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    Thumbs up Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / compare

    Recently, my first Acebeam came in, the XP-L HI-version of the T20. This was one of the 2015-releases I was really curious about. Also because it should be, according to the specs, my new thrower king. Let’s see in this review how this thrower performs! I will compare the light to some other XP-L HI-competitors too.

    the Acebeam T20, long distance flashlight


    powered by a XP-L High Intensity LED


    big head, deep reflector


    ultimate searchlight


    At first, I’ll show you the (manufacturer) specs:

    Features:

    * Cree XP-L high intensity LEDs with lifespan 20yrs of runtimes
    * Max 1500 lumens output (2x 18650)
    * Working voltage 3v - 12v
    * Max Runtime 1200hrs
    * Max beam 1050 meters
    * Peak beam intensity 275500cd
    * Aircraft grade aluminum body structure
    * Premium Type III hard anodized anti-abrasive finish
    * Ultra-clear tempered glass lens with anti-reflective coating
    * Momentary forward click tactical switch
    * Strobe mode for tactical and emergency use
    * Smooth reflector for max light output
    * Highly focus beam for maximum distance
    * Tactical knurling for firm grip
    * Streamlined body design
    * Electronic reversed polarity protected design
    * Intelligent high efficient circuit for max performance and runtime
    * Intelligent temperature controlled light output for safety
    * Impact resistant 1.2meters
    * Waterproof : IPX-8 Standard (2meters)
    * Size 251mm(length) x 70mm(head diameter)*25.4mm(tube diameter)
    * Weight 290g

    And the output specs:



    NOTE: above specs are with two 18650’s; using one 18650 will reduce the runtime and output

    Unboxing:

    The T20 comes in a sturdy carton with a nice print on it in brown, orange and black color. It looks neat and well finished, also inside the carton (with protecting foam), but those kind of lights often come in a carrying case. I would like to see this in future, because it’s easier to store the light and the light’s parts. The T20 comes including all accessories that are needed, except cells. Please scroll down for some pictures of this package and the contents.

    sturdy carton with nice print


    protecting foam inside


    the contents: the T20, holster, lanyard, spare parts, warranty card, user manual and a leaflet


    Impressions:

    First impression: My first Acebeam and I really love it! The build quality and finishing are excellent, the light comes in a nice black color and the anodizing and engraving is well done. No flaws in the reflector or chips at the body and a perfect centered, clean led. The threads are machined and lubed well, and run smoothly. The T20 can’t tailstand.
    A rather long light, with a small tube. Therefore it fits comfortably in the hand, but it’s (by using two 18650’s) to long to carry in your pocket. Also Acebeam has solved this “problem”: It is possible to use the light with only 18650. This will reduce size….and of course runtime. Powered by one cell it’s a very nice compact thrower / searchlight that can be taken often with you. Otherwise you have to carry it in the holster. Please have a look at the pictures below that will give you more details and impressions…

    nice thrower in beautiful black color


    ready for searching and law enforcement


    the small, but long tube


    clean, smooth reflector and well centered led


    running on two 18650 cells


    the T20 in four parts


    the output is controlled by two side-buttons. Mind the nice engraving


    the light has good grip


    a close look at the tailswitch


    well machined and lubed threads


    gold plated springs


    the impressive head unscrewed


    a look into the lights head


    every part is excellent finished


    deep cooling’ fins, perfectly anodized


    comes including well-fitting holster


    the holster won’t protect the whole light against damage


    the big reflector…


    no dust or defects, and a perfectly centered XP-L High Intensity led


    a zoom-in to the knurling


    and a close-up of the tail


    the T20 can be powered by one 18650 too


    this will make the T20 a handy, but huge thrower


    this size will fit better in your pocket


    but the runtime and output will decrease


    easier to wear it at your belt


    with added lanyard


    the High Intensity led


    that has a warm tint


    User interface:

    I think most users will prefer the longer version because of the bigger output and runtime. But if you want a compact and handy thrower, that can be taken with you in your pocket, go for the short version. The short version is easy to handle with and has also impressive output.

    The T20 is controlled by the tail clicky and two side-buttons. Use the tailclicky for on/off or for momentary-on. When on, cycle through the lights modes by using the round-shaped side button. The button is not that big and not illuminated, but rather easy to locate in the darkness.The triangle-button above the mode button has only one function: It will give strobe as long as you press the button. It should be better when this function could be locked: Self-defending while holding your thumb at the lights’ button is not handy. This mode can only be activated when the light is on, the T20 has no instant modes from off.

    Modes:

    The T20 has five, well-spaced normal modes. The light starts in FIREFLY, after that you’ll get LOW > MID > HIGH > TURBO. Last used mode will be memorized. There’s one special mode: STROBE. There are no instant-modes from off. I would like to see this in future, because a light like this needs a direct turbo mode or direct and constant strobe from off.

