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Thorfire C8S Kit $27.99 + $5.99 Delivery (Save 30%) @ Thorfire Amazon AU

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Hi everyone, let me just start off by saying I am in no way associated with Thorfire. I've reviewed a couple of their torches now that they are selling from Amazon AU, but that's about it. No affiliate links, I'm not making a cent out of this, not even a free light.

I've been following and learning about torches and LEDs for the last couple of years from BLF, and I cringe every time I see a cheap Chinese knockoff light appear on here. I generally steer people towards a BLF A6 for a small powerful light that'll suit most needs.

This light however is a bit different, with a deep smooth reflector it concentrates the beam better and get much longer range than the shallow reflector A6. For a general purpose light I always grab a C8 style light simply because it can light things up further away with a tighter hotspot.

Miranda from Thorfire gave me a 30% off code for this light, so I thought I'd share it with everyone here.
This kit is perfect for someone that hasn't used high performance torches before, because it comes with a rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery as well as a charger for it. This kit is everything you'll need for a fantastic general purpose light.

For $34 bucks delivered to your door within a couple of days for a torch, battery and charger, you can do a lot worse, but you can't do much better.

Here is a review on this exact light:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/40861

EDIT:
If you want the light by itself, get it from here:
https://www.banggood.com/ThorFire-C8s-Upgrade-XM-L2-900LM-5M...
using coupon code rmn7off (thanks Juzzy96) for $17.68.

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  • +4 votes

    Nice work OP

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    Looks like a good flashlight. How about the quality of the battery and charger?

    • +3 votes

      I will find out for you

    • +6 votes

      I haven't heard back from the manufacturer as yet, but after doing some research, the batteries appear to be a Thorfire rewrap of Ultrafire BRC3000 as reviewed here:

      https://lygte-info.dk/review/batteries2012/UltraFire%20BRC18...

      As a general rule I don't usually recommend any batteries with "fire" in their name, however it got a decent review from someone that is an expert in the field, so I would use them in conjunction with normal lithium ion battery precautions. If you are new to 18650 batteries / lithium ion batteries I would strongly recommend reading up on it at http://batteryuniversity.com/

      I'll update here when I get info on the charger mate.

      • +1 vote

        The UltraFire 18650 battery which came with my QIYUN.Z T6 torch is crap. Feels like there's nothing inside the shell and it only last 15mins in full power. I'm using Eneloop AAAs instead.

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        Thanks. Yes, I have never used this battery so a bit hesitant seeing the low price as they seem to be usually expensive. Will read the link. Thanks

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      Battery is either a Samsung or LG rewrap, quality.

  • +2 votes

    Thanks, good job. Bought one.

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    Nice find OP, i really like the anodized finish of this c8, way better then my shiny silver convoy c8 which was 10 bucks more.

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      Just be careful, the finish can scratch pretty easily, but rolling around in my glovebox it's bound to happen to any light lol

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      Yeah, but for just ten bucks the Convoy Clear C8 is at several levels above this though.

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    Hi OP can you advise how does this one compare to QIYUN.Z T6 ?

    • +5 votes

      Completely different light.

      The QIYUN.Z T6 is a zoomable light, meaning is does wide flood and narrow beam. But the optic is like a magnifying glass so you lose a lot of lumens (brightness) through it. Plus the T6 is short for XML T6 which is an old, cheap emitter (LED)

      The light I posted is a reflector light (not zoomable optic) so you get much better throw and brightness, and a much cleaner beam.

      Hope that helps.

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    desperately trying to find a low power not so bright light USB recharg able plastic simply for travelling wh n I wake up in th middle of the night .. the key is I don’t want t to be bright! Any recommendations?

    • +3 votes

      Maybe try the nitecore tube.

      • +2 votes

        Yep I was about to suggest exactly the same

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        Thanks for the suggestion - it looks great. Any that you know of though that have the USB head right in side the case (so I don't need to carry around a cable). This is a good one you and @Lionheart suggested.

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          Unfortunately no.
          I have no experience with those that have USB "A" port build-in , so cannot recommend with confidence.

          Give the tube a try tho, i'm very sure you'll like it. And it cost peanuts.

  • +3 votes

    I am more of a fan of Loki :)

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    Thanks op.

    Should be interesting to compare to my Chinese torch.

