Trustfire T70 Hunter Mk3 rechargeable LED flashlight. 2,300 lumens, 1,039 metres – a new benchmark! Customer reviews
Here in Mandela-stan we love our ultra-long-range torches. I suppose it's 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" which limits our ability to see faintly lit objects in the distance, and if the spill is not bright enough we won't notice shapes or movement outside of the hot-spot – it'll feel like we're looking down a tunnel.
For years I sold the Crelant 7G5PL Hunter which delivered the perfect beam for watching lion at the waterhole or spotting jackal on the farm. It had a one-inch battery tube which meant it fitted into standard scope-mounts on a rifle, and I also stocked a remote pressure switch so you could operate the light from the forestock of a rifle. Unfortunately Crelant stopped making the Hunter a couple of years back 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) 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 Trustfire T70, which performs like the Apollo but with the shape and price of the Hunter!
I'm calling it the Hunter Mk3 because it looks a lot 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 that the Hunter Mk3 throws a 50% longer beam than the old Hunter at 1,039 ANSI metres or 329 real-world metres (ignoring the effect of dust and moisture in the air) which is twice the length of Ellis Park!
The Mk3 Hunter is also a big step up in terms of features, including constant current output (which means it won't get dimmer as the batteries run down) and a thermostat that turns the beam down only when it gets too hot. On a cool night with enough air movement I'm told it can keep going at max for well over an hour!
And, just like the old Hunter, when you turn it on at the tail-switch it ALWAYS comes on at full power! If you don't need to unleash a quarter of a million candles you can turn it down at the side-switch to the mid-level of 600 lumens, which delivers a real-world beam the length of a rugby field for the whole night. The low output of 130 lumens is more than enough for walking around and it'll keep going at this level all night every night for a week!
Oh, and when the Mk3 Hunter is on, a long press of the side-switch triggers a devastating dual-frequency defensive strobe using all 2,300 lumens, while an even longer press produces an SOS signal at mid-power for about a day.
In addition the T70 features a battery status indicator, reverse-polarity protection, IPX8 waterproofing, one-metre impact resistance, AR-coated lens, gold-plated contacts... the whole nine (hundred) yards.
I also stock a range of compatible accessories for the new Hunter (click on the pictures above to see them enlarged and move your cursor over the picture to zoom in) including a remote pressure switch, rail-mounts, scope mount, magnetic mount, holster and your choice of battery capacities and a USB charger/powerbank if you don't already have one.
Note that the T70 does not support red filters or modules (for that you need my brilliant Bullseye Mk2), tail-stand (an empty beer-glass will fix that) or a moonlight mode, but as a white hunting and game-watching light it's untouchable – especially at the price. And I can even shave a couple of hundred off if you pay by EFT-on-invoice – just drop me a line and I'll explain how that works.
Trustfire provide a 36-month warranty on their torches, but it involves sending the torch back to the factory for assessment which really isn't practical for us Saffers due to the cost of shipping. However, I'm also providing an 18-month local warranty during which time I'll repair or replace your Hunter here in Cape Town in the unlikely event that it gives trouble. If you have issues after 18 months you can still send your torch back to Trustfire or, if you prefer, I'll repair it for the price of spares and delivery or offer you a new torch at cost.