion 14500 batteries?
    That's too much voltage for a circuit to handle - recall that the 4xAA lights are all in series. Standard AA chemistries are ~1.2-1.7V. So in series, that only requires the circuit to deal with ~5-7V. But 14500 Li-ions are ~4.2V max, so that's ~17V in series. You aren't going to see that. Nor will you see 4xAA with standard batteries in parallel. You will simply not get ~1000 lumens from a single ~1.5V voltage source

    I use to have an EA4 and sold it. Maybe it was just the parasitic drain on that particular light. If I did not use it for a week or Two it seemed to lose way to much capacity.
    No worries with the TN4A - the standby drain was as low as I've ever seen for a 4xAA light (i.e., decades to drain the cells).

    Quote Originally Posted by kj2 View Post
    Thanks for the review Will you be doing a review on the TN36 also?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kj2 View Post
    Will you be doing a review on the TN36 also?
    Quote Originally Posted by selfbuilt View Post
    Yes.
    It's happening!

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    SB do you know where we can get hold of this light from?

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    Thanks for the TN4A review! I really hoped for it!

    One question... if the flashlight is in turbo or moonlight mode. What happens if you long-press the button? Will it switch back to normal mode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiBlue View Post
    SB do you know where we can get hold of this light from?
    Haven't gone looking, so I would recommend checking with Thrunite directly.
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    This light is impressive. Could be the first light to challenge the value/quality/performance ratio of the D40A once they sort out the potential bugs, battery tolerances etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capolini View Post
    SB do you know why they don't make these kind of lights to accept L.Ion 14500 batteries?
    Even if they did, why would you want to? It's already driving the XP-L at max output, so higher voltage won't get you anything (and it wouldn't anyway, since 4.8v from 4 NiMH cells is more voltage than the LED needs). Plus, 14500 cells don't contain any more energy than AA NiMH cells, so you won't get longer run time. You're safer using AA cells.

    14500 cells make sense in 1xAA lights, since the higher voltage allows for more output. 4xAA lights already have enough voltage and current to drive a single LED at full power (about 10 watts).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quality View Post
    This light is impressive. Could be the first light to challenge the value/quality/performance ratio of the D40A once they sort out the potential bugs, battery tolerances etc.
    Meh, neutral white or go home.

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    Thanks for another great review. Thrunite seems to do very well with their efficiency and they give us very bright highs and also nice moonlight modes, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkIntoTheLight View Post
    Meh, neutral white or go home.
    Another reason to wait until they iron out the issues.

    My D40A is neutral, and I coudn't go back to cool white. I'm sure Thrunite will have a neutral option soon enough.

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    What would I do without Selfbuilt! I have had this light for a couple of weeks and was greatly disappointed as I didnt bother to read the manual and didnt realize you had to double click to get to turbo until I read the review. Like the light much better now except for the snot green tint

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    ...gotta add that I do not believe the TN4A has a anti glare coated lens. At least my copy does not appear to and I am an optician and am very well versed on glare coatings. I believe this may also have to do with the tint shifting

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkIntoTheLight View Post
    Plus, 14500 cells don't contain any more energy than AA NiMH cells, so you won't get longer run time. You're safer using AA cells.
    Yes, this is a good point that is not immediately apparent from battery specs. The main advantage of 14500 is in single-cell situations, where the higher voltage and different chemistry allows for a sustained higher output over 1x NiMH. In multi-cell setups, there is no difference in max output or runtime (at any level).

    The reason for this is that the actual ability to do work is dependent on both rated capacity and voltage (i.e., W=VQ). So a typical 3.7V 750mAh 14500 would give you ~2800mAhV, the same as a 1.4V 2000mAh Eneloop would give you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tone View Post
    Thanks for another great review. Thrunite seems to do very well with their efficiency and they give us very bright highs and also nice moonlight modes, too.
    Yes, it does have a good mix of modes, including the extremes.

    Quote Originally Posted by CelticCross74 View Post
    ... was greatly disappointed as I didnt bother to read the manual and didnt realize you had to double click to get to turbo until I read the review.
    Yikes, that certainly makes a difference. Hopefully you enjoy it more now.

    Like the light much better now except for the snot green tint
    Yeah, I suppose that is one word for it. Personally, I don't mind this tint, as I find it more useful outdoors than a purple- or blue-tinted cool white. I don't normally comment on overall tint (since it is variable), but I do like to point out when there are significant shifts in tint across a beam. I suspect it those transitions are the most obtrusive to most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkIntoTheLight View Post
    Even if they did, why would you want to? It's already driving the XP-L at max output, so higher voltage won't get you anything (and it wouldn't anyway, since 4.8v from 4 NiMH cells is more voltage than the LED needs). Plus, 14500 cells don't contain any more energy than AA NiMH cells, so you won't get longer run time. You're safer using AA cells.

