Thrunite CatapultVN Mini - Most Compact TIR Thrower R

vinhnguyen54

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  • CatapultVN Mini W2.1 5400K @2s: 1100L, 157Kcd, 793m
  • Much performance gain over stock
  • Best compact TIR thrower to date
  • Handsome design
  • Extremely small especially with built in USB-C charging
  • MC13vn has a pocket clip and rear clicky but bigger size
  • Tedious build reflect steep price
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Some asked how does the stock Catapult Mini VS the CATvn with W2.1 compared. Its a huge bump!

Stock CatapultVN Mini W1 6500K @2s 520L 130Kcd, 721m
CatVN Mini W2.1 5400K @2s: 1100L, 157Kcd, 793m

 

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I prefer a light like this over a smaller LEP. While its mostly hot spot with the TIR the included corona makes the light much more useful in most situations. Not sure if anyone else feels the same. According to sales on my store people tend to disagree since LEP sells so well.
 

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Seems like it would be fun for the 10-20 seconds the host and battery are able to maintain that 1100 lumen output. At least small LEPs don't have any heat or voltage sag issues.

Looks like a fun light to impress people with for momentary bursts, but LEPs might be even more impressive?
 

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Seems like it would be fun for the 10-20 seconds the host and battery are able to maintain that 1100 lumen output. At least small LEPs don't have any heat or voltage sag issues.

Looks like a fun light to impress people with for momentary bursts, but LEPs might be even more impressive?
That is nonsense
 

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I never test for runtimes on any lights but I can say from a user practical aspect the boosted CatVN with W2.1 hold "turbo" plenty long. I didnt notice much of a drop visually. No more heat issue than a LEP of the same size really.

LEP out put drop the instant its turned on too. Its just very intense so may be harder to realize. LEP VS TIR really comes down to beam preference. For me TIR are tight enough that is less distracting to others while having hot spot and corona are just more appreciated by me than just simply laser like hot spot only.
 

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I was able to find some runtime graphs on 1lumen. Looks like stock Catapult Mini runs on highest output for around a minute then drops to 37% of its output. Angus did mention that it seems to be more of a hard stepdown and no temperature regulation though, as the light does not get hot during that 1 minute. Are you switching out the driver as well?

By comparison the Lumintop Thor 1 (similarly sized LEP) drops to 31% of its output around 5 minutes in.



I too prefer the beam of a TIR over LEP and even generally over reflectors, it's just a much smoother beam overall and no harsh transitions between hotspot to corona to edge of spill. However I can see why people buying these small pocket rockets (which let's be honest their most used for wowing others for a brief period of time) would gravitate towards an LEP because its hotspot is 2-3x more intense. This one is nearly a third the cost and twice the output though, so it's not a bad proposition at all....very tempting.
 
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Side by side beam shots or video of the GTAvn / MicroGT versus this CatapultVN Mini?

Wondering because the W2s have very similar specs, but the reflector lights above are more compact.
 
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