Rofis TR10 Flashlight Review

Preface

I honestly only just heard of the Rofis brand, but I was impressed by the features.  GearBest sent them out to me… I was going to get the TR10 and TR18 both, but surprise! Only got the TR10.  Here’s the review of it!


Official Specs and Features

Versions

There’s really only one version, but that sells the light a little short since it’s quite feature rich.  But just one tint option, and emitter option, and body color, etc.

MSRP

Price is around $50.


Short Review

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Quite a nice little light, with a good UI and a nice option to switch between right angle and OTF.  And of course, I love some XP-L HI….

Long Review

What’s Included

  • Rofis TR10
  • Spare O-ring (2)
  • Lanyard
  • Manual

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(Special note: NOT included is a headband to make this work as a headlamp.  Despite what many product shots you see may depict.)

Pictures

Here’s the photo album, an album of beamshots, and a runtime.

Package and Manual

The packagae is a cardboard box with no window.  There’s a lot of printing, including specs and photos.  Gearbest includes their inventory sticker right on the back, which obscures whatever the box has printed on the main back portion.

The manual is a one long piece of paper with English on one side and Chinese on the back.  The manual is comprehensive, describing the UI and specs and warranty quite well.  It also folds small, in case you are inclined to carry manuals in your pocket.

Build Quality and Disassembly

20170526-IMG_1473Honestly, the TR10 is quite well built.  The anodizing is glossy, but doesn’t feel cheap.  (Honestly I find it’s a bit of a crap shoot whether matte or glossy anodizing feels cheap or quality.  Sometimes glossy feels cheap, sometimes it feels quality.  Sometimes matte feels cheap, sometimes quality).  Either way, this anodizing feels and looks just fine.

Now, about the angle head.  As you can see in the photo there, the head switches to the angle type.  The head doesn’t come off, it just twists over.  It’s an easy maneuver, and doesn’t require locking or anything of the sort.  And doesn’t require any special tools, which is nice.  Also noteworthy is how useful this feature could be just based on the fact that this light has a magnet in the tailcap – the angle head might let you get the light exactly where you need it, while stuck to something ferrous.  The light will work through the full range of motion.

The angle head makes removing the bezel a little difficult.  That’s because it’s practically the same motion – unscrewing the bezel requires one to hold the light in the same way as when holding to turn the light to angled head.  This isn’t a big deal, but something to think about if you were considering an emitter swap.

The threads on the tailcap are unanodized, and square cut.  The threads are good threads, but as you can see in that photo, the clip is confounding.  More on that later.

Size

As far as 16340 lights go, this isn’t a small light.  But with the angle option head, it’s probably “small”.  It’s actually a great size and length for carrying in hand, and holding.  And as a right angle light too, the TR10 just feels great in hand.

The light is 82mm by 22mm.

Of course may other current lights of the 16340 variety are going to be smaller, but most don’t offer the head option.  The TR10 is significantly larger than an 18650, as seen in that last photo.

Retention

The TR10 comes with a pocket clip installed.  This pocket clip is probably my biggest gripe about the light.  The clip is nearly in the center of the light, which makes the light very unbalanced when clipped in a pocket.  This clip also interferes in a frustrating way when reinstalling the tail cap.  The end of the clip deflects the tailcap just enough to make screwing the cap on to these unanodized threads sketchy.

Also provided is a lanyard, which can be attached in the drilled out hole in the tailcap.

And there’s a magnet in the tailcap.  The magnet is strong enough to secure the light, but it doesn’t seem to be an extremely strong magnet.

Power

The TR10 is powered by a CR123a or 16340.  All my use and testing has been with a Keeppower protected button top 16340.  Flat tops will work (there’s a spring on the head end).  The KP 16340 is actually quite tight getting in and out of the light.  This surprised me – I can’t remember ever having a light almost too narrow for a 16340!

The Turbo runtime terminated at 3.76V.  Fourth highest mode, terminated at 3.86V.  Both are quite high shutoffs, but don’t seem to be timed.  (I suppose it could be argued that the shutoff for the “Medium” test was timed.  And interestingly the Turbo steps down much sooner of course, but actually runs a solid 25 minutes longer at the stepdown output (which is constant between these upper modes).

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User Interface and Operation

There’s a single side clicky, and it has an indicating function.  It’s a plastic button, and very clicky, but also fairly quiet.  I like this button.  But it’s a little easy to activate, so when you have the TR10 clipped in your pocket, be aware where it’s clipped in relation to the button.

The indicating button indicated when the cell gets low, but nothing else.  When the cell gets to 2.6V (or lower) the indicating switch will flash red twice per second to let you know to charge that cell.

The UI is fairly versatile:

State Action Result
Off Click Memory (Excluding strobes and moonlight)
Off Hold Moonlight
Off Long Hold Lockout
Lockout Hold Lockout Off
On Click Off
On Hold Cycle modes (UL>L>M>H>T) (Moonlight is excluded)
Any Triple click Strobe
Strobe Short Hold Next Strobe (Fast, Beacon, SOS)

I can honestly say that I like this UI a lot.  I was able to reliably get the mode I wanted without getting bad modes that I didn’t want with very little practice with the light. That said I’m not sure the light needs this many modes, particularly since the highest two are so visually similar.

Modes

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Mode Measured Lux* Calculated Output (lm)** Measured Amps
Moon 3 70h 28 0.011
Ultra-Low 18  29h 45 0.022
Low 70  2.8h 151  0.220
Medium 300  1h 2100  0.745
High 600  4.3m (stepdown: 40m) 6140 700  1.861
Turbo 900  2m (stepdown: 40m) 11010  1075  2.820

* This category basically meaningless since I don’t have a calibrated sphere.  I’m still recording these values, and working on calibration.  They are useful in the sense that they give actual mode spacing information.
** These numbers based on information from this chart.

LED and Beam

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There’s a Cree XP-L HI in this light, and that’s of course just about my favorite emitter.  My BOSS has XP-L HI’s … well one of my BOSSes, and it’s the one I prefer.  And that’s a fine emitter in this light too.  The reflector is lightly orange peeled, and shallow, so the beam has a spot but quite a bit of spill too.

Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

Roifs TR10
Emitter Cree XP-L HI
Emitter Notes V3
Cell 16340
Runtime 16340
Beamshots [0.3″, f/8, ISO 100, 5000k] 16340
Claimed Lumens (lm) 900
Lux (Measured) 305
At (m) 3.698
Candela (Calculated) in cd 4170.93722
Throw (Calculated) (m) 129.1655871
Throw (Claimed) (m) 139

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

Nothing compares.  I mean sure there are glut of 16340 XP-L HI lights.  But can their head do THIS!??!

Conclusion

What I like

  • XP-L HI
  • Head angle thing is neat
  • Magnet!
  • Clicky is a good clicky (and indicating!)

What I don’t like

  • The clip.
  • Really the clip.  I don’t know how it could have been done better but there has to be a way.
  • Headstrap isn’t included (but is pictured in many of the product photos).

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Notes

  • This light was provided by GearBest.com for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This review originally appeared at zeroair.wordpress.com
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