    14500 cells make sense in 1xAA lights, since the higher voltage allows for more output. 4xAA lights already have enough voltage and current to drive a single LED at full power (about 10 watts).
    Putting aside all the technical data,,, I am NOT a fan of NiMH Batteries for many reasons and only use L.ion!! So these types of lights are not in my collection. Nothing wrong w/ the light,just personal preference. If somehow they could work for L. Ion I would consider them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capolini View Post
    Putting aside all the technical data,,, I am NOT a fan of NiMH Batteries for many reasons and only use L.ion!!
    Even where NiMH make more sense?

    So these types of lights are not in my collection. Nothing wrong w/ the light,just personal preference. If somehow they could work for L. Ion I would consider them.
    Sure, you could stick in one 14500 cell, and 3 spacers. It would probably work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkIntoTheLight View Post
    Even where NiMH make more sense?



    Sure, you could stick in one 14500 cell, and 3 spacers. It would probably work.
    I think you are misunderstanding me! I understand that they[L.Ion] can not be used. For me it is not about trying to get L.Ion to work because they are NOT intended for these types of lights.

    I just do NOT like the Chemistry of NiMH and how difficult it is to get a full charge using multi-chargers. In addition they[both AA and AAA] have lost capacity while not in use much faster than my 18650's.

    I only HAD One[1] 4 X AA light. I was not going to buy a charger specific to NiMH just for my EA4! Later on I got a AAA light for my car. Same results,,difficult to get a full charge and batteries lost capacity too quickly while being idle.

    I have only Two lights[Modded] that take 16340. I do not like them much either but I LOVE the power of my D25Cvn and PD12vn!

    That leaves[yes I am a flashaholic!] 37 lights that take my favorite battery,,,,,,18650!

    I am just not a fan of AA or AAA batteries. A single cell or Two cell 18650 can be just as compact if not more and deliver a lot more power! Example: My SC62. Much more compact and puts out ~1000 lumens! :-) Going in the other direction[Throw] I have a SWM C20Cvn that is ~600 lumens and 20Kcd. Single cell 18650 just like the SC62!

    So, without taking anymore from this thread,,,,,,,,,,,that is it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capolini View Post
    I just do NOT like the Chemistry of NiMH and how difficult it is to get a full charge using multi-chargers. In addition they[both AA and AAA] have lost capacity while not in use much faster than my 18650's.
    Ah, okay, now I get it. You've never tried low-self-discharge NiMH cells, such as Eneloops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkIntoTheLight View Post
    Ah, okay, now I get it. You've never tried low-self-discharge NiMH cells, such as Eneloops.
    no..they were the only ones I used! Below is in my post # 5!!! lol!


    I have stayed away from enloops NIMH since then.Another thing was that is was hard to tell when they were charged using the multi-battery type chargers,,ie I4/ARE-C2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misery View Post
    One question... if the flashlight is in turbo or moonlight mode. What happens if you long-press the button? Will it switch back to normal mode?
    Yes, a long press will move you through the 3 regular modes, in repeating sequence (Lo > Med > Hi > Lo > Med > Hi etc.). You need to use the shortcuts to return to the moonlight or Turbo modes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkIntoTheLight View Post
    Meh, neutral white or go home.

    You should give the light a shot! I have one, and while the box is labeled cool white, it does not look like it to me, at least, comparing it to some of my other lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selfbuilt View Post
    Yes, a long press will move you through the 3 regular modes, in repeating sequence (Lo > Med > Hi > Lo > Med > Hi etc.). You need to use the shortcuts to return to the moonlight or Turbo modes.

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    Thanks for your answer!
    By the way.... I mailed to Thrunite and got interesting answer. :-)

    [CODE]
    Thanks for your message.
    It will take a long time for the TN4A neutral white version to be released.
    We are planning to release a new version with a hold for lanyard.
    Any new info, we will update on our Official site.
    [/CODE]

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    Think I'd prefer a neutral version than a hole for a lanyard (typo from Thrunite)

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    Very nice review! I got my TN4A yesterday from Amazon. The torch wanted not working first. I think the problems are in context with the very small battery-cage. I don't understand why the manufacturer designed the cage too little for high capacity batterys. But the TN6A runs now and I think it is a very good torch with a interesting pricepoint.

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    This one looks pretty decent. Now give me one in 3C or 3B please!

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