    Size comparison:

    I’ve compared the T20 to some lights in the same class, with almost the same length. All showed lights can, if needed, run on one 18650 cell too. Have a look at some comparison pictures showing the Acebeam T20, the Armytek Barracuda Pro LI and the Olight M3XS UT-Javelot.

    18650 cell, Acebeam T20, Olight M3XS-UT and Armytek Barracuda Pro Limited Edition


    Acebeam T20, Olight M3XS-UT and Armytek Barracuda Pro Limited Edition


    Acebeam T20, Olight M3XS-UT and Armytek Barracuda Pro Limited Edition


    the heads: two XP-L HI’s and one XP-L dedomed in the middle


    the tails: Acebeam T20, Olight M3XS-UT and Armytek Barracuda Pro Limited Edition


    Beamprofile:

    This little led combined with the deep and smooth reflector will give the light a real “throwy” beam. A clear hotspot and almost no corona, but, thanks to the big head, a lot of spill. This clearly visible at my outdoor beamshots. The profiles’ quality is very good: No rings or defects can be found in the beam.

    Tint:

    The tint of the T20 is not neutral, it’s real warm. I’ve compared the T20 to some other lights driven by the same led. The Barracuda has a (ice) cold tint, the SR52UT’s tint is coolwhite.



    Beamshots:

    Now, let’s see how this thrower performs in real life. As usual, we start by projecting the light at a white wall. The distance to the wall is about 1,25 meter.

    camera settings: ISO 100, WB daylight, F/2.7, 1/125 sec, 35mm










    GIF-picture


    And now, going outside. At first, the five modes of the T20 shown here, and after that a comparison to some other throwers. I took the Barracuda Ultimate Edition and the Olight M3XS-UT Javelot with me, because they are in the same “distance-class”. The Olight has the earlier XP-L dedomed led, this gave the led the typical greenish tint. I think it won’t surprise the firefly-mode is hard to notice at the beamshots.

    camera settings: ISO 100, WB daylight, F/2.7, 4 sec, 35mm










    animated picture


    Here’s another picture that shows the throwy beam of the T20. Mind also the big spill!



    the T20 compared to the Ultimate Edition of the Armytek Barracuda Pro


    a shootout against the Olight M3XS-UT Javelot


    Conclusion:

    This is my first Acebeam, but I can tell I’m really impressed. Actual, this is one of the best throwers you can buy. The built quality, finishing, anodizing are excellent. In the one-18650-version the light is easy to carry, but for heavy tasks, I recommend the longer version.
    I like the well spaced modes, and especially the economical firefly mode. In emergency, you could use the light for weeks in this mode. I would like to see an instant and constant strobe in future. Personally, I like the warm tint, also because of the good color rendering, but I think other user will prefer a more neutral tint.
    Overall I’m happy with this impressive, high quality thrower!

    The Acebeam T20 provided for review

    Special thanks to Cora for the support!
    Last edited by kj75; 10-27-2015 at 03:28 PM.

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Thanks for the review, kj75!
    Would pick the T20 over the Olight and Armytek hands down.
    If only US dealers carried Acebeam...
    Any chance you will be able to do runtime tests?
    You and others like you might be the reason lights aren't better made. Buying new flashlights like others devoutly buying the next generation of smartphones, are you pushing innovation or just consumption? Wider head for even more throw. Wow. That's new.

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Thank you kj75.

    Could you say a little bit about how you like the T20 compared to the Barracuda?
    Warm white.

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Nice review. Any idea of amp draw? How does it do 1500lm?

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Could you say a little bit about how you like the T20 compared to the Barracuda?
    I would pick the T20 because of its much better throw, bigger spill and better UI.
    Go for the Barracuda if you need a narrower beam and cooler tint. The Armytek is also IP68 rated.

    How does it do 1500lm?
    I didn't measure the output, I only used the specs given by Acebeam..and its a neutral version also..

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Thanks for the fantastic review, acebeam has certainly come on in build quality. Must admit the beam looks pretty amazing on the T20, just the form factor is not for me.

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Thanks for the great review. As I posted in Acebeam's subforum, I only wish that they made a 26650 tube for this light. There is clearly enough room for that possibility. I want this light but I just don't like long skinny lights. I like the size, feel, and balance of 2x26650 lights, like my Eagletac SX25L2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tone View Post
    Thanks for the great review. As I posted in Acebeam's subforum, I only wish that they made a 26650 tube for this light. There is clearly enough room for that possibility. I want this light but I just don't like long skinny lights. I like the size, feel, and balance of 2x26650 lights, like my Eagletac SX25L2.
    Same here, just too long an skinny...strange form. But the 1x18650 is a nice option. But you're close to 50% output after 40 minutes or so. Better than nothing I guess.

