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    I like that it can also run off two CR123A's same as my WMLs

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    As with all of my reviews, I have nothing to gain or lose if you buy anything or don't. I have no affiliation with any of the companies.

    Let me explain a little bit of my personal flashlight history. My search for THE flashlight began when one of our dogs went missing at night. Ya, "went missing", ya, that's what I'll call it. Instead of rehashing that fiasco again, if you're interested, you can read about it here... http://angeryamerican.net/showthread...5648#post65648 ; and the rest of it here... http://angeryamerican.net/showthread...5659#post65659

    I've tried those As Seen on TV Atomic Beam lights. The lights are ok, but the tail switch tends to fail, especially if used daily. The good thing that they did for me was to introduce me to the joy of a bright flashlight using an 18650 rechargeable battery. I've been through several other similar lights, but just haven't had great success with any. The one that has come the closest is one that I got from my local NAPA auto parts store, but I have some issues with it too. All in all though, it has been a been a great light, and what I'll be comparing the new one to.
    https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NBC85912

    So we come to my newest addition, the Thrunite Neutron 2C V3. I received my new Flashlight on Friday. I decided to try out some things that are new to me. This is my first light with a side switch instead of a tail switch, it's my first light with a Neutral White beam instead of a Cool White, and it's my first non-zooming light that takes an 18650. It's also the first time that I'm spending more than twenty bucks on a flashlight.

    At first I was worried, because I got a text notice saying that it had been delivered, but nobody at work had seen any deliveries. As it turned out, I had it shipped to the house, so it's not a big surprise that no one at work knew anything about it. Doh!

    When I got home, I found a box that was about 6 to 10 times larger than I was expecting. Upon opening it, I found the much smaller box inside. Woohoo, it's like Russian Nesting Dolls! Inside the smaller box was the flashlight with an 18650 battery installed, a nylon belt holster, a short micro-USB charging cable, a pocket clip, a multi-language paper with operating instructions, and a small bag with two extra bottom O-Rings, two extra Top Seals with USB Port seals, an extra rubber button for the switch and a lanyard that I'll likely never use.


    This light is a fair amount smaller than the lights that I'm used to. Here it is standing next to the larger NAPA light.
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    As with most new lights that come with a battery, you have to take it apart and remove a paper insulator so that it can make contact with the LED. It's listed as having a max output of 1100 lumens (lm). I have no way of knowing if that's correct or not, as I don't have any way to measure it. It is nice and bright. Thrunite's description of this light's operation is "infinite low to infinite high". Others use the term "ramping" to describe the same function, which means that instead of a High, Medium and Low, if you hold the switch down, it will increase or decrease brightness. On the Neutron, this will ramp from 12lm up to 650lm, and can be set anywhere in between. It has a firefly/ moonlight mode, which is 0.5 lm, and is accessed by performing a long click from off. While in Firefly mode, the power light in the switch is off. This mode is perfect for those 2am, dark house, bathroom trips. It's enough to see the dogs and toe-stubbing corners, but not enough light to wake your better half. Then it has a Turbo mode, which is that reported 1100 lm, accessed by a double click. There's also a strobe mode that I personally see absolutely no need for, but at least you don't have to cycle through it to access the other modes.

    Using the two lights side by side. I do see the difference between the Cool White and Neutral White. The Neutral White of the Neutron seems to have a very slight greenish tint to it and is softer, whereas the Cool White of the NAPA light crisper and harsher. Those in-the-know claim that Neutral White returns colors that are more true to life. It's a little too soon for me to say which I prefer. The beam on this light seems to lean more towards "throw" than flood, but there's plenty of spilled light for closer vision. I like the distance that this light puts out. Please excuse the unflattering pic of the dog's back end.
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    The side mounted switch takes a bit of getting used to. The switch is pretty much flush mounted with the body, near the head. My first impression is that it's a little hard to find by feel, especially since my hands have been smashed, and cut, and burned, and scraped, etc, throughout 30+ years of automotive work, so my fingers just don't have the sensitivity that they used to. What seems to work the best for me so far is to have the belt/pocket clip 180 from the switch, so I have some point of reference. The switch has a very small LED to indicate battery state-blue is good, red is getting low, flashing purple is bad, like "there's a problem" bad. This same light scheme is used while it's charging. I haven't had it long enough to comment on actual charging time, as I just plug it in at night, and it's ready by morning.
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    Likes:
    I like the brightness and size of this little beast.
    I love that it has a memory so you don't have to cycle through all the modes to get back where you were.
    I really like on-board USB charging. For me, that's a huge plus. There are a lot of quality lights out there that you have to remove the battery to charge it, and to me, that's like having to remove your car battery every night to charge it.
    I like that you can use several different battery combinations to power it.

