Review: ThruNite TN36, 3x MK-R

amaretto

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A short introduction and picture review of the new ThruNite TN36 flashlight (prototype), the new king of lumens (in its size)?



Instead of tailcap clicky + magnetic switch there is only a side switch with integrated status led.



3 CREE MK-R leds in orange peel reflectors, providing smooth and floody beam.





Two versions are available:
- neutral white tint (Chromaticity Code 0E4, 4500K): MKRAWT-00-0000-0B00J20E4(MK-R J2)
- cool white tint (Chromaticity Code 051, 6200K): MKRAWT-00-0000-0B00J4051(MK-R J4)

Revied version is cool white.

Price is $199,95

Package includes:
▪ TN36 flashlight
▪ holster
▪ spare o-ring
▪ manual


Specifications:
based on what David (boss of Thrunite) told me and additional testing:

▪ 3x CREE MK-R led cool or neutral white tint
▪ brightness: 6510 lumens (ANSI)
▪ 22.400 cd
▪ konstant brightness, boost driver with >95% efficiency
▪ overheat protection
▪ voltage range: 10.5 - 17.5V (4* 18650 batteries)
▪ 5 brightness levels (firefly/low/mid/high/turbo) + hidden strobe
▪ sideswitch
▪ discharge protection (~3V) + low power indicator
▪ mode memory (not: firefly/strobe/turbo)
▪ orange peel reflectors
▪ size: 126 x 64/52 mm (l x d head/Body)
▪ weight: 390 g (w.o. batteries)

Output mode/Runtime:
- Strobe (6510 lumens /137 minutes)
- Turbo (6510 lumens /119 minutes)
- High (2280 lumens /194 minutes)
- Medium (785 lumens /587minutes)
- Low (116 lumens /54 hrs)
- Moonlight (1.6 lumens /33 days)






can easily tailstand













even longer protected cells will fit




battery tube




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Runtimes

full power (max/turbo)


Within the first 4 minutes brightness level decreases for ~20% (not even visible for human eye but measureable). At 30' first stepdown, at 38' second stepdown. Total runtime on turbo is 40'.


runtime on high (~2000 lumens)


Total runtime on high is around 2 h 25' with constant brightness! 5 minutes before the flashlight shuts down low voltage indicator turns from blue to red.



Comparison (ceilingbounce, based on ThruNite Lynx, estimated with ~1000 lm):
▪ Lynx --- 100 %
▪ Fenix TK75 --- 290 %
▪ Niwalker MM15 --- 410 %
▪ Fire-Foxes FF4 60W HID --- 600 %
ThruNite TN36 --- 660 %


no PWM




User interface

• on/off — short press
• firefly — long press from off
• change brightness levels — keep pressing when on (cycling: low, med, high with memory)
• turbo/max — doubleclick when on
• strobe — doubleclick from turbo


batteries: You need 4x 18650 batteries (protected or unprotected). Use quality cells which can provide 3 amps.
caution: batteries are loaded in series, use 4 identical batteries, same type, voltage and age!





18650 / TN36 / TN12 (2014) / Lynx / TN31

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Niwalker MM15 vs. ThruNite TN36


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output:

firefly


around ~150 degrees






ceiling bounce comparison (underexposed)
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Beamshots
sorry, it was a bit foggy.

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more beamshot comparisons:












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Summary:

+ record braking brightness regarding it's size
+ smooth + floody beam
+ constant brightness
+ no flickering
+ instant access to firefly
+ good machining and quality
+ discharge protection
+ overheat protection
+ no disco (hidden strobe)

- no lanyard
- greenish tint in lower modes

 
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swan

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Thanks for your review Amaretto-i like the massive spill and output of this small light-look how it just wipes the floor with the tiny monster 26.
 

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HOLY COW. From those pics it looks like it has almost too much spill! Potentially blinding the user if it's not held in front of the eyes at all times. Seriously, that beam is nearing 180 degrees. I love that it's available in NW. I don't own any TN lights and some seem to say on CPF that their quality may not be quite to the level of say Fenix or other companies yet, but they do offer a lot of stuff that other companies just don't have. Tint selection is an example of this.

Who needs the sun. We'll just power solar panels with a few of these :naughty:

When is this coming out? I see it's not even shown on their site yet.
 
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Thanks for your review. Great pics. and gifs!

I love throwers and most of my lights are modded Throwers,,,,,,,,,,with that said this light is very impressive and amazingly bright! :eek:
 

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that is freakin awesome. but when is someone guna realise you dont need that much light that close !!
 

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that is freakin awesome. but when is someone guna realise you dont need that much light that close !!

That is a good point you bring up!!

I guess that is why I am amazed w/ my modded throwers where peripheral light is sufficient and I can pin point things hundreds of yards away!:thumbsup:
 

ven

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Awesome pics and info amaretto:thumbsup:thanks for sharing,its certainly a light that ticks my boxes as i do love flood lights and find them very useful. Now the question is this or the tm06:thinking: or think *beep* it and get both :laughing:
 

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Great review amaretto, how warm to the touch on turbo is this thing? Say compared to TM26?
 

amaretto

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Great review amaretto, how warm to the touch on turbo is this thing? Say compared to TM26?
On high (2000 lm) no problem, on turbo it gets very hot, i think hotter than TM26.
The manufacturer told me there is a thermal protection.
 

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6000 lumens out of a soda can size light? I don't doubt it gets really really hot. It had better have thermal step down :green:
 

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Cool white + neutral white versions will be shipped from china ~end of november.
Holster will be included.
 

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TM11, the soda can light who started it all seems a candle in comparison now.

Sweet, this would be my Christmas gift for myself.
 

amaretto

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Is this available for pre-order yet?
Yes, but i don't know if there would be additional shipping costs to the us.
Right now there is a group buy in germany (after registration). I will ask Thrunite if shipping outside EU is possible.
 
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