    BTW, 4000K is too warm for me
    GOOD TINT!

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Have you considered the T25 from Acebeam? it's 2x26650 and looks exactly like the T20 only that it uses a XHP50. Let vinh do his magic on it and it will throw quite well.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tone View Post
    Thanks for the great review. As I posted in Acebeam's subforum, I only wish that they made a 26650 tube for this light. There is clearly enough room for that possibility. I want this light but I just don't like long skinny lights. I like the size, feel, and balance of 2x26650 lights, like my Eagletac SX25L2.
    Warm white.

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Nice review. I love mine. I am not much of a throw guy but I like to have a couple around. I purchased the Acebeam K60 a couple of months ago and was really impressed and thought it would be my lone thrower, but when I saw this one with the 4000k color temperature, I snapped it up. Love the tint.

    There is one thing that bugs me(isn’t there always). There is a slight delay from the time I push the tail switch until the time the light comes on. It is not noticeable when clicking it on. The LED lights up as you are releasing the switch(when clicking it on) and seems normal but when using the momentary action, it is very noticeable.

    At first, I thought that I had a wonky switch but then realized there was this delay. I guess when I use my other forward clickies, I subconsciously push forward until I see light and then stop. With the delay, I found myself continuing to push until I reach a full click. I have to consciously think about its action to operate it correctly. I tried to do SOS and it was like trying to pat your belly and rub your head at the same time, kind of disconcerting.

    Love the light though. I love a single mode forward clickie and have several. That’s the way I will use it anyways. On a light like this, I see no reason for the lower modes. They are there if I need them though.
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    Andreas

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    Thanks, Andreas!
    I'm surprised that it appears there's almost no difference between the T20 in its 1x18650 configuration and the ET M30LC2. The ET advertises only around 90k CD, while the T20, over 270k CD in its 2-cell configuration. Unless its output on 1 cell is only half that on 2 cells, which I believe is not the case, the T20 specs are very inflated, and the M30CL2's are conservative.
    You and others like you might be the reason lights aren't better made. Buying new flashlights like others devoutly buying the next generation of smartphones, are you pushing innovation or just consumption? Wider head for even more throw. Wow. That's new.

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Thanks for sharing the awesome beam pics Andreas

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    Quote Originally Posted by scs View Post
    Thanks, Andreas!
    I'm surprised that it appears there's almost no difference between the T20 in its 1x18650 configuration and the ET M30LC2. The ET advertises only around 90k CD, while the T20, over 270k CD in its 2-cell configuration. Unless its output on 1 cell is only half that on 2 cells, which I believe is not the case, the T20 specs are very inflated, and the M30CL2's are conservative.
    M30LC2...awesome light on just one 18650. I'm regretting selling mine a little, but it just didn't get used.

    Extremely useful shots BTW!
    GOOD TINT!

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    Very nice Andreas. Your effort is very much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Thanks for the support and awesome GIF's Andreas. Nice, real dark locations too

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    Cool and awesome pics Andreas! Thanks for sharing!

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com


    The distance is around 610m.

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Can anyone tell me how yellow the beam is in actual use? Is it comparable to an Armytek wizard(warm)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Steel View Post
    Can anyone tell me how yellow the beam is in actual use? Is it comparable to an Armytek wizard(warm)?
    I would say that the tints are comparable. The hotspot on the T20 is so intense that it looks warmer against the wall but when comparing them in a ceiling bounce, they appear to have a similar tint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fnsooner View Post
    I would say that the tints are comparable. The hotspot on the T20 is so intense that it looks warmer against the wall but when comparing them in a ceiling bounce, they appear to have a similar tint.
    Great. Thanks for your reply. Still undecided on a dedicated thrower. Perhaps vinh is the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LessDark View Post
    Have you considered the T25 from Acebeam? it's 2x26650 and looks exactly like the T20 only that it uses a XHP50. Let vinh do his magic on it and it will throw quite well.
    Yes, I am familiar with that model, thanks for asking. I don't care for the XHP50 and the tailswitch is all wrong for LEO use. This light (T20) has the proper type tailswitch which is not surrounded by any tailstanding type features, which inhibit quick off/on use under stress and with gloves on. If they T25 had a smooth reflector with XP-L HI and the same type of tailcap as this I would be all over it.

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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Quote Originally Posted by Bela16 View Post

    The distance is around 610m.
    Not a bad effort at 610 M for either light. Have just bought a T20 and will be interested to see how it compares with my Barracuda X-PL Hi ProV2. The M3X seems to exhibit that tint common to other dedomed X-PL's. IE; a touch of yellow/green ?
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    Default Re: Review: Acebeam T20 thrower: XP-L HI, 1500 lumens, 1/2 x 18650, (beam)shots / com

    Thanks for the fantastic review, AceBeam has certainly come on in build quality. The beam on the T20 is amazing!

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