In this Klarus XT2CR review I share detailed photos (with beam shots) and my thoughts on what Klarus is calling the “king of tactical flashlights 2017.” If creating a super bright flashlight in an everyday carry package makes you the king, then Klarus may not be guilty of over-selling the XT2CR. This is the first Klarus I’ve had a chance to review. I’ve always been a fan of the dual tactical tail switch design they’ve been using on many of their tactical flashlights.
Note: In the interest of full disclosure, the Klarus XT2CR used in this review was provided to me by FlashlightZ.com. FlashlightZ.com is a small flashlight company located in Tulsa, OK. You can learn more about them via their social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. They also sell their flashlights via Amazon.com as well.
Klarus XT2CR – what does it look like?
The Klarus XT2CR is just a bit longer than a standard iPhone at 5.47″. It comes standard with the Klarus high output 18650 rechargeable battery (or will run of two CR123a battieries as well).
The Klarus XT2CR weighs in at 88.5 grams without the battery.
It uses the extremely bright Cree XHP35 LED. It also uses an Intelligent Temperature Protection System to monitor internal temperature, while adjusting output for maximum brightness. This protects the LED, internal components and circuitry from damage.
Klarus XT2CR Technical Specifications
The XT2CR has the following features:
- One touch strobe
- One touch turbo
- One touch low
- Tactical setting (one touch turbo and one touch strobe)
- Outdoor settings (one touch low, one touch turbo and SOS)
- IPX8 rated (submersion to two meters)
Klarus XT2CR Beam Shots
The real “meat and potatoes” of this review are the beam shots. I can list all of the features and specs, but in reality the most important thing is HOW does the flashlight perform in real world conditions. Hear are a series of photos taken at different distances, all at full turbo mode. All of the photos came straight out of the camera and no enhancements (aside from cropping) were done.
The thing that struck me about the Klarus XT2CR is the edge to edge brightness of the Cree XHP35 LED. The throw of the light was broader as well. I’ve been really high on the Cree XP-L HI V3 LED (used in one of my favorite flashlights – the Nitecore P12GT). This XHP35 LED seems even brighter.
The woods in the background above are about 65 feet away. As I’ve already mentioned, the thing I really like about this light is the broader throw that gives me a greater field of view. It makes a big difference when sweeping an area.
I’m about 60 feet away from the base of this tree and have the flashlight pointed at the top third of the tree. This tree is about 100 feet high and about 35 feet wide.
I wanted to include an interior shot. The Klarus XT2CR does a great job illuminating the entire area making it easy for you to identify an intruder and determine if they are a threat.
Klarus XT2CR Dual Tail Switch and user interface
The flashlight has two different main lighting modes that you can run:
- Tactical – primarily focused on running the flashlight in either Turbo mode or Strobe mode, both at the max 1600 lumens output. You can also cycle to a couple of other lower output modes as well.
- Outdoor – primarily focused on modes more suitable for those camping or in some other outdoor situation. Features one-touch turbo, one-touch low and SOS settings.
Accessing all of the Klarus XT2CR lighting modes is done through the dual tail switches. My only gripe with the flashlight is the ease of access to these switches. You have to work a bit too hard (in my opinion) to fully depress the main tail switch. It might have just been the flashlight I had. Other dual tail switch flashlights I own didn’t require as much pressure to fully turn on the light.
Klarus XT2CR review battery and charging
Charging the included battery is easy. Remove the rubber cover on the side of the flashlight head and plug in the micro USB. Plug the other end of the cord’s USB into the port on your laptop and start charging.
Here is a close up of the port and cover.
You can easily determine if your flashlight is charged by checking out the charge status light. When fully charged the light turns from red to green.
While recharging, the recharging indicator lamp will show:
- RED: charging in progress
- GREEN: charging complete
- YELLOW: flashlight battery completely discharged
Once the flashlight is in use, the following applies:
- GREEN: 70-100% capacity remaining
- ORANGE: 30-70% capacity remaining
- RED: less than 30% capacity remaining
- RED (flashing): less than 10% capacity remaining
Klarus XT2CR review additional information
The LED was well-centered and the reflector was smooth.
The Klarus XT2CR is designed to disperse heat. It also has a crenellated strike bezel. The bezel probably isn’t hefty enough to break car glass but would definitely leave a mark if used as a personal defense option.
The threads were clean and burr free. The overall build quality of the flashlight was on par with Fenix and Nitecore.
Yes… a battery is included with this flashlight. A charging cable is also included that allows you to plug into a USB port and charge the battery directly in the flashlight.
The XT2CR should fit easily in your pants pocket, but if you prefer to use a belt holster, Klarus supplies one with the flashlight.
Klarus XT2CR Review Conclusion
In this Klarus XT2CR review I attempted to share everything you need to know so you can decide if this tactical flashlight is right for you.
What I liked:
- Super bright LED in a compact package
- 1600 lumens output
- Nice build quality
- Just the right amount of mode settings
- Instant Turbo and Strobe access a great self defense plus
What I’d change:
- I found fully depressing the main tail switch into the on position to be more difficult than I anticipated. You may have to turn the light in your hand to a position that gives you enough leverage to do this.
- Despite my issues with the user interface, they were minor compared to all of the positive aspects of the flashlight. I’d rate this as a buy. In fact, it falls into the “if I could only have one high end flashlight” category.