ThruNite Ti3 Flashlight Review
Sep 1, 2018 at 1:26 pm #3554152James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Ha, ha…I hear that. I headed out away from the tent one night and had taken no more than ten or twelve steps and almost stepped on a black bear. Fortunately he ran like hell…I was shocked to find him so close to camp and curled up sleeping…I just stood there with my flashlight on him. What IS that? Then he started moving…Sep 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm #3554165
That’s a first. I’ve not heard of anyone stepping ON a bear.Sep 14, 2018 at 4:22 pm #3555829Dave @ OwareBPL Member
@bivysack-comLocale: East Washington
I have had one of the little thru nite lights for about a year. It is the model with just one brightness. I like simplicity.
It was about 9 or 10 dollars, I use the free old timey heavy duty batteries from Harbor Freight for everyday use. Put a little mitten clip on it with a loop of thin cord so it clips to my key ring. It can also clip to a cord around my neck or to an overhead tarp cord. I use it everyday retrieving inventory in a back room. Those little zinc batteries last about 2 months. I would guess a lithium would last all year at that rate.Mar 20, 2019 at 1:06 am #3584550
After ~6 months of using this flashlight daily walking the dog late at night and it’s starting to flicker sometimes when I turn it on. If I screw it in/out I can find a spot where it seems to work better. This does not inspire confidence.Mar 20, 2019 at 1:41 am #3584559
Well, it is a mechanical switch. The body of the light carries current. The bare aluminum can get oxidized, I have found the need to clean periodically. It is also possible the “driver”, which is the circuit board the battery + terminal contacts, is a bit loose and needs to be screwed in a bit. I have not had that happen to mine, but your 6 months of daily use is >> than my 3 weeks on the trail.
6 months of daily use. Any maintenance, other than recharging/replacing batteries, of any sort yet? If not, I would say that’s pretty good for an inexpensive LED light.Mar 20, 2019 at 1:44 am #3584561
No maintenance. I didn’t think a little flashlight needed any maintenance. What do you recommend?Mar 20, 2019 at 1:49 am #3584562
“6 months of daily use. Any maintenance, other than recharging/replacing batteries, of any sort yet? If not, I would say that’s pretty good for an inexpensive LED light.”
I use it in the morning sometimes too. Let’s say six months, twice daily. 6x30x2=360 uses. Each one involves turning it on/off/on and then off a few minutes later… that’s 4 turns per use so 1440 cycles. Let’s double that because maybe my estimation is way off. 3000 cycles of a switch is less than I would expect. Maybe my expectations are unrealistic…Mar 20, 2019 at 2:24 am #3584564
Well said, you are correct, any actual component “switch” should last many more than 3000 cycles. But that is not the switch that is in your light. You have an bare aluminum cylinder, which will oxidize over time, and a bare copper trace on a circuit board. When you put these together, current flows. When they are no longer in contact, the current stops.
But if this was the problem in your case, the light would not just flicker, but probably change modes (get brighter or dimmer). You did not describe that, so perhaps there is something different going on besides an oxidized aluminum cylinder. I was just trying to provide a helpful suggestion, but perhaps its not helpful after all.
This may be helpful, that is I have had a failure with two other Thrunite lights. One was a Ti-3, the other a AA light. I got free replacements for both when I contacted their customer service. I have heard others have not had the same result. Maybe you’ll get a replacement that will last longer, maybe not.
I will add that at the price point of the item purchased, the quality is not going to be a million cycles. I don’t have a recommendation for that, even at a higher price point. Today’s consumer goods are just not as robust as in years gone by.
I hope you find a better solution for you and your use, when you do I would love to hear about it too. :-)Mar 20, 2019 at 2:47 am #3584571Mar 20, 2019 at 4:12 am #3584583
Excellent insight that it’s not switching modes when it flickers. I would think that means the flicker is happening between the bulb and the circuit board rather than between the battery and the circuitry.Mar 20, 2019 at 6:40 am #3584593Roger CaffinBPL Member
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
The positive end of the battery presses on a gold-plated circle on the PCB. I suspect that the gold plating may be wearing a bit thin in places. Always assuming I have the right torch in mind!
Compared to the previous generation of ‘brand-name’ torches, these Asian ones really are ‘inexpensive’.
CheersMar 20, 2019 at 10:00 am #3584603James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
With the switching, there is likely a capacitor in there, probably with a resistor on it so it looks like a bit of memory…it “remembers” to switch modes screwing it off/on and it doesn’t always default to firefly mode. A brief flicker might not discharge the electronics enough to switch modes.
As far as oxidation inside, You could try a little grease. The spring/body side might be tight. You might need to make a tool to reach it(or use a long nosed “needle” nosed pliers if you have one,) but often just spinning the spring(if possible) will resume a solid contact. A dollop of grease in the bottom will prevent most forms of oxidation going forward. A small bit of grease on the top will also prevent any oxidation, especially if the gold is worn away. I know, “Grease my flashlight” sounds stupid.Mar 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm #3585181
I stand corrected. I agree with James Marco. I was using another light recently that changes modes by interrupting the power to the light, and it was flickering a bit just sitting on the table. So one does not need to break the connection to see an LED light “flicker”, but just a poor connection somewhere can do it.
Would be curious to know if matthew k has tried any cleaning ideas presented yet, and what the results are.Mar 24, 2019 at 2:53 am #3585233
I have not. It’s been a crazy week.
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