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OrcaTorch T20 Review by firelord777 from CPF
The OrcaTorch T20 possess all the quality hallmarks of a tactical LED flashlight – smooth beam, evenly spaced modes, hidden but accessible strobe and SOS modes, and robust design.

The UI on the T20 is very straight-forward. There are four main modes, the lowest being a 2 lumen mode that can run for 275 hours on a single charge, and the highest being 980 lumens, which during my testing and comparisons seems about right. As a result, this particular model is quite versatile and adaptable to a wide range of situations, from, as I’ve mentioned, bathroom trips without destroying your night vision, to finding things around the house without blinding yourself, to blasting an area with lumens with a comparatively long range for lights in its class (~20,000 lux).

To activate strobe and SOS, you need to have the flashlight on, and then press and hold the mode switch for around 2 seconds, so it is definitely a welcome setup for most to have strobe/SOS out of the way during normal use but still have it there for when they need it.

In terms of performance, the T20 is amazingly a flashlight, considering that can hold its own against other competitors. I only wish I could have the Olight M22 to compare it to, as the two are in my experience extremely close in performance – too bad it got stolen a long time ago. If the T20 was branded as the Olight M22’s sister, say, sold as an Olight M25, I would never have suspected it was from a recent company concentrating on dive lights. The T20, like the Olight M22, beats the Olight M21-X just by a bit in the throw department, but is likewise beaten just a bit by the ArmyTek Predator V1.2. I couldn't detect PWM, not even in its lowest levels so that is good news.

Some of you may ask: well, how can an XP-G flashlight producing around 500 emitter lumens out throw a 980 lumen one?

Well, this is actually a common question. Firstly, the Predator is a hunting/military light born to be a dedicated thrower, so its deep reflector already gives it an advantage over the T20’s more balanced reflector. Secondly, the XP-G is a smaller emitter with a higher surface brightness, so given the appropriate conditions, it can out throw higher output lights, though it won’t be able to necessarily compete in brightness.

All in all, I think OrcaTorch is off to a good start for a mostly unfamiliar brand and hope their engineers keep up the good work in the future.



For the full review and pics, please clik here:

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?386782-OrcaTorch-T20-Review&s=17d14c6c9fb40eab1294c4f5006a5ae2




 
 
 
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