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on May 19, 2012
I actually purchased another flashlight before this one. I had researched for a week to find that one and after I purchased it, this Trustfire TR-3T6 was in the recommendations. This light on paper was 2x times better than the one I had bought. So I cancelled my order with the other light immediately and bought this one for $4 more. Im glad I did.
This light is impressive to use. Well built and machined from aluminum, has coated glass, and good switch in the rear. It is too heavy to use as a tactical light, although would be wicked if you could. It is pretty compact for how bright it is. Using it indoors at night can make you see spots and stars at full brightness setting. It doesn't "seem" like 3800 lumen, but I don't have a light meter. It's BRIGHT. It doesn't throw the light as far as I was expecting 3800 lumens to go but where it does throw light, you can see EVERYTHING. It has a wonderful bright super white/bluish wash of light that throws very wide (almost 180* throw)and a much warmer soft white color temperature hot spot. Outdoors at night this thing lights up huge areas as bright as daylight. Nothing can hide from this thing in bushes or in a corner, where a mag light would miss them.
I tried to find the best places to test it. I think I found some; went into some miles long drainage tunnels and tried it there, probably the most intense place you would want a light to work properly and be as bright as possible. It was amazing. The wash light lit up all the ground, walls and the ceiling in front of me without taking the hot spot from down the jet black center of the tunnel. In high mode, it was awesome- as long as you pointed it down the tunnel, if you pointed it too close to you on the concrete, temporary blindness was the result. Medium setting was the best for me there, and on low, it was good as any other "normal" flashlight like a surefire or something like that. The wash light output on low was a bit too dim to use for lighting your path or looking for huge hanging spiders off the ceiling. The hot spot on low was adequate but you actually had to point the light at whatever you were looking at to see it. On Med, you could just point it straight forward and not move it and see whatever you wanted. It lights up a bigger area and whiter light than a street light. In the woods, I wouldn't go into them without it, you can spot anything moving easily. The wash is so bright on high your periphial picks up movement anywhere in front of you. In the desert, you can see the beam up to about 1000 feet and it can be seen for over 10 miles easily. It was brighter than my Lexus HID Projectors.
The high and medium setting are similar in output and usability, low was considerably dimmer than the other two settings. Strobe and SOS was a nice feature, it is pretty debilitating to be on the receiving end of those settings. This thing will attract attention, so be prepared for it.
Another nice feature is the flashlight can be taken down to a super compact space probably 3" by 3" by 5". Great camping or outdoor light. Double o rings are only on one section, single on the other two. It would be nice to have all three threads with double o rings. Switch operation was High, med, low, strobe, sos. You can turn the flashlight on/off on any of the 5 settings and have it come on with that desired setting. Once it is on, half press will cycle the settings. Full press will turn it off/on same setting and a hard full press will turn it off and cycle the setting by 1.
Mine came scratched on the edge of the head, like someone dropped it on concrete and was sold as new. Subtract one star. Otherwise great 5 star light. Would also like the ability to add a tube and a battery for extended use with 3 18650 batteries if I wanted. Hard to find it for sale anywhere...
Mine lasted over 2 hours in the tunnel, on one set of batteries. Mixed settings mostly low and med with some high blasts sprinkled in there. On high and leaving it on, it lasted for about 20-25 min on 3000mAh ultrafire batteries, even though it was 20 min on high, it just turned itself on low when the batteries were spent it lasted another 20 min on low. I would expect low to last a few hours. Yes it gets very WARM when you leave it on high, but this light is so bright you almost would never use it that way. It gets hot to the touch. I want to get the 5300mAh batteries from ebay and see how bright and long it will last with those.
I want to buy the 5 cree led trustfire TR-J12 next and see what that will do. Much bigger light. Fun stuff. That TR-J12 light was measured at 2200 ansi lumens, so this thing is probably under that. Still redicilously bright though.
Threw a pic of the tunnel- that tunnel is over 5 miles long in that section perfectly straight. You can see for about 1000 feet before it goes black. Pic doesnt show that.