    • +1 vote

      This'll blow it away, I guarantee it

    • +1 vote

      In case you don't already know, ThorFire is also a Chinese brand! But they make much better quality flashlights at affordable prices, compared to the rubbish/generic flashlights you get on ebay and many online retailers.

      I don't have this particular flashlight myself, but I have the BLF Q8 (also made by ThorFire). It is not a thrower like this one, but a general purpose high lumens flashlight that puts out a ton of light. It is easily one of my favorite flashlights.

      A friendly warning about BLF. If you love anything to do with lights, you might become a flashlight addicts like me. Since becoming a member on BLF less than a year ago, I went from owning a single crappy UltraFire flashlight that I bought because of a post here many years ago, to more than a dozen flashlights in less than a year!

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    What are the dimensions of the torch?

    Edit: Would it be the same as this UF C8

    Product weight: 0.1570 kg
    Product size (L x W x H): 13.60 x 4.40 x 2.60 cm

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      From the link I posted this info comes up:

      19.6 x 8.8 x 5.5 cm

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        That's for package not product..
        Edit: You own one right, can you measure the length?

        • +1 vote

          I can but I won't be home for a few days.
          It's within a few mm of every other style C8 light however, so dimensions will pretty much be:

          Diameter of head: 44.5 mm
          Length: 143mm
          Diameter of body: 25.6 mm
          Product Weight: 145 g

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    I used my Cree Q5 recently and people were amazed at it’s brightness and focused beam. For ~$2 I agree they are pretty incredible. Thinking of buying another one, or should I spend the extra on one of these?

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      Cree Q5 is also an older LED with approx half the brightness of this Cree XML2 emitter.

      It's more of a focused beam due to the emitter being smaller.

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        It’s kind of cool having a perfectly consistent beam in a perfect circle. So if Q5 is just the module it seems that the torch is an Ultrafire HWA WYS.

  • +2 votes

    Read somewhere that cheap giveaway chargers are not worth the risk. Might be good idea to invest a proper battery charger if you decide to buy this

    • +1 vote

      If you want a recommendation for batteries I'd suggest Panasonic protected, and for chargers I'd suggest Xtar

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    Where am I putting that code in? Nothings coming up when I put it in the standard promo code area.

  • +1 vote

    Excellent post and following up OP!
    Is it waterproof? If not, any recommendations?

    Cheers.

    • +2 votes

      Yep, every thread has a rubber O ring seal, so definitely waterproof.

      Don't confuse it with a dive torch though, this light is submersible to 2m but any deeper than that and the water pressure starts to "force" water inside the light. Dive torches generally have at least 2 O rings as seals

      Edit: read the review link in OP to see the O ring seals :-)

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    Its only 24.80 without charger and battery… save 3 bucks not getting the shitty battery and charger.
    Discount code will not work on the torch without the charger.

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      $30.79 including delivery.

      But like I said, Panasonic is good for batteries and Xtar are good for chargers.

      For lights like this one that don't pull a lot of current out of the battery, I feel safe using the provided battery and charger in conjunction with normal lithium ion precautions.

    • +4 votes

      I requested a coupon code for people like you that only want the light by itself :-)

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      What do you recommend for battery and charger and how much?

      I did a quick google for Panasonic ones and they are coming up as around $25 for a battery.. More expensive than the torch! Might be looking in the wrong places.

  • +1 vote

    I have a friend who is OBSESSED with torches… seriously has an unhealthy relationship with them (so much so we bought him a fleshlight)

    anyway… he has always said to stay away from anything with the word "fire" in…

    thoughts?

    also, can you just plug this in to charge it? or do you need to take the battery out? - I am pretty lazy and not keen on taking batteries out.

    • +3 votes

      Sounds like a legend.

      Fleshlight is collecting dust I assure you.

      I've corrected you before about Thorfire being the exception to the rule.

      This light doesn't have built in charging…you know…because it comes with an external charger…?

  • +4 votes

    Hi everyone,

    To those that have no faith in the kit battery and charger: I have requested a coupon code for the light by itself.

    Go with Panasonic for batteries and Xtar for chargers, can't go wrong.

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      Keep us posted..
      Keen to try out the torch (not that I need another one), but dont need another shitty charger or battery..

  • +2 votes

    Is there a decent place to buy 18650 batteries yet? From looking around in the past, shipping made it difficult to buy a small number of decent batteries.