    Dislikes/could use improvement:
    If I had my druthers, I'druther it had a tail switch in addition to the side switch, but that is probably due to that's what I'm used to. I will let you know if my feelings change on this matter.
    It would be nice if there was also a pocket clip groove near the head of the light, so that the clip could face rearward, allowing you to clip it to the brim of a hat and be able to see ahead of you. With that said, you CAN turn it around, there's just no groove designed for it.
    My final wish for this light is that the ramping mode would go closer to the full potential of the 1100 lm, instead of stopping at 650 lm and making you go into Turbo mode to get the brighter light.
    Someday I'm going to pull my life together. But that day is not today. Today I'm driving a stolen police car.

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    Well, I've now had the Trunite 2C V3 flashlight for a little over two weeks, so I wanted to come back and update my review.
    First off, let me say that I like this light. I like it a lot. I use it every day. But alas, it's not THE ONE. The Pro's far exceed the Con's on this little powerhouse of a flashlight, and that's no surprise, since I can really only find one Con, but that one Con is enough to keep me searching for my dream light. But let's hit the high notes first.

    Pro's:
    1) This thing is pretty small and lightweight, but don't let that fool you into thinking that it's cheaply constructed. It's an aircraft aluminum body that feels comfortable in my hand.

    2) It's powered by an 18650 Lithium Ion battery, which was one of my requirements. If you're still using a AA or AAA powered flashlight, and have never used a quality light powered by one of these cells, you truly don't know what you're missing. One of our other techs asked me to look at something today, and when I got there , he handed me his 2X AA, 350 lumen light to see into a dark recess on a Jeep. After being used to better & brighter lights, it was almost like he had handed me a Black Hole that was sucking the available light out. I pulled my light out of it's holster and bam!, I could see. In fact , I had to back off on some of the brightness, as it was reflecting too much light back at me. Luckily , that's easy with this light.
    I still can't tell you how long it takes to charge, but I can tell you that it took almost a full week of daily useage, without charging, before the Needs Recharging indicator came on.

    3) It has a mode Memory. I absolutely hate any light that forces you to cycle through several brightness and flashy modes just to get back to the way you turned it off.

    The flashlight aficionados out there claim that a Neutral White temp will return colors more true-to-life than a Cold White. Although I'm not completely convinced about that claim, I did find the Neutral White to be easier on my eyes as opposed to the harshness of a cold white.

    In my previous review, I had said that I wished that it would ramp up to a higher level without having to hit Turbo mode. I'm going to rescind that statement. With it on Max Ramp, which is listed as 650lm, it's plenty bright enough for most things, and if that's not bright enough , there's always Turbo Mode of 1100lm .

    Now then, for that one reason why I'm not just in love with this light, and it was my initial thought as well. I think that this little light would be about as close to perfection as you could get if it had a tail switch to turn it on and off. The small, flush mounted side switch is just too hard to find out in the dark...you know, when & where you might really need your light. There were a couple of times when I went outside at night, and then had to turn it on while in the dark. I ended up just pressing the side of the light, and when that didn't turn it on, I rotated it a little and tried again, and again, and again, until it finally turned on. This design just doesn't quite float my boat, so I will continue in my quest for The Light.
    Someday I'm going to pull my life together. But that day is not today. Today I'm driving a stolen police car.

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    You might try a little silicone glue on top of the button that will raise it above the shell and be easier to feel . Might get you thru till the next one

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    Lose the habit of plugging it in overnight. That is fine for alkaline rechargeables, but reduces the life of lithium ion batteries.

    Leaving charge time for those occasions when you'll see the indicator and unplug it will be better for your battery life. Same for cell phone and notebook computer batteries, in fact, with cell phones and notebooks, you can go a step further and stop charging at 90% - it's strange, and not run it below 5%. I wish my backup battery that I carry around sometimes had a better percentage the indication, but it's a big Anker, so I'm not complaining (very nice!)
    quam minimum credula postero

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    Ya, I only charge it when the LVI turns red, which is typically between 4 to 6 days.
    As for the cell phone, while I agree in theory, in practice it gets in the middle of the day on those times when I have forgotten to charge it the night before. I too have an Anker backup, but it's kinda a hassle to drag around plugged in to the phone .
    Someday I'm going to pull my life together. But that day is not today. Today I'm driving a stolen police car.

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