Flashlights continue to evolve as manufacturers find new ways at making this very simple device as utilitarian as possible. Since there are hundreds, if not thousands of choices of units available these days, it pays to know every relevant detail about the type you need.
This Klarus unit warrants a closer look, particularly from those who are in the market for a heavy duty flashlight that offers all the essential features in a very small and portable package.
Benefits and Features:
3 Light Output Modes Plus a Flashing Feature
As with any capable tactical flashlight, this unit provides three different options for light output. Its maximum brightness is measured at 600 Lumens, which is impressive even by military standards. It also has a low output and medium light modes, at 10 Lumens and 150 Lumens respectively.
Its Strobe feature provides a total of 600 Lumens, which allows up to 4.4 hours of continuous use. This is quite handy for rescue missions, signaling, etc. The light is digitally regulated, ensuring constant and stable brightness at all times.
Mil-Spec Heavy Duty Exterior and Interior
The Klarus xt11 is a very sturdy flashlight that is made of extremely light and durable materials. It is sealed with O-rings, which allow for IPX-8 Standard waterproof level. It is also dust resistant, which is perfect for construction workers who pull night shifts.
This translates to a highly capable device that can survive an accidental dive in sea or fresh water. The lens are made of ultra clear reinforced glass, while the exterior uni-body is coated with HA Type III anodizing. This light is a tactical device that is designed for maximum performance without the unnecessary bulk and weight.
Excellent Self Defense Weapon
The removable stainless steel strike bezel that comes with the xt11 is the perfect non-fatal self defense weapon. It is tough enough to cause physical harm and just enough pain for would-be victims to get away from their assailants.
For young ladies who live alone as well as the elderly who still love to explore their neighborhood after sun-down (many elderly people like taking walks around the block after dinner), this is the perfect buddy.
How to Operate
It has a dual switch mechanism (forward and back), which simplifies mode selection and battery power management.
148mm long 34.9mm head circumference 24.3mm body circumference 8 Ounces- Total shipping weight
Removable clip- This allows for attaching the xt11 onto a tactical or police stab vest. For civilians, the unit can be clipped onto a breast pocket or jeans pocket. Heavy duty holster with belt loop and a D ring- this is highly useful when you want to carry it with you at all times but do not necessarily want to use your hands.
While this is predominantly a tactical device, it is among the lightest torches in the market today at merely 132 grams (without the battery)
It can run on either two CR123A (3v) or one 18650 (3.7v). The xt11 is fitted with reverse polarity protection circuit, which ensures safety from incorrect battery insertion.
The CREE XM-L (U2) LED bulb can last up to 50,000 hours of usage before burning out.
Other accessories/Attachments included:
- Detachable anti roll combat ring
- Spare O-rings
How Does It Compare To Others?
The ST11 XM-L2 U2 and XT2C Cree are both slightly cheaper than this unit, but they are also slightly heavier and do not have the strike bezel feature. Also, the fenix pd35 is a great alternative, with an output of up to 1000 lumens and 6 incredible light modes.
The is a device that is not only capable, but also impressively designed as far as features and looks are concerned. Tactical torches are not always aesthetically pleasing, but this one achieved the perfect balance between heavy duty performance and imaginative style.