Thrunite TC12 Flashlight Review

The Thrunite TC12 is unique in that it has a built in battery charger.  Plug in a micro-USB cable to charge the flashlight.  While charging the brightness selector button flashes.

Being USB rechargeable makes this is an excellent truck, car or nightstand flashlight design.  Keep the Thrunite TC12 in the console or glove box of the truck.  To charge, simply plug it into a USB charger.   Most people have some kind of cell phone charger in their vehicle.  Use the included cable to charge the light.

To review the Thrunite TC12 I did my typical battery of test. starting with the freeze test.

Water and Freeze Test

The bad news is the USB port is not sealed.  The good news is the flashlight has an attached rubber flap that covers the USB port.  During the freeze test I took the rubber flap off which exposed the USB port.  Water leaked into the flashlight which caused it to malfunction.

I have mixed feelings about water getting into the flashlight.  With the rubber flap closed it is water resistant, which is exactly what the light is supposed to be.

Then again, how can I offer a well rounded honest opinion if I do not truly test the light?

Thrunite TC12 Review
Thrunite TC12 with belt clip

So far I have tested:

All of those flashlights were subjected to the same exact water test that the TC12 was put through.  They all passed with flying colors.

Thrunite TC12 micro-USB port
Thrunite TC12 micro-USB port

Hammer Test

After the water and freeze test came the hammer test.  To continue the review process Thrunite sent me another flashlight.

I used the Thrunite TC12 flashlight to drive three 12 penny nails through a board.  All of the flashlights except the Thrunite Ti3 were subjected to the hammer test.

The Thrunite TC12 stopped working before the first nail was drove trough the board.

When the flashlight stopped working, I could not believe me eyes.  Every Thrunite flashlight I have tested so far has passed the hammer test.

Thrunite TC12 tailcap
Thrunite TC12 tailcap

Thrunite TC12

I sent my contact at Thrunite an email asking what is different between the Thrunite TN12 and the Thrunite TC12?

The TC12 should have been able to pass all of these test with flying colors.  Every flashlight I have tested from Thrunite has been of the highest quality.  I honestly enjoy the flashlights and highly recommend them.

The idea of a built in micro-USB charger is great.  I would have loved this flashlight to passed the test and be part of my collection.  This flashlight would be great to keep in the car or truck.

I hope Thrunite can figure out what changed in their manufacturing process.

A representative from Thrunite and I have been exchanging emails.  The technology department is supposed to be looking into the issue and hopefully will get it resolved.

Why Such Extreme Test

Why subject the flashlights to such extreme test?

Why not?  I enjoy doing the test and some people like watching the test.  The flashlights have no moving parts except the on/off switch.  All of the circuits should be secure from sudden impacts.  The LED does not have a filament in it to break.

My gear has to cover a wide range of uses.  One day I might be working on the chicken house on a ladder.  Next day I might be on a hiking trip.  Next day I might be fishing.

Do you like the idea of dropping a flashlight off a ladder and it breaking?  How about breaking after a rough boat ride?  Maybe drop your backpack and your flashlight stop working?

I want to know that my gear is going to work, regardless of situation.

So far, Thrunite has passed everything I have thrown at it with no problems.