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      I haven't needed them for a while, but last time I got some from China no problems, just takes AGES!
      Buying them locally is very expensive, so I don't mind waiting for them to arrive from overseas.

    • +2 votes

      For vaping I buy from techaroundyou I think they're in Heidelberg, VIC

  • +7 votes

    If you don't want the apparent not so good battery/charger and bike mount, the torch itself is just $19.01 from Banggood, apparently AU stock as well.

    Edit: Even found a coupon "rmn7off" for 7% off bringing it down to $17.68 posted

    Edit 2: They actually have the same kit for $32.81 with 7% off coupon, AU Stock https://www.banggood.com/ThorFire-C8s-Upgrade-XM-L2-900LM-5M...

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    No delivery to remote WA :(

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    Gold plated thick string, count me in!

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    Thank you OP for the post. I can appreciate your time and research is borne out of your interest - I believe you know your stuff. My problem is I hate all the modes - just want on and off, and not having to cycle through the modes everytime

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      This light has mode memory, so just pick the brightness you like then a single click will turn it on and off maintaining that brightness :-)

  • +1 vote
    • for enthusiasm
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    Drat. Pulled the trigger thinking it was zoomable. Oh well. Still a good price.

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    Hi thanks just picked one up. Also, what's one of the brightest torches I can buy under $100

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    Do I have to use a protective 18650 cell for this or is there a low voltage cut off for it?

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      This light has LVP (low voltage protection) built into the driver so you can use any battery you like, however for low current draw lights like this one I generally recommend protected batteries. Even the longest 18650's fit into this light no probs.

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    Thorfire assure me all their batteries are either Samsung or LG rewraps. Both are very high quality cells.

    Hopefully I have answered all questions in relation to this deal, ask again if I missed you :-)

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    Is anyone able to clarify if this torch works with AA/AAA batteries as well as the battery mentioned in the description.

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      Only works with 18650 lithium ion batteries, which are a different size and voltage to AA/AAA batteries

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    Thank you OP, this will be my 1st proper torch!

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      You should also check out Budget Light Forum mate! Join the community and say hi!
      Addictive little things they are, inherently useful, and LED technology is progressing in leaps and bounds. A few years ago 1000 lumens was unheard of, now you can buy STOCK lights with 32,000 lumens!!!!!!

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    For a general purpose light I always grab a C8 style light simply because it can light things up further away with a tighter hotspot.

    I never understand this. My general use scenario is obviously very different from most torch reviewers. Tight spot long throw is so not useful imo. For general use I would imagine I need a nice wide spread for some campsite or work use.

    • +1 vote

      Different lights for different scenarios :-)
      If I need close up foreground light I usually use a BLF A6 or a headlamp if I need hands free.
      The tighter, throwier beam for me is very useful when walking at night and pointing things out.

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        @Lionheart Could you please offer a light suggestion. I'm after a lightweight light to use mountain biking. Must be helmet mounted, must have a rechargeable battery, last at least 2 hrs on high (not overheat or reduce brightness over time) water resistant (light rain)
        Cheers, John

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        @Lionheart can you recommend a good headlamp?

        PS Ordered one of these, thanks heaps for sharing and all your advice.

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    Arrived already today (Tas) great light very happy

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    Arrived today, works great thanks op!

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    Can someone please confirm the item code on the box? Mine is 564758. Just checking if I got the upgraded version or not as there is no mention of it. Thanks.

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    Have been thinking about getting this but worried by some of the comments on the batteries/charger. Is there any link to buy better quality batteries/charger for this torch?

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    Got mine in 4 days after ordering. Looks the goods. Love the simplicity of the on off function - none of that multi mode nonsense. Big head but pretty compact otherwise, and seems pretty bright. Charger looks pretty cheap, and the battery is an unknown, but, as long as the torch doesn't fail as quickly as some of the rubbish I have got from dx, it seems a good deal. So much so, that I'm gonna order another two. I used to run these kind of torches on my helmet (cycling commuting), and this torch has me thinking I'll do it again. I won't be using the mount that came with it though.

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    Correction: I just had a look at the review posted above and noticed that it does have multiple modes. However, modes are changed via a light touch on the switch, rather than a full click. My other torches (all of them at least a few years old now) don't work like this (they change modes through full Clicks). I prefer the way this one works - I can avoid accidently changing modes and then having to click through modes to get to the one I want.

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