|Item Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.5 x 9 x 7.2 inches|
|Item model number||TM11|
|Batteries||4 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Type of Bulb||led|
Nitecore TM11 Tiny Monster 2000 Lumens Triple XML Flashlight Outfit
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- The world's smallest and lightest 2000 lumen flashlight
- Exceptionally long runtimes using 4×18650 Li-ion or 8×CR123 batteries
- Integrated power indicator light displays remaining battery power
- LED Type: 3x CREE XM-L
- Patented Single Button two-stage switch offers versatile functionality
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Roughly about the size of a soda can, this little flashlight packs a punch. The TM11 Tiny Monster pushes out up 2000 lumens with over an hour of runtime. A 2-stage switch lets you easily select modes. The switch has the feel of a camera shutter release; push it half way to access Daily Mode or push all the way for Turbo Mode. A strobe and standby/lockout modes are available as well.
Top Customer Reviews
The Tiny Monster is a unique form factor for a serious flashlight. The workmanship is top-drawer and sealed against the elements. Instead of throwing out a tight "bat-signal" pencil of light, this is more suitable for lighting up an auditorium or gymnasium. The dual stage switch was odd at first, but became very intuitive after brief use. The $260 may seem daunting to many, but consider that you will pay $95 for a Surefire G2X flashlight that puts out 200 lumens. The Tiny Monster puts out ten times the output for less that triple the price. The clincher is that you can use 4 rechargeable batteries or 8 CR-123 batteries, and in an emergency, use only one rechargeable or two CR-123 batteries to light things up.
bulky and a bit slippery to hold, could use a "rubberized" grip sheath or equivalent.
i put reflective tape on it in case it's dropped in the dark to easily locae; would hate to lose it at that cost.
I purchased this light at the same time as the Klarus RS-11 to be used at work. I am a corporate aircraft mechanic, working on small to mid-sized jets, and I grew weary of all the poorly made flashlights one finds at the local home stores. The Klarus was to be used frequently but briefly throughout the day, but the TM11 was to replace my drop lights.
This light, though not intended for my application, has exceeded my expectations for what I required of it. Knowing that 2000+ lumens in a spot configuration is far too bright, I spent a great deal of time finding a suitable diffuser for it. The Fenix AOD-L diffuser tip fits it well, even though its made for Fenix brand flashlights 3mm larger in diameter.
The primary determining factor for my purchase of this light was long run times at lower outputs. In order to replace the conventional fluorescent drop light, I figured I'd need 500 to 1000 lumens. This light will run about 4 hours per charge at 1100 lumens (bright enough to light a workspace you could sit in, like a baggage compartment), or about 8 hours at 550 lumens, which is more than enough for areas like flap coves, fuel bays, center-wing equipment bays, etc.
Like most high output LED flashlights, heat dissipation is a necessity, and at maximum output, the TM11 gets pretty warm, and will dim itself for protection. However, at 1100 lumens, it's barely warm, and at 550 lumens there is no warmth at all, again making it completely suitable as a work light. It isn't touted as explosion-proof, so fuel tank ventilation should be used if its in this environment.
I bought the neutral white so that colors will appear more natural. When used without the diffuser, the neutral white spot has a distinct yellowish center, and cool-white perimeter, but this is only visible close up. With the diffuser installed its imperceptible.
This flashlight requires 4 internally protected Li-ion 18650 rechargeable batteries and a charger, sold separately. I'm using Orbtronic 3400 mAh batteries. They are 69 mm long, likely the longest battery that will fit into the flashlight. There are minor variations in cell length from different suppliers due to cell capacity and protection circuit geometry.
There is a potential issue with devices that use multiple Li-ion cells, like this flashlight does. Chargers made for these types of batteries ideally balance the cells with respect to its termination voltage, and shouldn't overcharge the cells beyond 4.2 volts. Without balancing the cells, there is a possibility of fires. It appears to be very rare, but a concern none the less. Candlepowerforum may provide more information about this.
I purchased 8 batteries and a charger, which adds about another $200 to an already expensive light, but that gives me a spare set of batteries, and also allows interchangeability with my Klarus light, as well as my Zebralight H600Fw headlamp.
It's a big investment for certain, but the elimination of the electric power cord, which always tangled with me, air hoses, and other tools was welcome. I've been using the light for a few weeks now, and so far it's been one of the better investments I've made with regard to my tools at work.
One interesting feature is the red blinking perimeter of the on/off switch. When the batteries are first installed, it will blink out the battery voltage. The switch perimeter will also start blinking rapidly when the cell voltage gets to 3.2 volts, about when I recharge them.