In this post I’ll examine the ThruNite TN12 2014 Edition. At the end of this TN12 2014 review I’ll list the pros and cons of this flashlight and give it an overall grade based on features, contruction, value and usability.
Note: The TN12 2014 featured in this review is my own flashlight that I purchased myself and was not supplied by Thrunite. I purchased the TN12 2014 used in this review at Amazon.com.
Why did I buy the TN12?
I specifically purchased the Thrunite TN12 2014 Edition because I wanted to see what I’d get in a 1000 plus lumens flashlight costing less than $50. I also wanted to see how it stacks up against the Fenix PD35.
Thrunite TN12 2014 Edition – What’s in the box?
I know the quality of the box has nothing to do with the quality of the flashlight inside of it, but I have to give ThruNite a big thumbs up for the heavy duty box it arrived in. Compared to the quality of packaging that the my TN11 was shipped in and my Nitecore flashlights were shipped in, it’s a tank of a box.
The box is even foam lined. Nice.
What’s inside? You get a black nylon flashlight holster, a pocket clip, instructions, a couple of extra o-rings, lanyard, extra tail switch boot and of course the flashlight.
TN12 Specs and features
The following two photos show both side of the Thrunite TN12 2014 Edition.
Here are the TN12 specs:
– Cree XM-L2 U2 LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
– Uses one 18650 rechargeable battery or two CR123A batteries.
– Max output:1050 lumens with XM-L2 U2
– Working voltage: 2.7V-9V
– 143mm (Length)*25.4mm (Diameter)
– 82g weight (without batteries)
– Reverse polarity protection design to protect from improper battery installation
– Versatile mode 1050lm(90min) 800lm(1.5hour) 280lm(5hours) 20lm(74 hours) 0.3lm(1585hours)
– Aircraft-grade aluminum body
– Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
– Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating
– Smooth reflector gives perfect beam and throw.
Holding and Operating the TN12
The Thrunite TN12 2014 Edition fits easily in your hand and for a 1000 plus lumen flashlight it is really close to being worthy of the everyday carry title. It slips easily into most jeans and cargo pants pockets so I could envision some people turning this into their EDC, particularly if you carry concealed and need a light to use in conjunction with a pistol for self defense purposes. Even if you don’t carry a sidearm this light is a great self defense tool. In the brightest mode it would be very blinding at close range and if that’s not enough you can easily turn on the strobe to disorient an aggressor even more.
This flashlight would also be a great choice for camping, hiking or hunting due to its light weight and smaller size.
So how do the functions on the TN12 work? Operating this flashlight requires the use of both switches on the flashlight. The tail cap switch simply turns the TN12 on and off. The forward switch toggles the TN12 through five lighting modes. To activate the strobe at any time simply hold the forward switch down for about 1 second. The strobe is automatically set for the max lumens mode of 1050. I’d like to see the strobe mode start a little faster. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but if you need instant on strobe, this might not be the flashlight for you.
The flashlight memory will automatically turn the light on at the last lighting mode you had it set on. Be aware that the TN12 has what ThruNite calls a Firefly mode (.3 lumens). It’s definitely a great mode to use when you need just enough light for a close-up task. Just be careful that you don’t put your TN12 away thinking that it’s off when it’s really still in Firefly mode.
TN12 construction, fit, finish
The TN12 has a nicely knurled diamond pattern finish to promote a good grip. The fit and finish of the TN12 were excellent. My flashlight arrived with no finish or machine burr issues.
Unfortunately, the anti-roll mechanism that is designed to be integrated into the flashlight head just doesn’t work. If it protruded just a bit more it would work. If you absolutely have to have an anti-roll feature on your flashlight, than the TN12 may not be the best choice for you.
The TN12 has some heat dissipating fins built into the flashlight head design to aid in cooling, but the head is not over sized like many larger tactical flashlights. Since the TN12’s highest output is 1050 lumens, it goes without saying that if you run it for a long time in that mode the flashlight is going to get really hot.
Need a tail stander? The TN12 tail stands with no wobbles.
TN12 Reflector and LED
The Cree XM-L2 U2 LED was nicely centered in the Thrunite TN12 2014 Edition head.
The TN12 uses a smooth reflector. The beam is a bit narrow which I expected from a flashlight of this size. My TN12 was the cool white version.
TN12 Tail Switch close up
The tail switch had a definitive click when turning the flashlight on and off. Depress the switch half way to activate momentary on.
TN12 thread close-ups
The threads were clean and lubricated. O-rings were well seated. The second image makes it look as though the o-ring is depressed into the threads, but it must be due to the lighting in the photo. Both sets of threads had proper o-ring seating.
The TN12 is approximately 5 1/2″ in length.
The best way to see how the Thrunite TN12 2014 Edition sizes up is to compare it against two full size tactical flashlights. You can immediately see that it is a very compact flashlight in comparison.
TN12 battery contacts
280, 800, 1050 lumens respectively. I’m still working on the most accurate way of photographing flashlight output. For example, the last two photographs in this sequence don’t really look that much difference brightness-wise but to the naked eye the difference in brightness is much more apparent. The stairwell is approximately 11 feet in length.
Every flashlight has pros and cons. Here is my list of both.
- Great price
- Super bright
- Nice build quality
- Easily slips in your pocket
- Anti-roll design isn’t anti-roll
- Would have liked to see the brightness modes spread out a bit more evenly in a 5 mode flashlight
- Takes a little too long (IMO) to activate the strobe function
Overall Grade: B
Would I suggest this flashlight to a friend: Yes
If you still remain unconvinced that this is a good little flashlight, I suggest taking a quick look at this TN12 review as well.
Note: The TN12 2014 is no longer available.