Trustfire T70 Hunter Mk3 rechargeable LED flashlight. 2,300 lumens, 1,000 metres – a new benchmark! Customer reviews
Here in Mandela-stan we love our ultra-long-range torches, which is not surprising since we live in a country where the nights are blessed with wildlife... and cursed with low-life.
The ideal ultra-distance beam has an intense hotspot surrounded by a pale spill-beam. This beam profile improves our ability to see subjects far away – if the spill is too bright it causes "back glare" that inhibits our ability to see faintly lit objects in the far distance, and if the spill is not bright enough we can't see shapes or movement outside of the hot-spot so it feels like we're looking down a tunnel.
For years I sold the Crelant 7G5PL Hunter which delivered the perfect beam for watching wildebeest at the waterhole or spotting jackal on the farm. It had a one-inch battery tube so it fitted into a standard scope-mount on a rifle, and I also stocked a remote pressure switch so you could operate it from the forestock of a rifle. Unfortunately Crelant stopped making the Hunter a couple of years ago and since then I've had grown men pleading with me to get something similar...
To make matters worse, I've had to say goodbye to another of my legendary long-rangers, the Acebeam K70 Apollo. It wasn't designed for weapons mounting (too fat and no remote switch) but, jissie, it really performed, delivering twice the lumens of the Hunter and a 50% longer beam!
Well, Christmas is here, manne – say howzit to the new T70 Hunter, which performs like the Apollo but with the shape and price of the 7G5PL Hunter!
I'm calling it the Hunter Mk3 because it handles like the old Hunter (and the "Meneer" before that) while delivering the same 2,300 lumen output as the Apollo! My light meter tells me the Hunter Mk3 throws 50% further than the old Hunter at around 1,000 ANSI metres or 315 real-world metres – which is twice the length of Ellis Park!
The new Hunter is also a big step up in terms of features, including constant current output (so it doesn't get dimmer as the batteries run down) and a thermostat that turns down the beam if it gets too hot. On a cool night with plenty of air movement I'm told it can keep going at max for as long as the batteries last – about an hour and a half with a set of high-capacity Li-Ions!
The T70 has just been tweaked by increasing the number of brightness levels from three to four – level three delivers a 200 real-world metre throw for more than four hours, while level two lights up objects 100 metres away for more than 24 hours and level one gives you 35 lumens all night, every night for a week!
The Hunter now features "mode memory" so when you turn it on it returns to the same brightness you were using when you turned it off. And when it's on, a long press of the side-switch triggers a devastating defensive strobe using all 2,300 lumens – it would be no joke to be on the receiving end!
Standard features include a battery status indicator, reverse-polarity protection, IPX8 waterproofing, one-metre impact resistance, AR-coated lens, gold-plated contacts... the whole nine (hundred) yards, and I stock a range of accessories for hunters (click on the pictures and move your cursor over them to see details).
Note that you have a choice between Trustfire's own 3,400mAh batteries and 2-channel USB charger, or Keeppower's 3,500mAh batteries and Liitokala's LK-202+ two-channel multi-chemistry USB charger/powerbank. While I have not been able to find independent reviews for these specific Trustfire batteries and chargers they do not have the best reputation (although the torch itself represents a "new dawn" for Trustfire in terms of quality – it truly is as good as any I've seen). However Keeppower and Liitokala are both highly respected brands which I've been selling for years with no issues at all, and the Lii-202+ charger is a far more versatile device.
Note, too, that the T70 does not support red filters or modules (for that you need my brilliant B158 Bullseye or HT12 Bullseye) or tail-stand (an empty beer-glass will fix that) but as a long-range white light it's untouchable – especially at the price. And I can even shave off a couple of hundred bucks if you pay by EFT-on-invoice – just drop me a line and I'll explain how that works.