If you’re looking for a high-output, very bright beam tactical flashlight, then the Trustfire XML is a well known brand with a range of different models and this C8 T6 5 version offers a bright 1,000 lumen beam with LED light source and the option of a rubber tactical mount is available as extra.
Review of the TrustFire XML C8-T6 5-Mode CREE
The TrustFire brand is well-known and gets a lot of customer reviews across its models. This C8 is no exception with a lot of mixed user feedback on Amazon noting a variety of opinions with mixed user reviews: just as many people are happy with the product an an equal number think that they should have bought a different model. The main issues are down to user expectation: the expectations are different to the features that the flashlight provides. As a torch, it’s great but if you try get it to work as an add-on for your bike or an attachment to equipment, you could find problems.
The TrustFire C8 works with regular AA, AAA, or the 3.7 18650 rechargeable LiOn batteries (note that if you go for the rechargeable batteries, you’ll need to adjust the housing using a pair of pliers – there are DIY instructions online).
This model has five modes: High, Medium, Low, and two flashing combination modes. This flashlight is very bright and is powered using LED technology providing 1000 lumens of light. On high power setting the beam will easily reach more than 50 yards but struggles to be effective at 250 yards. Keep the flashlight on high mode and the batteries will last just two hours (or less, depending on the type of battery you use). As a result, this really is not good as a hunting flashlight nor a model for night spors. The flashlight claims to be waterproof but customer feedback suggests that it is more accurate to say it’s water resistant; the housing features O-ring seals but the lens assembly is not watertight.
One good feature is the add-on mount: for less than $3 you can buy a rubber mount as a separate extra that lets you mount the flashlight on a bike or other items up to 1-inch diameter. You might need to modify the mount or improvise by adding additional rubber material to provide a tight grip so it doesn’t slip (some feedback notes users have used two mounts together for a really solid fit).
This is an affordable flashlight and the design is good: the power switch is located at the base of the torch and is covered with a protective rubber cap. Overall, the flashlight can take rough handling and its small size means it’ll fit in your pocket.
If you do buy this model, check it immediately you receive it as there have been some customer feedback that models don’t work on arrival or that there is dust in the inner lens.
Overall, a good buy from a variety of vendors – so choose who you buy it from carefully and set your expectations accordingly.
If you need a bright flashlight, the Trustfire C8T6 5 Mode Flashlight is a model to consider and the price is very affordable. The C8 performs well and, with a little tweaking takes a variety of batteries and mounting. It is not totally waterproof. Overall, this flashlight has been given a 3.8/5 star rating.
Top 5 Main Features
- Has five operating modes: High, Moderate, Low, and two flashing
- Compact, solid and with a good grip
- Very bright LED light output at 1000 lumens
- A separate rubber mounting is available
- Cheap for the light power provided
- Size: 6.3 (length) x 0.9 x 1.7 inches
- Weight: 6.9 ounces
- Battery Type: AA, AAA, and with customization, rechargeable batteries
- Power/Lumens: 1000 lumens
- Body Material: Aluminum
- Mount: Rubber mount is sold separately for $2.89 and is easy to install.